A Facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is done to counteract the visible signs of aging and environmental damage. Patients seem most concerned about loose or wrinkled skin; “jowls” at the border of the jaw; “turkey gobbler” neck; and fat under the chin. Various factors have contributed to the changes. Some things, like gravity (which affects fat in the face) are unavoidable, and others, like heavy sun exposure or smoking, we have more control over. Another important phenomenon that contributes to facial aging is loss of volume in specific areas of the face. As we age, small amounts of fat, that normally give a youthful “fullness,” are slowly absorbed contributing to an aged, or “hollowed-out” look.
Whatever the causes, facelifting surgery, (rhytidectomy) may have significant benefits for you. Many of our patients report that their new, vibrant and fresh appearance has improved their self-confidence. If your goal is to regain a more youthful look and brighten your appearance, we will be happy to explain your options and how you will benefit from a facelift.
The best results in facelift surgery are obtained in healthy men and women with loose, sagging and/or wrinkled skin in the face and/or neck areas, and who are not significantly overweight. Smokers are not candidates for the operation at this time.
Although a facelift is a powerful and effective procedure, and our patients are enthusiastic about their results, it is important to note that a facelift will not address facial complexion issues such as redness, pigmentation, tiny veins, large pores, dryness and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. These issues are best addressed using any number of non-surgical options such as Botox, fillers, laser and advanced skin care techniques including peels, microdermabrasion and skin care regimens.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic. The incisions follow your natural face and neck lines and they heal very inconspicuously for the most part. New techniques give better and longer-lasting results than were previously possible.
Depending on your situation, other procedures may combine with facelift surgery. Facelift surgery is highly individualized and depends on your specific concerns. You may want to discuss whether volumization with fat grafting, eyelid surgery, forehead/brow lift, neck lift, or liposuction combined with your facelift would improve the outcome.
Following the surgery, you will have some swelling and bruising on your face and neck. Pain is usually minimal and can be well-controlled with medication. You will need to wear a chin strap for about a week. Most patients feel quite comfortable socially by 3 – 4 weeks from the time of surgery, or sooner, if “cover up” makeup is used (we can assist you with that). Sports and other activities which will raise blood pressure must be avoided for at least 4 weeks. Depending on the demands of your job, you will be able to return to work in 10 days to a month. As always, avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible and apply a good quality sunscreen with a high SPF value (45 or greater).
Facelift surgery is real surgery. Before you decide, it’s important to learn about any possible complications, even though they are rare. These will be fully explained to you during your private consultation. At that time, you will have an opportunity for a careful and complete discussion of your options and what is involved. You will benefit from asking all your questions and browsing through our photographs.