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Questions To Ask Your Plastic Surgeon About Facelift - Rhytidectomy

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Facelift Surgery: safety issues, benefits, risks and more.

The following is general information on face lifts and is not meant to be taken as medical advice.

What is a face lift?
A face lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure performed to reduce the visible signs of aging in the face.
The medical term for face lift is rhytidectomy.

These signs of aging include:

  • Loose and sagging skin
  • Deep creases running from each side of the nose to each corner of the mouth
  • Jowls and loose skin along the chinline
  • Facial fat that has fallen or is displaced

What will a facelift accomplish?
A facelift will not drastically change your appearance.
A successful facelift will give the face a rejuvenated, more tightened,yet natural, appearance.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?
A good candidate for a facelift, like all other cosmetic surgery, is one who is physically healthy.
Every candidate for rhytidectomy or any other invasive surgery should undergo a thorough physical evaluation before proceeding.
The best surgical candidates are non-smokers.
Candidates for face lifts should have realistic ideas about what a face lift will accomplish: it will improve, and not greatly change, your appearance.

What are the risks involved in the rhytidectomy procedure?
A face lift is an invasive, surgical procedure.
The risks include, but are not limited to:

  • visible scarring
  • facial nerve injury
  • numbness
  • swelling
  • anesthesia risks
  • bleeding
  • facial assymetry
  • please ask your surgeon about other risks

Who should perform your face lift?
You should seek out the services of a highly-experienced and qualified board certified plastic surgeon to perform your fac lift.
Surgeons who are board-certfied by the American Board of Plastic Surgery are experienced in performing face lifts and other cosmetic surgery procedures.
That said, please keep in mind that even the best-screened patients who undergo surgery performed by the most experienced and qualified board certified plastic surgeon may experience complications.

Is a face lift an outpatient procedure?
A face lift may be performed in an outpatient or inpatient setting.
The actual procedure takes approximately two hours.
The procedure should be performed an accredited doctor's office, a surgical center or a hospital.

What about aftercare?
When you go home, you should seek medical help immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • shortness of breath
  • chest pains
  • unusual heart beats.

Be sure to follow your surgeon's instructions to a tee.
Protect the areas of incision against clothing, quick movement, abrasion, etc.
Wear loose clothing that is easily removed without going over your head.
Consult with your doctor for additional steps to safeguard your recovery.

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