Over the years, there is a common skin aging process that affects the face and neck in particular. Volumes, which were once harmonious, change and the overall appearance of the facial skin is impacted.
To regain a youthful appearance in a long-lasting way, there is a cosmetic surgery procedure: the cervicofacial lift. What does this method consist of? At what age can it be considered? Here is what you need to know before considering this surgical procedure.
What is a cervicofacial lift?
The cervicofacial lift is facial surgery. The surgical procedure consists of re-tensioning the skin tissue and underlying muscles in a natural way, without a "freeze" appearance. Focused on the lower third part of the face, the cervicofacial lift treats the cheeks, jowls, the oval of the face, and the neck.
What are the signs of skin aging?
Skin aging generally results in the appearance of three phenomena: wrinkles and fine lines, loss of volume, and loss of density.
From a certain age, skin tonicity diminishes. Volumes melt. Temples deepen and wrinkles appear. The lower part of the face undergoes ptosis which results in a slackening and sagging of the tissues.
At what age can a cervicofacial lift be considered?
The ideal average age to consider a cervicofacial lift is generally around 50 years old. Performed too early, its relevance is questionable due to the low degree of skin sagging. Performed too late, the aesthetic result may be compromised due to the more significant loss of skin elasticity.
Exceptions are of course possible. It is recommended that you consult your cosmetic surgeon to find out which solutions are best suited to your issue and concerns.
Precautions are taken before this intervention
Before considering a facelift, two consultations with the surgeon are necessary. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia. An anesthesiologist must also be consulted a few days before.
Regarding the usual precautions, it is strongly recommended :
- to stop smoking two months before the surgery in order to reduce the risk of complications;
- to plan a period of social withdrawal that can last from 1 to 3 weeks;
- to stop taking aspirin, anticoagulants, or anti-inflammatory drugs 15 days before the procedure in order to avoid the risk of bleeding.
All these instructions will of course be detailed by your surgeon during a pre-surgery consultation.