Visible signs of aging may be a part of life, but a facelift in Costa Rica can turn back the hands of time and give you that refreshed, youthful look you desire.
Along with improving the loss of skin tone, a facelift can also help to improve the appearance of creases around the eyelids, along the mouth, and the jowls. Sagging skin is typically the result of various factors, including stress, heredity, gravity, and even environmental conditions to which you may have been exposed. A facelift can help to improve your skin tone while giving you a more youthful look and greater self-confidence.
Also known as rhytidectomy, this restorative procedure will not change the basic appearance of your face. Instead, it will simply improve the contours and shape of your face. Patients who are considering having a facelift performed should have realistic expectations and be aware that while effective, this procedure will not stop the aging process.
Snorkeling, world-class surfing, horseback riding, mountain biking, lush tropical rainforests, miles of pristine beaches, and cultural visits to indigenous people are just a few of the reasons to visit Costa Rica. Add in the fact that Costa Rica has a first-class health system with English-speaking doctors, and much lower costs compared to other parts of the world and it is easy to see why so many people are now taking advantage of the opportunity to travel here for their medical procedures.
Most medical facilities in Costa Rica adhere to stringent quality standards, including those established by the International Standards Organization, but it is still important to verify qualifications on your own. We can help at Medical Departures. Our goal is to ensure you find a highly qualified facility and surgeon with an impeccable reputation. We begin our background check by confirming qualifications and professional memberships. Our process also includes performing criminal and legal checks. Since atmosphere is such an important element and we want to ensure your complete comfort, we also visit facilities in person prior to including them on our list. Finally, we conduct real patient interviews to find out what others who have actually used that facility and physician have to say.
Prior to your procedure, you will meet with your physician to discuss your individual goals from a facelift. The manner in which your surgeon proceeds will be based on your goals. A number of techniques may be used to achieve the look you desire. Such techniques include the removal and/or addition of fat, as well as the use of soft-tissue fillers. The most common areas to be targeted in a facelift include the jawline, jowls, midface, cheeks, and forehead.
Incisions will be made in various area of the face based upon the areas to be targeted and the desired look to be achieved. Your surgeon will need to separate the skin from the face and neck while also manipulating the muscles and tissues within the skin. Layers of skin will also be lifted and repositioned, usually along the temples, cheeks, and neck. Based on your goals, it may be necessary to remove excess fat and skin. In some cases, implants will be inserted to add cheek or chin volume. Finally, the skin will be redraped and incisions closed using sutures or metal clips. A facelift usually takes up to four hours.
Following your procedure, you should expect the presence of drain tubes to help minimize swelling. Supportive dressings are also commonly used. Your healthcare team may advise you to rest in a reclining position to reduce swelling after your surgery. You should avoid bending over and keep your head elevated.
Pain and discomfort are common following a facelift, but can be managed with oral painkillers. Bruising and swelling are also common. Over the course of the next two weeks, this should subside. You may use cold compresses to help with any bruising or swelling you experience. Dressings and drain tubes can be removed within two days following your procedure. Stitches may need to stay in place for a week to 10 days.
The average cost of a facelift in Costa Rica is $3,500 (GBP £2,491, EUR €3,227, AUD $4,820) compared to an average of $18,000 (GBP £12,397, EUR €16,159, AUD $25,369 in the United States.
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