A surgical procedure to visibly lift and tighten facial tissue for a younger and more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
FACELIFT SURGERY (RHYTIDECTOMY)
A facelift might just be the best treatment to restore your face and neck to its original plump and youthful appearance. It will address all the visible signs of aging and is ideal for people with deep wrinkles and excessive sagging of skin and tissues, conditions that are generally too advance to correct with laser surgery or other non-surgical procedures.
During our life we get exposed to a variety of factors that cause stress and damage to our skin. Sun damage, thinning skin, gravity, smoking, genetics and even the stress of daily life can all contribute to the loss of texture, elasticity and volume. Through a professional Facelift, our Plastic Surgeon can address the following consequential damaging effects aging had on your face and neck:
– Relaxing and sagging skin
– Deeping folds (usually between the nose and corners of the mouth)
– Disappearing and fallen fat and consequent volume loss
– Developed Jowls (excess flesh around the cheeks and jaw)
– Excess fat and loose skin around the neck and chin (double chin or turkey neck)
A pre-operative consultation will ensure you are the ideal candidate for the procedure. Our Plastic Surgeon will discuss your concerns and access whether this procedure will provide the results you are looking for before giving your face a lift to help you restore your self-confidence.
WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY
As we grow older, collagen production slows down. Our skin gradually becomes thinner, it loses its underlying fat and with this it loses volume and might start to sag.
Our brows start to drop with age as muscles around the eye lose tone and elasticity, resulting in a tired and droopy look.
As we age, we lose the fullness of our skin and the skin below the mid face, closer to the nose and mouth, starts to sag and draw closer to the mouth. The result is forming lines form from the corners of the mouth towards the chin and unfortunately, it cannot be treated by creams and make-up.
A distinct wrinkle line starts to form from the bottom of the nose to the corners of the mouth as we grow older. Caused by sun damage, smoking, and general aging, the severity of these lines can vary from one patient to another.
More probable in older or overweight people, a double chin is a condition where the subcutaneous fat around the neck creates a second or double chin.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
A Face lift will not make any changes to your appearance and will only ‘lift’ and smooth out sagging areas on the skin and neck, depending on the procedure you and your Plastic Surgeon agrees on.
There are a couple of added procedures that can be included with a Face Lift and its always best to ask your Plastic Surgeon about your personal concerns. Brow lifts can address hanging brows, while fat transfers could be recommended for lost volume. Laser, chemical peels and other cosmetic procedures could also be added to the mix to improve the texture of your skin.
A bandage and dressing will be placed around your face to support the healing, minimize swelling and reduce bruising. In some instances, the Plastic Surgeon might also insert small tubes to drain excess fluid or blood. The team will provide you with specific instructions around the cleaning and replacement of these and the required medication.
The extent of the procedure, your age, health status and how you take care of yourself afterwards are all factors that can influence the recovery time. Most patients resume their normal activities within 1-2 weeks, but it is recommended that they wait up to 4 weeks before engaging in strenuous exercise again. Each case is unique and therefore get answers around your recovery directly from your Surgeon.
Patients should try and sleep face-up and with the head elevated during the healing process to avoid unnecessary pressure. All normal activities like showering, washing and shaving should be done in a very gentle and mindful way and all aesthetic treatments and massages should be avoided. Dental surgery, saunas, excessive facial movements (chewing, talking, yawning, smoking) and sports should also be avoided within the first 2-3 weeks of recovery.