Facial aging include the loss of midface volume, jowling, development of nasal labial fold, wrinkling, laxity in the neck region and loose skin. Patient with the above appearance who would like to have improvement to the facial appearance would benefit from face and neck lift surgery, be it full face lift or short scar face lift (MACS). Face lift surgery can minimise the effects of ageing by smoothing out lines and wrinkles and tightening up loose skin on the face and neck.
Face lift surgery when performed properly by an experienced surgeon, leaves the patient looking more youthful and relaxed.
During a facelift, an incision is made from the temple to the ear on both sides. Excess fat is removed and the facial muscles tightened. To complete the face lift the skin is pulled up across the face, trimmed and sewn. The incision from a face lift is hidden in the hairline and behind the ears so there is no visible scarring.
It takes between 2-3 hours depending on how much work your particular face lift involves. Many people combine face lift surgery with eye bag removal which takes longer than just a face lift. Face lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic with an overnight hospital stay. Recovery time following face lift surgery varies. Many patients return to work after 3 weeks after their face lift. Most women can disguise the effects of face lift surgery with make up after 10-14 days.
Side effects from facelift surgery are temporary. Bruising and swelling of the face is to be expected in the days after your face lift. Following a face lift, your face will feel tight and sore for several days, but the discomfort is adequately dealt with by prescription painkillers.