The Dangers of Face Lift Surgery

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Published: 03rd May 2011
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Rhytidectomy also comely known as a face lift was first performed in Berlin back in 1901. Today it has become one of the most popular aesthetic surgery performed according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Although a face lift can help bring back your youthful appearance and give you a confidence boost, it does come with some risks.

Bleeding after the procedure is the most common complication related to surgery and usually requires a follow up with the surgeon. Potentially serious complications may include damage or numbness to the facial nerves on the areas around the eyebrows or corners of the mouth. With an infection the patient might notice swelling, redness and sensitivity. Most infections are not serious and can be easily treated with antibiotics. As with all surgery's that require you to go under general anesthesia there are risks of potential complications. These may include transitory mental confusion, lung problems, heart attack, stroke or even death.

In a surgical facelift procedure, a cut is made just in front of the ear and up into the hairline. The incision curves underneath the earlobe and behind it, usually ending near the back of the neck. The positioning of this cut is designed to hide the scarring after the procedure. After the incisions are made in the skin the surgeon lifts the skin of the face away from the underlying muscle and connective tissue, including the neck area and the skin below the chin. The surgeon uses sutures to tighten certain muscles and tissues that extend from the shoulder, the chin, and behind the neck. These are the same muscles that can be strengthened by doing face lift exercises. The skin is then re-draped over the muscles and a certain amount of excess skin is removed, determined by the surgeon's judgement and experience. The outer incisions are then closed with staples and sutures.

It is more challenging for the plastic surgeon to achieve a natural appearance for men after a facelift due to their hair-bearing skin in front of the ear (the sideburns). The most common tell-tale sign of a facelift for men and women is that the earlobe is pull forward or even looks distorted. If the surgeon removes to much skin you could be left with an unnatural "windswept" appearance leaving you looking worse off than before.

Achieving a natural appearance following surgery in men can be more challenging due to their hair-bearing preauricular skin. In both men and women, one of the signs of having had a facelift can be an earlobe which is pulled forwards or can look distorted. If too much skin is removed, or a more vertical vector not employed, the face can assume a pulled-back, "windswept" appearance leaving you looking worse off than before.

Patients who smoke, have hypertension or diabetes are not prime candidents for a facelift as these factors could lead to complications. Patients are also asked to abstain from taking aspirin or other blood thinners for at least one week prior to surgery.

Find out how you can give yourself a natural face lift at home with face lift exercises.
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