The years go by and the signs of the time are visible on our faces. Add to that the variations in weight and changes in the body that cause the skin to stretch and sag to form wrinkles. To limit these small imperfections, it is advisable to adopt a good hygiene of life and to use regular care in the form of cream, mask and lotion. But when these are no longer sufficient, the facelift appears to be the ideal solution to bring a satisfactory result. You should know that there is not just one kind of facelift. Find out here which one to choose for a specific area of the face.
Fine lines, crow's feet, frown lines, puppet lines… Have you ever thought about correcting them with a facelift? Before taking the plunge, here's everything you need to know.
"Lifting" is an English word which means "to lift". In this sense, it is a cosmetic surgery which consists of raising the tissues that are loose and sagging over time. This surgical act aims to tighten the skin, remove wrinkles and reshape the appearance with a natural finish.
While different parts of the body may be suitable, such as the arms, buttocks or thighs, facelifts remain the most common. This operation is not the same for all zones. Indeed, the nature of the surgical intervention differs according to the state of the part to be treated and the desired results.
The operation is performed either under local anesthesia, with deep sedation giving deep relaxation, or under general anesthesia, with an anesthetist. It can be an intervention only on the skin or in a deeper way on the muscular and fatty parts. The surgical act lasts on average 2 to 3 hours. The facelift has the effect of rejuvenating the skin by around 10 years, without modifying the rate of aging which resumes its normal course.
Although it is a small surgery, the facelift is an act that must be thought through, because it is advisable to learn upstream about its advantages and disadvantages. Here's what to consider before you get started.
There is no ideal age to consider having a facelift. As soon as a sagging skin is seen and bothers you, you can resort to it. Note, however, that cosmetic surgery of the face is not recommended for people who are too young. This could lead to an aesthetic result that is too frozen. On the other hand, performing a facelift on an older person is not recommended due to the lack of elasticity of the skin. Ideally, this practice is done on a person who is between 40 and 60 years old. Of course, one must take into consideration the condition of the skin, the type of face, the desired results, etc.
After a facelift, hospitalization lasts 24 to 48 hours. Note that it will be difficult for you to resume social and professional activity for about 3 weeks after the operation. Also note that during the 10 days following the operation, the treated skin is deformed by bruises. During the first month, she is "hard" and insensitive.
The prices vary according to the degree of complexity of the intervention, the surgeon and the specificity of each patient. Generally speaking, the price of a facelift is between 5,000 and 10,000 euros.
Like any surgery, facelifts can be prone to complications and side effects, but these are fairly minimal. The most frequent is the appearance of hematomas in 2 to 8% of cases. Infections are very rare, and only require treatment with antibiotics. Sometimes, healing problems occur, especially in patients who are heavy smokers. This is the reason why the surgeon will recommend that you stop smoking 4 to 6 weeks before the operation.
There are several types of facelift depending on the area you want to tighten.
This is the surgical operation performed on the neck and the oval of the face. This facelift aims to lift the jowls and tighten the neck by reducing excess skin fat at this level. The contour of the jaw and chin is then redefined, while the folds and wrinkles of the neck are erased. The cervico-facial lift is often accompanied by liposuction of the neck in order to remove excess fat by suction. The skin is redraped and then returns to its natural shape.
This intervention is generally performed from the age of 50. Its effectiveness is seen after 2 to 6 months. It should be noted that the cervico-facial lifting does not modify the structure of the face, but restores it.
The idea of this surgery is to tighten the skin and muscles of the forehead. This will correct the bad position of the eyebrows and the sagging of the upper eyelids, erase the crow's feet and fade the frown lines. The forehead lift is done through an intracapillary incision (under the hair). It is generally practiced from the age of 40.
This is an intervention that is done at the temples. The temporal lift corrects the fall of the eyebrow tail which results from excess skin in the upper eyelid. The incision will be made on the scalp of the temporal skin. Also note that, although botulinum injections can have the same effect, the effects of the temporal lift are longer lasting.
This technique makes it possible to redraw the contour of the face and forehead, but for a more localized action than the cervico-facial lifting. Performing a mini face lift will correct sagging skin and muscles, and fat around the face and forehead. The operation is performed under local anesthesia for a period of 45 minutes. It is recommended for 40 to 50 years old and offers a visible final result after 6 months after the operation.
If you want to correct sagging lower eyelids, dark circles and cheekbones, go for the malar lift. This operation will fill dark circles that are too visible, raise the cheekbones and reduce the top of the nasolabial fold. This facelift is performed quite rarely, because it is not suitable for all patients. In addition, the postoperative period is quite long.
Temples, eyebrows, cheeks and jowls, do you notice sagging skin and muscles in any of these areas of the face? Performing a localized facelift will allow you to remedy this. Note, however, that having recourse to cosmetic surgery, however small, must be done with full knowledge of the facts. We invite you to get closer to a professional with several years of know-how to avoid possible complications.
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