Aging is a natural consequence of the passage of time. Its sequels, prolonged exposure to sun rays or daily stress are more visible in the face and neck, causing lines and wrinkles, making the expression losing its definition. All these effects can be improved with the facial lifting/rhytidectomy.
A facelift is a treatment that does not take years away but improves the looks, restores skin tone, recovers light spots and facial relief providing a younger effect and vitality that disappeared over time.
Before the Surgery
As in all procedures, previous medical exams are necessary to detect any possible anomaly that may counter-indicate the surgery.
The plastic surgeon will indicate which steps to follow.
During the first consultation, an evaluation of the facial structure is made, the quality of the skin and the general health state of the patient. The surgeon will evaluate also which hopes the patient has and informs on all the relevant aspects of the surgery.
Lifting may be done with local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia. For patients treating neck area, it is recommended general anesthesia. The surgical process varies according to the areas that the patient wants to improve, the most affected area, the place area and extension of the cuts and the use of complementary techniques.
Lifting surgery is done in a single intervention: the technique consists in replacing the muscle groups, skin and fat, removing the excess tissue according to an incision inside the hair until the natural lines of the ears and continuing around the lobes, behind the ears and scalp. In this way, scars are completely camouflaged. When neck area needs a special treatment, it is necessary to cut right below the chin.
In addition to the skin, the surgery will focus also on the face muscle structures, bones and fat, allowing more natural and long lasting initial results.
After surgery the patient shall rest for one or two days. The post-surgery normally is not too painful, which shall be controlled with painkillers. Most patients return to its daily life in two weeks.