Many women-and some men-are finding that a facelift can restore not just their youthful look, but also their youthful energy. However, promises of eternal youth might make you forget that a facelift is a major medical procedure with serious risks. Before you decide to undergo surgery to turn back the clock, you need to gather enough information to make a wise decision.
Choose the Right Surgeon
A facelift is a surgery, and you would never jump into a surgery without a little research. First, you need to do is choose a surgeon carefully. Always make sure that your surgeon is board-certified and keeps up on continuing education. If you're not sure, ask. If you have friends or family members who have had a facelift with good results, ask them who did their surgery.
If not, ask a potential surgeon for referrals, and follow up on them. Call them and ask them about their procedures, the results, cost and follow up. Even better, see their facelifts in person. Find out if there is anything they are not satisfied with. Ask them if they would return to that doctor. If they had problems, were they dealt with promptly and appropriately?
Your surgeon should be technically skilled, but your surgeon should also be realistic about what the facelift can do for you. Your surgeon should discuss the procedure with you thoroughly-the expectations as well as the risks. He or she needs to make sure you are a good candidate for the surgery.
Who Makes a Good Candidate for a Face Lift?
You may have several reasons for getting a facelift, but good candidates undergo the procedure only for themselves. Mindset is an important part of any medical procedure, but, with cosmetic surgery, realistic expectations are vital. A facelift can help smooth the lines and wrinkles on your face and may help you appear more youthful, but it cannot repair a damaged relationship or make you feel more worthwhile. Of course, a positive attitude is beneficial, but unrealistic expectations are a set-up for disappointment.
A good candidate for plastic surgery has more than the right attitude. As with any surgery, but especially elective surgery, the best candidate for a facelift is someone who is in good health. Not only will this reduce the risks of the surgery, but it also significantly reduces recovery time. As a part of ongoing good health, a prime candidate for a facelift doesn't smoke. Smoking hinders circulation and slows healing.
What to Expect From a Face Lift
Your first visit to the plastic surgeon will be a consultation to discuss your medical history, expectations, desired outcome, drug allergies, current medications and drug, alcohol and tobacco use. You can expect the doctor to measure your face, take pictures, discuss options, determine a course of treatment and prepare you for the procedure if you are a good candidate.
At this time, you need to divulge your entire medical history and habits in case there are potential reactions. Don't leave anything out. If a doctor isn't concerned with your general health or rushes through the risks, you should move on. And if a doctor tells you you aren't a good candidate, you have a right to a second opinion, but don't go doctor-shopping until you find one who says yes. If you aren't a good candidate, then you aren't a good candidate, and you need to consider other anti-aging options for your own health.
On the day of your surgery, the first step is the anesthesia. You and your doctor will have already determined the best anesthesia for your individual circumstances.
Once the anesthetic is delivered and has taken effect, the doctor will make the incision, which is usually hidden within the hairline. Depending on the results you are after, a traditional facelift is often done along with other procedures to enhance the outcome. You and your surgeon may decide to include facial implants, soft tissue augmentation and filler to reduce wrinkles.
After the incision is made, your surgeon may sculpt or move fat from your face and neck, reposition the tissue underneath and lift the muscles. The skin is then put back in place, and the excess is removed.
The doctor will then use stitches or surgical adhesive to close the incision. The number and location of incisions depends on the specific embellishments and improvements you are having done. If you are having your neck area worked on, for example, you will have an additional incision near your ear lobe.
What to Expect After Your Face Lift
You might be able to go home that day, but it will take much longer before you see the final results of your facelift. While initial bruising and major swelling will subside over the first few days and weeks, swelling may not fully disappear until several months after your facelift. It's important to be prepared for this initial swelling and pain and to understand that you won't have the final results for a while after your procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with a facelift. Discuss these potential risks and problems, such as scarring, infection, pain, numbness or other unsatisfactory results, with your surgeon prior to the procedure. Don't be afraid to ask your doctor about any concerns or fears you have. It's your body, and you have every right to understand the good and the bad that may come from your facelift.
There are no guarantees with a facelift. But, if you choose a qualified, trained surgeon who can demonstrate prior good results, and if you take good care of yourself before and after your surgery, you will be more likely to look and feel a little younger.
*source: Life 123 Theresa Hall
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