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Rhytidectomy for Youthful-Looking Faces

While age is not a recent phenomenon, people all over the world are scrambling to find ways to put it off—battling little things such as blemishes, wrinkles, and saggy skin that diminish the beauty they used to have in the past.  And while plastic and cosmetic surgery are not new in the anti aging world, they have become more and more popular as years go by.  One of the most commonly sought after forms of rejuvenating cosmetic surgery is a rhytidectomy, or better known as a face lift. 

A rhytidectomy involves the tightening and redraping of muscles and tissues underneath the skin, repositioning the way that everything is draped on the face and neck.  A complete cosmetic transformation is usually the result of such a procedure.  It may be accompanied with other things as well, such as the injection of dermal fillers, or other special procedures aimed at obtaining the perfect, youthful face.

Rhytidectomy Procedure

Such a cosmetic surgery must be carefully done by a qualified professional, in order to achieve satisfactory, “natural” results.  The main part of the procedure begins with an incision made in the skin of the face, following the hairline from the ear upward.  For repositioning of neck skin, an extra incision is made under the ear and extending to the rear of the head.  These incisions are generally made in a place where they are hardly noticeable, and with time, will be difficult to detect.  The skin is carefully peeled back from underlying tissue and muscle, the surgeon can then retighten or remove muscles, and prepare those elements to receive the skin once more, in a smoother, tighter fashion. 

Rhytidectomy Contraindications

Individuals with diabetes or hypertension are usually discouraged from receiving a rhytidectomy.  Also , anyone experiencing concomitant medical problems will prove to have contraindications to the success of the procedure.  Healing time following the surgery will be adversely affected by those individuals unwilling or unable to give up smoking and drinking until the treatment area is fully healed.

Rhytidectomy Prices

In the United States, rhytidectomy price tends to range from about $7,000-$15,000.  This information was gathered in 2008 by a study featured in the U.S. News and World Report.  The full face lift includes many elements, and all of these are factored into the price.  Also, the cost of doctor and facility fees, as well as the expense needed for anesthesia are included in the list of things that make up the final cost of the surgery.

Rhytidectomy Complications

As with many other surgeries, there is a risk of infection at the treatment site, swelling and redness, and discomfort for a few days following the procedure.  There are also risks of damage to the nerves in the face, necrosis of the skin flaps, and failure to meet the expectations of the patient. If you experience serious adverse effects or painful symptoms, your Physician will prescribe you an appropriate treatment to fight against these health issues.