Generally, facelift operations are done while the patient is under local anesthesia and can also be under a moderate tranquilizer. This is essential for the patient to remain composed because this is an operation that requires extreme precision. A complete anesthesia can also be an alternative that the patient can discuss with his or her doctor.
The incision starts right on top of the hairline at the temple and runs right behind the earlobe and beneath the scalp. In the event that neck treatment is also necessary, minor incision might also be done below the chin.
The specialist will then detach the skin from the fat and muscle tissue, firm up the muscle and membrane beneath, pull the skin back and then trim the surplus fat. Fat tissues might also undergo a process of trimming or suction especially around the neck and chin to enhance the frame of the neck as well as the jawline.
Once the required changes have been undertaken, the wound will be stitched up. There are instances where a small tube will be appended behind the ear for a limited time to ensure that blood is drained.
Finally, the wounds are then wrapped using a gauze to support the process of healing. Scars, blemishes or inflammations can only be evident right after the procedure and will vanish in little or no time.
In the last step of each facelift type, the wounds will be covered with a thin bandage to ensure it remains clean and support the healing process. Scars, bruises or swelling will only be visible in the intermediate aftermath of the operation and will disappear over a short period of time.