Facelift is the beautiful, the magnificent intervention of Plastic Surgery. It's beautiful first for the surgeon, because he has to perform very delicately, to be very precise in his movements, to respect the tissues and to treat them like they belong in his own face. It is certainly as beautiful for the patient, because it turns the time back 10 to 15 years.
With facelift we restore the damage brought about with aging. Specifically, we face sagging skin at the temple region and eyebrows, cheekbones, cheeks and neck. Usually along with facelift we combine blepharoplasty to correct the sagging of the eyelids.
How exactly does facelift affect the skin?
With facelift we treat the problem of loose face. Looseness relates firstly to the skin, of which we remove the excess, rotate and restore it to the position it was before being sagged. However, looseness concerns, simultaneously, in the deep tissues of the face, i.e. the muscles and fasciae, located below the skin. These tissues have sagged too over time and must be pulled back during the operation. In other words, surgeons should NOT operate only superficially. In order to have a natural and long-lasting effect, we should pull back both skin and the tissue beneath it.
How looks a person who has undergone a facelift?
Successful is a facelift that no one can distinguish. Even those of close family of the patient do not suspect the change. The face looks more relaxed, happier, as if the patient has just come back from holidays.
What is the right age for a facelift?
For a patient to undergo a facelift, the skin of the face must be loose. The age, at which a face begins to loosen, is the decade of 40. The lower age the patient is submitted to the surgery, the greater duration and the more natural the result will be. That is, in general, because the young and youthful skin tissues respond better initially in the surgery and maintain the effect over time. Conversely, the greater the damage that aging has brought about, the more noticeable the difference after the surgery.
Do men perform facelifts too?
Nowadays, the frequency of men undergoing facelifts is increasing. The reasons are both professional (more competitive in their jobs) and social. And it is true that the society we live in wants even men to look more beautiful.
A man in his 50s today is intensely active. Yet, bags under the eyes or sagging cheeks can make him show older and tired.
Where are the incisions made?
The advantage we have with the face is that we can hide the incisions within the hair. The only exposed part of the incision is around the ear, which goes in a natural crease of the skin, so it doesn’t show. Also, the face has very good blood supply resulting in good healing.
How long is the surgery?
The surgery lasts about three hours. But we never look at the clock, never finish the surgery if we are not completely satisfied, to deliver the results we promised to the patient.
How many days a patient stays in the hospital?
One night. On the first day after surgery the bandage is removed and the patient leaves the clinic. There is no pain in any post-operative stage, while the swelling is mild.
When the patient can return to work, to the gym?
The patient returns to work after 7-10 days and to the gym after about 20 days.
How long the effect of facelift lasts?
Facelift actually lasts forever. Because if you do facelift, you will show better than what nature has planned for the rest of your life. Practically, 10 years after surgery, the person will be better than he was just before surgery. All these, of course, if you operate deeply; not only superficially in the skin, but also in the musculature that is underneath.