Things you should know about facelifts

A facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at giving the face a more youthful appearance. Technically known as rhytidectomy, this technique involves the surgical removal of excess facial skin, firming of underlying tissues and redraping of the skin back on the neck and face. The deeper tissues and excess skin are repositioned around the cheeks and jowl through minute incisions during the surgery to eliminate creases, sagging skin and fine lines.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, according to its recent 2011 statistics, states that facelifts were the sixth most popular aesthetic surgery performed after liposuction, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and breast lift.

Facelifts are to be performed by experienced, skilled plastic surgeons; attention to detail, an artistic eye and a good aesthetic sense can give the patient a minimally-scarred, beautiful and natural-looking visage. The result is a symmetrical, well-sculpted, youthful appearance that can last a lifetime.

Patients should bear in mind several points before undergoing the procedure:

  • The cosmetic surgeon concerned must have adequate experience, a sharp eye for aesthetic detail and specific skill set of surgical methods.
  • A facelift candidate’s skin should ideally retain some of its youthfulness and elasticity. The procedure involves skin tightening, and consequently the removal of wrinkles. Post-operation, the healing and conforming of the skin to the improved facial curve would determine the success of the procedure.
  • Facelift is an invasive procedure that requires caution. Prior to the operation, the candidate must discuss his or her medical history with the specialist to rule out any possibility of adverse reactions. The operation also demands healing and recovery, not to mention protection from sun rays, chemicals and so on. Hence it is imperative that the patient takes adequate care of his or her health before and after the procedure, and is prepared physically well in advance.

Facelift in Singapore is gaining popularity in the global cosmetic surgery scenario. An average procedure costs anything between $3000 and $20000, depending on the extent, location and nature of treatment.

For optimal results, patients must maintain their body weight and a stable diet too. Weight changes at an older age can cause the skin to stretch out more easily than at a younger age. The skin should also be taken care of, by means of quality skincare routine, to ensure a healthy and glowing appearance.