Appearance and Youth
With the passing of time, the skin wrinkles, mainly in the areas around the forehead, mouth and nose, “crow’s feet” are visible around the eyes, the jaw loosens and sags, and fat deposits around the neck.
A facelift helps improve the visible damages in the skin and muscles, which may also appear in young people due to different factors, such as a poor diet, cigarette smoking, obesity or inherited traits.
In people over 40 years old, it is possible that facial bone reduction in a feminization surgery may leave excess skin; thus, it will be necessary to perform a facelift to reposition the facial soft tissues, achieving a much more youthful and feminine appearance.
The favorable results of a facelift are noticeable and long lasting. Evidently, the facelift will not stop the clock, but it will make your face look fresher and younger for a long time; even after ten years, you will look younger than your real age.
The surgeon will make a thorough study of the patient’s skin type, bone structure, age, and skin elasticity, to design the facial rejuvenation procedure to be used.
In an upper or temporal facelift, the plastic surgeon will make incisions over the hairline, illuminating and refreshing the eyes.
In a mid-facelift, where the cheeks and cheekbones are, the same temporal incision will be prolonged downwards in a vertical section that will pass in front of the ear, following its natural shape (preauricular section). Through this incision, the surgeon will detach the face muscles, tightening and lifting them to restore a more youthful position and appearance.
All skin excess will be cut and joined with fine sutures, and the face will be dressed with a bandage to heal the skin. The surgeon’s ability will be reflected on the incision, which is essential to camouflage any trace of scars.
A neck lift will be necessary to rejuvenate the lower part of the face, as well as the jaw profile.
Anesthesia, hospitalization and recovery
A facelift may be performed under two types of anesthesia, local sedation or general anesthesia, with the patient deeply asleep. If general sedation is applied, the patient must stay at the clinic for one day.
We recommend sleeping with your head high for a few days after the surgery, as well as avoiding exposure to sunlight.
You will experience bruises, swelling and numbness for two weeks, but all this discomfort will subside gradually. Most facelift scars are hidden under the hairline, and will not be noticeable after a few months. If you do not mind looking a bit swollen, you may resume your work after three weeks.
Our surgeons are highly qualified to prevent any post-operatory complication. In case of a facelift, the risks may be:
– Asymmetries.- Due to our doctors’ experience and accurate diagnoses, this type of complication is very unlikely and corrigible.
– Adverse reactions to anesthesia.
All patients must go through a pre-surgical process, and must undergo the following tests:
– Complete blood and urine tests, radiology, cardiology, and pulmonology tests, among others. These tests reduce the possibility of irregularities during surgery and subsequently.
Keloid formation is very rare.