What is Facelift
Facelift or Rhytidectomy is a procedure designed to restore a younger-looking appearance by removing or reducing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of the face caused by aging. The procedure literally lifts up the skin off the face in order to tighten the skin and the tissues beneath it. This will help reposition the skin smoothly over the face.
Over the years, procedures in facelift continue to evolve, changing from simple skin lifting to more complex deeper plane lifting techniques. In today’s cosmetic world, various techniques have been developed and used with results that are consistently durable and reliable.
In a traditional facelift, the patient will be given either general anesthesia or a sedative administered through intravenous line and local anesthesia to numb the skin. The surgeon makes an incision usually starting around the hairline from the temple and curves around the earlobe, and ending at the bottom of the hairline. In some cases, the incisions may extend into the scalp. The surgeon may also make a small incision under the chin in order to tighten the skin of the neck. After the incisions are made, the surgeon will separate the skin from the fat and muscle underneath. In cases of excessive fat, the surgeon may opt to suction out or trim the excess fat to give the face a sleeker look. A layer of tissue called the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) underneath the skin is tightened by the surgeon by folding it or pulling it back over itself. Tightening the SMAS layer lifts the cheeks, giving the jawline more definition and giving the neck a firmer effect.
The last stage of the procedure is done by pulling the skin back up over the area and removing any excess skin with laser or knife to tighten the skin. Surgeons close the incisions with stitches, sutures or tissue glue. Stitches are usually placed within the hairline to keep it hidden. While the surgery only last for several hours and the patient can go home a few hours after the surgery, most patients choose to spend one night in the hospital.
Choosing the Best Doctor
It is important that patients know what to look for in a cosmetic surgeon who will perform the procedure. While there are numerous cosmetic surgery clinics or centers in the Philippines, you should look for one with licensed surgeons. The surgeon should have completed the required training in plastic and reconstructive surgery accredited by the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery and the Philippine College of Surgeons.
In the Philippines, the only organization recognized by the Philippine College of Surgeons to issue board certification in plastic and reconstructive surgery in the country is the Philippine Board of Plastic Surgery (PBPS). Hence, the surgeon should have been duly certified by the PBPS in order to practice in the Philippines.
If the surgeon has met all the training and accreditation requirements, one should also take into account the surgeon’s track record. Most of the known surgeons in the country have been in practice long enough to earn them the good reputation and credibility from their patients. A few names that will stand out are those who have been clearly successful in the field.
Why Do Facelift in the Philippines
Medical tourism is in the priority programs of the Department of Tourism. As such various cosmetic surgery procedures are included in medical tourism packages to attract foreign nationals into having their procedures while on vacation in the finest beaches in the country.
With or without medical tourism, though, cosmetic procedures like facelift, is generally quite more affordable in the Philippines compared to the procedure cost from western counterparts. This is largely due to the fact that the Philippines has lower overhead costs and reasonable professional fees even for US-trained plastic surgeons. Ultimately, the cost of having the facelift procedure in the Philippines is unarguably only a fraction of the cost for the same procedure done in the US, UK and other western countries. And quality of care is maintained and not sacrificed despite the much lower cost of the procedure.
Additionally, most cosmetic surgery clinics and facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and latest technology. Moreover, the Philippines is an English-speaking country so communication will not be an issue compared to other Asian neighbors.
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