Facelift is a procedure that attempts to give a more youthful appearance of the face. When a person ages there is a vertical descent of the soft tissue of the face. There is also a loss of volume in the face. The procedure attempts to correct these changes due to time.
What is physically done during a face of procedure is to elevate the skin of the face through the use of hidden scars. This allows access to the fascia components of the face below the skin and above the muscles and nerves. This tissue has strength and this is the tissue that should be used to left and manipulate the shape of the face back toward youth. The soft tissue descent during aging is a vertical dissent caused by gravity so these tissues must be raised in a vertical direction to restore a youthful appearance. This method gives a youthful appearance and the natural appearing facelift. The skin of the face has no strength and no longevity. A lift relying on skin will fail and will give the fake facelift appearance.
A facelift is not a severely painful procedure but there is a feeling of discomfort during the first few days. Most people only need pain medicine for several days. There is a fair amount of swelling with a facelift and most people stay in for one to two weeks. At this time there is still swelling present but most people are comfortable to be out and about. It will take up to two months for all the swelling to go away and to get the final look of a facelift.
While most facelifts are done smoothly and with no complications, complications associated with facelift can include nerve injury, skin loss, infection, hemorrhage, she led scar formation and the complications of anesthesia.
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