Staying informed on up-to-date procedures, options, and possible difficulties is essential in making the right choice in your future concerning a facelift. We have all heard the horror stories and rarely hear the high success rates, sadly that’s because society is geared toward drama and fear.
1. Firstly, you must understand that in many cases to achieve desired results, other procedures may be needed to accompany a facelift including but not limited to:
2. Before you jump to any conclusions about what you may need or want in order to get the look you want, how about an overview of exactly what is done for a facelift procedure? According to MedicineNet, Inc. (2016), "an incision starting in the hair or hairline above and in front of the ear (the temporal region) is extended downward in front of the ear”(Facelift Surgery). The surgeon then makes an incision under the ear going back up to the hairline behind the ear. All while, the surgeon pulls the skin back and upward removing the excess skin. Sutures and/or staples are used to close the point of incision. Simple bandages are used and the surgeon often times will need to drain the wounds of blood. Traditionally, fatty tissue is removed during the procedure if needed (MedicineNet, Inc, 2016).
3.As with any surgical procedure, there can be complications. Recovery time greatly depends on the patient and the extent of the work you have done. The traditional recovery time for most patients is a week. Other than typical discomforts post-surgery, the patient can usually resume activities the next day (although I am not sure I would be gallivanting around town at that point; no lunch dates). Recovery is usually mild with gradual improvements daily (MedicineNet, Inc, 2016).
4.So what are some of those complications to be expected? Because there is an incision made along the hairline, there is always the possibility of hair loss along the incision spots. Typically there will be bruising and bleeding. Hematomas can appear at all or sporadic places on the face, neck, and ears from the surgery. The amount depends on the patient’s body and how many, if any, added procedures were performed in addition to the facelift. With any surgery there is always a risk of skin tissue dying, this is called skin necrosis. This brings us to a broader term common with complications with any surgery, and that is an infection. Sometimes infections can be treated with just a simple medication if caught right away. Therefore, it is vital to pay close attention after your surgery to your incisions and face. It is important to follow post-op instructions given by your doctor to lower the risk of any complications (MedicineNet, Inc, 2016).
5.Having a facelift in Houston is convenient, affordable and with it being an outpatient procedure, one can resume their life right away. In just a short 3-5 days you can remove the dressings on average given consent by your doctor (MedicineNet, Inc, 2016). You can achieve results as subtle or dramatic as you desire. Discuss with your doctor exactly what you are looking for. For plastic surgery Houston, TX, Dr. Morgan E. Norris and his staff take the time during your consultations to explore what best suits your needs, what is safe for you, and what possible results you can expect for your future. Take the time to feel confident in your decision and do any added research in addition to asking your doctor questions.
In many cases, patients do not need any additional procedures to achieve the results of looking ten years younger. However, that said, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder so consult with your physician for the best route for you. When deciding on whether or not a facelift is right for you, make sure to make the choice for yourself. Cosmetic Surgery should not be based on the opinions of others because you are the one that ultimately needs to be happy with the results. There are cases in which a facelift as well as other procedures like an eye lift, is necessary for reasons other than cosmetic. In such cases, it is common that your insurance policy will cover the cost or a percentage of the total cost for surgery. If this sounds like your situation, please consult with your doctor and insurance carrier to be fully informed. We spend money on maintaining our homes, cars, and health; why not spend money on treating yourself to a younger looking you?
MedicineNet, Inc. (2016). MedicineNet.com. Retrieved from http://medicinenet.com