Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

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The Effect of a Face Lift

A facelift will help erase the years by tightening the skin around your neck and face. It also removes deep creases especially around the nose and mouth that are common with aging. It results in a younger, fresher looking face with tighter skin tone that lasts 5 to 10 years.

The Face Lift Procedure

Known in the medical world as Rhytidectomy, this is a surgical procedure to tighten facial skin and muscles around the face and neck. It can be performed alone or in conjunction with a forehead lift and/or eyelid surgery.

Best Candidates for Face Lift

The best candidates for a facelift are men and women over the age of 40 with good bone structure but sagging skin or deep creases around the nose and mouth

Risks

All surgery carries risk, and you should be fully aware of the medical risks associated with this procedure before you consent to surgery. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you during your consultation, and you are encouraged to ask questions if there is anything you do not understand.

More details about your consultation and tips on coming to Bumrungrad in the Consultation section of our Getting Your Procedure page.

You will be required to sign a consent form before surgery stating that you have been informed of the risks involved; that you understand those risks; and that you accept those risks. This is standard hospital protocol and surgery will not be performed if you do not sign.

You can find hospital forms on our the Forms section of our Getting Your Procedure page.

It is your obligation to inform your surgeon of key medical information that may influence the outcome of your surgery or may increase the level of risk. These include medications you are taking, history of disease, medical complications, etc.

Risks and risk rates vary from patient to patient depending on a range of factors. No two people are alike. The risks listed below are possible risks associated with this type of surgery and are mentioned regardless of how remote the possibility:

Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary but may be permanent). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; excessive scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.

The FAQ question "What are the risks of plastic and cosmetic surgery?" has additional details on risks and how to minimize them.

Surgery

Time required: 2-3 hours
Anesthesia: Local with sedation or general

Post surgical side effects

Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin
Tightness around face
Dry skin

Face Lift Recovery time

Back to work: 10 to 14 days.
Strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more.
Bruising: 2 to 3 weeks.
Must limit exposure to sun for several months.

Please note that this brouchure should be used only as a guide to your treatment. All specifics will be discussed with your Physician at your consultation.
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