What is a ‘rhytidectomy’?
Rhytidectomy is the medical term for facelift surgery. It is a very popular choice of surgery and along with liposuction and breast augmentation is a favourite choice of procedure in the world.
It involves the surgeon removing excess facial skin from the face, neck and cheeks. He or she will lift and re-drape the skin which will smooth and tighten that skin. The aim is to present a rejuvenated look along which will improve self-confidence.
The result is a younger and fresher looking appearance.
As long as you are in good health and are realistic about what this procedure can achieve then you may be suitable for facelift surgery.
What will happen after my facelift surgery?
After your operation you will be taken to a recovery room. This is a high dependency unit where your progress will be monitored carefully and is there to make sure that you don’t suffer any complications following your surgery. If anything does go wrong then the highly trained staff are on hand to deal with it.
As soon as you are able you will be taken back to your room.
If you have had a general anaesthetic then it is normal to feel a bit groggy and disorientated after surgery. This will pass over time. You can expect to have some bruising and swelling around the surgical wounds and will be asked to keep your head elevated for a couple of days to help reduce this.
You will notice that you have a small drainage tube in place but this is temporary only. It is designed to remove excess blood which may have pooled behind your ears. Your stitches will be removed after 5 days and the metal clips after two weeks. The bandages will be removed either the next day or a few days afterwards.
Your skin may feel numb after this surgery. This is a normal reaction and sensation will return over time.
There will be some pain and discomfort but this should not be significant. You will be given medication to control any pain. Your face will appear pale, swollen and bruised but it will return to normal after a few weeks.
You will have to stay in hospital for a day or so. Make sure you get plenty of rest but as soon as you can, you will be encouraged to get up and move around. This will help to prevent the risk of blood clots forming.
Your surgeon will visit you to check upon your progress and to advise you about what to do when you get home. You will also be given a date and time for your first follow up visit.
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