Scalpels, stitches, and scars – there are just some of the nuisances patients may face when they go in for a facelift. The technology, however, has changed, and one does not have to go through such pain and a long recovery. An endoscopic procedure is less invasive, as it is in many other surgeries– especially with the right cosmetic surgeon.
Doctors now have improved surgical methods similar to ones that have been used during gastrointestinal surgeries for years. The idea works for facelifts. Surgeons aren’t only focused on pulling and cutting skin; the underlying musculature is just as much as, or more, important to work with to achieve optimal results.
A Reduced Need to Cut
Traditionally, doctors would need to make long cuts just to see the facial structure, musculature, and connective tissue. The technology used today features a small camera attached to a probe that looks like a pencil. It is inserted through a much smaller incision than would otherwise be needed; this cut is often less than an inch long.
Surgeons can see more of the patient’s anatomy without cutting more. The image is relayed directly from the camera to a television screen. A longer cut isn’t necessary to see anatomical features under the skin, which are far removed from the point of entry.
Fewer Risks with Surgery
Using endoscopy lessens the some of the risks associated with facelift procedures. Aside from a better aesthetic outcome with less scarring, the process allows a person to recover faster because not as much tissue is cut and there is less healing required.
Other benefits include less of a chance of nerve damage (sensory loss is often a concern with large cuts during facelift surgery). There is less bleeding, swelling, and bruising. The reduction in invasiveness means the procedure is typically less painful than a traditional facelift, so surgeons can administer local anesthesia, and the person can be treated as an outpatient.
No Overnight Hospital Stays Are Required
That means undergoing a rhytidectomy, the technical term for a facelift, doesn’t require taking too much time out of one’s life. The patient can often go back to work in a few days. There’s not much time off from most other activities as well.
However, an endoscopic procedure isn’t necessarily cheaper than other types. The surgery may still cost around $15,000 or more, so this high-tech alternative often costs similar to the mid-facelift, for example. Cutting along the hairline and inside the mouth, this is also a common procedure that can successfully reduce cheek sagging and facial lines.
For anyone looking to reap the benefits of a facelift but weary about the effects, a cosmetic surgeon with experience in endoscopic rhytidectomy can help. Working with the muscles and other tissues under the skin is an approach that yields better results than just manipulating skin alone. Tweaks to the musculature can help improve facial structure and support, so the results are more natural and longer lasting.
In short, a facelift does not have to be a painful, invasive procedure with uncertain results.