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Cirugía Plástica - FACIAL LIFTING FACIAL
LIFTING

Cosmetic Surgery /

FACIAL LIFTING

As we age, the effects of gravity, sun exposure, and the stress of every day life become noticeable on our faces. Deep folds appear between the nose and the mouth, the cheeks droop, fat and wrinkles appear around the neck.
 
Facial lifting can improve the most visible signs of aging, tightening the facial muscles, eliminating excess fat, and redistributing facial and neck skin. A lifting procedure can be performed on its own, or associated with other procedures such as rhinoplasty or blepharoplasty. Frontal lifting corrects sunken eyebrows and the wrinkles on the forehead and the eyebrows.

Would you be a good candidate for facial lifting?

The most important thing is to have realistic expectations about the results you can achieve, that is why talking with your surgeon is so important.
 
He will explain the procedure in detail, show you photos of before and after facial lifting, and talk to you about the results you can realistically expect. You can also find out about the price of facial lifting for your specific case.
 
Ideal candidates for facial lifting are people whose face and neck are beginning to “droop,” but whose skin still has certain elasticity.

  • Facial lifting surgery

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    Facial lifting surgery normally takes several hours, or even longer when it is combined with other procedures, and it is normally performed under general anesthesia, although in some cases it can be performed under local anesthesia along with sedation.
     
    Generally the incisions are made at the temples, hidden by the hairline, and they extend to the natural line that goes just in front of the ears and continues behind the ear lobes towards the back of the scalp. If the neck area is treated, a small incision can be made behind the chin.
     
    The skin is separated from the underlying fat and muscle. The fat can be removed with liposuction around the neck and chin to improve the contour of the face. Afterwords, the underlying muscles are tightened, and finally, the excess skin is eliminated.
     
    After facial lifting, a light bandage is normally placed around the area.
     
    For frontal lifting procedures the incision is located on the forehead, hidden behind the hairline. The skin in this area is separated from the underlying structures, drying the muscles responsible for wrinkles and the excess skin.

  • After facial lifting surgery

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    After a facial lifting procedure patients tend to have minor discomfort which can be easily alleviated with the medication prescribed by the surgeon. Skin may feel numb in certain areas but this sensation will go away in a few weeks or months.
     
    For a few days after facial lifting you should keep your head elevated in order to reduce swelling. If you have drainage tubes, they will be removed after a couple of days and the bandages will be removed between the first and the fifth day after the procedure.
     
    During the first few days you will have a swollen and bruised appearance but in a few weeks you will go back to having a normal appearance. Most of the stitches will be removed after five days. Most patients who undergo facial lifting feel fine in a few days, but it is important to rest during the first week.
     
    You should be careful with your face and hair, because they will be sensitive for a certain period of time. You will also have to avoid strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks and limit sun exposure for a few months. Around the third week after the procedure your appearance will improve considerably. Most patients go back to work between 10 and 15 days after surgery. If you find it necessary and it makes you feel better, you can use makeup to hide the bruises.

  • Results

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    The results are very satisfactory, although they are not immediately visible. Even after the swelling and bruises disappear, for a few months you may notice that the hair around the temples is thin and your skin is dry and rough. The scars from facial lifting will be hidden behind the hairline and in the natural folds on the face, they will also become less noticeable over time, becoming all the time less visible.
     
    After facial lifting the face will continue to age as time goes by, however, the results are lasting and you will continue to look younger for several years.