Ritidectomy or Facial Lifting

The aging of the face is inevitable. Over the years the muscles and skin begin to descend on the face and neck, the chicken legs appear at the corners of the eyes, the fine lines begin to form on the forehead and then gradually deep folds appear on the sides of mouth. The skin of the neck and the gills fall; Under the chin appear vertical folds in front of the neck.

Inheritance, personal habits, cigarette smoking, the force of gravity and exaggerated exposure to the sun contribute to the aging of the face. We all age and in the face is where this is most noticeable, this is why the facelift or rhytidectomy has become the third surgical procedure of facial plastic surgery most wanted and performed. This surgery is currently based on rearranging the facial muscles to a youthful position and thus does not produce the stretched face appearance that was obtained in the past with only skin stretches. If you have ever wondered how a rhytidectomy or facelift can improve your appearance and self-esteem, you need to know how this procedure is performed and what you can expect from it. This information will help you solve many of your concerns and will give you what you need to know to begin to consider the benefits of a facelift.

Successful facial plastic surgery is the result of a good relationship between the doctor and the patient. Trust should be based on realistic expectations and accurate medical explanations developed during preoperative interviews.

Doctor Miery can answer specific questions about your personal needs.

Are you a candidate for a Face Lift?

As with all facial plastic surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Understanding the limitations of rhytidectomy is crucial and psychological stability is vital. There are no exact results in rhytidectomy. The goal should be to improve the appearance of the face. Skin type, ethnic features, degree of skin elasticity, individual ability to heal tissues, bone structure as well as a realistic attitude are factors that must be discussed prior to surgery. This procedure is sometimes performed in patients from the age of 35, the ideal age in most people is around 50 years and successful results have been obtained when it has been performed in patients up to 70 years of age.

Rhytidectomy can not stop the aging process, can not turn clockwise, what it can do is help make your face look better and give you a healthier and more youthful appearance. All patients experience is an increase in their self-esteem.

Before deciding on a rhytidectomy you should discuss with your facial plastic surgeon if the effects of a rhytidectomy may be more successful if additional changes are made to the eyelids, chin, chin or other areas of the face. Many patients choose to have facial liposuction done to remove excess fat deposits in conjunction with rhytidectomy. Others also have nose rejuvenation. If there are many defects that require correction, more than one procedure may be necessary to obtain a better result.

How to decide to undergo a Facial Stretch?

Choosing your facial plastic surgeon is a very important decision. During preliminary consultations the surgeon will examine the structure of your face, texture, color and elasticity of your skin. Photographs will be taken so that Doctor Miery can study his face in detail. The individual risks of each patient will be identified and studied, especially those related to medical situations such as high blood pressure, scarring tendency, smoking and any deficiency in blood clotting.

A realistic attitude is crucial to the success of the surgery, the surgical procedure and expectations should be discussed. After making the decision to proceed with the practice of a rhytidectomy, there must be a joint work between the patient and the surgeon; The surgeon will describe, the technique indicated, the type of anesthesia, surgical facilities, possible additional procedures, pros, cons, possible complications and costs.

Recommendations for the days before surgery

It is important that one week before you suspend the following medications that increase bleeding:

  • Aspirin, Vitamin E, Omega 3, Ibuprofen and Anti inflammatory.
  • If you use dyes or permanent, you should rehearse them the day before surgery or 20 days later.
  • Avoid smoking 1 month before surgery.

The day of surgery

  • Do not eat or drink 8 hours before.
  • Present without enamel on hands and feet.
  • Introduce yourself with comfortable clothes and no valuables.
  • Perform double washing of the hair and face.
  • Remove earrings, piercing or the like.

How is surgery performed?

Dr. Miery initiates the incision in the area of hair implant of the temple just above and in front of the ear and then continues around the lobe of the ear, surrounded the ear from behind until the point where the scalp begins to continue The incision back and down. It raises the skin so that it can reposition the muscles. Some fat can be removed as well as excess skin. In men, the incision is designed to accommodate the natural line of the beginning of the beard. In all cases the incision should be located in a natural wrinkle of the skin that is disguised to the maximum possible.

After removing excess skin, the surgeon closes the incision with fine sutures and / or scalp with special staples. Depending on the extent of the surgery, this can be done in a time that goes from 5 to 6 hours. Requires a one-night hospital stay. In surgery a drainage tube is placed in the wound. This is removed in the first two days of the postoperative along with the dressing, the patient is advised that after removal the bandage should then use an elastic band that presses the jowl 1 hour in the morning 1 in the afternoon 1 in the Night for 1 month.

Some degree of inflammation is inevitable and the surgeon will recommend the following instructions:

  • To reduce inflammation, ice should be applied in the first 48 hours in the operated areas should the bandage be applied. Ice should be applied without wetting it so that it will not peel off.
  • Sleep for the first 2 nights as the horizontal position increases inflammation
  • On the next day of surgery, try to have as normal an activity as possible, without strong physical exercises such as gymnastics, which you can restart 10 days later progressively.
  • Avoid smoking in the first month after surgery.
  • Do not consume raw meats like (sushi, ceviches and carpaccio) the first two weeks
  • Most of the swelling goes away within a couple of weeks. The bruises and ecchymoses are of very variable duration in each person.
  • After removing the bandages, you should wear a protective cream on the skin if you are going to be exposed to the sun for a long time.

Sutures will be removed 15 days after surgery. Thousands of rhytidectomies are performed every year in the world with success.

Most patients return to work within 2 weeks. The scars will usually not be noticed after enough time has passed for their ripening to occur. Either way, before this happens, you can hide it with your hair or with some makeup. It should be kept in mind that the aging process will continue after surgery and that in the first few weeks of the post-operative some tissue relaxation will occur.

Easy plastic surgery can correct many facial defects and premature signs of aging that can affect self-confidence. By changing your appearance, cosmetic facial surgery can help change the way you appreciate yourself.

Medical insurance does not cover this surgery performed for purely aesthetic purposes.