AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR FACE LIFT?
You may be a good candidate for facelift if you observe any one or more of the following:
1. A deep line or fold, running from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth
2. Jowls or loss of a well-defined jaw line associated with youthfulness
3. Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging of the “highlight” areas of the cheekbones
Loose skin, wrinkles, vertical “cords” or excess fatty tissue in the neck
WHAT TO EXPECT
AT YOUR CONSULTATION
Dr. Viral Desai will ask you about the results you will expect from surgery. He will inform you of the risks and complications as well as the benefits and whether or not your expectations are realistic.
You should stop smoking (including the use of nicotine patches), intake of any blood thinning tablets (i.e. aspirin/disprin) and intake of vitamins at least one week prior to surgery. Medicines prescribed by Dr. Viral Desai should be taken as advised
Fasting is required for 7 hours prior to surgery. You should inform Dr. Viral Desai of any reactions to medications, general anaesthetics or tapes.
We give utmost importance to patient confidentiality and take strictest care to ensure your privacy. The staff at CPLSS understands that it can be difficult for a patient to make enquiries about such a delicate matter. It is our aim to make you feel as relaxed, comfortable and fully informed about the procedure as possible.
PREPARATION FOR SURGERY
Your admission time will approximately be 30-60 minutes prior to your surgery. You will be required to have fasted for 7 hours prior to this.
ACCOMPANIED BY SOMEONE
You will be required to be accompanied by a responsible person who would need to be with you for 24 hours after the procedure.
You need to wear loose comfortable clothing – with a top that is either buttoned or zipped at the front – not one that is pulled over the head.
A total facial rejuvenation procedure will take approximately 4-5 hours.
WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT
AFTER YOUR SURGERY
After your surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area. It is at this time you may experience some discomfort. You may experience some of the following effects post surgery:
1. Hair loss at the incision areas; however, this is usually not permanent
2. Bruising of the face, which usually subsides after a couple of weeks
RISKS, COMPLICATIONS & SIDE EFFECTS
Facial Rejuvenation is performed regularly by Dr. Viral Desai. It is a relatively safe procedure, however, it is important to understand that there are certain risks, complications and side effects, before deciding to go ahead with surgery. Dr. Viral Desai will discuss these points in detail with you. They include:
1. Wound infection requiring antibiotics.
2. Pain and discomfort due to swelling of the face.
3. Haematoma which may require readmission and surgery to remove it.
4. Nausea, relating to the length of general anaesthetic.
5. If you colour your hair, this should be done prior to surgery
6. As you are under anaesthesia longer than most other cosmetic procedures, you should be as healthy as possible, thus making your post-operative recuperation easier.
YOUR NEW LOOK
Chances are excellent that you’ll be happy with your facelift, especially if you appreciate that results may not be immediately apparent. Even after the swelling and bruises are gone, the hair around your temples may be thin and your skin may feel dry and rough for several months. Men may find they have to shave in new places, behind the neck and ears, where areas of beard- growing skin have been repositioned. You’ll have some scars from your facelift, but they’re usually hidden by your hair or in the natural creases of your face and ears. In any case, they’ll fade within time and should be scarcely visible.
Having a facelift doesn’t stop the clock. Your face will continue to age with time, and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more times-perhaps five or ten years down the line. But in another sense, the effects of even one facelift are lasting; years later, you’ll continue to look better than if you’d never had a facelift at all.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Surgical face lift varies depending on the specific needs of the patient and surgery. Mini lifts or direct neck lifts are quick, while traditional full face lifts may take a few hours of precision surgery.
Downtime may be a few hours to several days, depending on the specific procedure and areas treated.
Smoking adversely affects your recovery. One may develop pneumonia, and treated areas don’t heal as well or may become infected. The blood vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the tissues shrink up and prevent the necessary healing of the area. Patients must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks prior to surgery to decrease the risk of these complications, and continue smoking cessation after the procedure.
Dr. Viral Desai checks the complete history and does a thorough physical examination of all patients prior to undergoing cosmetic treatments. Face lift can be safely performed on many chronic medical conditions wherein the patient is stable. However, face lift surgery may be delayed or cancelled as needed for patient safety. Dr. Viral Desai will work with you to identify a safe, appropriate plastic surgery option.
Most patients take atleast two weeks off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures.
Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient’s medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may be performed soon after anesthesia. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed after 2 weeks from the procedure. Contact sports are generally allowed after 6 weeks from surgery.
Yes, it’s generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area, such as fat transfer and face lifting. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding two separate procedures. Commonly combined procedures with lip enhancement include the following:
• Lip enhancement
• Brow Lift
• Fat Transfer