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Facelift (Rhytidectomy, Rhytidosplasy)

Facelift

A facelift won’t stop the aging but it will allow you to travel back to your youth. During the last couple of years facelifts has become one of the most usual procedures. The face, more obvious than any other body part, shows the signs of aging. Considering how exposed our faces are it’s completely natural. Factors that directly or indirectly affects this process are many; genetically, sun exposure, alcohol, smoking, diet and stress to name a few. Our natural aging process contributes to our skin losing its elasticity, and at the same time we’re losing the tension of our face muscles. Areas this involve is the face and neck.

Incisions and technique

There are different types of procedures to go about when performing a facelift, the type will depend on what the patient want to achieve and the best procedure for the individual patient in mind. Usually the incision is placed in front and behind the ear, and is hidden in the natural folds. From the back of the ear the incision goes into the scalp and is hidden by the hair. Sometimes a small incision underneath the chin can be used to help with the tightening of the neck muscles. If necessary the deeper tissues of the face and neck may also need to be repositioned. The skin is pulled up and back and the excess is removed. It’s important that it will have a natural look and not be too stretched. The fixing of the neck might involve liposuction or liposculpture to improve contour. One of the most important aspects of the facelift is the reposition of the lost volume. This can be achieved either by folding and suturing the deeper structures or by injection of fat, which is aspirated from another area. Normal operating time is between two to four hours and is performed with local anesthesia with sedation or general.

IN/OUT Patient

Usually performed on an outpatient basis, in some cases the patient may require a 24 hour stay.

Recovery

Patients are normally back to work from ten to fourteen days. More strenuous activity should be after two weeks or more. It’s also normal with some bruising up to two to three weeks. Sun exposure limitation for several months.  

Risks

Complications from facelifts are not frequent. Hematoma (the accumulation of blood under the skin, infection, bleeding and reactions to anesthesia. Some incisions can be visible due to individual variations in healin and might have to be revised. Temporary injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling are rarely permanent. Asymmetry or change in hairline.

Duration of results

Normally five to ten years.