For many individuals, the ability to “age gracefully” is simply not an option due to the common skin conditions that eventually develop as people grow older such as sagging, age spots and wrinkles. While some people choose to deal with these issues by applying various creams and lotions that promise younger looking skin in just days, others opt for more dramatic and lasting measures to restore their youthful appearance. This usually involves different types of cosmetic procedures. In today’s modern world, an increasing amount of both women and men are opting to undergo cosmetic surgery in order to look and feel younger.
Types of Face Lift Procedures
Some of the most common types of procedures include:
In the billion dollar industry of cosmetic surgery, facelifts are continuing to become one of the most popular procedures for achieving the desired results. The main purpose of a face lift is to repair sagging or drooping skin, and eliminate other signs of aging such as crow’s feet or age spots. This is usually achieved by removing and repositioning the skin on an individual’s face in an effort to pull it tighter. A typical facelift surgery starts with a small incision, which is made in front of the patient’s ear and extending along the hairline. Due to the manner in which incisions are made for facelifts (curving around the ear and behind it), scarring is usually minimal if not completely unnoticeable.
3 Day Facelift
For those who desire the effects of a face lift, but are concerned with certain factors, such as the level of pain which must be endured, the cost and duration for recovery, there are other options that are also worth considering. For example, individuals can choose to have a 3 day facelift, which costs less, provides comparable benefits and requires either little to no recovery time. There are two ways in which a 3 day facelift can be performed: surgical and nutritional. Learn more about nonsurgical and surgical 3 day facelifts
The cosmetic surgery for a 3 day facelift usually takes a couple of hours and provides patients with dramatic results, however not to the extent of full face lifts. The cost for the procedure is significantly less and patients can typically return to work on a Monday after a weekend recovery.
Two of the other common cosmetic procedures, which are often done right along with a face lift, are brow lifts and blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery. A browlift usually allows individuals to appear years younger than they actually are, however the cost is often high. Patients can expect to pay up to $10,000 for this type of cosmetic surgery. Learn more about brow lifts
Blepharoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia by the plastic surgeon and requires minimal to no hospital stay. The purpose of blepharoplasty is to correct aging imperfections such as fine lines, crow’s feet, wrinkles, and dark circles.
While enhancing one’s appearance can often be conducive to underlying issues such as self-esteem, confidence and a sense of self-worth, especially when the signs of aging begin to take their toll, it’s important for individuals to understand that all of these cosmetic surgeries involve certain risks. Learn more about eyelid surgery.
Facelift Risks and Costs
Some of the associated risks with facelifts, brow lifts and blepharoplasty include:
- Blood clotting
- Blurred vision
- Eye irritation
- Hair loss
- Itching or burning sensation
- Visible scarring
This is why it’s essential for patients to be aware of the dangers involved and do thorough research before consenting to undergo any type of cosmetic procedure. To alleviate the risks associated with the facelift procedures, it is recommended to find a board certified plastic surgeon. The typical cost of a facelift procedure can run anywhere between $5,000 and $15,000 depending on the surgeon, procedure details and location. Find out more about how much a facelift costs.
[page updated December 2008]