Facelift: Your Mirror Will Tell You Who’s the Fairest of Them All
Getting essential information about facelift and how it can transform you in a blink of an eye
Rhytidoplasty, more popularly known as facelift is a procedure for improving and eliminating the inevitable signs and manifestations of facial and neck aging. Wrinkles, sagging skin and pockets of fat are the first signs of skin aging and it starts to show when a person reaches 40 years old. As we grow older, our skin becomes lax and loose and eventually drapes below the jaw line. At Philippine Plastic Surgeon, we offer many services to help you counter these signs.
Facelift is one of Dr. Magallona’s most popular procedures that is why he became one of the leading cosmetic plastic surgeons in the country who specializes in rhytidoplasty. According to Dr. Magallona, he conducts at least three facelift procedures in a week ranging from simple brow lift to a more complicated cheek enhancement. His clinic and staff are well-equipped and knowledgeable about the procedure so the client’s are in very good hands.
Personally, rhytidoplasty is a procedure that is very close to his heart. He has spent years studying and perfecting this craft to give his patients the most realistic result as much as possible. He has also been invited to several universities and seminars to talk about this procedure; and his knowledge about rhytidoplasty has positioned him to be the leading expert in facelift surgery.
Considerations and Contradictions
Facelifts are helpful for eliminating loose skin folds in the neck and laxity of tissues in the cheeks. The areas not well corrected by a facelift include the nasolabial folds and perioral mounds marionette lines which are more suitably treated with Botox or liposculpture, respectively.
The first ‘C’
A facelift requires skin incisions; however, the incisions in front of and behind the ear are usually inconspicuous. Hair loss in the portions of the incision within the hair-bearing scalp can rarely occur. In men, the sideburns can be pulled backwards and upwards, resulting in an unnatural appearance if appropriate techniques are not employed to address this issue. Achieving a natural appearance following surgery in men can be more challenging due to their hair-bearing preauricular skin.
In both men and women, one of the signs of having had a facelift can be an earlobe which is pulled forwards and/or distorted. If too much skin is removed, or a more vertical vector not employed, the face can assume a pulled-back, “windswept” appearance. This appearance can also be due to changes in bone structure that generally happen with age.
Facelifts are effectively combined with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and other facial procedures and are typically performed under general anesthesia or deep twilight sleep.
The second ‘C’
The most common complication can be bleeding which usually requires a return to the operating room. Less common, but potentially serious, complications may include damage to the facial nerves and necrosis of the skin flaps, or infection.
Contraindications to facelift surgery include severe concomitant medical problems. While not absolute contraindications, the risk of postoperative complications is increased in cigarette smokers and patients with hypertension and diabetes. Patients are typically asked to abstain from taking aspirin or other blood thinners for at least one week prior to surgery.
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