If you're looking for a way to counteract the effects of time, facelift surgery can be an effective way to offset aging in your facial area. As it with all types of surgery, it's important to consider a few things before making a final decision about whether facelift surgery is right for you.
First, you need to understand what facelift surgery actually is. A type of cosmetic surgery, it focuses on firming up facial tissue to make you appear more youthful and vibrant. As you age, your skin will lose elasticity and result in "jowls" and skin sagging. If you feel self-conscious about this, or if you would prefer your face to portray your true, youthful self, a facelift can be a good option.
Once you've decided that you would benefit from facelift surgery, choosing cosmetic surgeon is the next step. A good cosmetic surgeon needs to be intimately familiar with facial structures and aesthetics. When meeting with a potential surgeon, ask them about their training in facial lifts to determine if they're a good fit. Surgeons can also specialize in either gender, so ask them about their training in this regard as well.
Facelifts are tailored to each patient's special needs. There are two different types of facelifts; you should carefully consider which type you need. The first type is called a "mini-facelift". This is typically used for patients with "mild jowling", and is less extensive than a regular facelift. It is a less invasive type of surgery, utilizing shorter incisions to affect deep tissues. Incisions are made along the hairline, and skin is pulled taut to reduce jowling and early signs of age. This can be done under local or general anesthesia. A regular facelift will address advanced signs of aging. This type takes longer to recover from, but the effects are more drastic, with signs of aging vastly diminished or entirely erased. In this type of surgery, deep tissues are rearranged and pulled to achieve a youthful effect.
The recovery time from a facelift is relatively short. It usually takes about 2 weeks to recover from a regular facelift, and even less time for a mini-facelift. Strenuous activities and exercise should be postponed for about 4 weeks. Your surgeon should be able to give you more specific instructions on behaviors to be encouraged and avoided after surgery.
A facelift can be a life changing experience, allowing your youthful inner self to be reflected outside as well. It's a big decision, but believe that you can handle it; you are as beautiful and strong as you think you are.