What is a Facelift?

Facelift is otherwise known as a cosmetic  procedure that aims to improve and correct the results of natural aging and deformities that may have been caused by force or blunt trauma. Facelift also applies to reverse signs of aging in the neck. People would usually opt for a facelift every once in a while in order to get rid of sagging skin, fine lines, or wrinkles on the face and neck. Some of the things that a good facelift does is that it repositions fat tissues and muscles and it also surgically removes excess skin to correct sagging and perish deep fine lines on the face and neck.

A facelift can greatly reduce the signs of aging

face lift makingsA  facelift yields a more natural youthful look. It can last from 5-10 years, but its lasting effects all depend on the type of facelift performed and your skin’s ability to rejuvenate.  Dr. Barnouti is an expert at performing facelifts that deliver a more natural look. There are facelifts that can take more than 1 to 4 hours in the operating theatre but this depends on the natural of the face lift procedure. In order for facelifts to  have the best overall effect, it is performed together with an eyelid or forehead lift. The usual age group in which facial rejuvenation isusually people who are in the middle age, between 45-55.

A  facelift involves lifting of excess fat pads and sagging muscle tissues. It’s not just about lifting of the skin but what underlies beneath it as well. For instance, minute surgical incisions are made just above the hairline to the temples, from the front of the ear, round the earlobes, into the scalp. Fat, connective tissues, and muscles are separated manually and fat is then suctioned out of the body while muscles are tightened and tucked in place. The skin is then pulled back and then secured with dis-solvable atraumatic sutures so you won’t have noticeable scars afterwards. You can also opt to just leave the neck alone especially if you’re one of those people who don’t show signs of aging on the neck even if you have wrinkles on the face.

Your Facelift Consultation

For people who are interested in getting a facelift, please feel free to schedule a consultation with Dr. Barnouti   to discuss what options are best for you. You will be examined thoroughly in order for Dr. Barnouti to devise a treatment plan that’s suited just for you.  If you’re squeamish about needles and pricks, then there are painless non-invasive procedures that you can opt for instead of surgical ones that need local or regional anesthesia. For people who don’t want to deal with looking old before their time but have deeply etched wrinkles, there are face lift procedures that can greatly reduce those and dramatically reverse the signs of aging. This is all considered and discussed in your first consultation.

The Facelift Procedure

General anesthesia is basically used in all of the facelift procedures. You will have to stay a night face lift effects - resizedat the hospital to recover as well. Tissues will be lifted, fat pads excised, and skin will also be repositioned and secured in place with sutures afterwards. Following the procedure, you will have dressing pads on the cheeks and your face will be temporarily wrapped in bandage to compress the operative sight slightly. Several hours after the surgery, you will be advised to keep your head elevated to avoid edema or swelling.

Of course it is normal for the face to feel tight at first but the discomfort will subside with time since your skin will adjust to the stretching of the skin. You will be given pain medications to alleviate discomfort during your stay and while you’re recovering at home from the surgery. The only downtime about the facelift procedure is that your face and neck is going to look swollen and bruised in the next few weeks.

The Facelift Recovery

face lift surgery - resizedTo keep you feeling secure and comfortable even while you’re waiting for surgery, you will be given instructions on what will take place before, during, and after surgery. You will be asked to have someone you can trust with you,  a friend or a family member by your side during recovery.  Be reminded though that your lifestyle greatly affects your recovery time and the lasting effects of the facelift procedure as well. For instance, if you are a chronic smoker, healing time may be prolonged so if you can help it smoking should be avoided for a few weeks before the procedure.

Stitches that are not dis-solvable are removed after 10 days, and depending on your body’s ability to heal itself, you can get back to work after two weeks. Try to avoid strenuous activities in the next 2-3 weeks following surgery. Remember, surgical facelifts are geared towards giving you a more youthful appearance. It can last a decade if you take care of yourself very well.