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 by Kelly Altodona

Are you ready to have a face lift? Nowadays, people as
young as thirty years old are having the procedure done
although it is most commonly performed on females who are
older than thirty-eight. The face lift, also known as a
rhytiodoplasty, is particularly popular among both men and
women in the fields of art, entertainment and performance.

First of all you need to consider that a face lift will
not necessarily correct sagging tissues around the eyes. If
this is a problem then you need to ask for an eye lift as
well. Sometimes an eyelift is also referred to as a mid-
face lift.

Before you choose the procedure that is right for you make
sure that you know all of your options by familiarizing
yourself with all of the different types of face lifts that
are available. These include the standard face lift, the
neck lift, the S lift (which also pulls the ears up and
back), the SOOF (which repositions under eye fat), the deep
plane lift (which removes grooves from nose to mouth), the
temporal lift (which raises the eyebrows) and the mid-face
lift (also known as the eye lift. Depending on your needs,
your surgery may include a combination of the above
procedure to achieve effective, youthful looking results.

All face lifts are performed under general anesthesia
which is not recommended for elderly people as its side
effects include forgetfulness. Anesthetic is also thought
to be a potential trigger for long-term memory loss.

Your plastic surgeon will also probably give you a list of
medications that you will not be allowed to take for two
weeks before surgery. These include medications such as
aspirin, antidepressants or serotonin supplements. This is
because these drugs can cause excessive breathing.

Many plastic surgeons also refuse to operate on a pack a
day smoker. This is because smoking delays healing and can
cause a very dangerous condition known as necrosis (skin

Depending on what procedures you have had you can recovery
time of at least a month and in many cases up to three or
four months. You may not be able to attend work for up to
three weeks as that is how long your face may seem swollen.
Be prepared for some discomfort and restricted movement,
especially during the first three days after the operation
as you may not even be able to turn your head without pain
or disrupting healing. You are also not advised to sleep on
your back so you may experience back problems or cramps
from sleeping propped up all the time.

Be aware too that many people find the recovery phase
which can involved a bandaged face, pus, bleeding, scabbing
to be very difficult to handle emotionally. You must be
mentally and emotionally stable to undergo a face-lift.
Many people experience depression after a plastic surgery
as the bruising and swelling makes it hard to look at
oneself in the mirror. This is why people who already
suffer from depression, manic depression or chronically low
self-esteem are not great candidates for plastic surgery.

About the Author

(c) 2005 Kelly Altodona - All Rights Reserved

Kelly Altodona is a cosmetic surgery freelance author.


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