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Facelift

Facelifts are designed to reduce the slackness in the tissues of the face; a facelift tightens or excises muscle, fat and skin, producing a more youthful, rested appearance. Generally speaking, facelift procedures only address the two-thirds of the face, although a surgery can combine both facelift and eyelid surgery or browlift.

For individuals interested in reducing sagging in the facial area, facelifts may be the best way to address the problem. For many patients, the key issues corrected by facelift surgery include sagging jowls, loose neck skin, and fat accumulation under the chin. Facelifts work in essentially the same manner, although there are some variations in techniques, depending upon the specific individual's facial construction, and the intended outcome of the surgery.

Is facelift the right choice for me?

The facelift is the third most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S. Also known as rhytidectomy, facelifts tighten sagging skin and tissue, creating a smooth, youthful appearance and countering the effects of aging. Rhytidectomy is designed to address problems in the lower face and neck, and will not correct wrinkles at the corners of the eyes or the creases of the lips.

When considering a facelift, prospective patients should be careful to consider alternatives to rhytidectomy as well. For example, chemical and laser peels are effective, non-invasive methods of resurfacing the skin and treating wrinkles. Facelift is a surgical procedure including several risks like:

  • infection
  • necrosis
  • scarring

A rhytidectomy is performed in a surgical suite or a hospital, and may require an overnight stay in the hospital, although most patients return home within hours. Depending upon the type of lift and the amount of sagging tissue, a rhytidectomy can take anywhere between two and five hours to complete. The patient will be under general anesthetic for the duration of the procedure.

There are a growing number of options for the techniques used in performing a rhytidectomy, but the basic procedure consists in making incisions just behind the hairline, then lifing and repositioning the sagging muscle tissue, removing excess skin and closing the incisions with sutures. Patients are typically bandaged to protect the surgical sites and will need to return to have the sutures removed within 5-7 days.

Individuals investigating the ways in which a facelift could help them should meet with a plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon and patient will determine reasonable expectations for facelift results, depending upon the facial bone structure, and specific problems to be addressed. Many surgeons will use photographs of the individual from an earlier period to guide facelift surgery and create a more youthful-looking face. A good plastic surgeon can help decide if facelift surgery is a good choice for the prospective patient, and will explain all benefits and risks.

Non-surgical Facelifts

Non-surgical facelifts offer physical enhancement of the face through safe and cost-effective treatment options without the risks and recovery period associated with traditional surgical facelifts. Non-surgical facelifts can reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines to enhance the overall appearance of one's facial features. In addition to being less involved, non-surgical facelifts are less expensive than their surgical counterparts. A traditional surgical facelift can cost between $7,000 and $10,000, whereas non-surgical facelifts are closer to the $700 to $1,000 range.

Non-surgical facelifts are less invasive, do not require the extensive recovery period that may not be feasible for some patients, and generally have a much lower risk of side effects. The results of non-surgical facelifts tend to last for a shorter period of time than surgical results and are not able to change the features and skin of the face as dramatically as a traditional procedure. Despite these limitations, non-surgical facelifts are an excellent cosmetic option for men and women who seek aesthetic enhancement of minor facial imperfections. There are a myriad of non-surgical facelifts from which a patient may choose one or more that would best achieve their aesthetic goals.

Of all the non-surgical facelifts available, the FDA-approved Botox procedure has become the most popular. Botox non-surgical facelifts are sought by individuals who wish to successfully reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox treatments involve a series of small injections to temporarily relax the facial muscles. The results of these non-surgical facelifts last between three and six months.

Chemical peels are another popular type of non-surgical facelifts. There are different types of chemical peel non-surgical facelifts that target a specific depth of the skin to achieve the optimal results desired:

  • Alphahydroxy acid (AHA) and Betahydroxy acid (BHA) peels are the mildest Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) peels provide a medium depth peel
  • Phenol peels are used for the deepest peel

Dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, and laser resurfacing techniques are also popular non-surgical facelifts that can safely and effectively correct facial blemishes.

Dermal injections are also popular non-surgical facelifts that raise the facial tissues to diminish the appearance of skin imperfections. The most common types of injection include:

The popularity of these non-surgical facelifts is growing exponentially, with the popularity of hyaluronic acid procedures increasing 920 percent between 2003 and 2004 alone.

Facelift costs

Facelift costs can vary greatly depending on the type of procedure a patient seeks. Facelift costs are greater for surgical procedures, compared to those which are not surgical in nature. There are also mini-facelift techniques that are in the mid-range of facelift costs. Facelift costs also vary depending on:

  • patient health
  • procedure specifics
  • geographical location
  • who performs the procedure

In 2003, the average facelift cost for a traditional procedure was'[p;=+ just under six thousand dollars. The national figures for facelift costs are averages for the cost of the procedure itself and do not include surgeon's fees, anesthesia fees, facility fees and medication costs. Anesthesia related facelift costs can range from three to eight hundred dollars depending on if the surgery requires a local or general anesthetic and if sedation is used. Facility-related facelift costs can range from six to nineteen hundred dollars.

Depending on the nature of a patient's facial enhancement desires, some may benefit from a mini-facelift or a non-surgical facelift option. One of the most important elements of facelift surgery is finding a procedure that is right for you and can safely deliver the results you seek. It is also more important to find a well qualified and experienced surgeon that has your best interests in mind, rather than one with the least expensive facelift costs.

Facelift Recovery

Conventional facelift recovery used to take up to two to three weeks, but with more and more minimally invasive procedures being performed, facelift recovery time has gotten shorter. Since many men and women do not always need the full facelift, there are various options available today to improve appearance to a more youthful, rested look than by having to endure surgery under a general anesthesia with a longer recovery period.

With more cosmetic surgery candidates choosing to benefit from procedures at an earlier age in order to take a more preventative approach to cosmetic surgery, mini-procedures that provide a more subtle lift are associated to a quicker recovery. When patients choose the less invasive, quick facelift recovery procedures, within days, or even within minutes, they can enjoy their more youthful appearance.

A recent study shows there is a new breed of cosmetic surgery patients who do not want to wait for a full facelift when they are 50 but instead reverse aging by undergoing a few mini-procedures, one at a time as signs of aging begin to appear. The facelift recovery time is reduced, so the downtime is reduced, the procedures are minimally invasive and the patient appears more rested and youthful without anyone having to even know about the procedures.

Facelift for men

Facelift for men is becoming increasingly more popular in the United States. A facelift for men can greatly enhance the aesthetic attractiveness of a patient's face, visually subtracting years from a patient's appearance. There are several reasons why facelift for men is becoming increasingly desirable. Men are becoming more aware of the benefits of a more youthful and attractive appearance in the business and social world. It is also becoming more acceptable for males to be concerned with their aesthetic qualities in addition to other desirable traits.

Men often seek a facelift because they are concerned about droopiness in their face and neck area, and heaviness in the jowl area. A good candidate for a facelift is any male in good physical and psychological health who wishes to enhance their physical appearance through cosmetic surgery. A typical patient who seeks a facelift for men is between the ages of thirty and seventy. Men are good candidates for a facelift because their skin is often thicker and less wrinkly than women's skin. Good skin tone usually correlates with better facelift results.

There are a number of special considerations regarding a facelift for men. Because men do not often have the option of concealing scars under their hair, the incisions made during a facelift must be placed strategically and inconspicuously. The incisions made during a facelift are generally made in the natural crease of the sideburn, inside the ear or around the earlobe, under the chin, or back into the hairline. All incisions will be made to be as inconspicuous as possible after the procedure.

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