A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to make one appear younger and more youthful. The procedure can assist in reducing the folds of skin or sagging on ones cheeks, or jawline, or other changes in the shape of your face which usually occur along with change. This surgery takes pace as over time, ones skin becomes less looser and elastic, and fat deposits increase in some parts of your face while decreasing in others.
The procedure of a facelift consists of a flap of skin on each side of the face being pulled back, and tissues below the skin being surgically changed to return the contour of the face to a younger shape. Before the flap is sutured closed, excess skin is removed. Options for the procedure include the following:
A traditional facelift incision starting at one’s temples in the hairline, continuing down and around the front of one’s, ears and ends behind one’s ears in their lower back.
A limited incision: A shorter incision beginning in one’s hairline just above their ear, wrapping around the front of their ear.
Neck lift incision: Starting in the front of one’s earlobe, and continuing around one’s ear into their lower scalp
A facelift procedure can result in potential numerous complications. Long-term or permanent complications result in the possibility of creating prominent changes in the appearance of an individual. The side effects can include the following:
Hematoma: A collection of blood under the skin causing swelling and pressure.
Scarring: Incision scars from a facelift are usually lasting however, are usually concealed by the hairline and natural contours the ear and face. On rare occasions, incisions can result in red and raised scars.
Nerve injury: This is rare, but can create a temporary or permanent effect on nerves that control sensation or muscles.
Hair loss: Temporary or permanent hair loss can take place near the incision sites.
Skin loss: A face-lift can potentially interrupt the blood supply to one’s facial tissues. This can consequently result in skin loss.
The following factors can potentially present a likely risk or result in unfavorable consequences:
- Blood-thinning medications or supplements: These can affect one’s blood’s ability to clot, and thus, ends up increasing the likelihood of hematomas after surgery.
- Medical conditions: If one has a medical condition which prevents blood clotting, they won’t be able to have a face-lift.
- Smoking: This heavily increases the likelihood of poor wound healing, hematomas, and skin loss once a face-lift is done.
Weight fluctuation: If one has a history of repeated weight gain and loss, the result of the surgery might not be satisfactory, or might be temporarily satisfactory.
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