Face lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to create a more youthful appearance. In this procedure, the loose or sagging skin on the side of the cheeks and jawline is reduced along with other changes that occur in the skin due to aging. It involves pulling back the flap of the skin on each side of the face, removing the excess skin and altering the tissues below the skin to contour the shape of the face. Often, neck lift is also done as a part of face lift to reduce fat deposits and sagging skin on the neck.
As you age, the external age-related changes such as loose skin, sagging cheeks, and fat deposits start to occur in some parts of your face more than others. Below are the symptoms that would help you evaluate if you should be considering Face Lift procedure:
Aging is a natural process and the skin of the face and neck undergo some amount of loosening with time. With the sagging comes creasing of the skin, which makes deep folds and lines. But everyone is interested to hold back the youthful days. This is the reason why face lifting or rhytidectomy has increasingly gained popularity in the United States and other countries as well.
The facial skeleton gets highly affected with the age-related changes that a person experiences. The sagging of the forehead and the facial skin is observed due to slow loss of mass of bony structures of frontal bones, maxilla, and the mandibles. Due to this, an impression of sagging neckline is observed and jowling occurs along the mandible, which deletes the delineation between the neck and the jawline.
Exposure to the sun also leads to changes observed in the facial skin. The epidermis that gets damaged due to exposure to sunlight shows a reduction in the fundamental elements that can slowly cause wrinkles. Disorganization and thickening of the elastic fibers below the skin are noted, which is known as a process called elastosis and degeneration of the dermal collagen appears as well.
In order to get a youthful appearance of the face, a facelift surgery is performed. In this kind of surgery, reshaping occurs in the lower one-third of the face by facilitating removal of the sagging facial skin. Tightening of the underlying tissue is also done in some of the facelift surgeries. The face surgery or lower facelift can be combined with neck lift, or an eyelid surgery, cheeks, brows or forehead surgeries.
Types of Facelift Surgery
There are many types of facelift procedures. Some of the most popular procedures include the following:
Facelift surgery is usually carried out on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes around two to four hours to complete, depending on the extent of the area that requires treatment. The facelift procedure is performed under the influence of local and general anesthesia.
Sometimes, additional procedures may be conducted at the time of facelift surgery. These may include the placement of facial implants, wrinkle reduction through facial fillers, and facial resurfacing for improved skin toning and texture.
The following steps are performed during a typical facelift procedure:
Patients may experience minimal pain after the procedure, which is managed with the help of painkillers. Swelling and bruising are common but patients are advised to use a cold compress to avoid the discomfort.
The dressing is removed within two days of the surgery and physical activity should be limited as much as possible after the procedure. The head should be kept in an elevated position.
A drainage tube may be inserted, which can be removed after a day of the surgery. Facelift recovery time stretches from two to three weeks. The scars and lines gradually grow invisible with time.
Facelift or rhytidectomy is a type of cosmetic surgery which is performed for removing the wrinkles and fine lines on cheek, midface, jawline, and neck areas. This procedure is done with general and local anesthesia. Facelift surgery is used to prevent the effect of aging by tightening the loose skin of cheek, jaw, and neck. It is performed alone or in combination with other types of cosmetic surgery such as blepharoplasty or rhinoplasty.
People usually undergo facelift surgery because of the following reasons:
Age-related changes and decreased elasticity of the skin
Managing under-eye fat
Sagging correctness of facial muscles
Restore firmness to become youthful
Israel provides a high quality of medical services at affordable prices which is 30%-50% lower than in America and European countries. The cost of facelift surgery in Israel is approximately $7,134. There are various reasons which affect the cost of facelift surgery in Israel such as:
Types of facelift surgery
Type of equipment used
Medication before and after surgery
Patient’s health status
Follow-up visit charges
Age and speed of recovery
Number of days of stay in hospital
SMAS Plication Facelift- The concept of SMAS plication facelift surgery is to resolve the senile changes on the face. This technique provides a thin layer of fibro-fatty tissue which helps in providing technical support to the skin. An obese person is not an ideal candidate for these techniques.
