Face and Neck Lift
Rhytidectomy or facelift is a surgical procedure designed to improve the effects of the natural aging process, the effects of gravity, sun exposure and stress that affect the face and neck. A facelift can stop this process, but it cannot return the face to like when we were very young.
By Lift we mean extraction and relocation of fat, attachment and tightening of the facial muscles and the removal of extra skin. It can be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as blepharoplasty, forehead lift, rhinoplasty, etc.
Ideal candidates are those patients whose skin has begun to sag but still maintains good elasticity and tone. It is important during the first visit to communicate your expectations, and if you have hypertension, diabetes, coagulation or scarring disorders, are taking medicines like aspirin ® and sintrom ® or if you are a smoker.
The lifting is done in the operating room under general anesthesia and usually lasts several hours especially if combined with other techniques such as blepharoplasty, rhinoplasty, etc. The incisions are hidden in the temples behind the hairline, in front of the ears, in the swallow and the earlobe and continued behind the ears to the scalp. If combined with a neck lift, we liposuction the chin area and we tighten the muscles, removing extra skin in order to define the oval of the face.
The forehead lift surgery restores the youthful look of the forehead and frontal area. This surgical procedure corrects drooping brows, improves facial appearance and removes the appearance of being tired, sad or angry. Incisions are hidden behind the hair or sometimes the hairline to dry out the muscles responsible for wrinkles and excess skin. It is sometimes performed along with blepharoplasty in order to give a lusher look to face.
Postoperatively, a light bandage is placed on the face and it is normal for the patient to be edematous, with some minor bruising and corky or numb areas. The drains are removed between the 2nd and 5th day, the stitches are removed after a week. During the first three to four weeks it is important to rest and avoiding physical efforts. Swelling and bruising are reduced after two weeks.
The results are very encouraging and patients are satisfied with this type of surgery. They have to keep in mind that the skin will be slightly dehydrated during the first few months and the hair on the temples will be slightly thinner. In any case, all these things improve significantly with time.
The lift is not a definitive surgical procedure because the natural aging process continues so it can be repeated again if necessary after 5-10 years.