Face Lift: Before the operation
Before performing a face lift operation, the doctor conducts a pre-consultation session with the person to make sure that the patient does…
A face-lift operation aims to tighten the skin of the face and the tissues under it in order to reduce the appearance of signs of aging, such as: wrinkles, skin folds, highlighting the jaw line and cheeks, and removing excess fat under the chin. It is performed for cosmetic purposes only for women who aspire to appear With a more youthful appearance.
The face-lift procedure is associated with many risks, such as the following:
- infection in the wound
- Incision site scars.
- Severe drop in blood pressure.
- Facial nerve damage.
- Facial swelling.
Before the operation
Before performing a face-lift operation, the doctor conducts a pre-consultation session with the person to make sure that the patient does not have some diseases that may prevent him from performing the operation, as well as clarify the reasons that prompted him to do it.
Some tests are done as needed, such as: a complete blood count, a blood chemistry check, and sometimes a prior chest x-ray and electrocardiograph (ECG) are done in older people.
You must consult the doctor about the medications that must be stopped before the operation, and it is forbidden to drink alcohol for 48 hours before the operation, and to fast completely for 8 hours before the operation.
A face-lift can be performed in several surgical methods, according to the surgeon’s experience, the amount of muscle and fat a person has, in addition to the thickness and nature of the skin, in the following details:
- The area is cleared.
- An incision is made in the skin in the lower chin area, often on the jaw line, to remove the skin in the neck and then lift it up, exposing the underlying muscle tissue.
- The surgeon tightens the muscle, then removes the remnants of skin and fat and returns the skin to its new location.
- Other incisions are usually made in the front and back area of the ears, and the same process is repeated in each area individually, according to the amount of skin present and the degree of tightening required, and the operation usually takes approximately 2-3.5 hours.
- The face is covered with an elastic bandage when the procedure is over, and the surgeon sometimes leaves one or several drain tubes in order to drain residual fluid and blood from the tissues.
After the operation
The patient is often kept in the hospital for 24 hours after a facelift; To ensure the stability of his condition, he must refrain from tightening or bending the neck, and using the facial muscles in the first days after the operation.
The elastic bandage is removed within several days, and bleeding and swelling can occur under the skin, but it usually goes away within two weeks, and the patient’s recovery takes about 10 days, and there is no need to remove the stitches, as they are absorbed naturally.
There are many factors that influence the results of a facelift, including the patient’s age, skin thickness, skin type, and elasticity. The rate of recovery varies from person to person, and the final result of a facelift is often seen several weeks and even months after the operation.
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