Do you want your skin to appear tighter and smoother? Are you tired of wrinkles and flabby skin? You don’t have to look older than your years – you can turn back the clock with a facelift.
What is a facelift?
As we naturally age, our skin begins to lose elasticity. Wrinkles around the lips and eyes start to form and begin to make us look older. Some people feel the ageing on their face does not match their true age, or how old they feel. Others may have undergone drastic weight loss, which can alter the appearance of your face or leave you with excess skin. Fortunately, a facelift can be a solution to help turn back the clock and rejuvenate your face. A facelift works to tighten any loose skin on the face that is below the eyes. A facelift will be able to be done without the results looking obvious. Instead, you will have a natural-looking face, but with fewer wrinkles and loose skin.
If you would like the skin above the eyes tightened, you may be interested in undergoing a brow lift.
Am I a good candidate for facelift surgery?
You will be an appropriate candidate for a facelift if you:
- Want your face to appear more youthful
- Have wrinkles or sagging skin on the face that you are wanting to remove and tighten
- Still have some skin elasticity in the face
- Want to feel better about your appearance
- Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve
There is no upper age limit to who can have this procedure. However, those who are older will naturally have less skin elasticity, and therefore the results may differ from patients who are in their 40s to 60s.
How is a facelift performed?
Before undergoing a facelift procedure, you will meet with the surgeon to have a consultation. This will allow the surgeon to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for a facelift. On the day of the procedure, you will be given a general anaesthetic. You will be asleep for the whole duration of the procedure, so you will be unable to hear or feel anything. There are various different methods for performing a facelift. You and your surgeon will decide on the best method for you during your consultation. Generally, the surgeon will make incisions around the hairline in front of your ears. If you are wishing to improve the jawline because of sagging jowls, the surgeon may also make an incision beneath the chin. Surplus facial skin will then be removed, as well as any excess fat. The skin is then pulled back and upward and then stitched into the new position. In cases where it is needed, the facial fat and tissue will be redistributed or added to the face with facial fat transfer.
What is the recovery period like after facelift surgery?
After the surgery, a bandage will be wrapped around the face to cover the incisions and help with bruising. You will have to avoid getting these bandages wet for the first two days in order to minimise the risk of any infection occurring. You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off. You will not be able to drive yourself home and will need someone to drive you from the centre or have a chaperone. You will have to avoid driving for several days following the procedure – your surgeon will be able to tell you the specific amount of days, which can vary from person to person. After surgery, it is normal to experience bruising, swelling and has some mild pain and discomfort. Bruising and swelling should fade after about two weeks. You have to avoid any strenuous physical activity for at least two weeks. You will have to make sure you get plenty of rest during the recovery period. Ensure you do not sleep on your face or your sides, but sleep with your head propped up for several days. This will help to reduce the swelling.