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For most people, the first signs of aging typically show up in the face.
And a number of people feel that their faces no longer accurately
reflect their true inner spirit and energy level. These days, a wide
range of cosmetic procedures can be done to smooth the skin of
the face and neck, tighten the underlying tissues and muscle, and
remove excess skin.

How Will I Be Evaluated For a Facelift?

If you are considering having a facelift, schedule an appointment with your plastic surgeon to discuss the surgery in detail and to relay exactly what your goals for cosmetic surgery are. To decide if you are a good candidate for a facelift, your surgeon will do a physical examination, checking out your bone and skin structure, the texture, elasticity and thickness of your skin, and the extent of wrinkles that you have. Based on this information, your surgeon can make a surgical plan, which will be outlined for you. 

The Facelift Procedure

The facelift procedure has evolved over the years from simple skin lifting to more complex, and deeper plane lifting techniques. There are now numerous techniques used, and the results are consistently good. The standard facelift procedure involves incisions made in front of and behind the ear, and which may reach the scalp. Then the skin is undermined to varying degrees, and the deeper layers of the face are “lifted.”  Understanding Risks

Risks Associated with Facelift Surgery

The majority of the thousands of facelifts performed every year are done without any significant problems.  Of course, as with all medical procedures, there are potential risks and side effects. The most commonly seen complications from facelifts are infections, hematomas (blood accumulations under the skin) and reactions to the anesthesia.

Pre-Operative Instructions for Facelift Surgery

If you are a smoker, your doctor will tell you to stop smoking months before your scheduled surgery. If you take medications that could increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and some vitamins/homeopathic regimens, you should stop taking them before your surgery.

The Day of your Facelift Surgery

A facelift can be performed in a hospital, a surgical suite, or an ambulatory facility. Prior to your procedure, you will be given an anesthetic chosen by your surgeon. Following the surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room, where your face will be carefully bandaged. Most people report they have very little pain after facelift surgery. But if you are in pain, your surgeon will prescribe medication for you.

Most patients are sent home within a few hours after the surgery; however, some patients may be required to stay overnight in a hospital or surgical facility.

The Recovery Period

The recovery period from facelift surgery is different for everyone. When your dressings and drains are removed, you may see significant discoloration and puffiness in some parts of your face. If your face seems uneven, don’t worry – it’s natural. Most of the swelling goes down within a couple of days, and bruising fades in about two weeks. In general, your stitches will be taken out within a week of the surgery.

You will be advised to limit bending and lifting immediately after your surgery, as these can cause bleeding.

The Cost of Facelift Surgery

When considering an elective surgery like a facelift, cost is always one of the main concerns. The cost of a facelift can vary widely from region to region, and may be based on the surgeon’s experience. The fees are often broken down into several components, including the fees for the surgeon, the facility, the anesthesia, the medications, the surgical garments, and any medical tests that were required.

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