Facelift surgery is also known as a rhytidectomy. This term derived from Ancient Greek roughly translates as “surgical removal of wrinkles”. Face lift surgery is usually performed in order to provide patients with a rejuvenated facial appearance. It’s one of the many ways we can “trick” the natural aging process and maintain our youthfulness. Rhytidectomy surgery is quite popular in all corners of the world, so there are plenty of facelift surgery centres available for patients.
1. Facelift is mostly cosmetic
As with breast lift surgery, facelift surgery has no functional indications, only cosmetic ones. Why do people turn to face lift surgery? You could say that their inner-self is much younger than their outer-self. Looking older than you “feel” can lead to depression, lower self esteem and other problems related to the “self”. In today’s day and age, your facial appearance can hold you back from social activities as well, so it’s definitely worthwhile to ask questions and seek answers.
2. The first facelift procedure was performed in 1901
The first rhytidectomy surgery took place in Berlin, over a hundred years ago. Eugen Hollander’s first facelift patient was an elderly female aristocrat, terribly dissatisfied with her sagging cheeks. From then on, face lift surgery was continuously developed into the safe and reliable procedure we know today.
3. It’s the sixth most popular plastic surgery procedure in the USA
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery set facelift surgery at number 6 on the list of the most popular procedures in the USA. Other popular procedures include liposuction, abdominoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast lift surgery and breast augmentation.
4. There are more than 9 different techniques available
Facelift surgery came a long way from its first shy attempts at diminishing the effects of age. As of now, there are more than 8 facelift techniques available. The differences between them relate to the type of incision used, the area of the face being treated and the technique’s invasiveness. Certain techniques bring better results than others, so it’s a good idea to find an experienced doctor before going in for surgery. Facelift techniques can include:
- SMAS lift
- Deep-plane facelift
- Composite facelift
- Mid face-lift
- Thread lift
- Subperiosteal facelift
- Skin-only facelift
- MACS facelift
5. It can be combined with other procedures
Facelift surgery can achieve great results for patients, but it cannot do wonders by itself. That’s why sometimes patients combine the procedure with other types of plastic surgery. Combining procedures has great benefits related to costs and down time. It’s especially recommended for patients with an active lifestyle or patients who don’t want to spend too much time recovering from different procedures. Currently, facelift surgery can be combined with the following procedures:
- Brow lift
- Neck lift
- Fat transfers
- Eyelid surgery
- Dermal fillers
- Skin resurfacing
6. It doesn’t necessarily improve wrinkles
A facelift can improve deep wrinkles or folds but it doesn’t have an effect on surface imperfections. This is another reason why some patients combine facelift procedures with other types of aesthetic treatments such as Botox and skin resurfacing.
7. The recovery period is just as important as the procedure itself
The average facelift recovery period lasts between 4 and 6 weeks. During this time, the swelling recedes, redness goes down and the skin heals into its final form. Patients are given specific guidelines related to the recovery period but it’s important to note that these guidelines are not optional, they are vital for a more comfortable recovery period and a pleasant result from the procedure. Smoking has a very negative effect on the body’s healing properties so it’s a good idea to quit smoking altogether, even before you go into the operating room.