Many people are cautious when it comes to cosmetic surgery. For some, the phrase has certain negative connotations: people feel worried, nervous, or concerned about what precisely cosmetic surgery entails. Though these feelings are understandable, they come from myth rather than fact. Two of the most popular procedures are necklifts and, of course, facelifts. To dispel any myths, and to put your mind at ease, here is a brief description of exactly what really happens during a facelift or necklift.
Why have a facelift?
Time takes its toll on the face. Wrinkles begin to appear, and skin begins to sag. A facelift (or rhytidectomy) is a procedure that removes excess facial skin, reducing wrinkles and sagging, making you look younger.
What does the procedure entail?
A facelift can be general or partial, meaning it can be done on the whole face or just a part of the face. Incisions are made around the area in question, and the skin is lifted to allow the surgeon to remove excess skin. In a general facelift, the incision is usually made along the hairline, enabling the skin to be pulled upwards to tighten it. The incisions are then sealed with sutures, staples or glue depending on the operation. Any small scarring will be concealed by the hair.
Why have a necklift?
As you grow older, the muscles and skin in your neck lose their elasticity. The skin that was once taut around your neck begins to sag.
This is one of the first signs of ageing that people experience.
A necklift is a procedure that removes sagging skin and tightens the remaining skin. This ensures you remain looking more youthful. Necklifts are performed under anaesthetic, so you won’t feel a thing. An incision is made by the ‘sideburn’ area of the neck and curves around the ear, terminating in the posterior hair. From there the fat and skin around the neck can be moved. Skin is re-draped and excess skin removed. Glue and sutures will close the wounds, and any deeper wounds will be obscured by the hairline.
Facelifts are an increasingly popular procedure. This means that the techniques used by cosmetic surgeons are only getting better. Contact your GP or a specialist before getting a facelift, as they will be able to guide you to get the best and safest possible rejuvenating surgery.