Facelift Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Know
Facelifts are becoming increasingly popular as a subtle, yet effective means to achieve an overall younger appearance. A Facelift procedure restores the patient’s facial appearance to a fresher, more youthful version of themselves. But with the growing non-surgical treatment options, when is it appropriate to enquire about a Facelift?
Here are the top Facelift questions you should ask yourself.
How do I know if I need a Facelift?
Do you feel as though your non-surgical treatment options are no longer making a difference or not lasting as long as they should? It can become very expensive returning to your surgeon every 3 months for wrinkle relaxers or every 6 months for facial fillers.
Do you have sagging skin that easily pulls from the face or hangs loose? The overall aim of a facelift is to remove the extra skin for a firmer appearance.
What happens during Facelift surgery?
There are a variety of techniques used in a facelift surgery. The procedures involve anaesthesia, followed by a series of incisions. The first incision starts along the sideburn region, extending into the natural crease in front of the ear and around the earlobe, behind the ear and into the hairline. An incision may also be made under the chin. These incisions allow the Specialist Plastic Surgeon to lift skin from the underlying tissues, to then lift and tighten the tissues under skin to a more elevated position. Excess skin can then be removed
A small incision under the chin allows tightening of the tissues under the chin and removal of excess fat if a neck lift is required.
What is Facelift recovery like? Is there scarring?
It is important to understand that a Facelift is major surgery and requires an overnight hospital stay for rest and elevation. The face and neck are wrapped in a firm compressive dressing, which is removed the morning after surgery together with any drains. You can expect your face and neck to feel sore and tight for the first few days, for which pain medication will be prescribed.
Patients are advised to take a minimum of four weeks off work and continue to rest and elevate their head for the first two weeks. Typically, most of the swelling goes down in the first two to three weeks after surgery.
Scars may appear pink in the following weeks after surgery and recovery time varies from patient to patient. However, most are barely visible in the long term.
When will I see the results of my Facelift?
Although results will vary from patient to patient, you can expect to see the outcomes of your surgery once swelling has resolved. After a few weeks, you should be able to see the results of your Facelift.