There are many different cosmetic surgery procedures that can transform the way that we look, but one that continues to remain top of the popularity list is the facelift. A facelift, officially known as a rhytidectomy, is a procedure that is designed to lift up and pull back the skin of the face so that it adheres more closely to the underlying structures and appears tighter and smoother. In doing so, deeper lines and wrinkles are reduced or eliminated, and the jaw becomes more defined, creating an overall appearance that is much more youthful.
Here are some of the most popular benefits of getting a facelift.
Easily one of the main reasons why many people opt for a facelift, the procedure is highly effective at reducing many of the signs of aging that affect the face in just a single procedure. It does this by removing excess skin, tightening underlying tissue and muscles and then pulling skin tight to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Some of the key concerns that can be addressed using a facelift include:
Sagging skin around the midface, jaw and neck
Deep creases that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth, or from the corners of the mouth down to the chin
Crinkles and lines around the sides of the eyes (crow’s feet)
Sagging jowls / double chin
Displaced facial fat
Many people agree that a facelift can take as much as a decade off of your previous appearance.
Although a facelift is a surgical procedure, the incisions that are made as part of the treatment are designed to be virtually invisible to the naked eye. This is because, wherever possible, the incisions will be made in the hairline or behind the ears, keeping them carefully concealed. In doing so, there are no telltale signs that you have ever had the surgery.
Any surgical procedure requires patients to take a little time to recover and heal. However, many people are surprised to learn that there is less downtime associated with a facelift than they might expect. Rather than spending weeks with your face wrapped in bandages and experiencing pain, most people find that with the right care, they are able to get their swelling and discomfort under control fairly quickly. And you should be able to get back to your usual daily activities with a perfectly presentable face within a few weeks of treatment. If you have any questions about downtime, your cosmetic surgeon will be happy to answer them.
Long gone are the days when a facelift created a very unnatural lift that left people in no doubt that you’d restored to surgery to restore a youthful appearance. Modern facelift techniques enable surgeons to reposition facial tissues in order to create a much more youthful, yet still natural, appearance. And while the longevity of your results will be determined by how well you take care of your skin following your facelift, most people are able to maintain their new appearance by as much as a decade before further treatment is required.
While some cosmetic surgeries must be performed as a standalone treatment, a facelift can be performed at the same time as many other cosmetic procedures. Choosing to do so could benefit your schedule, enabling you to have just a single period of anesthetic and/or recovery time, making it easier to fit into a busy lifestyle as well as enhancing your appearance.
If you would like to learn more about facelifts, or to schedule a consultation to discuss this popular cosmetic surgery procedure, please contact our discreet and friendly team.