Face Lifts and Neck Lifts
Age inevitably causes the face and neck to change as the skin loses its elasticity and volume, and the redistribution of fat occurs. Skin can lose its youthful appearance, and the chin and jaw region can loosen and drop.
Face and neck lifts can be used to reduce these effects of ageing and rejuvenate the areas. This is done by re-supporting the soft tissues, restoring definition and volume, and improving sagging skin and fat deposits. An incision is made in the most inconspicuous location possible, and a small amount of skin is removed.
These procedures can be customised to cater for specific goals and requirements and are often done in combination. The techniques used allow for a natural appearance without obvious signs of treatment.
Common reasons why people consider having facelift surgery
With the normal ageing process the soft tissues and skin of the face and upper neck sag and lose volume. Some people feel that this, combined with excess skin, makes them look tired or old. This surgery aims to improve facial and neck contouring, while restoring definition to the cheeks, jawline and neck by reducing the amount of sagging skin and soft tissues present.
Facelift surgery does not remove facial wrinkles – these may be more effectively dealt with by fillers (if deep) or anti-wrinkle injections e.g. crow’s feet. Most people considering this surgery have a desire to take away the signs of ageing but not look “operated on” or “like a different person”.
What is involved with facelift surgery?
A facelift involves an incision starting in the temple hairline, passing down just in front of the ear, curling around the lower part of the ear and ending in the hairline behind the ear.
As compared to previous surgical methods, only a small amount of skin is removed to minimise the “operated on” look.
Post Operative Care and Review
- Melbourne Plastic Surgeon Dean White and his team will care for you in hospital.
- A review appointment to take off the dressings, check your wounds and remove any sutures is generally undertaken one week after surgery.
- Subsequent review appointments are generally made for 6 weeks after surgery and then 3, 6 and 12 months later to assess the results of your surgery.
Risks To Consider
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people choose to have a face lift procedure in their mid/late forties and beyond.
It is recommended you reach and maintain a healthy weight prior to surgery to avoid changes afterwards due to increased or decreased fat deposits and accompanying skin changes.
Face lifts target skin laxity and the loosening of the lower region of the face. Neck lifts focus on creating a smoother neck and chin area.
Most of the swelling after a face lift generally reduces after a few weeks. Some swelling may remain for a few more months after the majority has subsided.
The benefits acquired with a face lift are typically long lasting. This differs from person to person due to the ageing process, lifestyle, and weight changes.
- YOUR SAFETY.
- Address symptoms.
- Improve appearance.