Subcutaneous Facelift: It is a simple and less complicated process. In this procedure, a dissection plane is located above the SMAS layer which contains a facial nerve. The risk of nerve damage during surgery is very less. Due to minimal exposure to underlying tissues, the procedure has a fast recovery.
Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) lift: This procedure is divided into two types: simple and extended. The recovery process of this facelift is rapid. People with a bulky neck are not the ideal candidate for this surgery.
Simple MACS lift techniques: The simple MACS lift technique is used to correct the lower third of the face including jawline.
Extended MACS lift techniques: The extended MACS lift technique is used to correct lower eyelid senile changes.
Deep Plane Facelift (DPFL): This technique is commonly used in place of traditional facelift surgery to correct aging of the midface. This procedure provides optimum results by improving the nasolabial fold. The disadvantage of this facelift surgery is a high risk of facial nerve damage.
Patients should consider the following important aspects while recovering from facelift surgery:
After surgery: When facelift surgery is completed, the affected area will be dressed with an elastic bandage and is not removed before 24 hours. After 24 hours the surgeon examines the patient and may remove the bandage depending upon the patient’s condition.
Pain: During the first day of facelift surgery, the patient may feel mild to moderate pain. The doctor may prescribe analgesic drugs to be taken as and when required.
Medication: Apart from analgesics, after surgery, the surgeon must be prescribed antibiotics to prevent any type of infection. In the case of nausea and vomiting, antiemetic drugs are prescribed.
After facelift surgery, patients should take proper rest for fast healing.
Do not sleep on the side of your face.
Do not eat a hard meal, rather take a soft meal
Wash the sight of incision 2-3 times in a day with a mixture of warm water and hydrogen peroxide solution after 72 hours of surgery
Skip excessive talking and use of tobacco product at least for one week after surgery
Take a short walking step after 3 days of surgery
The surgeon will apply a dressing for facial support. Do not remove this dressing and change every 24 hours
You can apply an ice pack on the incision for twenty minutes after 2-3 days of surgery, which can reduce swelling and pain
There are following hospitals in Israel for facelift procedure:
The top plastic surgeons for facelift surgery in Israel are the following:
Dr. Tali Friedmen, Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel
Dr. Aharon Amir, Tel Aviv, Israel
Dr. Anat Elami, Jerusalem, Israel
Dr. Azaria and Dr. Roy Amber, Haifa, Israel
Dr. Abraham Levy, Yehud, Israel
Dr. Avi Weinberg, Jerusalem, Israel
Dr. Eyal Winkler, Tel Aviv Yafa, Israel
Dr. Uri Shulman Tel Aviv Yafa, Israel
Dr. Mor, Tel Aviv, Israel
The success rate of facelift surgery is very high in Israel. Almost 85 to 90% of the patients have desired results in their first surgery. The revision surgery is required in only 10-15% of the patients ranging from minor to moderate revision. If the surgery is done by a plastic surgeon with ample experience and is certified, the success rate further increases. The success rate also depends upon the health of the patient. If the patient is physically and mentally fit, the chances of obtaining the desired results are high. The success rate of face and neck lift procedure in Israel depends upon the following factors:
Patient health status: The success rate depends on patient health status. An invasive surgical procedure is conducted when the patients' health is good and he can recover quickly without any complications.
Patient age: The success rate depends upon patient age. The best age for facelift surgery is in between 35 years to 60 years.
Strong bone structure: The patient should have strong bone structure because it helps to provide good support and strength during surgery. The strong bone structure increases the healing and can withstand stress during surgery.
Not only the doctors, the hospitals in Israel follow a strict protocol while selecting medical staffs, which is why, the quality of even the support staffs remain incomparable. The support staffs are also trained to handle emergency situations as well as critical cases with umpteenth care so as to ensure complete healthcare to the candidate undergoing minor to major procedures.
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