Generally in the mid to late 40s the skin on the face begins to sag. With a face lift, the excess tissue is removed and sagging is reduced to reveal a tighter, more youthful appearance. According to the situation, the classic or the mini-face lift is advised.
These operations take between 3-5 hours and will be performed under local or general anesthesia. The patient can return home the same day or the day after. After the operation, the patient will have to sit in an upright position for the week that follows. The stitches are taken out in a week and regular activities can be resumed in two weeks. A well-done face-lift surgery will not show obvious scars and will recover a youthful appearance without changing a persons face. The skin will be stretched, creases will be soothed and the contour of the chin will be more apparent.
During the facelift process one's own tissues can be used as facial fillers to recover volume where it has been lost. Here, it is essential to think in three dimensions. Fine wrinkles in the upper lip can be addressed using lip-thickening techniques.