Facelift or Rhytidectomy
Plastic surgeons specialists in facelift in Málaga
As we age, the effects of gravity, sun exposure and stress of daily life can be seen in our faces. deep furrows between the nose and mouth are formed; cheeks fall.
A facial lift can not stop this process; however, what it can do is stop the clock, improving the most visible signs of aging, tensing the muscles of the face, removing excess fat and redistributing the skin of the face and neck.
The lift can be done alone or associated with other procedures such as blepharoplasty or rhinoplasty.
The forehead lift corrects drooping eyebrows and wrinkles on the forehead and eyebrows. If you are considering undergoing a facelift, you get basic information about the surgery, when indicated, how it’s performed and what results can be expected.
However, it is impossible for all your questions remain unanswered, since largely depend on personal factors and preferences plastic surgeon. If you do not understand something, ask your plastic surgeon.
The ideal candidates to undergo a facelift are those women or men whose face and neck begin to “fall”, but whose skin still retains some elasticity.
Most patients are between 40 and 60 years, but can also be successfully performed between 70 and 80 years. A facelift can make you look younger and increase self-confidence, but will not provide a completely different look, nor can restore your health or vitality.
Before deciding whether you are performing a rhinoplasty think what you want to achieve and discuss them with your plastic surgeon.
Good communication between you and your plastic surgeon is essential. In the first consultation will assess the face, including the skin and underlying bone structures and surgical possibilities will be discussed.
your condition will be checked including those problems that may complicate the surgery, such as high blood pressure, clotting problems or scarring. It is important to tell your surgeon if you smoke or take any medication, especially Aspirin. If you decide to have a facelift will explain the techniques and the type of anesthesia to be used, where the surgery, the risks and the cost of surgery will be performed.
The catalog of benefits of the Social Security does not include lifting. I do not hesitate to ask your surgeon all the questions you have, especially those regarding your expectations and results.
Your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including rules on taking food and liquids, or taking snuff or suppression of drugs and vitamins and face wash. It is important to stop smoking at least one or two weeks before surgery. If you wear short hair, you may want to grow it before surgery to better hide the scars while they heal.
Careful compliance surgery will be performed under better conditions. In addition, make sure that a family member or companion to take you home when you are discharged and, if necessary, can help a few days.
The lift is always done in the operating room, within a clinic or hospital. Normally, the patient stays at the clinic the night after surgery.
The lift can be performed under local anaesthesia with sedation, or even more frequently, under general anaesthesia, depending on the complexity of the surgery and the preferences of your surgeon. If done with local anaesthesia and sedation, the patient feels relaxed and the face is insensitive to pain; under general anaesthesia the patient is asleep during the operation.
A cervicofacial lifting usually lasts several hours or more when combined with other interventions. The exact placement of incisions and steps of surgery vary widely in different structures of your face and the preferred technique of your plastic surgeon. Incisions usually begin at the temples, hidden in the hair, spread over a natural line that runs right in front of the ears and continues behind the earlobe to the back of the scalp.
If work on the neck is needed, a small incision can be made behind the chin. Fatty skin and underlying muscles are usually separated. Fat can be removed with liposuction around the neck and chin to improve the contour of the face. Then they tighten the underlying muscles and finally skin by removing the leftovers. After surgery a small tube will be placed behind the ear to drain any fluids that might accumulate. A light bandage is also often used.
In case of the forehead lift, the incision is placed in the forehead, hidden behind hair, or in certain cases, on the border between the hair and forehead. The skin in this area is separated from the underlying structures, resecting the muscles responsible for wrinkles and excess skin.
There is usually little discomfort after surgery, if any and it can be easily relieved by medication prescribed by your surgeon (if severe or persistent pain occurs, you should see your surgeon). It is normal that there are certain areas of the skin that turn numb, however, this sensation disappears within weeks or months.
You should keep your head elevated for several days after the surgery to reduce swelling. If you have drainage tubes, they will be removed in a couple of days; the bandages are removed between the first and fifth day after the lifting. Do not be surprised if there is swelling and redness in the early days; remember that in a few weeks the normal appearance will return. Most stitches are removed after five days; the hair stitches or staples are removed later.
