What is rhytidoplasty?

It is plastic surgery of the face or face. It is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the signs of facial aging such as sagging skin, pronounced furrows in the lower eyelids, in the region next to the nose to the corner of the mouth (naso geniana) and loss of muscle tone in the region of the middle third of the face and neck, which cause the loss of the contour of the jaw (bulldog cheeks) and the much feared "double chin".

How is the facelift done?

In surgery, the deep structures of the face are repositioned and then the excess skin is removed, without pulling as much of the skin as was done in the past. This provides a rejuvenation of the face preserving its natural aspect and providing a enhancement of the facial contour as well drawn mandibular line, which is a striking feature of the young face. The surgery lasts 3 to 5 hours and can be performed with either local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia.

How is the postoperative of facial surgery?

The postoperative period of rhytidoplasty is practically painless, the patient is hospitalized in a hospital environment for 24 hours. The stitches are removed every 7 days for 3 weeks. After this period, the patient is allowed to return to social activities and it can no longer be noticed that she has undergone plastic surgery. After 30 days she can return to physical activities. The final result is between 6 months to 1 year of surgery.

How will the scars of facial surgery look?

The treatment of the face is done through a continuous incision that begins in the temporal region inside the hair and goes around the front of the ear, inside the natural groove of the ear, passes to the back of the ear and ends at the scalp. The scar is very discreet, disguised by the groove and by the hair almost imperceptible in most patients.

What is the appropriate age to perform the surgery?

The best candidates for this procedure are people with initial signs of flaccidity on the face and neck and preserve the skin in good quality that is in the range of 40 to 60 years of age, although it can be performed on older patients with very satisfactory results.

How many years will I rejuvenate with the facelift?

A well-done rhytidectomy can provide an appearance of 5 to 10 years younger. It is very important to note that despite the great rejuvenating effect that the surgery provides, it does not interrupt the natural aging process, which continues to occur. This makes the patient always look younger than he would appear without the surgery. Factors such as genetics, nutrition, smoking and lifestyle contribute to maintaining the result.

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