WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A FACE LIFT? - FACE SURGERY
In both men and women over the age of 40, some of the first signs of ageing appear on the face and neck. These signs include sagging of the facial and neck skin, a slack jaw, forehead wrinkles and lines, deep facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds, hollowness under the eyes, droopiness of the upper eyelids and brows.
A face lift is one of the main cosmetic, plastic surgery procedures available to achieve global facial rejuvenation. It is designed to surgically redrape the skin, remove fat and tighten the underlying muscles and connective tissues of the face and neck - giving you a more youthful and resilient appearance.
WHAT TYPES OF FACE LIFTS ARE AVAILABLE? - FACE SURGERY
The face is divided into three regions. The forehead region, the mid-face region and the lower face and neck region. There are many factors that are taken into consideration with regards to the type of face lift you have. Much depends upon your age, your most problematic areas and the degree of skin and muscle sagginess in your face. At Meditours, we can offer you full face lifts(SMAS), mini face lifts, MACS(Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) lifts, thread(Silhouette, Aptos) lifts and endscopically performed face lifts(mid-face).
Each type of face lift is designed to target different problematic areas of your face and neck and each surgeons can prefer different methods to achieve similar results. Thus, its important to send us quality pictures of your face in order to have an accurate evaluation of what needs to be done.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A FACE LIFT? - FACE SURGERY
Ideal face lift candidates are those who are seeking improvement for sagging facial and neck skin. They should be physically and psychologically healthy, desiring improvement rather than perfection, and aware of the potential risks and complications associated with facelift surgery.
Most patients who desire a facelift are men and women over 40 years old, seeking to remove the most visible signs of aging.
Common signs of ageing on the face:
- Deep facial wrinkles
- sagging jowls
- sagging and banding in the neck
- sagging cheeks
- nasolabial folds
- hollowness under the eyes
- forehead lines, wrinkles
- glabellar creases
- drooping of the brow
WHERE ARE THE INCISIONS MADE FOR A FACE LIFT? - FACE SURGERY
Generally, incisions begin above the hairline at the temples, extending in a natural line in front of the ear, and continues behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. The surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below, trimming or suctioning fat from around the neck to improve the contour. He or she then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulling the skin back, and then removes the excess.
HOW LONG WILL FACE LIFT RESULTS LAST? - FACE SURGERY
The results of facelift surgery are long-lasting anywhere from 10-15 years; however, the natural aging process varies individually and may cause the skin to sag once again.
WILL IT BE OBVIOUS THAT I'VE HAD A FACE LIFT? - FACE SURGERY
If a face lift is performed correctly, there should be no surgical signs. The goal is to help the patient look more youthful and rested, without creating a face that appears too "tight." Over the course of several months, scars will gradually fade away until they become almost completely invisible.
IS FACE LIFT SURGERY PAINFUL? - FACE SURGERY
Although this procedure is extensive, there is usually very little pain associated with face lift surgery. A feeling of discomfort or tighteness can be experienced for a few days after surgery.
CAN I BE AWAKE DURING FACE LIFT SURGERY? - FACE SURGERY
If you and your doctor prefer to use a local anesthetic, as opposed to general anesthesia, you can be awake during the procedure. If this is the case, you will not feel any pain and be relaxed while the surgery is taking place.
HOW LONG IS THE SURGERY? - FACE SURGERY
In general a face lift surgery can last anywhere from 2-4 hours.
WILL FACE LIFT SURGERY IMPROVE MY OVERALL SKIN COMPLEXION AND ELIMINATE ALL OF MY FACIAL WRINKLES? - FACE SURGERY
No, facelift surgery is designed to target the effects of gravity on your face which results in sagging on the face. Poor skin complexion, pigmentation, vascular lesions and wrinkles of the forehead, face, neck and around the eyes will require procedures such as laser skin rejuvenation treatments, upper eyelids surgery, lower eyelids surgery, brow lift surgery, dermal fillers, and/or Botox injections. Ask your consultant about these complementary treatments.
WHAT IS AN ENDOSCOPIC FACE LIFT? - FACE SURGERY
This technique is also referred to as the "scarless" face lift. This procedure is best suited for patients who have minimal sagging of the skin. This 'high-tech' face lift utilizes a small pencil shaped probe with a camera attached to it. The video images are transmitted to a TV screen in the operating room, allowing the surgeon to see beneath the skin.
The endoscope is inserted via small incisions that are often less than one inch long and thus, easily hidden. The typical endoscopic facelift requires three or more short incisions concealed in the hairline and/or behind the ears. Many types of facelifts can be done endoscopically.
The ideal candidate for an endoscopic face lift is a relatively younger person who doesn't have much loose skin, especially on the neck.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS OF A FACE LIFT? - FACE SURGERY
Although it's extremely rare for a major complication to develop, a face lift is surgery and like any surgery, there is always a risk for complication.
More simple side effects of surgery include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin. Tight feeling and dry skin. Men will permanently have to shave behind ears, due to the repositioning of beard-growing skin.
Major complications include injury to facial nerves (usually temporary but may be permanent).
Other complications include poor healing, excessive scarring, asymmetry or change in the hairline.
HOW LONG BEFORE I CAN RESUME NORMAL ACTIVITIES AFTER MY FACELIFT? - FACE SURGERY
We ask that you arrange your trip out to Hungary for at least 7 days. This gives enough time for your doctor to make an evaluation about the progress of your healing. If there are no complications and all wound areas are clean, you will be able to travel back to your home country. Patients can return back to work in about 10-14 days, but strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks. Facelift patients should avoid alcohol, steam baths and saunas for several months. Must limit exposure to sun for several months as well.