A facelift is a procedure designed to reverse the signs of aging by targeting areas of the face where saggy skin, loss of volume, pronounced jowls, and frowning mouth lines can cause individuals to look older in appearance. The procedure is aimed at enhancing a patient’s natural facial structure and contours, and will not drastically reconstruct facial features, but bring back the brighter, youthful version of an individual. If volume loss around the face has occurred, fat grafting techniques may be utilised to remove unwanted fat deposits from other areas on the body to restore volume, bringing back the plumpness and glow of youth. Individuals should be aware that a facelift cannot completely stop the natural aging process from occurring, and in five to ten years, patients may notice that the results have faded. Facelift surgeries are often combined with eyelid reductions, brow lifts, and neck lifts to enhance the entire face and neck, as a facelift focuses on enriching the middle to lower facial area.
What can be achieved with a facelift?
While a facelift cannot stop the aging process entirely, it can provide a rejuvenated appearance with a multitude of benefits that can be achieved, including:
- Reduction of fine lines caused by aging
- Improved facial contour, creating a slimmer appearance
- Removal of excess skin caused by jowls, creating a sharper jawline
- Restoration of volume in lips, cheeks, and brows, creating a plump and youthful appearance
- Improvement to self-esteem and confidence
- Long lasting results up to ten years
How is a facelift performed?
The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic. Incisions are made in areas marked out by plastic surgeon Dr Fraser-Kirk where excess skin is removed, along with excess fat around the lower face and neck, to reposition facial tissue and skin. Once in place, sutures are used to secure the positioning of the skin. If fat grafting is being utilised, this will involve removing fat from the donor site – the chosen area on a patient’s body where excess fat is present – and injecting the purified fat into areas of the face where volume loss has occurred. Once the procedure is complete, the incisions are closed with sutures.
There are several techniques that can be utilised when performing a facelift, and this will depend upon what areas a patient wishes to enhance. These techniques include:
- Mini Facelift
Smaller incisions are created where sagging skin and wrinkles are prominent around the upper neck area. Some individuals may not require or want a full facelift, and therefore, a mini facelift might be the best option in achieving a patient’s goals.
This is a technique created for the mid-facial area around the cheeks to target fat pockets that may be present inside a patient’s cheeks, which can contribute to a sagging appearance.
Designed for patients with sagging skin in the lower areas of their face, an s-shaped incision is made, instead of a regular incision, to tighten facial muscles and tissue.
- Cutaneous Lift
This lift involves trimming excess fat deposits and sagging skin from the lower facial and neck area.
- Traditional Facelift
The most typical form of facelift surgery, this requires incisions made around the hairline and in front of the ears to tighten facial tissue and muscles.
What can I expect during recovery?
Immediately following surgery, patients may experience bruising, swelling, and some pain which is normal. Mild bleeding, skin discolouration, and numbness to the surgical sites can also be a common post-surgical experience. These symptoms are at their worst during the first 24 to 48 hours, but dressings placed on the surgical sites and prescribed pain medication can help to lessen the symptoms. Results can last between five to ten years, depending upon an individual’s health and wellbeing during that time.
General recovery instructions:
- Take sufficient time off work – around two to three weeks for most patients.
- Keep head elevated for one week.
- Use cold compresses to reduce discomfort.
- Take prescribed medications and creams.
- Avoid strenuous activity for roughly two weeks.
- Keep bandages and surgical sites dry – patients are shown how to do this.
- Avoid clothing that is pulled over the head.
- Attend all post-operative appointments.
It is extremely important that patients follow their personalised recovery plan, as advised by Dr Fraser-Kirk, to ensure an optimal outcome with minimised scarring where possible. As we believe in unprecedented access to a patient’s surgeon at our clinic, Dr Fraser-Kirk will endeavour to be available for any questions or concerns that may arise post-surgery.
How much will a facelift cost in Sunshine coast?
A facelift is a highly personal procedure, and because of this, it is hard to estimate the costs. Therefore, an in-depth consultation with Dr Fraser-Kirk is essential to evaluating a patient’s suitability for the procedure, their health and wellbeing, and anticipated outcomes. This will provide enough information for a tailored surgical plan to be created, personalised to a patient’s individual needs. Once this has been outlined, an estimation of costs is provided that considers the length and complexity of the procedure, surgeon costs, hospital fees, anaesthetist fees, and post-operative care costs.
If you have any questions regarding procedure costs, please contact us.
What are the associated risks and complications?
With any procedure, either medical or cosmetic, a degree of risk or complication will always be present. The following risks and complications are associated with a facelift:
- Anaesthesia complications
- Allergic reactions to dressings, sutures, or antibiotics
- Blood clots surrounding the surgical sites
- Poor scarring
- Facial nerve damage
- Temporary numbness of the surgical sites
- Hair loss around the scars
- Excessive bleeding
- Facial asymmetry
- Skin loss
Following the recovery plans laid out by Dr Fraser-Kirk provides patients with the best possible chance of reducing potential risks or complications occurring, including diminishing the scarring where possible.
Book your consultation with Dr Grant Fraser-Kirk today
An in-depth consultation is essential in helping Dr Fraser-Kirk to create a tailored surgical solution that will not only give patients their desired outcomes, but also prioritise their health and wellbeing. This is because we are a patient-focused clinic, dedicated to empowering our patients to achieve and enhance the best parts of themselves.