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Face Lift Surgery
A natural face lift plastic surgery is obviously a cosmetic procedure performed to reverse signs of aging appearing on your face.

As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the Sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Deep creases form between the nose and mouth; the jawline grows slack and jowly; and folds and fat deposits appear around the neck. A natural face lift surgery is your answer to remove these signs of age

A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) can't stop this aging process. What it can do is "set back the clock", improving the most visible signs of aging by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles, and redraping the skin of your face and neck.

General Surgery Procedure
As with any plastic or reconstructive surgery procedure, a consultation is made with the best plastic surgeon you can find. The plastic surgeon should give you general instructions for preparing for your facelift surgery, such as quitting smoking, or growing your hair to hide any scars visible immediately after the surgery.

The general procedure consists in the plastic surgeon making incisions above the hairline at the temples, extending in a natural line in front of the ear and behind the earlobes to the lower scalp. Some surgeons finish the procedure on one side first and then proceed to the other side later, however some surgeons move back and forth doing both side in a series of steps. In the case of a neck lift, a small incision may also be made under the chin.

After the incisions are made the surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back removing the excess, stitches are made to secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions.

Best candidates for surgery: Men and women in age group of 40-70, with well-defined bone structure and some degree of elasticity in the facial skin
Length: The surgery can take several hours depending upon the procedure. Extensive procedures may also be performed as two separate sessions. An overnight stay is mostly recommended.
Anesthesia: Local anesthesia, combined with a sedative. Some surgeons prefer a general anesthesia.
In/Outpatient: In a surgeon's office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or a hospital.
Side Effects: Collection of blood under the skin, numbness of the skin for sometime.
Risks: Injury to the nerves controlling the facial muscles, infection, and reactions to the anesthesia. Poor healing if smoking is not abandoned before and after the surgery.
Post Operative Care: A small, thin tube should be temporarily placed by the surgeon under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that might collect there.

Wrapping your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.

Avoiding strenuous activity for at least two weeks avoiding alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for several months
Recovery: Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery.
Results: The effect of surgery should last for quite a long time - say 5-6 years. Some scars will be left which can be easily hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears

A facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping.

The Eye Lid Surgery

The eyebrows are restored to their natural position removing the redundant upper eyelid tissue.

Cosmetic chin surgery or mid face lift surgery.

The cheek (malar) fat is restored to its position over the prominence of the cheek. The nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to beyond the corners of the mouth) are softened.

Forehead Lift: A forehead lift is performed in conjunction with a facelift to achieve a more harmonious and complete facial enhancement.

Neck lift: The neck lift can be considered as the part of the facelift which happens behind the ear and down into the neck. This procedure tightens the neck skin upward behind the ears.

Endoscopic Face Lift
A plastic surgeon performing the endoscopic facelift inserts the endoscope probe-a small camera-and tiny instruments through these incisions and monitor the progress of the procedure using the internally placed camera.

Since the typical endoscopic facelift will require three or more very small incisions which are concealed in the hairline and/or behind the ears, the risk of sensory loss from nerve damage is decreased. An endoscopic facelift is mostly performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and has a significantly reduced risk of bleeding, bruising and swelling. Patients donít need an overnight stay and tend to recover more quickly and are often able to return to work and other activities within a week of the procedure.

Contour Threads
Contour ThreadsTM are an innovative and exciting new alternative to face lift surgery to reduce the signs of aging.

It is a FDA approved minimally invasive procedure which can conveniently elevate sagging tissue, especially in the brows, cheeks and midface and soften the appearance of jowling.

The method involves the use of permanent polypropylene stitches with fine cogs that help to grab the loose tissue and hold them in place. This can help produce a younger appearance. There are no visible scars and the recovery is fast and the procedure safer than most existing techniques.

Whether you will have a face lift surgery or a chemical peel, laser cosmetic surgery or dermbabrasion, you will like to have general anesthesia or local; it is better for you to discuss them with your plastic surgeon. Donít forget to check the facilities at the plastic surgery center before consultation with the plastic surgeon.

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