Rhytidectomy can improve the most visible signs of aging through the removal of excessive fat, repositioning of underlying muscles and removal of excess skin. A well-executed surgery has as principle to reposition the tissues in their original position, avoiding a “stretched” and artificial appearance. The various existing techniques, replete with individual details, are usually executed through incisions that start in the region of The temples, descend along the natural wrinkles in front of the ear and continue behind the ear to the scalp.
Anaesthesia may be general. However, some surgeons even use local anaesthesia under sedation, in special cases.
To perform the surgical procedure, both general and local anaesthesia with sedation are used. The final result will be the same. In terms of time, the surgery lasts about 3-6 hours for the face and front and 60 minutes for the eyelids.
Length of hospital stay
It can vary between 12-36 hours, depending on the surgical technique used.
Until achieving the desired result, the patient evolves according to the phases characteristic of this type of surgery. They are edema (swelling), “spots” of blood infiltrates (ecchymosis), hypersensitivity of some areas, insensitivity of others. In general, they are common to all patients, varying according to individual characteristics. In most patients, after 2 weeks it is very difficult that the surgery has been performed.
Dry dressings are generally used. The large dressing is removed around the first 24 hours, leaving after that period, just a small dressing on the residual scars.
Pain in the postoperative period
There is usually no pain in the postoperative period. The evolution of aesthetic surgeries is generally painless. Rarely, a case may present discreet malice, which can be perfectly evaluated with a common line analgesic.
The recovery of facial plastic surgery
Patients undergoing rhytidectomy should maintain absolute rest for 2 days, keeping the head always elevated for 7 days and avoiding physical exertion for approximately 3 weeks. Finally, try not to analyze the outcome of your surgery early. Remember that the swelling distorts the anatomical structures and has nothing to do with the final contour of the face! In most patients undergoing this surgery, this is hardly noticeable after 2-6 months.