One of the most common claims about celebrities as they age is that they have had a face-lift to try and maintain their youthful good looks. The actuality is that as we get older, it shows on our face. Over the years our face gets weathered, and is exposed to the sun, gravity, pollution, stress and a whole lot more. That is why plastic surgeons are performing so many face-lifts. It is important to understand exactly what is involved in a face lift, if you are thinking of getting one, so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not a face lift is right for you.
On the whole, the surgeon's job is to make you look younger. They use a number of different techniques to achieve this, including trimming away any excess fat that is accumulated around the face, and also tightening the facial muscles. Once this is done, the skin is draped back into position. Often, more than one procedure is conducted at the same time, with rhinoplasty (nose job) and blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) being the most accepted. In general, face lifts work best on someone who is already in reasonably good shape. This is because their facial skin is expected to have more elasticity, which helps to get good results from the procedure.
A face-lift is a type of surgery, and like all surgery, there are possible risks. It is possible that hematoma may occur. This is when the blood pools beneath the surface of the skin. It may be essential to have further surgery to relieve the problem. It is also possible for the facial muscles to become damaged during the surgery. The recovery process can be slow if the surgery does not heal well, and it is also possible for infection to occur.
If you are still thinking about having a face-lift, the first step is always to meet with the plastic surgeon and have a full discussion about the pros and cons of the surgery. You should tell the surgeon what you are hoping to achieve from the procedure, so that he/ she can help you gain a realistic idea of the likely outcomes. The surgeon will look at your face shape and evaluate whether or not you are a good candidate for this type of surgery.
You need to understand that there will be some permanent scarring as a result of your face-lift. The surgeon needs to make incisions in order to maneuver your facial muscles and remove excess fat, and these incisions will be across the length of the face. Most are near the hairline, which means they can be hidden by cautious styling of your hair. It will take time, but ultimately most of the scares will be hardly noticeable, and natural creases in the face may well hide them. Your face will also be swollen and bruise for a time after surgery, so the results will not be immediately clear.
Despite the risks and the discomfort of the healing process, many people who undergo a face lift feel that it helps to turn back the clock for a number of years, and many people have another face lift years later in order to duplicate the effect and remain youthful.