Face Lift surgery offers the most dynamic result to reverse the signs of ageing; with new developments in this technique there are many options to consider. Just as each face is different, the surgical plan for rejuvenation differs accordingly.
The main steps to the procedure are: infiltrating the layers of the face with saline solution and local anaesthetic making an inconspicuous incision, separating the facial layers of skin fat and muscle, tightening the muscle, repositioning or removing the fat and removing excess skin. Operating techniques vary between surgeons; however most modern cosmetic surgeons would offer their patients a variety of lifting techniques and choose the most appropriate for his patient.
The face is divided into 3 unequal areas. The brow, mid face and lower face including the neck. The most popular face lift techniques deal with the lower third and may incorporate the other two.
Some of the promoted techniques for facial surgery are:
- Mini Lift – a tiny incision in the ear to tighten skin excess in the mid face and give some improvement to the lines from the corner of the nose to the mouth.
- S Lift and S Lift Plus – The name describes the shape of the incision which follows the shape of the ear and appears to be placed along the edge of cartilage rather than on the skin of the face itself. This method offers a relatively scar free result. The “S Lift” re-tensions only the lower face and jaw. When the neck is included, the incisions are also placed behind the ear cartilage and this technique is known as “S Lift Plus”.
- Super Lift – Is the popular name for SMAS surgery where muscle is tightened before the skin is re-tensioned. The mid face, lower face and neck are all rejuvenated and the incision continues from behind the ear and into the hair line at the back of the neck.
- Brow Lifting – Endoscopic, through a style of keyhole surgery. Temporal, minimising the incisions to 3cm placed inside the hair line. Full brow, the incision is placed in the hair line across the top of the forehead.
- Baby face – the smoothing and rounding of the face by repositioning or even adding to the fat across the cheek. The procedure can be in conjunction with a mid face lift or as a maintenance procedure some years after a face lift.
Most facial surgery is now offered to patients as a day only procedure; although some elect to stay in hospital until bandages are removed at 1 to 2 days post operatively. Advances in surgery of this type include the introduction of hydra dissection which employs water instead of a scalpel to separate tissues. This technique almost certainly reduces the risk of post operative bleeding, minimises bruising and swelling and eliminates the need for uncomfortable drain tubes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it painful?
During the operation - no. The patient is either under a full anaesthetic or sedated and asleep. Local anaesthetic will have the area completely numb during the procedure and for some time after. Some patients experience soreness around the ears whilst the bandage is in place. This rarely continues for more than a few days.
How long does the effect last?
A good face lift can last 10 years, but it is very dependant on the maintenance given to the patient and the patient’s general health and well being.
How much younger will I look?
Depending on the style of face lift, a patient can expect to look 10 to 15 years younger and should continue to look years younger than his or her age. For example if one person from a set of twins has a face lift at 40 making her appear 15 years younger than her twin, at 50 she will still look younger than her sister and so on.
How long will I take to recover?
Most modern surgery will have you looking recovered at 5 to 7 days; however, the final result of your surgery may take several months. Superficial swelling, numbness and some unevenness may persist past 6 weeks, however after the first 5 days; the patient will always look improved and will continue to do so while the final result is achieved.
What are the costs?
$11,000 + hospital & anaesthetic
What is the next step?
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This information is not intended as medical advice.
Any medical questions should be discussed with your surgeon as part of the decision making process.
Pamela Noon 2020