Is a Face Lift a Good Idea?

There are many cosmetic surgeries available that people can choose from, and one that is very popular is the face lift procedure. A face lift is also called a rhytidectomy in the medical community, and it is commonly performed by surgeons on people who want to have a more youthful appearance to their face, and is a good idea for people who are good candidates. 

As we age our bodies change dramatically and the most notable effects of aging are seen in the facial features. The face and also the neck change with age as our skin becomes thinner and our muscle tone decreases. There is also often damage from the sun leading to wrinkles in the skin. 

A face lift may not be able to remove the wrinkles and fine lines on the skin but it can reduce the sagging and drooping appearance where skin has loosened. This often also happens on the neck as well as on the face. A neck lift is called a platysmaplasty in the medical community and it is often part of a face lift surgery. The idea is to have a tighter look to the cheeks and jawline as well as the neck area where skin sags with age.

You do need to realize that a face lift and neck lift are surgical procedures that have risks and therefore are not recommended for people who are not healthy. You can contact clinics such as the Vera Clinic which performs various cosmetic surgeries to find out what options you have for improving the appearance of your face.

You should also realize that smoking is also not good for wound healing, so if you are planning on having a face lift or any other surgery, you should stop smoking sometime before the surgery.

What does a face lift involve?

During a face lift the surgeon will cut into the skin and tighten up your underlying tissues, fatty tissue may be removed or repositioned so as to sculpt your face to create a more aesthetically appealing appearance.

The surgical cuts that are made for the face lift are often made so as to be hidden under the hairline or under the chin. You can expect there to be some pain and discomfort after the procedure is finished and also some bruising and swelling of your tissues can be expected.

A reputable and accredited clinic can control and manage your pain and discomfort. They can also advice you on what you can do to prepare for the surgery and what you can expect afterward.

You do need to recognize that a face lift is not permanent although it should last about a decade. Over time you can expect age-related changes to once again occur and skin to start sagging again.

There are some things you can do to help prevent some age-related damage; for instance you can wear sun screen if you have fair skin and are going to be in the sun a lot. You can also follow a healthy diet and avoid bad habits such as smoking.

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