Facelift Surgery

Is the face lift free from complications? – 2022

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Is the face lift free from complications?

Like any other surgery, face lifting can also have inherent risks during and after surgery.

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Different types of lifiting, different types of needs

The face lift does not necessarily have to be seen as a monolithic intervention, in which the whole face is involved.
Although it is possible to perform a total lifting, on the complete extension of the face and also of the neck, interventions aimed at a particular area of ​​the face are also possible.
With the eyebrow lifting action is taken specifically in the area above the eyes, precisely where the eyebrows are positioned to counteract their natural downward sliding.
It is a type of lifting which, if associated with a blepharoplasty, allows to regain a particular freshness of the gaze and of the whole eye contour area.

The lifting of the middle third of the face and face (also called Midface-lift in English), on the other hand, acts on the fascia that affects the zygomatic region and cheeks up to the upper lip.
It is a particularly delicate area, since there are subtle aesthetic balances, made up of full / empty situations of the fatty parts, which are modified by increasing age.
Over time, much of the tissue that makes the cheekbones high and prominent thins and is shifted down along with the cheeks giving the typical image of an old face: full, sagging cheeks and hollow cheekbones.
The lifting intervenes on these defects which, at the moment, is the only radical and lasting technique to effectively lift the cheekbones and cheeks and restore the right dermoadiposus balance.

The cervical lift, also called neck lift, focuses on the lower part of the face, and involves the whole neck.
Thanks to it, it is possible to counteract excess skin around the neck, fat in the back-chin area and, in general, restore a fresh and youthful appearance to an equally important area such as the face.
In neck lifting it is often necessary to intervene decisively on excess adipose tissue, carrying out a real liposuction of the under-chin region.

Obviously, all these interventions can be combined with each other to obtain a total face lift or, in many cases, an intervention combined with other types of plastic surgery, such as blepharoplasty or lipofilling.

How is a face lift performed?

Depending on the area to be treated, the lifting is performed with various techniques which, however, necessarily involve subtle cuts and incisions.
However, these wounds leave no visible scars, as they are cleverly hidden in the hair, under the chin or behind the ears.
In face lifting, the incision is made in front of the ear with a path that, circumscribing the ear lobe, ends in the nape of the neck, hidden inside the capillice.
These are therefore absolutely invisible scars.
In the neck lift, especially in the presence of a lot of fat in the area of ​​the sub chin to be removed, it is necessary to make a small incision, about 3-5 millimeters long, in the natural groove located in the lower part of the chin.
Again, the resulting small scar is still not visible.

How long does the facelift surgery last, and what type of anesthesia does it require?

The face lifting operation is an extremely personalized intervention: all the techniques known to the surgeon must be wisely chosen and used according to the results to be obtained on or on the patient, and therefore it is at the discretion of the surgeon and anesthetist to choose. the type of anesthesia appropriate for the particular case.
Having said that, it is possible to perform the facelift both under local anesthesia, with sedation, and in general anesthesia.
The duration of the intervention may consequently vary: from about 40 minutes to a few hours.
The average duration of a face lift is around two hours.

Is the facelift surgery painful?

No, the lifting operation is performed under local or general anesthesia, and therefore is not even perceived by the patient.
After the surgery, even the surgical pain is usually absent: if present, it is still minor, and can be kept under control by common painkillers.
It is normal for a slight feeling of heaviness in the face and tightness of the skin to persist, which however diminishes within a few days.
Skin hypersensitivity and any small swellings generally disappear within two or three weeks.

Is the face lift free from complications?

Like any other surgery, face lifting can also have inherent risks during and after surgery.
Although the complications are statistically rare and the surgery is now considered very safe, all the common complications of any surgery can occur such as infections, bruises, excessive bleeding, keloid formation.
In very rare cases, there may be a temporary or permanent injury to the facial nerve.
All these complications are greatly reduced if the facelift surgery is performed by an expert surgeon, in structures in good standing and authorized and, very important, if the patient scrupulously follows every indication and recommendation that will be explained to him before, during and after the ‘operation.

Does the face lift change its appearance or connotations?

Absolutely not.
Contrary to what is still rumored, out of ignorance, the face lift is designed exclusively to counteract the signs of physiological aging of skin, muscles, fat and tissues of the face and neck.
It does not aim to model new features, nor to change the characteristics of the patient.
A successful facelift refreshes and rejuvenates the face, but does not alter the distinctive signs of a subject in any way: it simply counteracts what gravity, cell decay and gravity do to each of us.
The result of a good facelift must guarantee harmony, naturalness, tone and freshness to the face, and this is its main objective.

Is there an age limit for undergoing a face lift?

There are no age limits for this type of surgery, which can also be performed on patients over 70 and over 80 (provided that, well stated, the general health conditions allow it).
Even the average age of patients who decide to undergo a partial or total face lift is very variable: generally it ranges from 40 to 60 years, but the average can change a lot, including even younger patients who, due to lifestyles or due to genetic predisposition, the signs of aging of the face manifest prematurely.


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