Degeneration of skin cells with aging results in loosening of the skin of the face and neck. Facelift, also known as meloplasty or rhytidectomy, involves surgical procedures that tightens and removes drooping skin. This surgical tightening of the facial muscles improves the tone of the skin. These procedures also involve the removal and repositioning of the excessive fat present beneath the skin.
Face lift is more commonly performed in the age group between 40-65 years, but people with the higher or lower age group can also go for it. The results of a facelift usually last for 5-12 years.
Purposes of face lift surgery
The objective of face lift surgery is as follows:
Face lift surgery does not involve the alteration of the bone structure of the face.
Face lift surgery is performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia. The type of facelift surgery depends upon the age, type of skin (dry, thick etc.), condition and requirement of the individual person.
Depending upon the general health and the extent of the procedure, facelift surgery can be performed with a short stay in the hospital. In some cases, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin for the drainage of excessive fluid.
The basic post-operative instructions for the person’s undergone facelift are as follows:
Risks and complications
Face lift surgery is generally a safe procedure. Smokers are having increased risk of complication. The associated risks and complications with face lift surgery are as follows:
Revision surgery may be recommended for correcting the complications.