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A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a procedure that lifts and smooths the face, removing wrinkles and tightening the skin. Patients often choose facelift procedures to reduce the effects of aging.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 128, 266 facelift procedures in the United States in 2014.
Choosing a Facelift
Patients may choose to have a facelift if they want to:
- Reduce the effects of aging
- Remove excess or sagging skin
- Improve the contour of the face
- Lessen deep creases on the face
- Lift skin after weight loss
There are many different types of facelift procedure patients can choose from. Before surgery, it is important for surgeons to know which procedure the patient prefers and what the patient’s expectations are. Patients should know what can be accomplished with different procedures and they should agree to undergo surgery with realistic expectations about the outcome.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that the average cost of facelift surgery in 2014 was $6,550. This figure does not include all hospital fees. The costs can vary greatly based on the extent of the procedure.
What is a Facelift?
‘Facelift’ is a general term for surgical procedures that can have varying results. It is important for patients to discuss expected results with their surgeon and to choose the appropriate procedure. Surgeons can focus on different areas of the face, like the cheeks, lower face, or forehead. A variety of techniques may be employed to create the desired results. Surgeons can remove skin and fat, or they can use soft tissue fillers to soften facial lines. Your surgeon should discuss your face shape, structure, and unique qualities to determine which procedure will provide the best results.
Incisions for facelifts can be made in several different places around the face. Often the incision begins on the hairline above and in front of the ear or near the temple. The incision will continue around the ear and down the hairline towards the neck. The incision should not require any hair shaving.
The surgeon will lift the skin and may reposition and tighten the muscle and connective tissues under the skin. The surgeon will remove excess skin, re-drape the skin, and close the incision site. Drainage tubes may be needed for the first day or two.
The average recovery time for facelifts is about two weeks.
Facelift surgeries are permanent, but age and other factors will continue to wear on the skin. The effects of a full facelift usually last about 10 years.
Facelift procedures also include necklifts. The incision for the neck lift is similar to that for a facelift, but will extend around and below the ear, and will continue around the hairline of the lower scalp. Often patients will need a separate incision under the chin to tighten and lift sagging jowls.
Necklifts will make the body appear more youthful by removing excess fat and skin from the neck area. They can be combined with liposuction to aid with fat removal.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were 55,173 necklift procedures perfrmed in the United States in 2014.
Risks Associated with Facelifts
- Damage to facial nerves
- Fluid retention
- Adverse reactions to anesthesia
- Changes in skin color
Doctors must discuss all material risks with the patient before the patient agrees to the procedure.
Before surgery, it is important for patients to know their doctor’s qualifications (are they board certified?) and where the surgery will be performed (in a hospital, surgery center, or office surgical suite).
Malpractice and Facelifts
Finding representation for malpractice involving cosmetic surgery can be difficult. Minor and temporary injuries are usually not sufficient to maintain a malpractice action and most law firm (including ours) will not take such cases.
When patients have suffered serious injury as a result of medical negligence, however they deserve compensation. The attorneys at Gilman & Bedigian can help you determine whether a surgeon provided negligent treatment. Our team has the experience you need to get compensation for your injuries.
If your facelift surgery was mishandled by a health care provider, call Gilman & Bedigian today for a free consultation.