Face Lift

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Face Lift

Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy), is a cosmetic procedure that will give you a fresh and beautiful appearance of youth. 

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Before the procedure

Sometimes the procedure is done with sedation and local anesthesia, which numbs only part of your body. In other cases, general anesthesia — which renders you unconscious — is recommended.

During the procedure

In general, a face-lift involves elevating the skin and tightening the underlying tissues and muscles. Fat in the face and neck may be sculpted, removed or redistributed. Facial skin is then re-draped over the newly repositioned contours of the face, excess skin is removed, and the wound is stitched or taped closed.

After the procedure

After a face-lift, you may experience

  • Mild to moderate pain    
  • Drainage from the incisions

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • Numbness

Recovery Time

Most patients experience some discomfort, but medication can relieve tenderness. Bruising and swelling will be at their worst after 2 days, and they can persist for a few days. Recovery normally takes around 2 weeks, and vigorous activity can resume after 4 weeks. They can turn back to their normal life within 3 months.

You should rest with your head elevated in a recliner or with at least 2 pillows for at least the first week after surgery. Try not to sleep on the side of your face but rather sleep with the back of your head on the pillow for about two weeks. Some patients prefer an airline type pillow for comfort.

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