We live in a world where cosmetic surgeries are gaining unprecedented popularity. More and more people are opting for various types of cosmetic procedures with each passing year. After a certain age, the loss of youthful contours in the face is clearly visible. There are various factors responsible, such as thinning of the skin, loss of fat from facial areas, damage from regular exposure to sun, smoking and drinking, constant use of drugs and certain medications, prolonged illness, lack of sleep, poor diet as well as stress. Some of these factors can be avoided but its hard to avoid all of them.
As a consequence, we face a variety of skin problems, such as relaxation of the facial skin which causes sagging and wrinkles.
One of the most common signs of ageing is deepening of the lines around the nose and corner of the mouth.
Many people suffer from loose skin and fat can be stored in the neck appearing as a double chin.
Its human nature to give importance which is valuable to them. From centuries people have been trying hard to look younger and they have tried many things to fulfil this desire. The desire to look younger is not new, it dates back to the earliest of civilisations. Its basic human nature, they try to look as young as possible, and now in the modern era of cosmetic surgery, they are lucky to have options such as facelift to make them realise this goal.
A facelift also known as rhytidectomy in medical terms is a cosmetic surgery procedure which gives a youthful appearance to the face by reshaping the face especially the lower half and remove excess facial skin. A facelift can only be performed surgically by a skilled cosmetic surgeon. As seen, any nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatment cannot achieve the same level of the result.
A facelift can tighten loose, hanging skin redefining the jawline. It also removes deep creases around the face. The excess hanging skin and fat under the chin and around the neck can also be removed by the process. This procedure aims to tighten the underlying tissues, and it is done as an outpatient procedure, means the patient need not stay overnight in the hospital after the surgery is over. It is performed under local anaesthetics or sedatives, and sometimes under general anaesthesia. In the United States, around 130,000 people opted for a facelift in 2016 alone.
The whole process can take up to 5 hours, and as it is not a complicated surgery, the person can go home on the day of surgery, in most of the cases. In a normal facelift surgery, the surgeon makes a surgical cut in front of the ear, which is then extended up to the hair or the hairline, also behind the ear. Afterwards, the surgeon lifts the skin off the facial muscles and fat pulling it back in an upward and posterior direction. Afterwards, the excess skin is removed. Deeper tissues of the face can also be tightened in the same manner. In a neck lift, which is a similar process, the incision, or a small cut, is made under the chin and the process is followed to tighten the skin and deeper tissues. A neck lift is done to tighten the skin around the neck. After the whole process is over, incisions are closed with stitches. In some cases, a drain is placed under the skin behind the ear for a couple of days, in order to remove any excess blood. Also, a bandage might be placed around the face. The bandage can help minimize swelling and bruising which can happen after the procedure is over.
Apart from the traditional method mentioned above many new methods are constantly being developed to improve these procedures. Almost all of these new procedures claim to make the facelift process more convenient and easier, but that is not always the case. They are mostly the modifications of the traditional facelift procedure. For example, facial liposuction can be done to remove focal deposits of fat, between the chin and the neck. It can be done as part of a facelift, or as a separate procedure. Methods such as laser neck liposculpture and resurfacing are also used for the neck-lift procedure. Another option is to go for a mini-facelift, which aims to lift the wrinkles and sagging skin in the lower part of the face. But it has it’s limitations as it is done by doing a smaller incision around the ear, it is not used in the case of neck sagging and excess skin.
Facelift costs can vary and it depends on the geographical location and the reputation of the clinic. Apart from the fee, there are other expenses which include anaesthesia, operating room facilities cost and other expenses. A surgeon’s fee is also based on his or her experience, as well as geographic location and client testimonies. There are many facelift surgery clinics in India, and Siliguri has a few of the best cosmetic surgery clinics in the country.