Facelift (rhytidectomy) operation restore a more youthful appearance to the neck and jowl region by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. If you are bothered by the signs of aging in your face, a facelift may be right for you. Technically known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as: Sagging in the midface, deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth, fat that has fallen or is displaced, loss of muscle tone in the lower face may create jowls, loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin.
Aesthetic rejuvenation procedures typically performed in conjunction with a facelift are brow lift, to correct a sagging or deeply furrowed brow, and eyelid surgery to rejuvenate aging eyes. The facelift surgery is done under general anesthesia. Operative incisions are made in the natural crease in front of the ear, around the earlobe, and behind the ear extending into the hairline. It involves elevation of the skin, tightening of the facial and neck muscles and redraping and removal of any excess skin. . After surgery, there is some pain that is easily controlled by medication. The patient will be asked to keep her/his head slightly elevated for a few days. Dressings commonly are removed in a few days. Sutures are usually removed 5-10 days after surgery but it is usually 1 to 3 weeks before most patients feel socially presentable.
Swellings and skin discoloration are common and usually will subside within a week or two. Using cosmetics is permitted after the sutures have been removed. Exposure to the sun should be limited for a few months followings surgery and accompanied by a sun screen with a high protection factor like all patients living in Cyprus.