|Face Lift (Rhytidectomy) - Lose years and love it.
As we grow older, different parts of our body and face start to sag. Factor for sagging, are gravity & the other culprit being loss of elasticity and tone of the skin, which reduces gradually with age.
A facelift can make you look younger and fresher, and it may enhance your self-confidence in the process.
DetailsThe best candidate for a facelift is a man or woman whose face and neck have begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their seventies.
A facelift can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift or eyelid surgery.
ProcedureFacelifts are very individualized procedures. In your initial consultation, Dr. Nagwani will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone, and discuss your goals for the surgery.
Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the front of the ear), and continue behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin.
In general, separation of skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions.
Following surgery, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there. Also wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
LengthA facelift usually takes 3 -4 hours or somewhat longer if you're having more than one procedure done.
AnaesthesiaMost facelifts are performed under local anaesthesia, combined with a sedative. Sometimes general anaesthesia is preferred.
In/OutpatientUsually done on an outpatient basis, Dr. Nagwani may hospitalize patients for a day when using general anaesthesia or certain conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure is monitored after surgery, and may also require a short inpatient stay.
Side-Effects / RisksAll surgery carries some uncertainty and risk. Complications are infrequent and usually minor. Still, individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable.
Complications that can occur include hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin that must be removed), injury to the nerves that control facial muscles (usually temporary), infection, and reactions to the anaesthesia. Poor healing of the skin is most likely to affect smokers.
RecoveryThere is mild discomfort after surgery, it can be reduced with the pain medication prescribed. (Severe or persistent pain or a sudden swelling of your face should be reported immediately).
Initially numbness of the skin is quite normal; it will disappear in a few weeks or months.
You should keep your head elevated and as still as possible for a 1st week of surgery, to keep the swelling down.
Drainage tube will be removed 1 or 2 days after surgery. Bandages, when used, are usually removed after one to five days. Just keep in mind that in a few weeks you'll be looking normal, pale look, bruised, & puffy face become normal.
Most of your stitches will be removed after about five days. Your scalp may take longer to heal, and the stitches or metal clips in your hairline could be left in a few days longer.
You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery.
Be especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both tender and numb, and may not respond normally at first, gradually resuming your normal activities. The following suggestions are likely: Avoid strenuous activity, including sex and heavy housework, for at least two weeks (walking and mild stretching are fine); avoid alcohol, for several months. Above all, get plenty of rest and allow your body to spend its energy on healing.
At the beginning, your face may look and feel rather strange. Your features may be distorted from the swelling, your facial movements may be slightly stiff and you'll probably be self-conscious about your scars.
Some bruising may persist for 2 or 3 weeks, and you may tire easily. By the 3rd week, you'll look and feel much better. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery.
Results - After surgery, once the swelling and bruises are gone, the hair around your temples may be thin and your skin may feel dry and rough for several months, you'll present a fresher, more youthful face to the world.
You'll have some scars from your facelift, but they're usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears.
Frequently Asked QuestionsQ. Can a face lift stop the ageing process?
A. A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can't stop the ageing process. What it can do is "set back the clock," improving the most visible signs of ageing by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck.
Q. Will the scars be visible?
A. You'll have some scars from your facelift, but they're usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In any case, they'll fade within time and should be scarcely visible.
Face Lift (technically known as Rhytidectomy) can't stop aging but it can "set back the clock”, improving the most visible signs by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and