Most patients who undergo a facelift feel well in two days, but should rest for the first week.
Be especially careful with the face and hair, as they will be more sensitive for a while. Although your plastic surgeon will provide specific instructions, some recommendations are to: avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks, avoid steam baths or saunas for several weeks and limit sun exposure for a few months. Rest and allow your body to use all his energy to heal.
At the beginning, your face may seem strange because of the swelling the facial movements may seem slow. Some bruising may persist for two to three weeks and you may tire more easily. By the third week it will look much better. Most patients return to work between 10 days and two weeks after surgery.
If necessary, you can apply makeup to hide the bruises.
When the lifting is done by a qualified plastic surgeon complications are infrequent and minor. However, each person has a specific anatomy, some physical reactions and healing capabilities are different, and therefore the results are not absolutely predictable. There may be some complications such as bruising of the nerves that control facial muscles, infections and reactions to anaesthesia, but they are almost always temporary.
Healing problems are more common in smokers. You can minimize risks by following carefully the instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after surgery.
The results are very satisfactory and you will be happy as long as you understand that the result is not immediate. Even after the swelling and bruises are gone, the hair around your temples may be thin and skin can be somewhat dry and rough for several months. Scars will be hidden behind the hair and the natural folds of the face; they will decrease over time and become inconspicuous.
A facelift does not stop the clock; your face will continue to age as time goes on, and you may even want to undergo another facelift after 5 or 10 years. However, the results are lasting; for several years you will continue looking younger.
The facelift or “lifting” is a procedure that tightens the facial and neck skin to reduce wrinkles or folds. Bone structure of the face, musculature and skin texture suffers involution over the years. In addition there are hereditary factors, eating habits, stress, prolonged sun exposure, etc., which substantially alter the signs of facial aging.
Rhytidectomy usually treats the skin of the neck and cheeks, but sometimes wrinkles of the forehead and falling eyebrows are also corrected. The eyelid surgery is quite often performed with rhytidectomy.
The operation can be performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia and sedation, depending on each particular case (extent of the surgery, personal wishes of the patient, etc.).
For this operation, the incisions are made in the scalp in the frontal and temporal regions, around the ears and ending next to the neck area. Through these incisions, the surgeon makes a more or less extensive skin detachment in order to be able to perform a tensioning.
Using the same approach, the surgeon can reduce fat deposits and tighten muscles that have become flaccid, giving the face a firmer appearance.
After the intervention, which usually lasts from 2 to 4 hours, depending on the amplitude of the procedure and if treatment of the eyelids, liposuction, etc. is done, some drains are placed to reduce the possibility of bruising and reduce the inflammation.
Postoperatively a varying degree of swelling of the face and neck, bruising and feeling of tightness and numbness will be observed. These disturbances are transient and resolve spontaneously or with analgesic. Most of the scars are hidden in the scalp over the temple and to the neck. Only in the area around the ear and in the first weeks after surgery, some scars maybe evident, which, however, can easily be hidden with a hairstyle.
At 5-6 days the stitches will be removed. Usually on the third postoperative week you can return to a normal life and even go back to work.
Facelift interventions not only achieve a remarkable rejuvenation but also delay the apparent age for a long time in relation to chronological age. If over the years folds and wrinkles appear again, the operation could be performed again.
Possible complications of rhytidectomy are rare but there can be transient hematomas, defective wound healing, hair loss on the scalp scarring, and impaired mobility of the eyebrow or lips. Only rarely is a small complementary operation required to treat these complications in the immediate postoperative period or later.
The information contained on this page cannot replace the information provided individually by your plastic surgeon. If in doubt, your plastic surgeon will provide appropriate clarifications. If you are considering undergoing a plastic or cosmetic surgery, consult a specialist in the Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery department.
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The information contained in this page in no case can, nor does it pretend, to replace the information provided individually by your plastic surgeon. In case of doubt, your plastic surgeon will provide you with the necessary clarifications. If you are thinking of undergoing a Plastic or Aesthetic Surgery, go to a Specialist in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery.
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck.