Some of the most visible signs of aging first appear on the face like deep and prominent nasolabial wrinkles sagging cheeks and depressed and frowned appearance. You may feel that the face you see in the mirror doesn't reflect your inner self then a facelift can make your face appear firmer, fresher and younger.
Is a facelift / necklift right for me ?
You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you have sagging cheeks with prominent nasolabial lines, excessive wrinkles with loss of definition of jaw line. Necklift is also combined if neck skin is loose with excess fat.
Face and Aesthetic surgery needs to be approached with extra caution in patients with - uncontrolled blood pressure, blood-clotting problems and tendency to form excessive scars. Be sure to inform your plastic surgeon of these conditions.
You may need additional procedures to meet your cosmetic goals. Facelift may be combined with:
Some patients may be recommended other procedures (instead of facelift) - non-operative facial rejuvenation, peel program, Botox injections, Fillers, Contour thread lift etc.
Facelift is performed in an operation theatre under suitable anaesthesia. The incision is typically hidden in the natural contour of your ear, and then extends around the earlobe and back into the hairline. Working through these incisions, the facial skin is freed from its underlying tissues and pulled upwards and backwards. The excess skin is then removed. In some cases, the deeper tissues may also be repositioned or tightened to restore a more youthful contour to your face.
If necessary, an incision is taken under the chin to remove fatty tissue and to tighten neck muscle
Mini facelift with limited incision is advocated when only minimal tightening is required.
A compressive dressing may be placed over the face. Any discomfort will be controlled by medications. Sometimes, small drainage tubes are placed beneath the skin to drain away fluids that may otherwise accumulate.
The day after Face and Aesthetic surgery, you will need to move around to promote blood circulation.
You will be advised to rest with your head elevated to minimize swelling. Although everyone heals at different rate, your recovery may be as follows:
By the first week the stiches will be removed and you will be permitted to wear makeup and do light activities. After two weeks you may resume all routine activities (except exercises ) and most of the swelling would have disappeared. You may resume exercises after 4 to 6 weeks. You should avoid exposure to sunlight for several weeks.
Results of Facelift Surgery
A number of factors, including heredity and your lifestyle, play a role in how long the results will last.
Possible risks and complications
You may have a detailed discussion about this during your personal consultation. Some of the possible complications include - anaesthesia related complications, swelling & bruising, Bleeding, Infection, delayed skin healing, altered sensations, facial asymmetry (nerve damage) etc.
Thread lift is a relatively new procedure that can be done as a day care procedure. Some patients with busy lifestyles and those who want a subtle difference prefer this procedure.
However, patients with severe sagging of skin and a "heavy" face may not see a major improvement with this procedure. Those who desire a subtle change in the upper, lower or mid face region are more likely to be satisfied with the procedure.
Procedure of Thread Lift
Through a small incision (within the hairline at the temple area) a barbed suture is inserted to grasp and then lift the skin and underlying tissue.
You will be advised to rest with your head elevated and to apply cold compresses to minimize swelling. You must rest your face for a few days after the procedure. You should not rub your face or chew excessively. Stitches will be removed after 7 to 10 days.