Everyone wants to look younger. With anti-aging procedures gaining mainstream acceptance, they are becoming more popular. While non-surgical procedures can help you achieve temporary results, those looking for more dramatic or longer-lasting results are turning to facial rejuvenation surgery.
Below are five things you should know if you’re considering facial rejuvenation surgery.
What a Facelift Is
Facial rejuvenation surgery is another name for a facelift, the medical procedure performed to lift and tighten sagging skin on the face and neck. This procedure is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia and is used to treat:
- Loose neck skin
- Jowls on the jawline
- Marionette lines between the nose and mouth
- Drooping skin
- Double chin
Your surgeon will make the required incision behind your earlobes in order to hide the surgical scars. The surgeon will then lift and pull back the loose skin and connective tissue on the face and neck, removing any excess skin before closing.
While the results from injections can last between eight months to two years, a facelift can last several years.
What the Recovery Is Like
On average, it takes about 10 to 14 days for patient to recover from a facelift. During the recovery, there will be some swelling and bruising around the incision site.
Before being discharged, your surgeon will provide you with a packet of postsurgical care instructions and directions for pain relief.
What the Benefits Are of a Facelift
The most important and prominent benefit from a facelift is younger looking skin.
In a 2017 study, researchers looked at the value of facial reanimation surgery as perceived by society. They showed before and after photos of patients who received a facelift to 348 participants, asking them to rate their attractiveness, perceived success and overall health. The results of the study showed that those who underwent high quality facial rejuvenation surgery were seen as younger, more attractive, more successful and healthier.
What the Risks Are of a Facelift
With any surgery there are risks, and a facelift is no exception.
Older adults and those with underlying medical conditions such as obesity and diabetes are more at risk of adverse reactions to general anesthesia, while the risk of bleeding during surgery is higher for those who smoke or take anti-clotting medications.
If the Results Look Natural
With the right surgeon, nobody will be able to tell you had any work done to your face. To find the best surgeon, make sure to ask for before and after photos of their work and data on outcomes and patient satisfaction. If patients report they are happy with their results after five years, you are more likely to experience success yourself. To learn more about the facial rejuvenation surgery or to schedule an appointment with an experienced surgeon, contact ENT of Athens today.