Rhytidectomy :A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure used to give a more youthful facial appearance. There are multiple surgical techniques and exercise routines. Surgery usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patient’s face and neck. Exercise routines tone underlying facial muscles without surgery.
Your surgeon begins the incision in the area of the temple hair, just above and in front of the ear. Next it continues under the earlobe and follows the back of the ear and blends into the hairline. The skin is gently lifted as the surgeon repositions and tightens the underlying muscle and connective tissue. Some fat may be removed, as well as excess skin.
For men, the incision is aligned to accommodate the natural beard lines.
In all cases, the incisions are placed where they will fall in a natural crease of the skin for camouflage. After trimming the excess skin, the surgeon closes the incisions with fine sutures and/or metal clips. This will permit precise surgery and avoid shaving hair in the incision sites. Depending on the extent of the surgery, the process can take from two to four hours. When the procedure is performed with a combination of mild sedatives, local anesthesia, and a mild intravenous anesthesia the patient will experience little discomfort. Some surgeons will prefer general anesthesia for their facelifts. Following the surgery, the surgeon will apply a dressing to protect the entire area where the incisions have been made.
Actual placement of incisions varies from patient to patient and is dependent on the surgeon’s judgment for that patient.
A facelift usually takes 3 -4 hours or somewhat longer if you’re having more than one procedure done.
Most facelifts are performed under local anaesthesia, combined with a sedative. Sometimes general anaesthesia is preferred.
Usually done on an outpatient basis, Dr. Nagwani may hospitalize patients for a day when using general anaesthesia or certain conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure is monitored after surgery, and may also require a short inpatient stay.
Side-Effects / Risks
For many people, going under the knife is a very scary thought. If you’re thinking about plastic surgery, it is important you are aware of both the benefits and the risks. Here are some of the most common and most talked about cosmetic surgery complications.
Hematoma Nerve Damage Infection Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Scarring General Appearance Dissatisfaction