During a face lift, the skin is cut and then stitched back together after the removal of excess fat and skin. This procedure reshapes the face into a desired position. The degree of the face lift can change according to how much the underlying tissue is raised.
Also Known As:
- Facial surgery
Conditions Treated with a Face Lift:
A face lift is performed in order to treat wrinkles and sagging skin. It is also utilized for patients who have a congenital birth defect or have suffered facial trauma.
A non-surgical alternative to a face lift is the use of anti-aging skincare products. Additionally, surgical procedures that can improve the look of facial skin include collagen replacement therapy, dermabrasion, microdermabrasion, filler injections, thread lifts, chemical skin peels, laser skin resurfacing and thermage.
Anesthesia with a Face Lift:
A face lift is performed with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Face Lift:
Possible risks following a face lift include infection, bleeding, facial paralysis and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Some patients experience temporary bruising and swelling following the procedure.
Prognosis after a Face Lift:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a face lift is good. Patients should still expect to experience normal aging.
Recovery from a Face Lift:
The total recovery time following a face lift is two to four weeks.