Wrinkles

‘Face-lift' (Rhytidectomy) in Combating Wrinkles

A face-lift is the most wide-ranging surgery to remove or reduce wrinkles. The skin is lifted off the face so that the tissues underneath can be tightened.

Results after Surgery

  • Primarily your face will feel firm and will perhaps look and feel weird to you. But it is necessary to get used to it.
  • Lack of sensation of the skin may last for weeks or months after the surgery. Your skin may feel coarse and dried out for a few months too.

How Does It Work

  • Having a face-lift can make your face appear younger and healthier. Your face will continue to age, but a face-lift does indeed “take years off” your face. For some people, this may increase self-confidence and reduce anxiety over growing older.
  • A face-lift can reduce signs of aging to a great extent. But it cannot remove all facial wrinkles around the eyes, below the nose, and around the lips.
  • The effectiveness and safety of your face-lift surgery depends heavily upon the skill of your surgeon.

Risks

Problems that may be caused by having a face-lift include:

  • Reactions to the anesthesia.
  • Bleeding under the skin.
  • Infection.
  • Damage to the nerves that supply the muscles of the face. This can cause paralysis or spasm in the face, but the effects are usually temporary.
  • Hair loss (alopecia).
  • Tissue loss.
  • Scarring.
  • Blood clots in large veins traveling up to the heart and lungs (pulmonary embolism). This is not common.

As with all cosmetic procedures, here is also the risk that the results will not be what you expected. However, an experienced plastic surgeon can usually give you a very clear idea of what to expect after surgery.

What to Think About

  • As with other cosmetic procedures, you are more likely to be happy with the results of your face-lift if you have clear, realistic expectations about what the surgery can achieve and you share these with your plastic surgeon.
  • Insurance companies do not cover the costs of face-lifts. It is important to know what the total costs of the procedure will be, including fees for the operating facility, the anesthesiologist’s and surgeon’s fees, medicines, office visits, and other services and materials.

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