A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure which is commonly undertaken to give the face a more youthful appearance. It may include tightening and pulling up of facial muscles, removal of extra fat from underneath the facial skin and removal of wrinkles, fines lines and so on. In a world where physical appearances are becoming extremely important, both men and women have become conscious about the way they look. There is a common desire to delay the aging process among both the sexes and a facelift is a helpful cosmetic procedure in this case, which takes a matter of one to two hours.
The traditional facelift procedure usually involves making an incision from the front of the ear all the way till the bottom, reaching the neck hairline. An instrument such as a pair of scissors or a scalpel is used to separate the deep tissue from the skin. Sutures are used to tighten the deep tissues and the skin is re-draped after the excess skin is taken off. The patient is given general anesthesia for the procedure.
There is another variation to the facelift known as the mini facelift. In this kind, two or three small cuts are made by the cosmetic surgeon on the face. It involves removal of excess skin and reshaping of facial muscles. For this one too the patient is given local anesthesia
Dr. Eugene Kim, a reputed plastic surgeon, known all over in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA is experienced in carrying out such procedures . The type of facelift given to a patient is dependent on his or her requirements but the ultimate goal for every patient is the same – a youthful appearance.
Typical cost of a facelift
The average cost for a facelift is $6,500. This does not include the fee of the cosmetic surgeon or other hospital/surgical facilities. The fee of the surgeon can greatly vary depending on his/her experience and place of operation. It is also useful to ask your doctor if he/she offers patients any plans for financing so as to cover the surgery cost.
The complete cost of a facelift usually includes:
- Hospital or surgical facility costs
- Cosmetic surgeon’s fee
- Anesthesia fees
- Medicine prescriptions
- Medical tests
It is very important to choose a plastic surgeon you are comfortable with and who has enough experience in performing this kind of cosmetic surgery.
Effectiveness of a facelift
A facelift hugely helps in removing wrinkles around the eyes, tightening up of sagging or loose skin around the cheek as well as neck area and also pulling up facial muscles to give the face a youthful appearance. It can truly take off years from your face and the results are quite long term.
A mini facelift is generally preferred by those who wish to treat minor loosening up of the facial skin, basically around the cheeks, neck and jawline. These are the people in their 30s and 40s beginning to experience signs of aging. The effects of a mini facelift can last for as long as 5-10 years.