A facelift is a plastic surgery procedure used to correct areas of the face and neck that have diminished through age or injury. The procedure elevates the cheeks, improves the lower face jowls, and defines the neck. A facelift does not improve the quality or the texture of the skin, but it can be combined with a skin resurfacing technique to achieve that desired appearance. Facelifts can range from a very simple skin tightening procedure to something more complex. Because of this, you should seek the expert advice of a qualified physician before scheduling a facelift.
Even though a facelift is an elective procedure, candidates for a facelift must be in optimum health with medical clearance. Both men and women may be candidates for a facelift. Patients may request a facelift beginning in their 40s all the way up to their 80s. In general, patients want to have a facelift to look younger.
There are many different techniques for performing a facelift, and each surgeon will use his own preferred technique. The surgeon will address the problem areas, removing extra skin and tightening the remaining skin to achieve the desired results. A facelift will take anywhere from two to six hours, depending on how much is done and the surgeon’s experience. A faster facelift is not necessarily a better one. Depending on the technique that is used, you may see swelling or bruising anywhere from two weeks to a few months after the facelift. Most of the swelling, regardless of technique, will resolve in the first month. It will take three to four weeks for most of the swelling to resolve and probably three to six months for all of it to resolve. After this, you should have a reasonably good idea of what the final look will be.
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