If you feel that you are beginning to show signs of aging or if you tend to have loose skin on your neck and face you may be an ideal candidate for a facelift. As we age our skin begins to lose elasticity and this can cause an overall tired appearance, along with wrinkles, jowls, hollow cheeks, and loose skin in the neck. The purpose of a facelift is to create a more youthful appearance, and some patients may look ten to twenty years younger after surgery.
There are several different variations of the facelift procedure, but they all will require either general anesthesia, local anesthesia, or conscious sedation. Some procedures are more invasive than others, and the cost will vary with the invasiveness of the procedure. The most commonly performed procedures are the deep plane and the superficial musculoaponeurotic system procedures, while some of the less invasive procedures include the short scar and endoscopic procedures.
Although these types of procedures are most often performed on women, there are procedures that are performed on men as well. It is estimated that men comprise roughly nine percent of patients who undergo these types of procedures. Men do not have to worry that they will look more feminine after a surgical procedure. A skilled surgeon will be able to enhance the male features during the surgery.
While patients usually experience remarkable results, it is important to remember that this type of procedure only targets certain areas, such as the jaw line or the mid and lower face. Sometimes a surgeon may recommend additional procedures to give the overall desired outcome. Some of these additional procedures may include having work done on the neck, eyelids, nose, eyebrows, chin, or ears. Your surgeon would discuss the need for any additional procedures and explain the benefits during your initial consultation.
Your initial consultation is a critical step in the surgical process. Your surgeon will discuss your overall health, examine your skin, bone structure, and tissue, and ask what your goals are for the outcome of your surgery. Although your doctor may show you some before and after photos of work they have done, it is important for you to be as specific as possible about the look you are trying to achieve. The consult is a great time to discuss any concerns you may have as well as ask any questions you may need answers to.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Some of the more common risks include bleeding, infection, scars, swelling, pain, and numbness. There are certain lifestyle factors that can make you a higher risk factor, including smoking and drinking. Certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, and heart or lung disease may also increase your chance of having complications after your surgery. Discussing all of these things with your doctor during your initial consult is extremely important.
Once you have decided on a surgeon and the two of you have determined that you are an ideal candidate for a facelift all that is left is for you to do is to get through recovery and enjoy the results of your more youthful appearance.