A facelift can treat the following signs of ageing:
- Sagging of the facial skin, particularly in the mid-face
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids
- Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
- Descent of facial fat
- Facial volume loss with redistribution of facial fat lower down the face than in youth
- Sagging and loss of definition of your jawline and neck skin
Though there are many different techniques and terminologies used to describe a facelift, the aim of all facelift procedures is to tighten the skin and the underlying supporting structures and to restore and redistribute the fat compartments in the face back to their original (and thus more youthful) position.
The placement and length of the incision may vary depending on whether other areas such as the neck also need to be addressed. Usually an incision is made in front of or behind the hairline and then just in front of the ear, curving underneath the ear lobule along the back of the ear, and then into the hairline behind the ear.
Neck lifting aims to address the loose skin, muscle and fat that obscure the natural lines that separate the chin from the neck. A separate incision is made under the chin and the muscle under the neck is sutured tight (platysmaplasty) to restore a youthful contour. Liposuction of this area may also be required.
One to two days of full rest is recommended after facelift surgery, followed by at least a week of reduced activity and a two-week break from work.
You will need to wear a facial compression bandage for a short time, to minimise swelling and bruising and support the new contour. In some cases, a drainage tube will be required and this is usually removed 1-2 days after surgery.
Skin stitches are removed between five to seven days after surgery. At two weeks,swelling will be significantly reduced but it will be several months before the final result can be fully appreciated.
There may be sensations of numbness and tightness that subside as you heal. Any discomfort is usually controlled with simple analgesia.
If you are considering facelift surgery then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.