Facelift is a method used to fight against the effects of aging. The excess skin that has lost its elasticity is cut off so as to give the patient a younger look. The operation does not stop aging but helps people look younger. The method is mostly applied to patients who are above 40.
The method varies depending on the surgeon, the age of the patient, the type of skin, the location of lifting.
In the classical method, the location of the incisions and the phases of operation depend on the structure of the face. The incision starts from the hairline and follows the natural hairline course until the cartilage towards the ear lobe. If there is sagging around the neck, the incision is under the chin. The neck contour is aligned by absorbing the excessive fat and stretching the muscle tissues. The occipital skin is stretched and the excess skin is removed. The incisions are sutured and the blood is drained behind the ears. The operation is finished by applying compressive bandages on the face.
The hang method is applied to younger patients who complaint about sagging soft tissues rather that serious deformation on the skin. This method is used for elevating the tissues at the central face, neck, and eyebrows.
Patients are put under general anaesthesia before the operation. In some cases, local anaesthesia or sedation can be used.
Operation and Time of Recovery:
It is reasonable to stay at the hospital for one night after the classical operation. It prevents any complications that might occur after the surgery. Patients usually feel numbness which decreases in a few weeks. The patients are suggested to keep their heads elevated to prevent swelling. The blood drains and the bandages are taken off in a few days after the surgery. The face is likely to look tired, pale, and swollen. This look disappears within a few weeks. The sutures are removed in 5 days. The sutures on the hair line might be kept longer, for the healing in this area is slower.
After the hanging method operation, the patient is discharged from the hospital on the very same day. The swelling occurs at the minimum level and the there is no need for suture removal.