Each and everyone in this world, has a constant desire to always look good. Every year huge amounts of money is spent on various cosmetics and toiletries by people who want to stand out in a crowd. Medical procedures also help people these days to look good in the exact way they want to. But, various factors like high paced lifestyle, pollution, stress, gravity etc. take a toll on one’s face and body. Thankfully, many medical and minimally invasive surgical procedures are now available that can help a person look young by reversing the effects of aging. One of the most commonly carried out procedures today is the face lift or Rhytidectomy.
What is face lift or Rhytidectomy?
Face lift is a medical procedure that can be done on a person’s face to reduce the wrinkles and give a much younger looking appearance to a person. The goal of face lift is to improve the overall appearance of the face. Very simply explained, in a facelift procedure a surgeon tightens and lifts the underlying muscles of the face so the muscles do not sag and the facial structure is rejuvenated. Once the muscles are tightened, the extra pockets of fat are removed which are responsible for giving the face a tired appearance. A highly skilled surgeon will ensure that the results are long lasting and aesthetically optimized and also that the scarring is minimum. A person can opt for a full face lift and in case only a specific area of the face requires attention, specific lifts can be performed.
Who can opt for face lift surgery?
Although, face lift is a very popular as well as effective way to improve the appearance, not everyone may benefit equally from the face lift. For some people a face lift can only give optimum results when performed in conjunction with a neck lift or a forehead lift. For some people, face lift may altogether be not necessary and only non surgical procedures such as chemical peel may be enough. All potential candidates should have very realistic expectations from the outcome of the face lift. Also, a candidate should closely follow the instructions of a surgeon. A detailed consult session of a surgeon and patient can make the patient more aware about his/her options. In some cases, surgery may not be necessary at all. There are some factors which can affect a person’s eligibility for face lift:-
What is the right age to get a face lift?
Age happens to be one of the most important factors to consider before getting a face lift. The health and the condition of a patient’s skin are important points to be taken into consideration before going for the surgery. Ideally people between the ages of 40- 70 years can go for the face lift. Whether or not a person can actually benefit from face lift will be decided upon the consultation with a surgeon. A surgeon can only make a decision based on an individual’s overall health and skin elasticity.
Types of face lifts available:-
There are various types of face lifts available which can cater to various needs of patients. The most traditional type of face lift is a full face lift which can address various issues like, under eye crease, sagging tissues around the cheeks, and excessive fat under the chin area. A mid face lift targets only the area under the eyes and the area around the cheeks. A mini face lift may also be performed and it has shorter post surgery recovery time and shorter incisions also. In this type of face lift, the incisions are completely concealed behind the ears and the hairline. Surgeons mostly perform mini face lifts with endoscopic method.