Face Lift, Rhytidectomy
What Is A Face Lift?
As part of the ageing process the skin of the face and neck progressively loses it’s elasticity and there is loss of volume in the midface. The effect of this aging process causes our cheeks to become less prominent, the nose to mouth lines to deepen, the jawline to sag and the skin of the neck to fall into loose folds. Face lifts continue to be a common procedure, by both men and women alike to tackle these inevitable signs of aging.
There are several types of face lift. Generally the surgeon will work in three sections:
- Upper and lower eye area
- Lower jaw and neck line
A face lift is often undertaken in conjunction with eye surgery and/or a brow lift. Creating a more enhanced result if the skin is treated pre-and-postoperatively with skin rejuvenation peels.*
An increasing number of men and women are requesting this type of surgery at a younger age, keen to achieve a natural, enhanced look rather than waiting until they are in their sixties when the results can be a little too dramatic.
To achieve the best results, it’s often advisable to take action before the skin has lost too much elasticity.
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What Can I Expect?
Face lifts are normally undertaken under a general anaesthetic with an overnight stay in hospital. However in some cases, patients can be in-and-out in one day, depending on how involved the procedure is and whether it’s a ‘mini’ or a full face lift.
Excluding brow or eye surgery, it takes about three hours to lift and re-drape the lower jaw area to achieve a significantly improved neck and jaw line.* The procedure can also involve skin and muscle-tightening and the removal of excess skin.
For full face lifts you may be required to stay in the hospital overnight. A light bandage will be applied to your head. The following day, you will have your hair washed and the bandage will be removed before you leave the hospital.
Depending on the type of face lift, expected recovery is usually within two to four weeks.*