In the pursuit of youthfulness, one might begin to consider the option of facelift surgery. A facelift can give a person renewed self-confidence and beauty. Facelift surgery is not meant for everyone; the most eligible candidates are those whose skin is still somewhat elastic and who are generally healthy. There are many options for types of facelifts, such as noninvasive procedures like microdermabrasion, and combination facelift procedures on different areas of the face. Not all procedures achieve the desired look, and those who accept the limitations of facelift surgery are usually happier with the end results.
The desired outcome of the facelift surgery should be discussed in detail with the surgeon who will be performing the surgery. One should also discuss how the desired look will be maintained, if there will be further surgeries needed, and the risks involved in the surgeries.
There are different methods of facelift surgeries. A full facelift includes a surgical incision made all along the hairline until behind the ears, and the fat, muscle, and skin are repositioned, tightened and trimmed. Also optional is tightening along the jawline. Other surgery options include minimal-access cranial suspension, which involves surgical incisions from the temple to above the ears, and keyhole surgery, which involves very small incisions and the use of an endoscope to guide the surgeon. Keyhole surgery is mostly used for brow lifts and is the least invasive and requires the least recovery time.
Recovery from facelift surgery differs depending on the amount of surgery done. Like all surgeries, recovery involves swelling, removal of stitches, taking ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve lingering pain, staying out of the sun, and avoiding strenuous work. Side effects involve scarring, pain, swelling, and bruising. Complications can be permanent scarring, facial nerve damage, and hematomas, which may require more surgery.
The best way to prevent complications or an unnatural look from facelift surgeries is to be aware of the risks that are possible, and to procede with caution. Combination surgeries may result in a severe, tight look. Beginning with a minor procedure and seeing how one appears post-recovery will enable one to decide if it is worth undergoing more surgeries. Recovery will be simpler and there are less health risks involved.