Face lifts, also knows as rhytidectomies are cosmetically surgical procedures focusing on certain areas of one's face with the purpose of giving one a younger appearance. When a surgeon performs face lifts, he generally tightens and removes sagging skin. This is done by removing excess fat, tightening the muscles, and pulling the skin until it's taut. The term face lift doesn't generally apply to areas around the eyebrows or the corners of the mouth.
In most cases, face lifts take two to three hours to perform depending on the procedure. If several different procedures are combined, it will take longer. Though anesthesia is used, a face lift is usually an outpatient surgery and one can go home after the anesthesia wears off. The patient may be groggy, however, so it is important to bring along another party to handle the drive home.
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It generally takes a few weeks to recover from face lifts. Once the procedure is finished, the patient shouldn't be alarmed to look in the mirror and find her face swollen and bruised. The patient will probably experience some pain. In some instances, the pain is minor; in others, it's more severe. It usually differs with each individual case. Pain relief will probably be prescribed by the plastic surgeon. As with any surgury, instructions for post operative care will also be provided.
The first few hours of recovery after a face lift usually require a bit of help getting around. After a day or two, the patient should be able to get around on her own. Most return to work within two weeks.
The best candidates for face lifts are those who are over 40, with skin that is visibly loose on the neck and face. While face lifts might give one a more youthful appearance, the procedures are not without risk. We've all seen photos of famous people who have a permanent "surprised" look due to bad plastic surgery, for example. When one undergoes a face lift, one also runs the risk of suffering from permanent nerve damage. Scarring may also occur, though steps are taken to ensure that scarring is minimal and on a hidden location on the face or neck.
If you're one of countless Americans considering face lifts, be sure to do plenty of research first. Learn about all the procedures and what they entail. Don't forget to study up on the risks. Research the plastic surgeons in your area and don't be afraid to ask for references. Don't consider any surgeon who may have a questionable past, no matter how cheap the rates.