Facelifts are a wonderful way to improve the look of your skin with a simple procedure that yields stunning results. Prior to getting a facelift many people have questions or concerns about how the process itself actually works. First, it is helpful to dispel some of the myths about facelifts. Then read on to discover the process that a facelift entails.

Myths about Facelifts

Some people believe that facelifts are dangerous procedures but that is not the case at all. Many years ago there were extensive risks associated with them but today medicine has made great strides and there are very few risks. Other people seem to think that the procedure is long and painful but again this is not true. It is a quick procedure and a very easy recovery when compared to other types of surgical procedures. Facelifts are a safe and effective way to provide a beneficial makeover to one's face without significant risk or excessive time.

How the Process Works

A doctor will begin by marking the places where he or she will make the incisions. Typically, the marks are by the hairline, behind the ears, and below the chin. They are placed in these places so that scars are not visible. Once the incisions are made the doctor will separate the skin from the tissue and reposition the muscles and the tissue then tighten the skin as needed to improve the overall look of the face. Any excess skin is dropped tight after the tissue has been rearranged then trimmed off so that there is no excess skin left behind. Finally, the incisions are closed with a manner of stitching that plastic surgeons use to minimize scarrring.

The recovery process is next and that is very different for everyone but generally involves resting for a period of time and keeping the face elevated by staying in a reclined position while sleeping. It also includes taking any necessary medication that doctor prescribes and possibly applying ice to the area if discomfort is present. The overall recovery process is fairly quick and straightforward when compared to other surgical procedures.

How Long Does it Take?

The actual procedure takes a total of about two to four hours depending upon the desired amount of work to be done and the exact method that the doctor uses. Typically, there is a pre-operative appointment first to discuss the desired results. After the facelift is complete recovery time variants for everyone. Most people are completely cured and recovered in just two to three weeks. It is important to follow the doctor's instructions when it comes to recovery dos and don'ts.