Facelift

The main reason for undertaking a face lift is to combat the
effects of aging. Sagging facial skin and jowls and loose neck skin are the
main complaints that can be corrected with a facelift. The usual candidates are
men and women over the age of 40 years.

Surgical Procedure

During a facelift, the tissues under the skin are tightened and fat pads that give its shape are relocated to a higher position. This helps create a firmer, more youthful appearance. Incisions are usually made above and across the hairline in order to diminish scaring. The incision then follows the crease in front of the ear, behind the ear and along the lower scalp to make scars invisible with fine sutures. The surgeon separates the skin from the fate and tightens the muscles and cuts excess skin. Excess muscle may be trimmed and excess fat may be suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve contour.

Hospital admission

One to three nights depending on area to be treated. Duration of operation Two to ten hours Performed under General anaesthesia

Pre operative care

Inform your surgeon of any allergies, all medical conditions and medication that you are taking. Avoid aspirin containing medication for two weeks prior to surgery to eliminate the chance of post operative bleeding. You should stop smoking 2 weeks prior to surgery as this can prolong healing process. Patients who suffer from hypertension must inform the surgeon prior to surgery.

Post operative care

Following surgery if the surgeon feels necessary you may have a small tube temporarily inserted under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood or excess fluid. This is usually removed a day after surgery. You may also wake with your head in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling. Loose bandages will be removed within a couple of days, but a compression garment may have to be worn for a few weeks. It is important not to perform any strenuous activities after surgery to avoid tension on the wound, which could stretch your incisions and cause scarring. Dental work is also not advised.

Whats the recovery like?

The recovery takes one to two weeks, although you may have some bruising or swelling most people are happy with the result and may return to work after 2 weeks

Results

Facial profile looks more youthful and fine lines are less transparent.

Risks and complications

Complications can occur after surgery includes haematoma (blood clotting) this is rare and uncommon, yet possible. The nerves near the ears can be traumatised and you may feel numbness for some time, but this is usually temporary until the nerves mend and you will gradually obtain normal sensation, this may take up to 12 months. Other risk factors are infection and reactions to anaesthesia. Your surgeon will give you antibiotics prior to surgery to eliminate infection. If you have any problems with anesthetic you must inform the anesthetist prior to surgery. Smokers may experience a delay in healing process but ultimately still obtain the same result.

Whats the process?

Photos are required for initial assessment you also will need to complete a short confidential questionnaire this will be forwarded to you once ready to proceed. This way our surgeons can assess your details prior to travelling to make sure you are a suitable candidate for this surgery and also provide you accurate costs and how long you will need to stay after procedure. After you have returned all relevant information and photos our surgeons will review and provide you recommendations, accurate price and how long your are required to stay after procedure

Required lengthof stay?

Length of stay varies depending on procedure/s this will be provided in your surgical review, usually it would be from 10-14 days

What doI do if I want to book?

After receiving your review and your ready to lock in a date drop us a line with a date that suits and we will make sure your surgeon is available we will then make necessary bookings and arrangements for your surgery booking

How do I pay for my surgery?

Payments for surgery are made directly to your hospital after you have your face to face consultation with surgeon and your comfortable to undertake procedure, should you change your mind after your consultation you will only then be charged the surgeons consult fees.

Do you offer payment plans?

If you are located in Australia we can provide you with affordable finance through our partners the friendly team will be able to provide you a plan to suit your budget.

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