As we get older we can look older than we feel, which can be detrimental to our self-confidence and the way we live our lives. As the skin on our face loosens and wrinkles we can start to feel older and unhappy. This can happen earlier in some than in others, and anything can cause the skin to lose elasticity including sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and family history. A facelift firms and tightens the skin of the face and neck and gives a more youthful appearance.
The best candidate is someone who is:
- Has with good facial skin elasticity
- Wanting to improve the appearance of their face and neck
- Noticing excess fat, lines and sag on their face - men or women
- Noticing a deep line, or fold, running from the corner of their nose to mouth
- Developing jowls, or loss of a defined jawline
- Developing deep wrinkles in their cheeks
- Noticing loose skin
The average age for patients is 40-50 years, but older patients have also had successful facelifts.
As with any cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to remember that your surgery will not turn you into someone else and you should not rely on your procedure to change your life. If you are considering undergoing a procedure it is imperative you speak to someone you trust, are happy in your life and are simply seeking to enhance your appearance and confidence, rather than looking to completely change who you are. It is equally important you are psychologically ready.
Preparing for your Procedure:
It is important to discuss with your doctors and with us any:
- Medical conditions you have
- The medication you are taking - prescription, herbal and non-prescription
Once you arrive at your destination you will have a physical evaluation with your surgeon, where you will discuss your goals and concerns where you will finalise the plan for surgery. At this examination your surgeon will determine the best procedure for you and explain it to you in detail, including any limitations - after all, it is important that you head into surgery with realistic goals. It is during this examination that your surgeon will also make recommendations for other procedures.
In the lead-up to your surgery, it is important you do the following:
- Stop smoking. Smoking can cause problems with circulation and increase the possibility of complications
What to Expect:
Length of surgery:
The surgery takes approximately 1 1/2 to 2 hours. You will be required to stay at least one night in the hospital.
Recovery and post-op care:
After surgery moderate swelling of the eyelids and other facial areas is common and there is usually some discomfort following, which can be managed with medications. The skin may also feel dry and feel rough for a few months.
Immediately after surgery large, fluffy dressing is often applied and removed within one day after surgery and replaced with an elastic wrap. In some cases, drainage tubes will have been left under certain areas of the skin to reduce post-surgical swelling. After a few days, these and any stitches will be removed.
While you will be moving around in a couple of days, it is advised you to relax for a week or so. Any strenuous activity should be avoided until bruising and swelling subside, this can take four to six weeks. In terms of social activities, within two weeks the swelling should be reduced enough, however, many patients prefer to delay significant social activities for four weeks.
Length of Stay:
Most surgeons recommend two weeks, during this time you will have regular check-ups. To get the most out of your recovery time we suggest you partake in gentle exercise, yoga classes and treat yourself to some pampering. If you are feeling up to it, there is plenty to see and do in Phuket, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur.
Other procedures to consider:
To complete your facial rejuvenation, facelifts are often completed with other procedures, such as upper eyelid blepharoplasty and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Non-surgical procedures can also be added to give an even more youthful appearance and change the texture of your skin, such as cosmetic fillers for reducing fine lines of laser resurfacing and chemical peels.
Preconditions and risks:
Risks and complications are minimised by using our highly-skilled, trusted doctors and nurses. However, with every precaution taken complications can still occur. These are rare and few patients experience any issues. If you have any concerns about your procedure and the possible preconditions and risks, discuss them with your doctor and nurses.
Potential Risks of Face Lifts include:
- Facial nerve damage
- A shifted hairline
- Excessive scarring
It is important to read the general preconditions and risks page before any surgery.
|The incisions normally start above the hairline by the temples and follow the natural line.
||Facial and neck tissue and muscle can be separated, and fat may be altered and muscles tightened.
||Once tissues are tightened, excess skin is pulled back and up and trimmed and kept into place.
||Majority of scars are hidden by your hair and in normal creases of your skin.