Many of us may have heard of facelifts, but the question is, do we really know what they entail? Some people believe that a facelift involves the reconstruction of the whole face, including the eyes, nose, chin, cheeks and lips. However, a facelift only addresses certain parts of the face, such as the jawline and the cheeks.
“A facelift is a procedure
carried out surgically to correct
sagging skin that develops due to
the effects of ageing.”
What does it entail?
A facelift is a procedure carried out surgically to correct sagging skin that develops due to the effects of ageing. The ageing process causes the skin to lose its elasticity, which in turn leads to loose skin around the neck and the lower parts of the face. The loose skin, which can encourage the formation of deep wrinkles, can make you look older and more tired. A facelift works wonders to reverse this sagging skin with very little recovery time.
How does facelift surgery work?
There are three different facelifts available: a mid facelift, a comprehensive facelift and a mini facelift. Before a surgeon decides which procedure to use, he/she will consider the patient’s anatomy, the severity of the skin sagging or wrinkling, the patient’s health and their beauty goals.
A comprehensive facelift
This procedure aims to lift and tighten the neck area, as well as the lower and upper face. The surgeon makes incisions around the ears and will normally use general anaesthesia. However, some patients prefer to have it under local anaesthesia. Overall, it’s fast and painless.
A mid facelift
This kind of facelift targets the sagging skin around the cheekbones, and it uses local anaesthesia.
A mini facelift
This surgery is done under local anaesthesia and targets the lower part of the face. It requires much smaller incisions than the other options and involves less skin removal.
How long does it take to recover from a facelift?
Depending on the procedure, the majority of patients take between 10 to 14 days to recover. You should expect some bruising and swelling, but these occur in the first four days after the procedure. By the eighth day, many people see a significant improvement and they can begin to wear makeup again.
Just like many other surgeries, some people could experience slight side effects such as numbness initially. Talk to a qualified physician for advice on the dos and don’ts during this transition phase. Always make sure that you visit a well-qualified surgeon for the procedure.