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Scientifically known as a rhytidectomy, the facelift pulls back limp skin and repositions sagging and lax fat and muscle.

Facelift Side Effects

Risks of a facelift include bleeding, infection, injury to facial nerves, pronounced scarring, loss of hair near the incision (it grows back), asymmetry between the two sides of the face, injury to the nerves responsible for facial movement, skin necrosis (loss of skin), and hematoma (blood vessel damage).

Who shouldn't use it: Contraindications for facelifts include hypertension (high blood pressure), smoking addictions, scarring problems, bleeding issues, and a tendency to form keloids and hypertrophic scars. Eyelid and forehead work require separate surgery (blepharoplasty and brow lifts, respectively).

Drawbacks: 12-13 years after surgery, 30% of patients in a controlled study were disappointed with some aspect of the results.

Recovery Time For Facelift

Dressings are removed after one to five days. Makeup can be used to cover bruising on the face after one week. Patients may consider returning to work in two weeks time.

After care for facelift: Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and anti-inflammatory drugs for the first two to three days. Don't smoke. Hanging around smokers can be just as dangerous, since secondhand smoke is harmful too.

Bandages minimize bruising and swelling. These will be kept on for about five days (though sometimes only a day is needed). Stitches can be removed in five days too. Keep your head raised at a 30 degree angle using pillows during this time. Avoid strenuous activities for the first two weeks, including exercise and heavy lifting.

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