Facelift Surgery

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Facelift Surgery in Faridabad

Facelift surgery technically called Rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that makes the face appear tighter and more youthful. In the war against facial aging, facelift surgery is the most effective treatment option available for significantly reversing the signs of facial aging.

In a Classical Facelift procedure, the loose and sagging skin of the cheeks, lower face, and neck are undermined, pulled up, and fixed at a higher level removing the excess skin. A facelift corrects the most severe wrinkles and sagging skin of the face and neck and makes the face look refreshed and rejuvenated.

Who are the candidates for Facelift?

Visible signs of aging begin to develop in the forties or fifties, earlier in smokers or with extreme fluctuations in weight. With aging, skin of the face becomes thin and loses elasticity, facial muscles sag, some become overactive. In addition to the loss of facial volume due to the resorption of fat, the facial bones result in a shrunken face. Gravity causes all facial tissues to droop down resulting in wrinkling, grooves, bulges, and deepening of the natural creases.

They are seen on the face as malar bags, prominent tear trough, deep nasolabial folds, jowls, marionette lines.

In the neck, the skin becomes loose, sags down and prominent vertical bands are formed. There may be excess fat deposition in the neck forming a double chin. The aging changes seen in the mid-face, lower face, and neck are best improved by facelift surgery.

If one looks into the mirror and disagrees that this is not the age they feel, it’s time to consider facial rejuvenation procedures, facelift surgery being the most powerful of the armamentarium.

A facelift tightens up the facial skin and underlying muscle making it smooth and can make one look the best for their age. So, let one’s energy speak one’s age and not the wrinkles!

The first step to be taken by anyone seeking improvement in these facial imperfections is to consult an expert cosmetic surgeon specializing in such treatments. On consultation, the areas of concern are noted and a complete facial analysis is performed. The facelift technique and supplementary treatments that best suit their interests are recommended.

The decision to undergo a major surgical procedure with significant downtime should be taken after a proper understanding of all the pros and cons of a facelift. They should have realistic expectations regarding the outcomes. The limitations of the facelift procedure and the need for ancillary procedures to address other regions of the face for complete facial harmony should be well realized.

In the preparation for facelift surgery, clients should have their blood pressure and diabetes well controlled and be off blood thinners and antiplatelet drugs. They should discontinue smoking, NSAIDs, and herbal medications.

The procedure of Facelift

A traditional facelift is done under general anesthesia but the lesser invasive forms of the procedure can be done under local anesthesia supplemented by sedation. Depending on the degree of corrections of the face that needs to be made, the extent of surgery is decided. Different types of facelift procedures vary in terms of their degree of invasiveness and types of results they provide. Following are the types of facelift surgery in Faridabad available at the Beauty & The Cut Clinic:

1. Traditional/Classical Facelift
The incision begins within the hair above the ear in the temporal region and runs along with the side lock and from the front to the back of the ear and along the hairline to enter the hair-bearing scalp to a variable extent. The skin flap and muscle flap are elevated in separate layers, redraped on the face and the excess tissue is discarded. The tension is adjusted and they are stitched back in place to avoid any distortion of the anatomical landmarks and avoid bad scars.

2. Necklift
The neck can be accessed and the lateral part of it can be improvised by the part of the traditional facelift incision behind the ear. The loose skin and muscle bands close to the midline in front of the neck need a separate incision below the chin to ad-lib. Traditional facelift with a neck lift is the only procedure that lifts the cheek, gives a crisp jaw, and defines the neck.

3. Mini Facelift
The mini facelift surgery (also known as short scar facelift) as the name suggests uses shorter incisions than a traditional facelift and is less invasive. Smaller incisions are made within the hair in front extending around the ears which allows the surgeon to tighten the skin and remove excess tissue, thus improving the appearance of the jowls and neck. Popularly called the “weekend facelifts” as it has a shorter recovery time of 3-5 days, while traditional facelift patients need 4-5 weeks.

4. Endoscopic Facelift
In a traditional facelift, tissues are directly visualized before they are manipulated or cut and hence, larger incisions are required for better view and handling. Endoscopic techniques provide a panoramic view of deeper tissues and eliminate the need for longer cuts, increasing safety and thus improving the outcomes. The targeted approach to the problems also helps reduce downtime. The only drawback is the added costs.

