A facelift is a surgical procedure to give the face a younger and more attractive, natural appearance. This procedure consists in tightening sagging muscles and removing excess skin and fatty tissue from the face and neck. It can provide spectacular results and usually leaves only minor scars.
The most recent techniques have made it possible to further improve the long term results of a facelift and patient satisfaction levels. A facelift attenuates some exterior signs of aging but does not stop the aging process. In order to keep the more youthful look of the face, a second facelift can be done after several years.
Avoid taking Aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs two weeks before and one week after surgery, to keep bleeding to a minimum during and after the operation.The day of the operation, wear comfortable clothing that is easy to put on. Do not wear makeup or jewelry. You might want to do your hair colour before the procedure; otherwise, you will have to wait several weeks after the procedure to dye your hair.
It is important to tell your surgeon if you are in the care of an ophthalmologist, as your ophthalmologist must be kept informed of your eye diseases. Any medications you are taking and whether you are a smoker should also be mentioned to your doctor before the operation. In fact, there’s a greater incidence of operating risk or poor healing among smokers than non-smokers.
Facelifts are generally performed under general or twilight anesthesia. The procedure can last from two to four hours.
After the operation, it is possible that your surgeon may fix a small drain on each side of your face, as well as a light compression bandage around your head. The stay at the medical centre varies for each person, but generally lasts under 24 hours.
Light makeup may be worn starting around ten days after the procedure. You can also wash your hair just a few days after the procedure.
The stitches will be removed quickly and a moisturizer can be useful. It is important to resume your activities gradually. Your face will also be sensitive to cold and sun during the early months and will little by little regain normal sensitivity and flexibility. It is possible the scars on the temples and behind the ears may widen during the first few months.
Here is a list of the complications that could occur: