FACELIFTING - FACELIFT
As people grow older, changes occur in the region of the face due to the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun or the stresses of everyday life. Deep lines between the nose and the mouth, the disappearance of the jawline through an accumulation of excess skin and wrinkles as well as deposits of fat in the area of the chin and neck, are all typical the stigmata of an aging face.
A facelift cannot prevent the aging process. However, a facelift can improve the visible signs of an aging face by removing excess fat, returning sunken deposits of fat to their original position, tightening subcutaneous tissue, and removing excess skin from the face and neck. A facelift may be carried out as a sole intervention or in combination with other operative corrections such as Foreheadlifting or temple lifting, correction of the upper eyelid, or a Nose correction.
If you are considering having a facelift carried out, this information is intended to help you to understand the operative procedure, present the possible complications and explain the postoperative results which you can expect.
In addition the website is intended to help you to be better prepared for your consultation with your plastic surgeon.
During this personal consultation you will be given all the additional information which is specific to you as an individual patient. Please do not hesitate to ask questions if there is anything which you do not understand.
A facelift smoothes out loose skin in the region of the face and neck, tightens the underlying tissue and removes surplus fat.
When is a facelift beneficial to me?
A facelift can improve your external appearance. However, before you decide on a facelift you should be carefully consider your expectations and discuss these with your plastic surgeon.
At the initial consultation it is helpful to demonstrate exactly what you would like corrected in front of a mirror.
This helps your surgeon understand your expectations and decide whether they are realistic and if they can be achieved through corrective intervention.
A facelift is most frequently carried out in men as well as in women at the age of 40-60. However, there are also patients for whom a facelift can be also successfully carried out at a later age.
The best results are achieved in patients whose face and neck skin has just started to sag, but the skin itself is still elastic and in patients who still have a well-defined bone structure allowing good facial contours to be stored.
A facelift will not stop the aging process
Your face will continue to age and the desire to once again have a facelift may possibly return after 8 or 10 years. However, you can assume that the success of one single facelift will be long-lasting. The benefits of a facelift are still visible years later and many patients find that a facelift helps them to look as well and as fresh as they feel even after many years.
With appropriate skin care the results of a facelift can be improved, ensuring that the success lasts longer.
Ask your plastic surgeon about the best skin care before and after a facelift.