FACE LIFT OVERVIEW
The official name for a face lift is a rhytidectomy, meaning wrinkle remover. Face lifts are categorised by the place of surgery such as a brown lift, mid brow lift, chin lift etc. Often the Latin or Greek name of the area is used followed by the suffix "-plasty" which is the Greek for “moulding” as in Rhinoplasty for cosmetic nose surgery. If there is to be a removal the suffix applied is "–ectomy" - the Greek for “taking out” as in lumpectomy, the removal of a lump.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Initial consultation and expectation setting are important elements of the face lift process. The main desired results centre around skin tightening, reshaping and wrinkle removal. Face lifts always involve surgery and therefore an element of risk exists that is associated with any surgery. Face lifts are usually carried out under general anaesthesia but recent advances mean that more are now undertaken under local anaesthesia.
BENEFITS OF FACE LIFTS
Face lifts are permanent and the only way to lift portions of the face. Fillers can plump out a region giving it the appearance of fullness but certain areas such as under the chin and neck need surgery to change their appearance substantially for a long period of time.
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDES OF FACE LIFTS
The effect can appear unnatural and not match the neck or décolletage. The effects are permanent so if it is not as desired further surgery is the only option. A lot of the success is down to the skill of the surgeon so research and recommendations are important for anyone considering surgery.