What is the lifting surgery and what are its objectives?
With face lift surgery we try to alleviate the effects of time on the face of people who want it. It's about improving the position of the tissues and putting them back where they were 12-14 years ago. The fundamental objective is the naturalness of the result, that is, not to create a mask effect on the face, but to give a feeling of relaxation and well-being. And, with this overall result, achieve a lasting effect -for many years- and the effect of achieving an improvement over time in the tissues. It is clear that to achieve what we intend we have to act, that is, we can not do a minimum surgery to get a good result. To get a good result, we have to do a surgery that acts on all the structural elements of the facial anatomy. The access, however, is always as limited as possible but it must be wide enough to place those tissues where they should be, in their natural position, where they were a few years before, but always trying to have that surgery, despite have to act, have a recovery as quickly as possible.
What lifting techniques can we find?
In the lifting of the lower third of the face and neck, we not only stretch the skin that, on the other hand, should not be stretched excessively to avoid the evidence of that over-tension, the skin is not designed to be stretched, On the other hand, the deep planes, the fasciae and the muscles, if they are able to withstand a tension, is therefore where we have to incise by adequately tensing these tissues and then restoring the skin smoothly without subjecting it to tension. In this way we achieve results not only much more permanent, but much more natural.
Who is the ideal candidate to undergo this type of surgery?
The ideal candidates for this type of surgery are usually people who want to correct flaccidity in the lower third of the face and neck. These are people who have disappeared or have blurred the oval of the face, which has appeared what we call jowls -papada- or accumulations in this area of the jaw, as well as people who have accumulations of fat or flaccidity together with platysma strings on the neck.
What type of anesthesia will be used?
Normally we use a deep sedation associated with the use of local anesthesia that allows us to work calmly, without discomfort for the patient and with a rapid recovery that allows the patient to return home the next day.
How much time is necessary to be able to return to daily activity?
This is one of the questions that is most frequently asked and that is really difficult to specify, since it will depend on the evolution of the post-operative. There are people who swell more, there are people who swell less, there are people who make purple after a surgery and there are those who hardly present this type of problem. Based on that, the recovery will be between one week and 15 days.