Facelift Related Terms:
Aptos Face Lift, Aptos Neck Lift, Browlift, Cosmetic Surgery, Eyebrow Lift, Face Lift, Face Procedures, Facial Contour Alterations, Forehead Lift, Forehead Surgery, Lower Face Lift, Mid Face Lift, Neck Lift, Nip And Tuck, Plastic Surgery, Radiothermoplasty, Rhytidectomy, Rhytidectomy, Rhytidoplasty, Skin Procedures, Thermacool, Thermage, Thermalift, Threadlift, Wrinkles Removal

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As we become older, the gravity, exposure to sun, and everyday stress, all leave their marks on our faces. Wrinkles appear between the nose and the mouth, the skin becomes loose, dropping below the jaw line, and extra fat and skin accumulates around the neck. Facelift cannot stop the aging process but it can "turn back time" by removing extra skin and fat and by straightening the muscles.

The ideal candidates for the procedure are patients with face and neck skin which started to drop, yet still has its elasticity.

The operation takes 3-7 hours (it can be longer if additional procedures are performed). Some surgeons prefer to work on each side at a time, where others handle both sides simultaneously. The positioning of the cuts and the magnitude of the operation depend on the face structure and the repair required. The cut usually starts on the forehead and goes in front of the ear and behind the ear lobe. An additional cut is made below the chin, to repair the neck. The surgeon separates the skin from the fat, removes the extra fat, strengthens the muscles and returns the fat pockets where they used to be. After that he stretches the skin, cuts the extra and closes with sutures. Ususally, a drainage tube is left in both sides to draine secretions and blood. The face is bandaged for the first 24 hours.

Every operation has its risks. Although not common, such include: bleeding, infection, damage to facial nerves (usually temporal), face asymmetry and delayed healing. Patients who smoke have higher rates of delayed healing.

There may be pain or uncomfortable feeling after the recovery which can be treated with painkillers. A sensation of ants crawling would usually disappear within several weeks after surgery. Bandages are removed after a day or two and your face may look swollen, with red or pale and bleeding spots. You must remember that those will disappear after few days or weeks.

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You can come out of bed after 24, however, you should avoid any efforts for at least a week, in order to help the healing process. You should avoid alcohol, hot tubs and saunas for at least a month. Most of the patients feel disappointed at first, sinve their face looks and feels strange, however, after a few weeks the scars will heal and you will be able to see the final results. Many patients return to work after 3 weeks. Sometimes you may need to use make up to blur the hemorrhage spots.

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