Facelift surgery can dramatically improve the appearance of the face and neck when one or more of these conditions are present: Loose, sagging tissues of the mid-face, deep folds of loose skin at the sides of the nose and mouth, jowls or loss of definition of the jaw line, and excess fat or loose skin causing loss of definition and “hanging” of the tissues in the neck area. A facelift is sometimes combined with procedures for simultaneous correction of such areas as forehead, eyelid or chin, to produce a balanced more youthful appearance for the whole face.
There are various techniques available with modern day facelift surgery. The old technique of simply pulling the outer layer of skin tighter is now considered less effective and well recognised as creating the unnatural and “pulled” appearance associated with the Hollywood stars of the 80’s and 90’s.
It is this approach to facelifts that has given this procedure a fearful name. Most facelift patients want to achieve a more youthful look, without appearing different. They want to turn back the clock, without looking as though they’ve had anything “done”.
Modern techniques involve pulling the deeper layers of tissue and muscle to help achieve a more natural appearance. After all, it’s not just the skin that ages, it’s also what’s underneath that is succumbing to gravity and ageing!
Experienced surgeons such as Dr Bill Lyon are also able to minimise scarring and ensure any scars are well hidden behind the ears or the hairline.
A facelift can also reduce sagging skin on the neck in some patients, however in others a facelift might also be combined with a neck lift to get the best results.
The facelift recovery requires up to two weeks off work, sometimes longer. The main issues are bruising and swelling, along with giving your incisions time to heal. This is an extremely important aspect of the recovery period as looking after your incisions properly will ensure you minimise any scarring.
‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’