Making the decision to undergo plastic surgery is a big one and even if you know exactly what you want and what you are trying to achieve, it is important that you have a proper consultation to go through your options. Even if you think you know what you want, you might be surprised at some of the other options open to you.
For example, if you’re thinking of having a facelift did you know there are actually three different types of facelift surgery? Having a consultation with your surgeon and discussing each of these options is important as it means you will be receiving the right treatment for you.
So what are the benefits of having a facelift?
- When you start to notice the signs of aging it can help you look and feel younger
- It can boost your confidence and self-esteem, especially if you are particularly conscious of your jawline and the area around your eyes
- You will feel refreshed and rejuvenated – just what you need if the signs of aging are getting you down
- You can wear what you want to instead of trying to cover up the parts of your face you hate, such as your jawline
Now that you’ve decided a facelift is definitely the right course of action for you, which type of surgery should you go for? Here are your three options and what each of them means for you.
Under a full anaesthetic, the surgeon will make an incision along your hairline, down the side of your face in front of your ears and into the hairline behind your ears. Because of the positioning of the incision, you won’t need to worry about it being visible when the scar heals as it will fade quickly and be hidden by your hair and the natural creases of your face.
Once the incision has been made, the surgeon will separate the skin from the underlying tissue so they can reposition the underlying fat and tighten the facial muscles. The skin will then be lifted and stitched back into place so that your face appears smoother and rejuvenated.
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This is similar to the traditional facelift, expect the surgical incisions made are much smaller. These are then used as the access points to tighten facial muscles and remove any excess fat under the skin.
Keyhole surgery involves the use of a microscopic camera called an endoscope. Your surgeon will make several small incisions in the skin of your face and then insert the camera so they can look beneath the skin. The images will be displayed on a monitor and the surgeon will use this to guide them so they can see exactly which muscles to tighten and how much excess fat to remove.
The great thing about keyhole surgery is that it has a much shorter recovery time and leaves less scarring because the holes are smaller. However, it may not be the right treatment for you so it is important that you consult an expert first.
If you lack confidence in your appearance or feel as though the signs of aging are catching up with you then a facelift could be the perfect solution as it will give you the boost you need to feel younger, healthier and like you’ve been given a new lease of life.
This guest blog was contributed by Sarah Williams who is keen to help you research the cost of a face lift or other plastic surgery.
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