The facial skin is directly exposed to harmful atmospheric conditions and stress every single day, and we can surely say that our facial skin is the one that ages first. The decrease in skin elasticity and relaxation , the appearance of wrinkles , emphasizing the natural folds of the face and changing facial contours are all the signs of aging .
What is Face lifting?
A face lift is a surgical procedure that is typically used to give a more youthful appearance to the face. Technically, it is also called a rhytidectomy. Effects of face lifting can last 5 or more years. Even after 5 years, face will look more beautiful than before the surgery.
Effects of Face Lifting:
After the surgery face gets “happier” and it has healthier appearance, wrinkles are softened or “pressed/flattened”, face gets the previous contours and volume . With the help of Face Lift person may achieve the look from a 10 years ago .
Who is suitable for?
Face lifting is done in patients who show signs of aging: wrinkles, sagging skin, loss of muscle tone and facial contours. Most often, patients are between 40 and 80 years old. It is important to recognize when methods such as hyaluronic fillers and Botox does not work anymore or does not provide the desired results, and when to apply cosmetic surgery facelift .
Preparation for the surgery:
For the operation to be done, it’s required standard blood and urine tests , and EKG. Use of aspirin , vitamin E and estrogen hormones before surgery is not allowed. Full list of necessary tests that need to be done is discussed on consultation in the polyclinic Smiljanić or you can gather all the information on our website or by contacting us.
It lasts between 2-4 hours. Face lifting can be done in total anesthesia but it can also be done as local anesthesia. In most cases, patients usually decide to do face lift and neck lift together , as well as eye lid correction. Depending on needs of each patient, it can be done partial face lifting (mini lifting) face lifitng of upper, middle lower part of the face and neck or all together (MACS lifting, „Short scar“ etc).
The cut will depend on technique that will be used. It is usually placed in the scalp hairline, behind the eyebrows, in front of and behind the ears (so called “classic face lifting“). Smaller incisions are made under the chin in the case of neck liposuction. Then it follows raising of the skin of the subcutaneous tissue in order to tension the inner layer. After tightening the inner layer, excess skin is removed and surgically cut is stitched. If necessary we can also cut a few inches below the chin after which we do neck liposuction and tightening the neck muscles.These procedures can be done in combination with others like eye lid correction, for example.
Complications after these procedures are usually not long lasting. If you experience swelling, hematoma and bruising, it usually retreats after a week. In the first 48 hours we recommend cold compress on the face. Also , you will likely experience a transient feeling of numbness of the face. In very rare cases there may be a permanent loss of hair around the incision in the scalp.
After surgery within the postoperative recovery, patients stay in the hospital for one to two days, and the stitches are removed usually between the seventh and fourteenth days . After we remove the bandage and dogwood , patient can was hair, which means the next day after surgery. Return to daily activities is possible 7-10 days after surgery, and hard physical activity is desirable to avoid a minimum for 4 weeks after the surgical procedure. The scar after surgery is located in front of and behind the ears , and in the part of the scalp. The scar in front of the ears fit with anatomical, natural folds of the face and the scars behind the ears and in the scalp are hidden in the hair .