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Mar 3, 2008
If you've watched any plastic surgery shows, you know that one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed in the world today on either men or women is the facelift. Used to erase years of aging from faces, this popular procedure is performed everyday on many different people.

Most people have heard of facelifts. Aside from breast augmentation and liposuction, facelifts are some of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons - and they have just been increasing in popularity since the first facelift was performed, way back in 1901, by Eugene Hollander.

While most people think of facelifts as being only for females, many men also look into getting facelifts to erase years of aging off of their faces as well. Both sexes want to look younger by going under the knife - which today can mean endoscopy, with smaller incisions than a regular facelift.

People have generally heard of the standard incision facelift, which is still performed today. This facelift uses a long cut that occurs right up against the hairline, so that the surgeon can take all of the underlying tissues and skin and pull them taut to remove wrinkles from the face.

The other kinds of cuts that can be made for facelifts can be a bit less lengthy, but they all do the same thing underneath. Tissues, skin and other matter are still pulled and removed if needed, and then skin and tissues are stapled or sutured to leave a tight and smooth appearance. The incisions will scar over.

Patients who undergo facelift procedures usually have them done at a surgery center or hospital, because they will require anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used for a facelift is general anesthesia - due to the complexity of the surgery and the time required for surgery.

Depending on the type of facelift that a patient has and the severity of the wrinkles and aging that needs to be corrected, the recovery time for a facelift procedure may vary. Some patients may have no trouble at all recovering while others may take a little more time to feel like themselves again.

A facelift is considered the final resort in the treatment of aging, so think carefully before deciding on this step to erase your wrinkles. There are other, less invasive treatments for aging out there - so talk to your doctor before making any decisions about surgery in general.
About the Author
Aazdak Alisimo writes about plastic surgery issues for PlasticSurgeonPractices.com, where you can locate a plastic surgeon in your city.
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