Face lift surgery is a surgical procedure that offers patient visually noticeable changes by reversing and reducing the signs of aging. The surgical procedure helps to eliminate the sagging skin by tightening the skin and minimizing the wrinkles on the face, thus providing the patient a more youthful look. The medical term used for facelift surgery is rhytidectomy and must be done by an authorized plastic surgeon only.
Today cosmetic treatment has come up with a variety of facelift procedures. The technique varies depending on the patient’s personal preferences, condition and requirement. Sometimes a patient undergoes several facelift surgeries. Consulting a plastic surgeon is necessary for deciding which type of facelift will be appropriate for you.
Various Types Of Facelift Surgery
This procedure is performed by surgeon using general or local anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision behind the ears or hairline and pulls the skin tightly for removing the excess sagging skin and fatty tissue. After the completion of the process, the incision is stitched up. It takes almost six weeks to recover from the facial inflammation and bruises. Side effects of traditional facelift can be minor scars.
Thread Lift Or Feather Lift
The thread lift, also called feather lift, is the least invasive procedure among all facelift procedure performed by surgeon to suspend the sagging skin of face and neck. Though the results obtained from this procedure may last for a maximum of three to five years, yet this procedure can significantly minimize the appearance of sagging skin.
This procedure is usually performed on people who need minor lifts. It targets the key areas of your face such as cheeks, outer brow, jaw line and neck. During the procedure, the surgeon makes several tiny incisions and utilizes specific threads by inserting them in the incisions and pulling them to tighten the skin of the targeted area. The minimum recovery time for this procedure is 5-6 days.
Mid face lifts specifically address the center of the face. It raises the fat pad of the cheek and provides fullness to the eyes and the cheeks and gives your face a rejuvenated and refreshed look.
The procedure takes approximately one hour to complete and the result you get is more permanent compared to inject-able fillers and recovery time is faster than traditional face lift.
Temporal facelift tightens the skin of forehead area and is often used to raise the drooping eyebrows. Temporal face lift can also help to alleviate wrinkles. To perform this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision on the side of both the eyebrows and lifts the skin surrounding the eyebrows to raise the eyebrows to the desired level.
Deep Plane Face Lift
The deep plane face lift is an advanced option of the traditional face lift. This surgery is used to transform the facial features like mid-face, cheek bones, and neck to provide a natural and youthful appearance.
To perform this procedure, the surgeon creates a deep incision on the patient’s face to lift and reposition the tissues. The patients are often advised thorough consultation before adopting this procedure as the surgery often involves the risk of facial nerve injury. The whole procedure takes nearly five hours and the patient needs one week time to recover.
Risks And Possible Complications
The surgery must be done by a certified plastic surgeon as there is always a risk of complications and poor outcomes like visible scarring, deformities and asymmetry of the face and slow healing.