Facial Surgery

Rhytidectomy (Facelift) Surgery

Facelift, or a Rhytidectomy, is designed to restore a more youthful appearance by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. It involves tightening of the facial and neck muscles as well as the removal of any excess skin.

The skin begins to wrinkle and sag as a result of age, sun exposure and genetics. Children and young adults have smooth, round faces due to evenly distributed fatty tissues in facial contours. Over time, the skin sags and folds over the chin, jawline and neck. Not only does a facelift improve facial appearance but also has a dramatic effect on the neck, enhancing its contour and profile.

before facelift surgery
after facelift surgery
A face lift can make a patient look 5 to 10 years younger

Dramatic as the end results are, this is not a simple procedure. It requires a week to 10 days of recovery.

Before Facelift Surgery

We will evaluate your medical history in order to determine your overall health. We will discuss with you how your face can look and what you can expect from surgery. Our objective is to create a natural appearance that is pleasing to you. Before and After photographs will reveal what the surgery has accomplished.

Preoperative Instructions: Avoid drugs that contain aspirin several weeks prior to surgery to minimize excess bleeding. You may be required to take antibiotics to prevent infection. You may be instructed to shampoo your hair the night before surgery. Shaving of head is not required.

Facelift Surgery Procedure

A facelift is frequently performed in conjunction with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), forehead lift, chin augmentation, and / or liposculpture, to create an overall rejuvenation of the face. The procedure can be repeated as gravity continues its effects after the first surgery.

Facelifts are performed in inpatient surgical centers. General anesthesia is generally not required but can be used if desired for long procedures to help you relax and get a better result.

The surgeon will make incisions inside the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear, ending at the scalp area. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are tightened. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Incisions are closed with small sutures.

The procedure may take up to 5-7 hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time.

Recovery: What to expect

Initially you will have a large dressing wrapped around your head. You may have surgical drains attached to bulbs hanging at your neck. These will be removed in approximately 24 hours. Stitches around the ears will be loosened or removed in a few days. The scalp sutures will be removed in 7-10 days.

To minimize scarring, the doctor may remove the sutures in stages. Scarring fades quickly. Swelling and discoloration decrease within two weeks. Tightness in your face will be present for several weeks.

We recommend that you avoid the sun for several weeks after surgery.

Complications following facelift are rare. These include bleeding, infection, facial nerve injury, discoloration of the skin, numbness, asymmetry and scarring. Infection is rare due to the large blood supply to the face. As mentioned, the risk of bleeding is greater if you take aspirin or blood thinners within 2 weeks of the surgery. The risk of wound complications increases in diabetics, persons with a history of radiation, autoimmune and collagen disease as well as in smokers.

By following pre and post-operative instructions, you will minimize potential problems.

In the weeks following surgery, the facial skin and area around the ear may be numb. There may also be some temporary discoloration as healing begins, which may take a few months to disappear. Occasionally, the facial nerve is bruised during surgery, resulting in temporary loss of function or sensation. However, actual permanent damage to the facial nerve is rare.

The healing process is gradual, so you will not notice final results for few months. A single procedure often achieves the desired results. Most patients who have had facelifts are pleased with their new, more youthful appearance.

Is there some minimal procedure for the same result?

Modified face lift along with endoscopic surgery of the brows and minimal surgery in the chin / neck area can give a younger look which may not be as powerful as a full face neck lift. The recovery time for such a procedure is just a week and is a day care procedure with people going back home in the evening.

So if you are looking to have Facelift Surgery in India then Cosmetic Surgery Institute is best option for you. Visit our centers in Mumbai and Goa for a consultation from our expert cosmetic surgeons on procedures.

Aftercare – Rhinoplasty

Dressings – A tape will be placed on the outside of the nose and must be placed for 7 days. If you had simultaneous septal surgery to correct a deviation there will be a small dressing placed inside each nostril that will be removed the second day after surgery.

Sutures – Most sutures will dissolve, few to be removed in 5 to 7 days.

Activity – Sleep with your head elevated 30 to 45 degrees to help decrease swelling. Apply ice as much as possible for the first 2 days which will decrease the amount of swelling and bruising. No heavy exercise or lifting for two weeks. Soft diet the first few days, Vigorous chewing may provoke increased drainage form the nose.

Special Instructions – Protect the sensitive skin on nose and face from sun exposure for at least six weeks. Avoid pressure on the nose i.e. tape glasses off of nose for up to 6 weeks. Also avoid bending over with your head below waist level. The nose may be stuffy the first couple of weeks since this may distort the delicate sutures and cartilage inside your nose.

Swelling and bruising are normal as well as some bloody drainage the first couple of days. Expect two to three days of recovery before normal activities can be performed. Consult the doctor before attempting any athletic or precarious activities that may affect the healing process.

So if you are looking to get a Nose surgery in India then your best option is Cosmetic Surgery Institute in India. You may visit our centers in Mumbai and Goa for a consultation on procedures for (Rhinoplasty) Nose Surgery by our expert cosmetic surgeons.

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