Face Lift

What is a Face LiftA facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Sagging in the middle of your face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
  • Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
  • Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can give even a person of normal weight the appearance of a double chin

The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress.

Preparation before surgery: Review your medical history. Be prepared to answer questions about current and past medical conditions, such as high blood pressure. Talk about any medications you're taking or have taken recently — especially those that might affect your blood's ability to clot - as well as any surgeries you've had. Do a physical exam. To determine your treatment options, the doctor will examine your facial skin, facial bone structure and neck. Patients who have thin, angular faces are likely to achieve better results from a face-lift than are patients who have round faces, low cheekbones or short jawbones. The doctor will also note any scars, skin irregularities or asymmetry in your face before recommending a specific technique. He or she might also take pictures of your face for your medical record. Discuss your expectations. Explain why you want a face-lift and what you're hoping for in terms of appearance after the procedure. Make sure you understand the benefits and risks, including scarring and hair loss. Before a face-lift you might also need to: Follow medication directions. You'll likely need to avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements, which can increase bleeding. You might need to start taking antibiotics before a face-lift to prevent an infection after the procedure. Also, if you're prone to high blood pressure, you might need to take blood pressure medication before a face-lift. Wash your face and hair. You'll likely need to bathe and wash your hair the night before and the morning of your face-lift. Avoid eating. You'll be asked to avoid eating anything after midnight the night before your face-lift.

Estimated Recovery Time: 1 week

Estimated Hospital Stay: 1 day

What to do after surgery: After a face-lift, your incisions will likely be covered with bulky bandages that provide gentle pressure to minimize swelling and bruising. A small tube might be placed under the skin behind one or both of your ears to drain any excess blood or fluid. In the first few days after a face-lift: Rest with your head elevated and take pain medication as recommended by your doctor. Avoid exposing your incisions to excessive pressure or motion. Don't wear clothing that needs to be placed over your head. Avoid drinking alcohol - which can cause blood vessels to widen and lead to bleeding - for at least two weeks. Ask your doctor when it's OK to resume daily activities, such as washing and drying your hair, bathing and other routine physical activities. You'll probably see your doctor the day after your face-lift. The doctor will likely remove your drainage tube, apply antibiotic ointment to your incisions and place new bandages on your face. Two to three days after your face-lift, you'll likely be able to switch from wearing bandages to an elasticized facial sling.


 Meet your doctor(s)

English Speaking: Fluent English, Basic Portuguese and Polish

Years of Experience: 11 years

Qualifications: General Surgery at the Universidad Estatal of Cuenca

Plastic Surgery at Universidad Estatal of Guayaquil

Plastic Surgery at Hospital Mater Dei, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Cost of procedure in Ecuador:  $3000

Estimated savings:  73%

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