FAQ's Regarding Face Lift

Q.What is a Face lift?
Face lift surgery is a cosmetic procedure to restore the youthful appearance of the face by repositioning some of the skin and muscle tissue of the face and neck to counter sagging and looseness caused by gravity as the patient ages.

Q. How is the procedure done  and will the scars be visible over face?
In a typical facelift surgery, the surgeon begins by making an incision within the hairline just above the ear. The incision continues down along the front edge of the ear, around the earlobe, and then up and behind the ear extending back into thehairline. The location of this incision is designed to hide any sign of the procedure later. This is repeated on the other side of the face. The surgeon raise the skin in subcutaneous plane upto the cheek(nasolabial area), below the chin and neck . the smas muscle is also tighened and fixed in new position and incisions closed with great care to have best cosmetic results.

Q.  Is the procedure painful?
Most of the time general anesthesia is preferred but can be done under local anesthesia with sedation depending on the type of incision and planned procedure.

Q. What are the precautions to be taken prior to surgery?
 Medications and things to avoid that can alter the way the blood clots including female hormones, aspirin, and some non-aspirin pain relievers for they increase the risk of  bleeding &hematoma(blood clotcollection) .Smoking  should be abstained both pre op at least 14 days and 7 days post operatively.

Q. How long will be the hospitalization and post-operative care?
Immediately post operatively pressure bandage is given and antibiotics are given both intraop and in post op period to avoid any infection. Patient is kept in the recovery room for few hrs to check for any bleeding. Patients can be  discharged after 24 hrs preferably but if done under local anesthesia can be discharged on the same day. Ice packs for the first few days can help to reduce swelling and lower the risk of hematoma.

Q.When are the stitches removed?
The first stitches are removed after5 days of the procedure. The remaining ones are removed 7-10 days later. Many patients return to work and limited activities within two weeks of the procedure.

Q.What are the complications of this surgery?
The significant complication following face lift surgery is a hematoma (blood clot collection) formation, which usually occur within 48 hours of surgery and is corrected.Other complications of face lift surgery include infection and scarring.However, these complications are minimal in the expert hands and should be done by a qualified plastic surgeon who is aware of the intricacies involved in the procedure.

Q.When can I return to work?
The patients can resume their work after about 10-14 days. The swelling may persist beyond that time,however it may take 6-8 wks for the swelling to subside almost total.

Q. When are the results visible and how long does it last?
The appreciable results are visible after 4-6 wks when the swelling subsides and the results are usually long lasting.

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