Aging is a universal truth that cannot be denied. As we age, the skin begins to loosen especially on the neck and the face region. The signs of aging become clearer on the face than on any other part of the body. At the corners of the eyes, crow’s feet and fine lines become more prominent. Moreover, the jaw line softens and inevitably jowls form the angle of the chin.
A facelift, medically referred to as a rhytidectomy, is a surgery that can be performed right here at Timberlea Services Centre in Fort McMurray. In some cases, this procedure is performed under local anesthesia where only the part of the body is numbed. However, general anesthesia is highly recommended.
How is a Face Lift Performed?
Depending on the desired results, the techniques used to remove facial skin and re-position facial and neck tissues may vary. The resulting scars and the location of the incisions will heavily depend on the technique used by our surgeon.
You can expect any of these following techniques:
- Traditional Face Lift – Under this procedure, the incisions will be made in your hairline at the starting point of the temples. It will continue down and around the front of the eyes and will end around the front of your ears. However, in order to improve the appearance of the neck, an incision may also be made under the chin.
- Limited Incision Face Lift – Under this technique, the surgeon makes short incisions in the hairline starting at the temples and continues down and around the front of the eyes. There are chances that incisions may be made under the upper lip.
No matter what technique the doctor has used, after making the incisions, the surgeon will redistribute the fat and underlying tissues from your face and neck. It is possible that the doctor might also use the suction technique to remove the excess fat.
In some cases, fat suctioned using the liposuction technique, may be used in specific areas of the face. After the distribution of the tissues, the skin will be draped over the new contours. Moreover, the excess skin will also be removed. In order to close the incisions, stitches or tape will be used.
Most commonly, a face lift surgery takes around 2 to 4 hours to complete. However, it may take longer if there are other cosmetic procedures done at the same time.
How Do I Prepare for a Face Lift?
It is beneficial to have a good skin care regimen in order for your skin to have a youthful appearance both before and after your surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Anzarut can make recommendations for a skin care routine that will work for you. It is imperative that you are a non-smoker and maintain a healthy and stable weight. Before your operation avoid medications such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication and herbal supplements.
What are the Risks of a Face Lift?
There are some risks involved when deciding whether or not a face lift is the right operation for you. Although, this type of operation is a very personal decision, Dr. Anzarut will go over your options and answer all of your questions or concerns that you may have. He will also discuss all possible risks at this time. Some of these risks include the general use of anaesthetic, infection, bleeding and a longer healing process. There is the possibility of injury to the facial nerve and changes in skin sensation may last for a short period of time following the procedure. Just after the facelift procedure is completed, the incisions will be covered with multiple bandages to provide gentle pressure to overcome swelling and bruising. There is a possibility that the doctor may place a small tube under the skin to drain out any excess blood or fluid.
Timberlea Services Centre offers a wide variety of procedures. We strongly suggest you book an initial consult with Dr Anzarut to discuss what your goals are. He will review all of your options with you and answer any questions or concerns that you might have. You can call our office or request a consultation online.