‘Rhytidectomy' or else referred to as a ‘facelift' is undergoing a busy period as baby boomers line up to push back the years. A rhytidectomy is a plastic surgery done to get rid of excess facial skin, tighten the underlying tissues, by redraping of the skin and toning the face muscles to provide a more youthful look..
To see how popular it is, simply take a look at the statistics. According to the American Culture for Aesthetic Cosmetic Surgery, Rhytidectomy is the 6th most common visual surgical procedure, along with other well-known procedures such as breast augmentation, eyelid surgical treatment, liposuction surgery, abdominoplasty, and bust lift..
The facelift market is highly sensitive to social as well as cultural variables, the influence of media & fashion influencers, peer pressure, and changing expectations of beauty as we age, Technical advancements in sophisticated diagnostic imaging, magnetic vibration imaging, as well as others, have led to a boost in the variety of Rhytidectomy treatments done. The worldwide rhytidectomy market is progressively likely towards minimally invasive surgical treatments owing to its reduced impact. The facelift market is extremely biased towards customized and also highly targeted and customised treatments, which is driving the boom in facelifts. The advancement of computer-generated models is has left the realms of science fiction and become ‘clinical fact.' The patient can see in advance precisely what they can expect when the surgeon has done his job. He can literally see how the wrinkles fade away.
Sounds Great, But What Are the Downsides?
- The high price of procedures,
- The danger of infection for Patient
- Damages to the facial nerves,
- Possibility of long-term scars.
- Shortage of top-class specialist surgeons.
- Loss of Sensation
Having a facelift does not come cheap. If you are based in the UK or USA you will be looking at prices north of £5000/$6000 for a good surgeon in a well-established clinic. Our guide to ‘ the best facelifts surgeons in Europe ‘ will give you a shortlist of the top scalpels in Europe. Medical tourism (in a non-pandemic period) can offer you great savings. You can, for example, go to Belgium and let Novacorpus do the Rhytidectomy for 25% less which leaves some change for some good meals and a bit of quality tourism. You can make even greater savings by heading to Turkey – see our comprehensive listings.
if your Homebase is North America you will certainly wish to explore Mexicali clinics in Tijuana and Cajun where your dollar will be treated with reverence and your surgeon will probably have done his training north of the border anyway. You can also make substantial savings in Costa Rica with an even more vibrant landscape and a well established and regulated cosmetic surgery industry. As with any medical tourism adventure, it is important to consider the follow-up consultations. You must factor the potential price of returning to the exotic destination for a follow-up appointment into your budgeting.
Side effects to expect
After a facelift, it's common to have: a stiff, puffy and numb face for a few weeks or months temporary bruising of the cheeks – the bruises will eventually move down the neck with gravity scars – these fade, but may not completely disappear. This can, however, be reduced by topical creams. Dr Douglas Mcgeorge – a top plastic surgeon – discussed his Science of Skin products, that are based on green tea, in our recent podcast.
Swelling Every operation, no matter how minor, is accompanied by swelling of the surrounding tissues.
Swelling around the eyes, cheeks, face, and down into the neck and chest is not uncommon.
Less Invasive Options to lose those wrinkles.
A mini-facelift is a less invasive operation that also aims to lift the wrinkles and sagging skin in the lower part of the face.
The Mini-Facelift is a technique best suited to patients who are starting to develop some jowls or have had previous lifting treatments. If you are worried about the effects of ageing on your face and are starting to experience mild skin laxity, cheek sagging or loosening of the jawline then Mini Facelift could be the procedure for you.
In the operation, a cut is made in front of and behind the ear. Any old scars from previous surgery are removed. The skin is lifted off the deeper layers of the face to allow access to a layer called the SMAS. This deeper layer is then tightened, by stitching it over the cheekbone and up behind the ear. The cheek skin is then tightened backwards. The skin does need to be tailored out behind the ear, which leaves a variable-length scar in the groove behind the ear, but there is no scar into the hairline behind the ear as you would have in a conventional ‘full' facelift.
Using Creams and Potions.
There are, of course, a myriad of jars and tubes that you will see at the department store or in the airport duty-free. Most of the money goes into the marketing and the high-priced models and movie stars that front them and endorse them. I prefer more low key alternatives like Kollagen Intensiv – a Swiss product that is only available online and has some heavy science behind it. I know a number of women who use this cream and they all speak very highly of it.
It also reduces signs of ageing in several amazing ways. It plumps up your skin on your face which gives you a more youthful appearance. Kollagen Intensiv also softens and conditions your skin at the same time. By using it twice a day, it also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Using it after your cleanser helps to remove dead skin cells as well. Your skin will appear thicker, therefore, giving you a younger look. Your laugh lines and crow's feet will appear diminished as well that unsightly dark under-eye circles and puffiness will be reduced. Your skin will look lighter and you will definitely feel younger!
This is, of course, a different result from a full facelift but using good products can often postpone the need for surgery and during these pandemic times it is hard to travel and get cut-price surgery. So, good non-invasive alternatives are worth considering.
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