Facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure done to give a more youthful facial appearance and a rejuvenated look to the patient. In terms of medical science it is also known as rhytidectomy. The first facelift was performed in Berlin in 1901 by surgeon Eugen Holländer. This is most extensive way to remove or reduce the appearances of wrinkles caused by aging effect.
Facelift techniques have improved vastly in time allowing surgeons to:
- Hide incision
- Lower risk
- Minimize downtimes
- Improve result
The procedure is not just fast and safe but it can also add effectively firmness, youth and volume to the skin that can currently improve facial contours and reducing fine lines and wrinkles. As such facelift surgery is currently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in US. In fact statistics from American society of plastic surgeons showed nearly 120,000 facelift surgeries were performed last year alone.
What can facelift do for you?
Contrary to what most people think a facelift does more than just lifting the skin and getting rid of wrinkles. This is particularly true now days, as advance facelift techniques have been developed to address specific problems. Some procedures target the forehead, brows and upper eye area while other targets cheeks, jaws and neck. Each facelift technique can be tailored as per the patient’s needs and can be performed along with other facial rejuvenation procedures.
Some issues that can be resolved with facelift surgery:
- Deep forehead creases
- Drooping eyebrows
- Lower eyelid creases
- Folds or creases in between the nose and lip corners
- Hollow cheeks or spots where facial fat has shifted
- Saggy skin along chin or jaw line
- Double chin
- Jaws and “turkey gobble” neck
In general a facelift candidate must be in good physical health and must have realistic expectations to be considered for this procedure. The best candidates for facelift surgery are patients who show signs of facial aging but still have skin elasticity. Most patients are above 40 years of age. However doctors mainly look for the following:
- Good facial structure – The surgeon needs certain facial features to better reposition the skin on the underlying tissue. These bony landmarks help in properly redraping the skin during the surgery.
- Good skin condition – Facial skin which has retained its elasticity is ideal for facelift. The surgeon will be able to evaluate the quality of your skin during the initial consultation and then inform whether it is suitable for surgery.
- Low fat – In general facial tissue with low fat content is ideal for facelift.
Surgical vs. Non-surgical facelift
There is considerable difference between surgical and non-surgical facelifts. The former addresses most serious facial skin problem and the result can last up to 10 years or more. The latter is majorly a temporary kind of treatment which is associated with the aging process and the result can last from couple of months to a few years. As facelift surgeries are involved, the traditional facelift remains as the most practical solutions during and after the middle age when the body collagen production slows and the aging production becomes more rapid and irreversible.
There are pros and cons for each when compared to their surgical counterpart. Non-surgical facelift options often have a lower cost but may require several sessions to achieve noticeable result. Moreover the outcome is not permanent and won’t deliver the same dramatic result as traditional facelift.
After a facelift surgery one can expect to appear younger and rejuvenated. It has been largely found that there is a change in a person’s personality too, increasing their self-confidence and reduces anxiety of growing old. The con of facelift is that it cannot reverse the damage done by the sun to the skin. How effective is the surgery is assured by the skill of the plastic surgeon performing the operation.