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Facelift

A face lift surgery correct the signs of natural aging process that appear on the face and neck, such as sagging cheeks and cheekbones, loss of definition of the facial oval and pronounced creases and wrinkles.

It corrects the sagging of the facial structures providing a rejuvenating and smooth effect that has disappeared over the years

There are several surgical techniques to treat facial aging.  Your surgeon will advise you which type of procedure most suits your needs and expectations.

 

 

ANAESTHESIA:

These procedures can be performed both under local anaesthetic and sedation or and under general anaesthetic.

 

 

PREPARATION: Requires a blood test, electrocardiogram and x-ray.  During the first consultation, your facial structure , skin quality and your general state of health will be assessed by the specialist.

 

 

HOSPITALISATION:

Requires a hospital stay of 24-48 hours.

 

 

SURGERY:

The technique basically consists in repositioning the muscular layers, skin and fat, removing excess tissue through an incision which normally begins around the Your surgeon will make a surgical cut in your hairline, down past the front of your ears and then up into the hairline again behind your ears following the natural lines .  This way, the scars will remain perfectly camouflaged.  If the neck requires special treatment, an incision wil be made just below the chin.

At the end of the intervention a bandage is wrapped around the head and neck.  The eyes tend to remain uncovered but protected with eye drops and eye creams.  A certain amount of swelling on the face area and neck and oedema in the periorbital area that could last up to 8-9 days is very common  .  The bandages are progressively removed after 4-5 days, the stitches in 7-9 days and , with the help of lymphatic drainage, the oedema or inflammation starts going down around the 3th or 4th days after the operation.

 

 

DURATION:

It varies depending on the type of facelift but normally would be between one and a half hours to 4 hours.

 

Frequently asked questions

Must I take any precautions prior to the intervention?

Smokers must inform the plastic surgeon as it is advisable to stop smoking two weeks prior to the surgery and also the two weeks after, as smoking can negatively impact the healing of the wound.

What post-operative care must I follow?

After the facelift, it is normal to notice a lack of sensitivity in the skin of the face or to have a sensation of internal tightness, which tends to gradually disappear.

It is advisable to refrain from intense exercise and lead a quiet life for the first two weeks.  The skin on the face needs specific care and must not be exposed to the sun or UV rays for at least three months.

 

At what age is it advisable to have a facelift?

There is no specific age for a facelift, although it is true that a facelift at an early age (around 45-50 years of age) is less extensive and produces more natural results than a facelift performed at an advanced age, when surgery is of a greater extent and the results can be more artificial or the changes in appearance too evident.

 

How long does the effect last?

We cannot fight against the progressive aging of the facial structures, which will continue to sag over the years. Although this is not common, could be some cases when patients will need to undergo trough a new similar surgery some years after their first facelift.

What specific risks are associated with a facelift?

In relation to specific risks, these are rare but as with any surgical intervention, there could be haematomas, infection or abnormal reactions to anaesthesia.  .  There also may be lesions to the deep structures or the nerves that control movement of the muscles in the face.

After the facelift, can my expressiveness change?

No. However, it is normal for patients not to recognized their features when they look at themselves  in a mirror. This is due to the inflammatory process, which will gradually disappear.

Is it a painful process?

No, although the sensation of pressure and the swelling during the first few days is uncomfortable.