Face Lift

Written by Serena Berger
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A face lift is a serious step to take in the quest to improve your looks. This is an irreversible surgical procedure, with all of the risks inherent in any surgery. While a successful procedure will make your face look younger and the skin smoother, it is obviously not a decision to be undertaken lightly.

The surgery entails making an incision along the hairline, all the way to and around the ears. The skin is pulled back and upward and the excess skin removed. Recovery time can be quite lengthy. It is unlikely you would go out in public for two to three weeks, and after that, bruising and swelling will remain for several more weeks.

Companion Procedures to a Face Lift

Rarely is a face lift performed alone. A doctor will typically recommend and be able to perform other surgical procedures which enhance the results in a way that is particularly suited to your needs. These might include a neck lift, eyelid surgery, liposuction, autologous fat injection, removal of cheek fat, a forehead lift, brow lift, chemical or laser peel, and malar (cheek) or submalar (chin) implants.

A very popular procedure these days is Botox injections. Botox is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, which reduces the muscle activity that causes frown lines. Some people find that if they get Botox a couple of times each year as they begin to see wrinkles, they do not end up wanting a face lift when they otherwise might have.

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