FACE LIFT & NECK LIFT
…. turn back time with a fresher and younger appearance!
Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered why you don’t look the way you feel, or that the face staring back at you is not what you remember? If you’ve tried various non-surgical treatments but still haven’t seen the improvement you would like, it’s time to consider the only truly effective option left – and that is, a surgical Face Lift.
A well-performed Face Lift will target the many signs of ageing in one step and restore your youthful appearance. It will tighten loose, saggy skin on the face and neck, get rid of jowls, improve the appearance of deep wrinkles and make you look amazingly fresher and more youthful without looking like you’ve been operated on.
And Face Lifts are not just for women! Men, too, struggle with the signs of ageing and data from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that Face Lifts were among the top ten procedures for men in 2019.
What are the common signs of ageing that indicate it’s time for a Face Lift?
As we age our skin progressively loses its elasticity and starts to sag causing laxity, folds and wrinkles. The deeper tissues of the face, namely the fat and muscle layers, also develop laxity and contribute to this downward migration of tissues.
This sagging of the skin and deeper tissues produces the following common signs of facial ageing:
- Brows descend and contribute to a ‘heavy’ or ‘hooded’ appearance of the upper eyelids.
- Cheek fat pads descend leaving ‘hollows’ across the mid-face that create a ‘drawn’ and ‘tired’ look.
- Lower face skin laxity creates looseness around the jawline, jowls, deep lines and folds.
- Neck skin also becomes progressively looser and ultimately develops vertical folds.
The net result of all this is an older, drawn and ‘tired look’ with loss of its former youthfulness.
The GOOD NEWS, however, is that a Face Lift and Neck Lift can reverse all the above changes and deliver a fresher, more youthful appearance.
The Various Types of Face Lifts
1. Full Face & Neck Lift
A Full Face & Neck Lift is by far the most rejuvenating option when there is significant skin laxity on the face AND neck because it will address all the signs of ageing in one step and leave you looking amazingly fresher and more youthful in both areas.
Watch Our ‘Full Facelift’ Animation Video
A Mini-Facelift is all that is required if your facial ageing is not advanced and your neck skin laxity does not extend below the level of your thyroid cartilage (the ‘Voice-Box’). It is a less invasive but equally rejuvenating procedure that will leave you looking incredibly fresher and younger.
Watch Our ‘Mini-Facelift’ Animation Video
3. Neck Lift
Although most Neck Lifts form part of a Full Facelift, a stand-alone Neck Lift can be performed if only your neck skin needs to be corrected. A Neck Lift will tighten loose neck skin, smoothe out crepey skin, reduce any excess fat under the chin, and improve neck and jawline definition.
If the Platysma muscle under the neck skin is also lax and contributing to the neck’s appearance, it too will need to be tightened with sutures in order to deliver an even better final result. This is done through a short, inconspicuous incision under the point of the chin.
4. ‘Deep Plane’ Face Lift
This is a more involved Face Lift technique in which the deeper facial tissues under the SMAS layer are also lifted. However, because so many important nerves and major blood vessels are located under the SMAS layer, they would be more exposed to inadvertent injury during a ‘Deep Plane’ Face Lift. Although the duration and degree of correction are claimed to be greater with this deeper technique, many facelift surgeons believe that the increased risks of nerve and vessel injury outweigh its potential benefits.
How are Face Lifts done?
In a Full Face & Neck Lift, the incision runs down from the hair, in front of the ear, curves around the ear lobe, then runs up behind the ear and finally crosses back into the hair at the back of the head.
The fibro-muscular layer under the skin known as the SMAS is then exposed, tightened and lifted. This tightening and lifting of the SMAS is what also lifts the sagging skin and facial tissues to deliver a dramatically rejuvenated appearance. The excess skin produced by the lifting of the SMAS is then trimmed off. Finally, the incisions are closed and a pressure dressing is applied. Sutures in the skin and staples in the hair areas are removed around 7 days later.
In years gone by, only the skin was pulled back and the SMAS was ignored. This not only produced short-lived corrections, it also put excessive tension on the skin which delivered an over-stretched or ‘wind-tunnel’ appearance. Nowadays, most facelift surgeons agree that in order to avoid the tell-tale over-stretched ‘surgical’ or ‘wind tunnel’ look, the underlying SMAS needs to be tightened without any tension on the skin. This combination of tightening the SMAS but not the overlying skin is the secret to producing a very natural rejuvenation.
In a Mini-Facelift, the incision is much shorter, inconspicuous and finishes under the ear lobe. The remainder of the procedure with tightening of the SMAS is similar to that described for a Full Face
With Neck Lift only, the incision starts at the ear lobe and runs upwards on the back of the ear and then crosses over into the hair behind the ear. It is the same as the ‘back half’ of a Full Face & Neck Lift incision.
For your comfort and safety, we perform all Face & Neck Lifts in Licensed Hospitals under General Anaesthesia, and you will probably need to stay in hospital overnight after your surgery.
Your Surgeon will review you the next day and if you have had no bleeding or other problems, your dressings and bandages will be replaced with lighter ones and you can then return home provided your home is conducive to rest and recuperation.
How will I look and feel after my surgery?
Post-operative pain for most patients is surprisingly less than they expected and is easily relieved with analgesics. Naturally, there will be some bruising and swelling of the face but this will largely settle within 3 weeks. In addition, the facial skin can feel a little tight or numb in places but these too settle over time.
Patients should allow around 3-4 weeks before resuming work and social activities.
Scars are initially pink and, unless you have brown skin, they should fade to a very inconspicuous white by about 12-18 months. In the meantime, they can be easily camouflaged with makeup.
Not uncommonly, additional procedures may be recommended with any of the foregoing varieties of Face Lift to deliver a more pleasing aesthetic result. These include:
Upper and/or Lower Eyelid Surgery are common additions to a Face Lift Procedure.
A Brow Lift may be recommended if the brow has significantly descended and is contributing to the ‘heaviness’ of the upper eyelids.
Irrespective of the type of Facelift planned, if you also have excess fat deposits in the jowl areas or under the chin, you will also need liposuction to those areas at the same time.
Platysma Muscle Tightening
In patients with a loose Platysma Muscle on the front of the neck, the Platysma also needs to be tightened. This is done through a short, inconspicuous incision under the point of the chin.
What improvements should you realistically expect?
Not infrequently, patients requesting Face Lift Surgery often have pre-conceived misconceptions as to how they will look after the surgery. Accordingly, it is important that you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can, and cannot, achieve.
Realistically, the positive changes you can expect are:
- ‘Lift Surgery’, as the name applies, WILL very effectively lift and tighten loose, saggy skin.
- Face Lift Surgery will not remove wrinkles or deep facial lines. If you wish to correct specific wrinkles, you will need to consider non-surgical treatments such as Dermal Fillers, Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Laser Skin Resurfacing after your Face Lift.
- Face Lift surgery may improve, but is unlikely to totally remove, the ‘Smile Lines’ that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
- Face Lift & Neck Lift Surgery cannot make you look 20 years younger but you will look incredibly fresher and more youthful.
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All Face Lift Surgery is performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia.
Yes, probably, but usually overnight only. After your Surgeon checks you the next day, you can return home and recuperate there.
This will depend on the extent of your surgery as well as the type of work you do. On average, most patients need 2-3 weeks off work but you can certainly work from home after a few days if that is an option for you.
Our Surgeon will give you specific written instructions on what you must and must not do after your surgery. Most patients can return to work or go out socially 3 weeks after surgery when the swelling and discolouration have largely disappeared. You will have to simply play this by ear.
Exercise should be avoided for 6-8 weeks.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.