A facelift surgery or a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure that improves your facial aesthetics by restoring your youthful appearance. This procedure helps in reducing the various signs of aging. It tightens the skin in the region of the face and neck. The effect of this treatment lasts for around 5 to 10 years.
Facial appearance may vary with age due to changes in the facial balance, whereas facial proportion remains unchanged.
A juvenile face has good muscle and ligament tonicity with tight skin overlying it. Fat under the skin is well distributed and deposited in the region of the contours. With age, multiple changes are observed in the skin at the microscopic level producing effects clinically.
To compensate for the age-related changes in the facial region, a surgical procedure commonly known as facelift surgery is performed. The medical term for this procedure is rhytidectomy and it is performed to rejuvenate the face by lightening the effects of aging. Not only does it diminish the wrinkles and fine lines, but it also improves the quality of the skin by restoring its youthful glow and tone.
Signs of aging
Facelift surgery is performed to achieve a youthful appearance. In this surgical procedure, excess fat is removed, underlined muscles and ligaments are stretched and tightened to counter the age-related sagging, especially in the region of the neck and the chin. Overlined skin is tightened and excess skin is removed to accommodate the underlined tissue.
$1,900 to $5,300
The facelift procedure usually occurs as follows:
Your surgeon will answer all your queries regarding the facelift surgery. All possible complications and outcomes will be discussed with you. Our anesthetist will discuss the type of anesthesia that will be given to you. You should decide on surgery only if you feel that you are completely informed. You are always free to ask questions that may come to you regarding surgery.
Be prepared to discuss:
Examination of your face will be done before the surgery to plan and select the technique of operation that is suitable for you.
Measurements and photographs will be taken from different angulations for medical records and treatment plans.
Your surgeon will discuss your expectations and possible results after the examination. The course of treatment and associated complications will also be discussed.
Preparing for a facelift
A set of instructions will be given to you by the hospital which are to be followed before the surgery. This will include medications to be taken before surgery. Certain habits like tobacco chewing, smoking, alcohol, etc. will need to be discontinued for some duration before and after the surgery.
These instructions should be followed carefully to ensure better treatment, minimal risk, and fast recovery without complications.
Instructions to be followed strictly before the surgery are as follows:
After completing the procedure, a dressing will be placed at the site of sutures and around the face to avoid any kind of contamination from the surroundings, and to reduce inflammation and bruising at the site of stitches.
A small drain may be placed and stabilized, which sucks out the excess fluid or blood from the inside to reduce the hematoma (collection or pooling of blood). That will be removed after one or two days of surgery after monitoring the output.
You may feel the tightness around your face as the skin has been stretched to tighten it.
Post-op instructions will be given to you regarding:
You can generally resume work within 14 days.
We understand you may want to change your plans due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its health implications.
Thailand is a good option for this procedure because skilled and efficient surgeons with good helping staff is available to support and guide you. It is your personal choice on where do you want to get your surgery done.
However, there are always some associated complications with any minor or major surgical procedure and the surgeon will discuss them with you in detail. You will be required to sign an informed consent before the surgery.
Complications and risks associated with facelift surgery:
You should go read your informed consent form before signing it and are advised to discuss your expectations with your surgeon.
Who are the best candidates for facelift surgery?
Men and women with good bone support but overlying loose and sagged soft tissue are ideal candidates for facelift surgery.
How do I know if I'm eligible for a facelift?
If your age is above 45 years, you are physically fit and you want to rejuvenate your look, then you are eligible for facelift surgery. Please consult a doctor for further advice.
Will I be asleep during the facelift surgery?
You will not be aware of the surroundings as you will be anesthetized. You will be unconscious during the procedure.
How long will I be in the operating room during the facelift surgery?
The duration of surgery varies from one to three hours.
Will the scars be visible after the facelift surgery?
Scars are usually hidden in the hair as the incision is made beyond the hairline. Also, fine sutures are used to stitch your skin to minimize the scar.
What activities should I avoid after the facelift surgery?
Avoid contact sports, crowded places, exerting exercises, and weight training, for at least 2 to 3 weeks. Avoid smoking and alcohol for four weeks and direct exposure to the sun for one year.
What could go wrong during and after the facelift surgery?
During surgery, there are chances of excess bleeding, rare chances of cardiovascular arrest, nerve injury, and injury to the major salivary gland. Postoperatively there are chances of hematoma, numbness, first bite pain, scar, and hair loss.
How do I prepare for facelift surgery?
Avoid smoking and alcohol at least two weeks before the surgery. Your skin should not have any acne that can be a source of infection. Get your sugar level and blood pressure within normal limits. Avoid taking any supplements and drugs before discussing them with your physician.