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ABOUT FACE! – All You Need to Know about Facelifts

Facelifts are becoming more and more popular. Age and stress are factors in wrinkly, sagging skin. It can make someone extremely self-conscious about their appearance. Now, there is a solution.

A facelift is a very personal surgical procedure that lifts and firms the face and neck, giving a more youthful appearance with tighter facial and neck tissue and less skin. People get facelifts for their own reasons. Some people experience jowling, where the muscles around the mouth and chin area begin to sag heavily. Others have deep nasolabial lines and crow’s feet around the eyes.

The procedure for what is called a Standard facelift is performed with general anesthesia. It starts with strategic cuts around the front of the ear and hairline with the starting point at the temple. Once the surgeon makes the incisions, the skin is separated from the facial muscles and tissue. Once the skin is detached, the tissue is pulled and lifted. Once the tissue is tightened and significantly firmer, the skin is then placed back on top of the tissue. Because the skin was covering tissue that sagged, the skin stretched accordingly. Excess skin now gets removed, and the incisions are then closed.

There is also a less severe surgical procedure called a Mini-Facelift. A Mini-Facelift is not as invasive, and healing time is much less than that of a Standard facelift. This is a decent option for someone who is just starting to show mild signs of aging and wants to prevent having more severe surgery in the future. The incisions are smaller, and the tissue in the cheek area is lifted, lifting the jawline and nasolabial area as well. At the discretion of both the patient and the surgeon, a Mini-Facelift can be done with local or general anesthesia.

Facelifts have a very wide price range. Depending on the geographical location you get the procedure done in, to the complexity of the procedure, prices can vary from around $2500 to over $20,000.

Recovery time with a facelift varies, as it depends on how invasive the procedure was, if the patient generally heals slower or faster than average, etc. Generally, patients can normally function after 2 weeks with a Standard facelift. Recovery time for a Mini-Facelift is significantly less. The skin, tissue and muscles in the face are extremely sensitive during this time. The patient will have facial bruising usually two days after the procedure. This is totally normal, and should subside within two weeks. Facial sunscreen is imperative during the healing time. Sun exposure is a key culprit for hyper pigmentation. As the incisions heal, avoid sun exposure as much as possible and constantly apply sunscreen for minimal scarring.

Quality skin care is key to maintaining the look of a facelift. The entire face has been through a traumatic experience, and needs to be nourished as much as possible to regain its optimal health. In addition to doctor recommended products, vitamins C, D, and E are necessary to nourish and maintain the skin and tissue in the face.

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