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Facelift, Tom Jones


A cosmetic procedure intended to make a person appear younger by removing wrinkles and excess facial skin, tightening sagging tissues, and redraping the skin on the patient’s face and neck.

Relative contraindications, facelift

• Smokers–due to poor blood supply

• Bald–no place–e.g., hairline to hide scars

• Obese–unreliable and lumpy results

Complications Facial asymmetry, haematomas, injury of facial and great auricular nerves, scars, sloughing of skin; signs of ageing may recur within a year.

*Rhitidectomy is preferred by cosmetic surgeons, facelift is preferred colloquially. First performed in Berlin in 1901, it is now the sixth most popular cosmetic surgery after liposuction, breast augmentation, blepharoplasty, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), and breast reduction.

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Facelift, Farmer John

Operation The procedure takes 2-4 hours and requires extensive incisions: in front of and behind the ear, in the temporal scalp, hairline, ear-to-ear across the scalp, the incision is extended below the ear to free the cheek, chin, and neck; redundant tissue is excised, pulled taut and sewn together; the exact incisions vary by patient and surgeon’s personal technique. When necessary, removal of fatty deposits beneath the skin and tightening of sagging muscles is performed. The slack in the skin itself is then taken up and the excess removed/excised. Scars can usually be concealed by hair and makeup. For younger patients, more limited incisions are appropriate. 

Synonyms Face lift, rhitidectomy 

Reference www.cosmeticplasticsurgerystatistics.com/glossary.htm

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