Rhytidectomy – Face Lift

Rhytidectomy - Face Lift

Rhytidectomy – Face Lift – People may hate getting aged but old Father Time doesn’t give a rat’s ass about it. He keeps on moving forward, leaving humans hoping haplessly that wrinkled skin is never a condition they get to experience. You can cry all you want, protesting that single ridge manifesting on your forehead-or your corners of lip, or right down your left eye, or near your temples, or everywhere else. You can throw a tantrum over the flabbiness of your face skin. But they are all there; that’s Father Time conspiring with Mother Physics, you know. While Gravity pulls on you, Time affirms that there is certain extent to which your skin cells can defy the law of nature. Until there is nothing left and you are left with thinning collagen and your face turns ugly-all in the face of nature, so fight as you like.

Whoop, look what we have here! A surgical procedure to help vain humans to withstand the force of nature that is, rhytidectomy. If the term twirls your tongue so much you can barely pronounce it properly, “facelift” may be more ear-catching to you. It is a procedure mostly done to your face by removing the excessive part of the skin and may or may not cover the tightening process of underlying tissues. This then is followed by putting down some drapes to the recipient’s neck and face. So, imagine this wonder of world for a minute: On a surgical table, you are made asleep and while you are way down there, all the surgeons involved in your facelift procedure repair the mess nature has befallen you with.

Rhytidectomy – Face Lift Procedure

Face Lift Procedure

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Facelift, being a procedure applied to the face, is a method comprises of a lot of intricate approaches and carefulness. This fact results in the many procedures often offered by the surgeon according to the condition of a patient presented to him/her.

  1. SMAS lift. The Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System layer functions to support the cheek fat so that it can sit on its original position. Surgery to re-suspend this layer can lead to a more rejuvenated look.
  2. Deep-plane lift. The method works by correcting the depth of nasolabial fold. Even though the technique bears higher risks of nerve damage, it’s the best method to address problems in nasolabial fold.
  3. Composite facelift. The technique mobilizes the deeper layer of face tissue and repositions it as well.
  4. Mid facelift, done to a person of 40s. It’s a method done to repair the flatness of mid-face area. Accessed from the hairline and inside the mouth, the procedure serves shorter time of recovery.
  5. Mini/S facelift. The “S” is derived from the look of incision made. This temporary solution is by all means similar to full facelift sans neck lift.
  6. Thread lift. Through local anesthesia, surgeon uses suture to hold the skin into its place.
  7. Subperiosteal facelift. While this procedure provides longer swelling post-operation, it also serves the longer term of rejuvenation as it’s done by vertically lifting the tissues of the face.
  8. Skin-only facelift. The lifting is applied to skin-limited area, not extended to the SMAS or other structures. It provides shorter period of rejuvenated looks, requiring the patient to redoing the procedure after 6 – 12 months following the initial lift.
  9. MACS facelift. Minimal Access Cranial Suspension employs minimal incisions and suspend the sagging facial features to support them vertically from above.

Face Lift Cost

Face Lift Cost

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In the States, facelift cost ranges from $7,000 to $15,000.

Potential Risks of Face Lift

Bleeding is the most common consequence to facelift. Nerve damage is also possible to expect although it’s not always the case. The skin flap may get necrotized and become infected.