Facial lift is an intervention in which the skin excess on the face and neck is removed and the soft tissues are moved upward to give a younger and fresher appearance. This results in a natural look. Often, a facelift is combined with the liposuction of the chin or fat filling in the cheek. It is also common to combine surgery with, for example, eyelid plastic. While injection therapy has largely replaced the need for upper-face surgery, there is little effect of non-surgical procedures on the neck and mid-face.
Facelift or mid-face lift is a procedure usually suited for middle-aged women and men who feel that age changes in the face are greater than age suggests. There may be familial causes for this or environmental factors such as sun and tobacco smoke. An ever-growing group is patients who have lost weight significantly and have a large skin excess on their face and neck due to it.
On the facelift, a skin cut is added to the skin furrow in front of the ear, further behind the ear and into the hair in the neck. The lift itself is done under the skin with tightening of the muscle and fat deposits. The skin excess is trimmed away and the skin is stitched together without tensioning in front of the ear to make the scar as unobtrusive as possible. Usually, the stitches are removed in front of the ear after one week and behind the ear after two weeks. The wound is bandaged into the first 24 hours, and a sling is also used in front of the ear for a few weeks, and this can be taken a little on and off.
Facial lifting is done to reduce age supplements in the middle and lower part of the face. The appearance does not change. This means that the patient is the same after the procedure. It is just loose the skin that gets lost, and the volume is lost on the neck and lifted on the cheek. Europeans usually do not want to be very tight on the skin, and thus the risk of the mouth becoming wider or the ear being pulled out is very small.
The procedure itself takes about 2.5 hours and is done either in full anesthesia or in local anesthesia with the addition of anesthetics at such a low dose that the patient breathes himself. After the procedure, there is little pain, but there is often a slight swelling in the cheek the first day. Usually, this swelling goes back when the dressing is removed. It is common to get a blue vein on the neck, below the ears each side. The first night, the patient should sleep with his head slightly higher than usual, and build up the head part with several pillows. There is little discomfort after the first night.
After about 10 days, all swelling is gone, and any bruising is easily removed. If there is long hair that can be pulled in front of the ear, it is not difficult to go to work then, but if the hair is short, it may take a little longer.
All patients must quit smoking 4 weeks before a facelift, and patients who use blood thinners must discontinue this before the procedure in advisement from your doctor. How long depend on which medication is in use and what causes the patients to use blood thinners. As with all procedures, bleeding and infection are the most common complications, but with a facelift, the frequency of such complications is low.