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What You Need To Know About Face Lift Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is somehow not really considered surgery. This is an erroneous view – face lift surgery is surgery and you need to be fully informed about what it involves if you opt for it. It involves incisions into and cutting open of the skin, it involves anesthesia (sometimes general), it needs suturing. In rare cases some of the complications associated with surgery can also occur.

We look at various aspects of facelift surgery to help you make an informed choice after considering all your options:

How Long Does It Take to Recover from Face Lift Surgery

Facelift SurgeryWhen we speak of recovery we speak of the time it takes for you to be able to go out in public without any visible evidence of ‘having work done’. The fact is that each person’s experience is going to be different from every other person’s.

While most experience a short and smooth recovery process with very little pain, in some cases there could be significant pain, numbness, swelling and discomfort. The final results of the surgery will stabilize and become visible in a few months following the surgery.

Generally speaking, a recovery from a face lift surgery will take about 2 to 3 weeks. The stiffness and numbness may take longer and will normalize after a couple of months. Scar tissue may be present but this is usually invisible since incisions are usually made within the hair line. Wearing earrings, hair coloring and so on may not be possible for a while.

Most people are back at work in a week or two and within six weeks it is possible to resume all regular activities. Incision-less procedures afford a much shorter recovery time span. The latest face lift procedures are non-invasive, thus less painful with fewer instances of post procedural discomfort.

What are the Risks of Face Lift Surgery

It has to be understood that not everyone is a suitable candidate for facelift surgery. One’s overall health, lifestyle and any medical conditions will determine whether or not one can undergo the surgery. While complications from facelift surgery are not very common, they do occur at times.

There could be bruising; rarely there could be bleeding (hematoma) or infection. Nerve pain and numbness are usually temporary and will resolve in some months. Visible or thick scarring, hair loss at the site of the incision, skin death (necrosis), are other possible complications. However in the hands of a skilled experienced surgeon, this is not a concern. Another possible complication that could happen at the hands of a less skilled surgeon could be asymmetry or some amount of mismatch between the two sides of the face.

Dr Philip Young has created a breakthrough incision-less face lift procedure that produces natural looking results with significantly fewer risks. He specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures for the face and neck. With his skilled hands, the risks and complications involved with your face lift are minimal.

Healing After Face Lift Surgery

Your real question would be how long it would take to be able to go out in public after facelift surgery. It takes about two weeks for the swelling and bruising to abate. The pain is usually mild and it abates in a couple of days; however it is the redness, the swelling and bruising that will take longer to subside.  A lot of people prefer to stay indoors during this period. So you would have to schedule surgery in a way that there is nothing urgent that needs doing for at least 2 weeks after surgery.

In case if you opt for the non-invasive facelift procedure, the recovery period is much shorter. After effects like swelling and bruising do not occur at all. To find out more about the various techniques of facelift surgeries, and the one best suited to you, schedule a free consultation with Dr Philip Young.