What is a Facelift Procedure?

Aging is a normal part of life, as are the changes that come with it – wrinkles, folds, lax and loose skin are all visible changes which can be observed on the face and the neck. Rhytidectomy, commonly known as facelift, is a procedure which can help reverse these changes.

Facelift may often be accompanied with facial fat grafts for a better facial volume.

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Who Can Opt for a Facelift?

Visible signs of aging can appear as early as the 30s and become more pronounced with age. Some of these signs are –

  • Sagging facial / neck skin
  • Fold lines between the nose and the corner of your mouth
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Presence of jowls
  • Double chin and turkey neck

Facelift can help people counter these changes by –

  • Making you appear more youthful
  • Getting rid of the lines and wrinkles
  • Tightening the loose muscles
  • Removing excess fat and skin
  • Giving better facial volume

What the procedure will not do –

  • Change the facial bone structure
  • Make you look like someone else

About The Procedure

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It is important for the procedure to be performed by a board-certified surgeon to minimize risks and complications while offering world-class technology and surgical techniques.

Facelift works on the facial muscular apparatus by lifting and tightening the muscles right under the skin (known as SMAS). There are three techniques used by surgeons –

  • SMASectomy – used on bulkier faces
  • SMAS plication – to retain facial volume while working on the contours
  • MACS lift – involves the use of sutures to lift the SMAS

About the different kinds of facelift procedures

  • Classic facelift – the incision is made along the ears and the top of the head. This procedure combines mini facelift with an eyebrow lift.
  • Endoscopic facelift – multiple incisions are made along the hairline. The use of an endoscope leads to more accurate results.
  • Mini facelift – this procedure is performed on the lower third of the face. Incisions are made along the external ear, and the SMAS is tightened from these incisions.
  • Liquid facelift – makes use of dermal fillers and Botox to add volume and tighten the skin.

A good surgeon always focuses on a natural outcome, irrespective of the technique used.

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Facelift is an outpatient procedure which may be performed under local or general anaesthesia, the use of which is determined by the case specifics.

  • You may observe bruising and swelling during the first couple of days. This goes away naturally, though you may be advised to wear a bandage to reduce it.
  • Small tubes may be used to draw off excess fluid or blood.
  • Daily routine may be resumed from the next day. It is advised to resume heavy movement only after consulting your surgeon.

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