Everything You Need To Know About Facelift Surgery

Everything You Need To Know About Facelift Surgery


By Dr. Sunil Soni, Cosmetic/Plastic Surgery

With age, your face tends to lose out on its skin elasticity, muscle and fat tone. A facelift surgical method is used to eliminate excess skin from your face to endow it with a younger look by lifting and firming facial tissues.

Types of Facelift Surgery:

  1. A mild degree of sagging can be treated with a mini-facelift surgery. This is a less invasive method for tightening deep facial tissues with the help of shorter incisions.
  2. Standard Facelift: A traditional or standard facelift addresses moderate or advanced signs of ageing around the region surrounding the neck or the face. This surgery is much more invasive as compared to the mini-facelift surgery and requires longer recovery time.

How does this surgery work?

The exact technique to be used by a cosmetic surgeon is based on certain factors such as:

  1. Patient’s anatomy
  2. Personal expectations
  3. Extent and type of the facelift (standard vs. mini)
  4. Whether the patient is undergoing another procedure simultaneously

Facelifts are usually performed under general anesthesia although a local one may be used in case the procedure is comparatively less invasive. After an initial incision has been made, the underlying muscles and connective tissues are separated from the skin. This allows for repositioning of the deeper tissues of the face to prevent jowls, thereby creating a strong foundation for the skin. Next, the excess skin is eliminated while the remaining skin is gently placed over the newly regenerated facial tissues, rendering the face a smoother and more youthful contour, without the need of excessive tightening.

However a facelift surgery is not devoid of complications. Some of them are:

  1. Bruising or bleeding
  2. Infection
  3. Temporary neurological dysfunction such as loss of muscle functioning
  4. Thickened or widened scars
  5. Hair loss around the site of incision
  6. Asymmetry between two sides
  7. Skin necrosis (loss of skin due to tissue death)

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