Dr LaBrasca gives us an insight into the facelift procedures and advises how safe they actually are.

Dr Algie LaBrasca is a well-known plastic surgery who is located in Brookville, Pennsylvania. He is currently affiliated with the Penn Highlands Brookville and the Penn Highlands Dubois hospitals. He also runs an independent facility, Laurel Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, where he offers professional plastic surgery.

He says, before embarking on a facelift journey, the surgeon must take the advice of the aesthetician to determine the amounts of anaesthesia needed for the entire duration of the procedure and also about which type to use. Two types of anaesthesia can be used for facelift surgery: local IV anaesthesia and general anaesthesia. Normally, facelift surgery can take up to five hours, with the length of time-varying depending on the patient’s goals.

The procedure begins with the surgeon drawing incision lines on the patient’s face as close as possible to the hairline to decrease the visibility of scars. The surgeon then lifts off the deeper face muscles and fat to remove the excess skin and tighten the deeper facial tissues. The fat from the other parts of the face may be redistributed to achieve the desired pattern. Other patients get a neck lift by having a small incision made under the chin to tighten the skin and the deeper neck tissues. The surgeon then has to make sure to close the cuts with sutures after ensuring they have trimmed off any excess skin, repositioned it where necessary, and re-draped it over the face’s new contour. These procedures at times get very overwhelming and hence the mental health of the patient should also be considered during this time.

For the recovery process, a bandage is placed around your face to stop excess swelling and bruising, which may last for less than two days. After about five to 10 days after the surgery, the sutures can be removed with full recovery. It normally takes about two weeks. Patients may experience some common side effects, including numbness, muscle stiffness, swelling, and bruising.

Even though most of the women are eligible for going through a facelift procedure in normal conditions, LaBrasca advises people to still consider the following before embarking on the procedure:

• The patient is expected to avoid smoking at least eight weeks before the surgery, as smoking increases the risk of complications after the surgery.

• Avoid using blood thinners such as aspirin.

• Diabetic patients have a higher risk of complications after surgery as their body reacts differently compared to normal people. Their recovery rate is also affected and hence only professionals can handle these kinds of patients.

• Anyone with underlying medical conditions should refrain from undergoing a facelift.

To book a facelift with Dr LaBrasca, visit the website: https://www.drlabrasca.com/

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