As people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. The skin becomes thinner and loses its elasticity and firmness, deep creases appear between the nose and mouth, the jaw line grows slack and jowly, the corners of the mouth point downwards and folds and fat deposits appear around the neck.
What is a facelift?
A Face Lift is a surgical procedure performed to “set back the clock”. Face Lift can improve the most visible signs of the ageing process, by removing excess fat, restoring the various facial elements to their original position before sagging, tightening the muscles beneath the skin of the face and neck, and removing excess skin. Face Lift can be done alone or in conjunction with other procedures such as a Neck Liposuction, a Neck Lift or Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty). A Face Lift approach can be used even for health reasons. Dr Harris Zavrides has published an article to the prestigious Journal “British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery”, which is the official Journal of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons describing his experience in the above issue:
A Face Lift Approach with a combination of a SMAS Advancement Flap in Parotidectomy.
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 (2007) 652-655.
How many types of Face Lift are there?
Over the years, the classical skin only Face Lift, has undergone a number of modifications to improve the overall results. These newer techniques aim at lifting not only the skin but also the underlying structures (muscles and fat), offering a much longer lasting result.
Are there any special precautions?
Aspirin or aspirin containing medications should be avoided for 2 weeks before the procedure.
How is a Face Lift performed?
The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic and takes 2-3 hours. The incisions usually start high up in the temple areas, extend in a natural line in front of the ear and continue behind the earlobe into the hair of the scalp. Face Lift is usually combined with a Neck Lift, in which case a small incision may be placed under the chin. The skin is separated from the underlying structures. Any excess fat may be suctioned or trimmed around the neck and chin, the underlying muscle is tightened and the excess skin is removed. The skin is then redraped and sutured back into place. A small drain tube is usually placed on each side.
What can I expect after the operation?
As already mentioned the procedure takes 2-3 hours and the length of stay in center is usually 1-2 days. A bandage dressing will be gently applied around your face in order to apply light pressure over the wound area. Following surgery you will experience some swelling and bruising which usually take 2 weeks to subside. The dressing will be changed the day after surgery, and the drains are usually removed in 24 hours. After the first couple of days you can gently start washing your face and hair, and you can start wearing make-up. If you have to go outside, the use of a good sun block (50+) is strongly advised. Sutures are usually removed in a week’s time.
When can I resume my normal activities?
You should be up and about in a day or two, and you will be able to resume light duties 2-3 days after surgery. More strenuous activities should be avoided for the first 2 weeks.
How long will the result last?
The duration of the result depends on many factors, including the quality and type of your skin, your lifestyle etc. In general, the results last between 10-12 years.