Some of the most visible signs of ageing first appear on the face. Although the changes appear gradually, there may come a day when you look in the mirror and decide that the face you see doesn't reflect the way you feel about yourself. If you'd like to look as good as you feel, a facelift can help. Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift smoothens the loose skin on your face and neck, tightens underlying tissues and removes excess fat. As a result, your face will appear firmer and fresher.
Is a face lift right for me?
Facelifts are most commonly performed on patients in the 40-60 age range. However, the procedure can produce good results for people in their 60s, 70s and 80s as well.
If any one or more of the following problems are present:
- A deep line that runs from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth
- Loss of a well-defined jaw line
- Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging skin near the cheekbones
- Loose skin, wrinkles or excess fatty tissue in the neck.
A personal consultation is the first step for every patient considering a facelift. During this meeting, we will assess your physical and emotional health and discuss your specific cosmetic goals for surgery.
During your consultation be prepared to provide complete information about:
- Previous surgeries
- Past and present medical conditions
- Treatment you have received
- Medications, nutritional supplements or herbal remedies that you are taking.
For example, a facelift is frequently combined with:
- A forehead lift, to correct lines or furrows in the brow
- Eyelid surgery, to eliminate drooping upper eyelids or bags beneath the eyes.
- Neck lift , to eliminate the saggy neck skin.
- Skin treatments, such as chemical peel or laser resurfacing, to minimize fine wrinkles.
The technique chosen for your surgery depends on your features and your desired results. There are many variations to the facelift procedure (classical, mini face lift, S lift, SMAS lift, Glue lift, macs, etc). The length of incision varies according to the type of lift, from being typically hidden in the natural contour of your ear and then extending around the earlobe to back into the hairline . Following surgery, the incisions are easily concealed by your hair or with make up.The incisions are so placed that the scars which are thin lines fall strategically into the natural skin folds so that they are not apparent after some time .
Working through these incisions, we free the facial skin from its underlying tissues and pull it upward and back. The excess is then removed. The deeper tissues may also be repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to your face. Recently using minimal incisions (1-2mm), thread lifts can be performed on select patients.
Although everyone heals at a different rate, you can expect that your recovery will follow this general time line:
The first day
In this early stage of healing, you should rest with your head elevated to minimize bruising and swelling.
Within first week
- Stitches will be dissolved or removed
- You may return to light activity, but continue to sleep with your head elevated.
- You can wear makeup to conceal any discoloration.
- You may resume many of your normal activities, including non-strenuous work.
- You may resume gradual exercise.
Within two weeks