Who decides to undergo a new facelift surgery, men or women?
Most patients that undergo facial rejuvenation through a facelift are women, but men also are on the rise.
What is, technically, the intervention of face-lift like? And the neck one? Are these two separate interventions or they can be done simultaneously?
Basically it’s the same surgical procedure. Better, more balanced results will be achieved acting on both the face and the neck in the same operative session. In some cases, where only the face or the neck may have lost firmness, it is possible to correct only the affected part. The operation consists in detaching the skin, restoring firmness to the muscle-fascial system that is deeply located into the skin (in the face and neck it’s called the SMAS platysma muscle ), and then remove the excess skin. The incisions are made behind the ears and hair, to hide the scars so to be be practically invisible.
How much does a face lift cost?
The average cost of a complete lifting of the
e face and neck can range from $6,000 to $20,000 (the higher cost depends largely on the length and type of intervention). You can get cheap facelift going abroad.
What can we realistically expect from a facelift surgery?
We could say that facelift can rejuvenate people about ten years, without altering the appearance of the patient if executed correctly.
How long does the surgery take? Is it painful? Is Facelift surgery performed under general or local anesthesia?
The intervention of facelift is quite long, it can last from 3 to 5 hours and it can also be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. It is generally not painful at all, either during surgery or in the postoperative period. Patients complain only for some “lift” feeling at times, which is not particularly troublesome.
Which steps should the patient take in the postoperative course? How soon can normal social life be resumed ?
Generally, the patient is discharged from hospital without bandages (the scars are disinfected every day and do not require other special care). The face and neck, however, appear moderately swollen and sometimes bruised, in some areas it will last 15-20 days. After this period you can resume normal social life.
Are there risks associated with the intervention that the patients should consider before taking the decision?
The most important risk is that some areas of the skin will encounter suffering, due to impaired revascularization, leading to the formation of scars. This risk is higher for heavy smokers, so you should quit smoking before undergoing facelift surgery.