Face lifts are a relatively common form of plastic surgery, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to understand. As something that can completely transform the way you look, a facelift is a serious surgery that one should think long and hard about before scheduling an appointment.
If you are considering a facelift or just want to know more about it, we can help to answer a few important questions and provide a broad overview of who qualifies, what to expect, and what the entire process will look like.
What is a Facelift?
Before getting too far into what the face lift process looks like, lets take a look at what a face lift is and what problems it can help solve.
A facelift, which may also be called a rhytidectomy, is a procedure to help reduce or eliminate visible signs of aging in the face or neck. As we age and our face loses elasticity, the middle of our face may begin to sag or deep creases can develop around the eyelids or along the sides of our mouths.
Other reasons someone may want a facelift include a looseness of skin around the chin or jaw that creates the illusion of a double chin, or the presence of jowls in the lower face.
A facelift is a surgical procedure. While topical treatments may help to fight the presence of wrinkles, they will not give the same benefits as a true face lift.
How Much Will a Facelift Cost?
Facelifts can be expensive and will oftentimes cost a few thousand dollars to have the procedure done. However, the cost of your facelift will depend on the extent of surgery that needs to be performed, who your doctor is, and the location where you’re getting the surgery.
Included in the cost of your facelift will typically be the medical tests which will need to be performed before and after surgery, the prescriptions and medications you will receive to fight off pain or reduce inflammation, anesthesia fees, the surgeon’s fee, and other hospital costs for the surgery.
While a facelift may be pricey for some, keep in mind that the surgery has the power to completely transform your appearance and boost your confidence. You should also keep in mind that you usually get exactly what you pay for when it comes to plastic surgery. Trying to find the best price usually means you will be unhappy with the results.
Who is the Right Candidate for a Facelift?
Individuals who get facelifts are typically older or are just starting to experience the changes that aging can bring. But this doesn’t mean you need to be of a certain age to consider getting a facelift. Younger individuals may want a facelift if they feel that their skin is too loose or they are otherwise unhappy with the way the skin on their face or neck falls.
Candidates for a facelift should have realistic expectations for what the surgery can do for them. While a facelift can transform the face and neck and take years off your appearance, there is only so much that a facelift can do. You should be positive about the experience and talk thoroughly with your surgeon about the results you’re hoping to receive from the surgery.
Candidates for a facelift will also need to show that they do not have any pre-existing medical conditions that could impair the healing process. These medical conditions could make an elective surgery, such as plastic surgery and a facelift, dangerous to perform.
What Happens the Day of Surgery?
If you have decided that a facelift is right for you, you will want to be fully prepared for what to expect on the day of surgery. As with any other surgery you may get, a doctor and team of nurses will run a series of tests to ensure your body is prepared for surgery. Depending on your stay in the hospital after surgery, you may want to bring some items to make the time more comfortable, including a favorite pillow, some books, or your laptop.
After anesthesia is administered, the facelift process will begin. The facelift procedure involves a small incision around the top of the face, around the temples, and behind the ears. Your doctor will them manipulate and tighten the skin to achieve the results you’re looking for. In some instances, liposuction may be necessary.
Once the skin is tightened, the incisions will be closed and bandaged and your surgery will be complete.
What is the Facelift Recovery Time Like?
Immediately following surgery, your face will be tightly wrapped in a bandage to put slight pressure on the incisions to minimize swelling and bruising. Each surgeon will have different requirements for how long you will need to stay in the hospital before you can return home.
Before you are released, they will go over the recommended way to clean the incision spots, which medicines you should take, and how to best take care of yourself while healing.
Recovery time will depend on the individual, how much work was done, and their body’s reaction to the surgery. Under most circumstances, you can expect to be in recovery for two to three weeks. During the first week of recovery, you will probably find that you do not want to do much other than rest and relax.
After a week or two, you may begin to feel better about leaving the house and interacting with other individuals or completing light chores. After about three weeks, you will probably feel ready to return to work and living as you did before the facelift surgery.
However, it may take up to three months for you to fully feel recovered from your facelift surgery. You should keep this in mind if you hope to get a facelift for an event or certain date, such as a holiday, a trip, or a wedding.