Although most women combat the ageing process with less invasive cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers, face creams, and Botox, many ultimately turn to a facelift or necklift for more effective and longer-lasting results.
If you’re thinking of having a facelift, here are five things you should know.
1. What is a facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure that’s used to tighten sagging skin on your neck and face. The procedure is carried out by a surgeon, usually under general anaesthetic.
Small incisions are made by the surgeon around your earlobes so that scarring is kept to a minimum. Loose skin on your face and neck is lifted and pulled back, excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed.
Unlike other non-invasive procedures, the effects of a facelift typically last for a few years.
2. Recovery time
Although a facelift is a surgical procedure, recovery time is generally quicker than most people think, being around ten to 14 days.
Immediately after your facelift, you can expect some bruising and swelling around the incisions while they heal.
All surgical procedures carry an element of risk, and facelifts are no exception. General anaesthesia can be risky for some people, especially those with existing health conditions, such as diabetes and obesity.
People who smoke or who are taking anti-clotting drugs can suffer increased bleeding during surgery and may have a slower healing time. However, it is possible to have a facelift under a local anaesthetic that numbs the surgical site.
4. Benefits of a facelift
The main benefit of a facelift and necklift are increased feelings of confidence and satisfaction with your appearance. People who have a facelift typically feel much happier when they look as young on the outside as they feel on the inside.
5. Is it obvious that you’ve had a facelift?
Many people are concerned that their faces will look stretched and tight or that their features will be altered. However, if the surgery is performed well, the facelift shouldn’t be obvious.
Therefore, you must choose a highly experienced, qualified cosmetic surgeon with a proven track record of good results. Ask to see before and after photos of patients, and also request to see client testimonials.
A facelift and necklift can give much better and longer-lasting results than non-invasive cosmetic procedures, and recovery time is quicker than many people think.
Before committing to facial rejuvenation surgery, be sure to find an experienced, highly qualified cosmetic surgeon with a proven excellent reputation.