The process of aging is something none of us can avoid, no matter how much we wish we could.  With so many creams and serums on the market claiming to contain a magical anti-aging cure, it’s safe to say that many people struggle to come to terms with getting older.

A Rhytidectomy, or facelift, is a common procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck area.  A good facelift can address a number of issues, including:

  • Jowls
  • Droopy or saggy skin
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Deep wrinkles and lines

There are several different types of facelifts, from a full facelift to the ultra-trendy vampire facelift (which isn’t as scary as it sounds!).  Regardless of what specific problems you wish to target, there are a few things you should consider before getting a facelift.

Do You Really Need a Facelift?

Getting a facelift is a huge decision and one that requires a lot of thought and preparation.  One common misconception about it is that only older people get them, which couldn’t be further from the truth.  There is no cutoff age for it, however, it is important to make sure you actually need a facelift in the first place.  Typically, facelifts aren’t performed on people under the age of 35 or so, as most people don’t start to experience noticeable signs of aging at this age.  You may be the ideal candidate for a facelift if you hate the look of your jawline and neck area. As long as you are in good health with no complications, a facelift may be the right decision for you.  

Know the Different Types of Facelifts

As mentioned earlier, there are several different types of facelifts to choose from when considering a procedure, and understanding what each one entails is imperative to making an informed decision.  

A full facelift is meant to rejuvenate the entire face, as opposed to a mini one, which delivers much more subtle results.  A SMAS facelift lifts the layer of tissue underneath the skin to eliminate the appearance of droopiness in the face and neck. The vampire facelift, however, is the only one of these techniques that is noninvasive- in fact, it’s not actually a facelift at all!

A vampire facelift is performed by combining filler with your own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and injecting it into your skin.  This adds volume to the face and reduces the appearance of wrinkles to give the skin a more youthful look. If you aren’t sure which type of facelift is right for you, talk with your surgeon and find one that works best for you and your desired results.

Choose a Surgeon You Trust

Choosing a qualified and professional surgeon to perform your procedure is a crucial part of getting a facelift, so be sure to do your research and find a surgeon you trust.  First, make sure the surgeon you choose is board certified, meaning they are qualified to perform the procedure you will be getting.  It can also be helpful to ask around and get a few referrals from friends and family who have worked with particular surgeons in the past.  If someone you know has had a great facelift from a particular surgeon, it can help you feel more comfortable and confident in your decision.  Remember, it is only as good as the surgeon you choose to work with, so make sure you put extra thought and care into this step.

Recovery From a Facelift

Before getting a facelift, it is important to consider how much time you will need to take off of work to recover. it typically takes approximately ten days to recover from, so make sure you inform your employer of this and make the necessary arrangements before going in for your procedure.  During this time, it is important to have a friend or family member around you to assist in your recovery, as your face may be bruised or swollen. Stitches from  it typically come out after a week, and you will be able to resume your normal activities after about two weeks.  To help in your recovery, make sure you’re getting plenty of rest and following your surgeon’s guidelines.

 

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