A facelift smooths loose skin on your face and neck, tightens underlying tissues and removes excess fat. It can correct visible signs of ageing such as deep cheek folds, jowls and loose skin on the front and sides of your neck. Your bone structure, heredity and skin texture all play a role in how many ‘years’ a facelift can ‘remove’ and, to some extent, influence how long it will last.
As we get older, it is common for our face to show most of the visible signs of ageing. Wrinkles and deep folds can appear over the cheeks and eye region, while jowls and drooping skin around the jawline can also develop. This is due to the skin losing its natural elasticity and a decrease in collagen production as we age. This can make us appear tired and older than our years.
A facelift or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can reverse these visible signs of ageing, smoothing creases and wrinkles, as well as tightening loose skin. Using incision techniques, any excess sagging skin and fatty cheek deposits are removed, with the skin lifted and tightened. This will allow men and women to enjoy a rejuvenated and youthful complexion.
Prior to having a facelift, patients will meet with Dr Scamp for an informative consultation. This will allow the procedure to be fully explained and to see whether a facelift can achieve the desire results the patient is looking for. Dr Scamp will examine the face and decide what incision method will deliver the best facial rejuvenation with minimal scarring for the patient.
There are many facelift incision techniques that can be used and the most appropriate technique will depend on individual patient needs. The most common incision method that is used can be made at the hairline, continuing down to the front and behind the ear. Following the natural contour of the face allows for minimal scarring after the procedure. For men, the incision will follow the natural direction of the beard, so that scars are not visible.
If a patient wishes to only transform the cheek area, Dr Scamp may decide that a mid-facelift is the most suitable surgical procedure. This will involve making small incisions inside the lower eyelid, as well as an incision in a natural crease in the cheek to hide scarring. This will allow the skin to be smoothened and tightened effectively on the cheeks.
During the facelift consultation process, patients are encouraged to ask any questions or voice any queries they have about the procedure. In addition, the risks and recovery time will be explained in depth by Dr Scamp, so patients are aware of what to expect from undergoing a rhytidectomy.
A facelift is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves patients going under a general anaesthetic. This will ensure a pain-free and comfortable procedure that will last around two to four hours, depending on the elasticity of the skin and complexity of the creases and folds that the patient has.
Dr Scamp will mark where the incisions sites will be prior to surgery and once the patient is under a general anaesthetic, the incision lines will be created. This will allow for the skin to be lifted and any fatty deposits or excess sagging skin to be removed. In addition, the muscle can be tightened, as well as connective tissues repositioned. The skin is then tightened upwards to create a smooth and wrinkle-free complexion, before it is stitched into place. The incision sites will be closed with sutures to promote healthy healing. The face will also be wrapped in bandages to prevent any infections that will delay the healing process. Small tubes may be attached behind the ears to drain any blood or excess fluid build-up in the facial area after surgery.
It is common to experience swelling, numbness and bruising after having a facelift, but this will gradually decrease over the two weeks after surgery. Pain relief can be issued to help patients feel more comfortable during the early stages. Most patients are able to return to work within two weeks, but strenuous activities, exercise and sudden facial movements should be avoided for a couple of weeks. In addition, the skin will be sensitive for a few months after having a facelift and it should be protected with sun block to ensure the best results.
The results of a facelift should reveal minimal visible scars. Any marks from the incision sites will be covered by the hair or by the natural creases of the skin, as this is why the sites are selected prior to surgery. The results from a facelift should be gradually visible once the swelling and bruising subsides, but the full results can be seen successfully after six months.
If you would like to find out more about a facelift and what it can do for you, you can arrange a consultation with Dr Terrence Scamp today by contacting our Brisbane or Gold Coast clinics.
The results of a successful facelift will reveal a rejuvenated and refreshed appearance that is free from signs of ageing. The face will appear more youthful with wrinkles and skin folds diminished, as well as sagging skin removed, for a smooth, bright and natural complexion.
Facelift is a broad term and details of the procedure performed is individualised to suit each patient’s needs. There are many variations to the facelift procedure and placement of incisions. The goal of every facelift technique is to keep the incisions hidden as much as possible. Dr Scamp will design incisions to suit your particular needs. The facelift incisions may be placed within the hairline and within the natural contours in front of and behind your ears. Following surgery, scars will be concealed by your hair or with makeup.
Your facial skin is lifted from its underlying tissue, and the excess is trimmed off. The deeper tissues are also repositioned to restore a more youthful contour to your face. If necessary, a small incision beneath permits the removal of fat and smoothing of the cord-like muscle bands in your neck.
When facial sagging in the cheek area is prominent, a procedure called a mid-facelift may be performed. Incisions are often made inside the lower eyelid or may be placed in another area that provides superior access to the central cheek region.
After facelift surgery, you will experience temporary skin discolouration and some tightness and numbness in your face and neck. As your skin will remain somewhat sensitive for a few months, protection from the sun including sun block is essential. You can wear cosmetics a few days following surgery and patients often are back to work within a couple of weeks.
Dr Terrence Scamp will provide information about the face lift and neck lift procedures, including risks and recovery time. He will be able to answer all of your questions at your initial consultation at either his Gold Coast or Brisbane clinics, and can also provide you with information on other facial procedures, including brow lifts. Request a consultation by contacting our reception team on (07) 5539 1000.