Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to give a smooth and more youthful facial appearance. This procedure removes excess facial skin and fat and helps to reshape the lower half of the face.
A facelift can tighten loose and sagging skin around the jawline. It can also remove creases around the nose and mouth, and excess skin and fat in the neck and under the chin. The procedure can also help increase skin integrity by tightening the underlying tissues. Often, it is combined with other surgical interventions to enhance the eyelids, forehead, cheeks, and brows.
Why it’s done?
A facelift is only confined to reshaping the neck and the bottom two-thirds of the face. People get rhytidectomy for a lot of different reasons. The most common reason is to reduce the wrinkles and help disguise signs of ageing.
A facelift is a good option for;
- Those who want to remove wrinkles and fine lines at the bottom of the face and neck
- Those interested in removing the excess, sagging skin
- Those with a double chin
- Those who want to look younger
- Those who have realistic expectations from the surgery
How it’s done?
Facelifts vary depending on the final results and desired outcomes. Traditionally, this procedure involves an incision that is made in the hairline near the temples. It goes in front of the ear, hugging the earlobe, and then back to the lower neck behind the ears.
After numbing the area with local anaesthesia, excess skin and fat are removed from the face. In some cases, the fat may be redistributed. The underlying connective tissues and muscle are redistributed and tightened.
If a neck lift is also a part of overall surgery, the excess skin, muscles, and fat will be removed from the neck. The loose skin of the neck will be removed or tightened. This is usually done through a small incision just under the chin.
The incisions on the face and the neck often have skin glue or dissolvable sutures. In some cases, non-absorbable sutures are given that needs to be removed after a few days. The incisions and sutures are made in such a professional way that they easily blend with your facial structure and hairline.
Is it worth it?
Research suggests that 21% of facelifts relapse five and a half years after surgery. 76% of people still have great skin and look younger than they did before the procedure.