Every woman at a certain stage of her life notices that her face undergoes unwanted changes. With age, there is a blurring of the contours of the lower jaw and cheekbones, drooping of the cheeks, eyelids, wrinkles appear and nasolabial folds become pronounced. A circular facelift or rhytidectomy helps to restore youth and significantly correct the appearance. The procedure is a plastic (endoscopic) operation that allows you to correct all the shortcomings in one session.
Is it possible to have a facelift without surgery?
Of course, surgery scares many, moreover, it has an impressive list of contraindications. Therefore, alternative non-surgical methods for correcting facial contours have been developed:
The initial effect of these procedures is identical to the classic rhytidectomy, but does not last so long – after surgery, skin aging slows down by 10-12 years.
How is facelift surgery performed?
The procedure in question is as follows:
- Lifting of the upper part of the face (forehead and eyebrows). Small (no more than 3 cm) incisions are made in the scalp. Through them, the surgeon gains access to the muscles and subcutaneous tissue to remove excess and sagging dermis.
- Mid-face lift (cheeks, lower eyelids). Nasolabial folds, overhanging of excess skin in the area of the upper lip are eliminated, the tip of the nose is corrected. Surgical access is through miniature incisions in the natural crease of the lower eyelid.
- Lower face lift (chin, neck, cheekbones). Contouring, removal of excess dermis in the indicated areas, excision of “flies” is performed. For access, the surgeon makes incisions behind and in front of the auricles.
The whole operation lasts from 4 to 8 hours, depending on the age of the patient and the initial condition of her skin.
Surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia or partial sedation, but in some cases general anesthesia is also acceptable.
Rehabilitation after a circular facelift
The recovery period lasts about 15-20 days.
In the first 2-3 days it is necessary to be in the hospital of the clinic, visiting a doctor for examination and dressings. In addition, after a circular facelift, severe swelling, redness and bruising occur. They disappear in about 7-10 days.
After 5-6 days, the stitches are removed, after another 48 hours it is allowed to wash your hair and use decorative cosmetics.
Full rehabilitation of the skin occurs in 1.5-2 months, but it is possible to objectively evaluate the results obtained only after six months.