Sagging skin and deep creases dampen your facial beauty and make you look aged, sometimes more than your actual age. This is a significant concern for people who care about their aesthetics. Luckily, they can get help from a facelift, a surgical procedure that restores youthfulness by reducing these notorious aging signs.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Facelift?
- 2 Who is an ideal candidate for a facelift procedure?
- 3 Surprising Benefits of Facelift
- 4 Facelift Pre-Op Guidelines
- 5 Facelift Procedure
- 6 Facelift Post-Op Instructions
- 7 What are Non-Surgical Facelift Procedures?
- 8 Before & After Treatment Results
- 9 How much does a facelift cost?
- 10 Does a facelift last forever?
- 11 What is the difference between a mini-lift and a full facelift?
- 12 What is the best age for a facelift?
- 13 Consult Our Expert Surgeons
What is Facelift?
A facelift, clinically known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical treatment to make your face look younger by targeting moderate to severe skin aging. This procedure smoothens skin folds on the jawline and cheeks and is an excellent solution for heavy sags and jowls. However, it doesn’t treat fine lines and wrinkles but can reduce their appearance.
Who is an ideal candidate for a facelift procedure?
An ideal candidate for a facelift is a person who:
- Does not have a medical condition that hampers healing
- Does not smoke
- Has realistic expectations of the procedure
Surprising Benefits of Facelift
A facelift offers numerous benefits for your facial appearance, such as:
- It tightens the skin on your cheeks and jawline and redefines your neck.
- It removes those unsightly jowls.
- It removes deep creases on the face and neck.
- It offers natural results.
Facelift Pre-Op Guidelines
- Practice proper skincare. This includes keeping the skin moisturized, gentle cleansing, avoiding exposure to dust and pollution, and applying broad-spectrum sunscreen when going out.
- Maintain healthy eating habits by having a balanced diet. Also, avoid crash dieting, over-eating, and alcohol consumption, as they can affect overall well-being.
- Stop smoking, as it can impact your body’s ability to heal.
- Get the prescribed lab tests done before the procedure.
- Stop taking aspirin and supplements that may cause blood thinning.
- Take medications as directed by your practitioner.
- Stop eating or drinking the night before surgery.
Before starting the facelift procedure, the surgeon administers anesthesia. The type of anesthesia depends on the nature of the treatment or the patient’s preferences.
The facelift procedure generally involves lifting the skin and tightening the tissues and muscles. It may also include sculpting, removing, or moving fat in the face and neck. Once the tissues are tightened and repositioned, the surgeon redrapes the skin over the treated region, removes excess skin, and stitches the incisions.
The pattern of incisions for a facelift depends on the preferred treatment technique. The most common facelift techniques include:
- Traditional Facelift. During this surgery, the surgeon makes incisions around the ears, hairline, and under the chin. The skin is then separated from the underlying tissues, after which the muscles and other structures supporting the face and neck are tightened. This procedure also includes removing the extra fat from the face and neck.
- Mini-Facelift: It is a shorter facelift treatment that involves a limited incision, usually in front of the ears. This incision generally extends to the bottom of the earlobe. The surgeon pulls the skin and tissue at the incision site to create a tightened facial appearance. The excess skin is removed, and the incision is stitched or tape-closed.
A facelift is often combined with a Neck Lift, which involves removing excess fat and skin on the neck, particularly around the jawline. The purpose of a neck lift is to address age-related creasing and wrinkling in the neck area to give it a smoother, slimmer profile.
Facelift Post-Op Instructions
Ensure to adhere to the following instructions to avoid complications after a facelift.
- Apply ice to the face and neck for at least three days after surgery.
- Do not lift heavy objects or engage in strenuous physical activities for at least a week.
- Avoid any activity that involves the impact on the face or neck, such as football or other contact sports, for about ten days or until your doctor approves.
- Sleep with the head in an elevated position.
- Avoid excessive sun exposure.
- Contact your practitioner if you feel pain. Avoid ibuprofen as it can increase bleeding.
- Be particularly careful about your diet.
- Keep the incision area clean by washing it with soap and patting the skin dry three times a day. After that, clean the area with a hydrogen peroxide solution using a Q-tip. Mix hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of warm water to prepare this solution.
What are Non-Surgical Facelift Procedures?
Non-surgical facelift procedures are intended to produce similar results as surgical procedures. However, these procedures are generally well-suited for individuals with a mild or moderate impact of aging on their facial appearance. Common non-surgical alternatives to a facelift include:
- HIFU – high-intensity focused ultrasound
- Liquid Facelift
- 8-Point Filler Facelift
- Fotona 4D Facelift
Before & After Treatment Results
How much does a facelift cost?
The average starting price of a facelift in Dubai is AED 45,000. The exact cost of this treatment depends on several factors, such as:
- The expertise of the surgeon
- Facelift technique
- Goals of the patient
- The geographical location of the treatment facility
To get an accurate cost estimate for the procedure, consult with expert plastic surgeons.
Does a facelift last forever?
No, a facelift doesn’t provide permanent results, mainly due to natural aging. However, these results may last up to 20 years, making a facelift a longer-lasting solution for most individuals.
What is the difference between a mini-lift and a full facelift?
A mini-lift is an abbreviated form of a facelift that addresses the upper neck regions and the jowls. On the other hand, a full facelift addresses both of these concerns, including the mid-face and full neck.
What is the best age for a facelift?
A facelift best works for individuals in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. However, this depends on how prevalent your aging signs are and your goals.
Consult Our Expert Surgeons
Do you want to get a facelift to shave years off your face? EuroMed Clinic Center is here to help. Book a consultation with us by calling +971 4 394 5422 or filling out the form below.
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