5. MACS-lift (Minimal Access Facelift)
Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) is a technique of lifting the face using two strong vertical purse-string sutures in the anti-gravitational direction for the suspension of the facial tissues to the temporal region of the scalp. The procedure uses a short rhytidectomy incision with minimal dissection. MACS-lift achieves a vertical lifting of the neck and lower half of the face. In the extended version of MACS-lift, a third malar suture running between the paracanthal area and the malar fat pad gives the additional advantage of lifting the middle third of the face, softening the nasolabial fold, and enhancing support of the lower eyelid. The amount of skin excised is minimal. MACS has revolutionized facelift because of its safety, lesser invasiveness, more natural, long-lasting results, and a short scar.

6. Lipo injection for face
It is an added procedure done along with a facelift but is not a substitute for facelift. Fat is injected to fill up the subtle grooves and add volume to the face, especially in the tear trough areas.

7. Fluid Facelift or Liquid Facelift
This is a non-surgical facelift procedure where the volume is restored in shrunken faces by injection of fillers.

Recovery after a Facelift procedure

During recovery, facelift surgery patients experience pain and discomfort in the operative site but it is easily managed by regular painkillers. They have swelling, bruising of the face, and numbness most of which resolves in 2-3 weeks. Stitch removal is done at 7 days and patients may return to work and resume light exercises in 2 weeks.

Results of Facelift Surgery In Faridabad

Traditional Facelift gives the most dramatic and long-lasting results, best appreciated at 6 months after surgery when the swelling completely subsides. A skilled plastic surgeon has a key role to play in the choice of facelift technique, additional procedures to enhance the face to achieve the desired results.

Aging gracefully is a beautiful thing. One approach is to simply celebrate our age and appearance for what they are.

But, certainly many want the process to be slower than normal, especially concerning their outward appearance i.e. age-related changes in the face which are unavoidable and in the forefront. Facelift surgery can reverse the time and make one appear a few years younger in the most natural way.

FAQ’s about Facelift Surgery

Q.1 At what age to go for a facelift?

Ans. Patients in their 40s or 50s or older who have faces troubled by aging can opt for a facelift. Younger patients can choose from less invasive or non-surgical facelifts based on their individual goals.

Q.2 What will a non-surgical facelift do for me?

Ans. A non-surgical facelift by Ulthera, Thermage, Thread lift, RF, Lasers, injections of Neurotoxin, or Fillers are all beneficial but goals of getting rid of the slack skin of midface and jowls are almost unattainable. A surgical facelift is the only procedure that can elevate the cheeks, define the jawline and appreciably tighten the neck.

Q.3 Which facelift is the best for me?

Ans. A skilled plastic surgeon will help one decide the most appropriate facelift procedure after a complete facial assessment based on one’s individual characteristics and goals, also taking into consideration the costs and acceptable downtime.

Q.4 Is there a risk of nerve injury during facelift surgery?

Ans. Yes, there is a possible risk of injury to branches of the facial nerve which is important for facial animation. Having a good knowledge of facial anatomy prevents accidental injuries. Choosing a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon with experience has a key role to prevent nerve injury.

Q.5 How safe is a facelift?

Ans. Facelift is a safe surgery in a stable patient in the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon with the usual risks of anesthesia. Again, this risk can be minimised by a qualified anaesthesiologist.

Q.6 What are the limitations of a facelift surgery?

Ans. A facelift cannot correct drooping eyebrows, creases of the forehead, periorbital hollowness or fullness, tear trough deformity, eliminate nasolabial creases, improve the skin tone and texture.

Q.7 What are the common supplementary procedures done along with facelift?

Ans. Blepharoplasty of upper and lower lids, lipo injection, brow lift, injection of neurotoxins and fillers, facial implants, and skin rejuvenation procedures are most commonly done along with a facelift.

Q.8 What are the risks of facelift surgery?

Ans. Bleeding, wound infection, dehiscence, sloughing of skin, facial nerve injury, hematoma, seroma, bad scars, prolonged pain, swelling, or numbness are possible local complications apart from the risks of anesthesia.

Q.9 Will the scar on the face be visible?

Ans. The scars of a facelift are well hidden within the hair or well concealed in the natural hairline or creases around the ear and are barely visible.

Q.10 How long will the results last?

Ans. The results of a traditional facelift are long-lasting for 10 years or more till continuous aging brings back the changes on the face.

Q.11 How much does facelift surgery cost?

Ans. The cost of facelift surgery in Faridabad at Beauty & the Cut starts from INR1.5- 2 lakhs. Varies with the extent of surgery, type of facelift, and additional procedures.