Cosmetic Surgery Facelift
When it comes to beauty, many women consider undergoing plastic surgery to fight the signs of aging. Damage caused by time, weather, and stress becomes more and more visible on our skin as we age. If you are considering cosmetic surgery for anti aging purposes, you may be wondering what types of facelift options are available to you. What are the costs and potential risks associated with facelift surgery?
What is a facelift?
A facelift (technically known as rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that is aimed to reduce the signs of aging such as wrinkles and sagging skin. This is done by removing excess fatty tissue, tightening underlying facial muscles, and smoothing the skin in order to give a more rested and youthful appearance to the skin.
The Facelift Procedure
There are different types of cosmetic surgery face lift options available. These facelifts are usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia or a combination of local anesthesia and sedative.
A cosmetic surgeon begins the procedure by making an incision in a discreet location, usually above the hairline, to separate the skin from underlying tissue. The surgeon will then trim any excess fat and skin, which will reduce the appearance of sagging and wrinkles. The surrounding muscles are then tightened to improve the contours of the face.
The skin is then repositioned on the face using either stitches or staples, and the treated area is wrapped with bandages to reduce bruising and swelling. In some cases, a drainage tube is inserted behind the patient's ear to prevent any blood and fluids from collecting under the skin.
The healing process after cosmetic surgery will typically last for several weeks. Patients are prescribed pain medication after undergoing a face lift surgery.
Facelift Options and Costs
The full facelift is a combination of three different types of cosmetic surgery procedures, which can also be performed independently:
- The lower facelift. This is the most standard facelift procedure and targets the lower half of the face which is most affected by the aging process. This procedure targets the lower half of the face, such as age lines and jowls in the neck and jaw line areas, and raises the corners of the mouth. The cost of a lower facelift is usually between $4,000 to $10,000.
- The mid facelift. Mid face facelift surgery targets areas in the middle of the face such as the lower eyelids and cheeks and reduces the appearance of droopy eyes and saggy skin. The prices for a mid facelift range between $4,000 to $10,000.
- The brow lift. This type of cosmetic surgery targets the forehead and eyebrow region in order to smooth out creases and reposition the eyebrow line. A brow lift usually costs between $2,000 to $8,000.
A mini facelift targets facial areas such as the neck and folds of the nose; this procedure is considered less risky because it involves smaller incisions, and a shorter operating and recovery process. This average cost of a mini facelift is between $3,500 to $6,000.
A thread facelift is the most un-intrusive option and is used for minor improvements. Tiny threads are attached to skin tissue then pulled back to lift and smooth the face. A thread facelift costs between $2,000 to $6,000.
What are the Risks and Side Effects of a Facelift?
Plastic surgery comes with its own share of risks and side effects. Such side effects can experience range from mild to severe in nature. Some of the risks associated with cosmetic surgery facelifts include:
- Nausea or sickness as a reaction to anesthesia after surgery
- Hematoma or bleeding under the skin which can require an operation to remove the blood
- Swelling, sensitivity, localized heat, and redness can be signs of an infection and may require antibiotics
- Nerve and muscle injury in the face
- Scarring or problems with healing of the skin
- Numbness or tingling around the incision areas
- Discoloration of the skin
- Skin or hair loss
Cosmetic Surgery Costs and Facelift Alternatives
If the cost of plastic surgery is too high, or you're worried about the potential risks, you may want to consider some of the non-surgical face lift options that are available to you.
A thread facelift is one such non-surgical face lift option. The laser facelift is another alternative. In this procedure, the outer layer of the skin is tightened and smoothed using laser technology. A microcurrent facelift uses electric currents to stimulate cells, and rejuvenate skin.
If you're interested in a more natural anti-aging solutions, you may want to look for facelift creams and powders that contain amino acid solutions such as acetyl hexapeptide and alpha hydroxyl. These anti-aging solutions are designed to reduce wrinkles as well as tighten the skin.