What is a facelift?
A facelift (also known as a rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic procedure that can enhance the appearance of the face and create a younger, smoother look. There are many different types of facelifts, and each one has different associated risks, recovery time, and results. We’ll talk about what to expect from your facelift during the procedure, as well as what the recovery process looks like.
What happens during a facelift
If you’re considering a facelift, it can be helpful to know what to expect. Prior to the procedure, the surgeon will ensure that you are a good candidate for a facelift by going over your medical history and reviewing your current lifestyle choices. If the criteria is met, then a day for the procedure will be discussed and your surgeon will advise you on how to prepare for a facelift.
The procedure itself lasts approximately 3-4 hours and involves the surgeon making incisions in front and behind your earlobes, and may extend into the hairline.
The surgeon uses sutures to pull the lax tissues under the skin in place. The overlying skin is then redraped and sutured in position. If a neck lift is carried out together with the facelift, an additional cut may be made under the chin area. The procedure can be performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation. Drainage tubes will be used that are removed the following day.
After surgery, you will be able to go home in a few days. You will need to rest and avoid strenuous activity for a few weeks after the procedure.
Recovery time for facelift is usually about three weeks before returning back to work, but some people may need more time depending on their individual circumstances.
You will have an immediate improvement in your appearance but swelling and bruising may last for several weeks or more. Your face may feel numb for about 3 months after surgery, during which time you should avoid sun exposure and extreme temperatures until the numbness has gone away.
It is important to understand that the results of a facelift aren’t guaranteed and in some cases you might not get your desired results from one surgery. Sometimes, a subsequent facelift surgery is necessary, but overall most people find their new looks to be better than they ever imagined possible!
For more information, please read our article on the after-effects of a facelift.
Book a facelift consultation
If you want to explore your facelift options, get in touch with a certified plastic surgeon such as Mr Shaheel Chummun who is well experienced in the procedure and can help ensure a successful facelift.