Also known as Meloplasty or Rhytidectomy, facelift surgery is designed to create a smoother, healthier and more youthful appearance by tightening the underlying facial tissue and repositioning the skin. While your face will continue to age over time, the results of facelift surgery can decrease age-related anxiety and boost your self-confidence.
Facelift Surgery – Are You Eligible?
Men and women who want to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, define their facial features and are concerned about sagging skin and jowls are ideal candidates for facelift surgery. The average facelift patient is between the age of 45 and 60 and is in good physical and mental health.
Your eligibility for facelift surgery will be determined during your consultation with Dr Michael Zacharia, after which he will explain what can be achieved based on your desired outcome and your physical characteristics.
Your Facelift Surgery Options
There are three different types of facelift techniques that can be used to achieve your desired outcome.
SMAS Facelift. This is the most common facelift technique and is designed to work on the deep structures of the face in order to lift sagging skin. During a SMAS lift, the SMAS layer will be tightened and the outer layers of the skin will be repositioned.
Deep-Plan Facelift. This advanced facelift technique is ideal for addressing signs of ageing caused by changes in the mid-structures of the face. The deep-plane facelift is known to provide longer-lasting results.
Thread Lift. This is a non-surgical option that uses fine surgical sutures to lift and support sagging skin. Thread lifts provide results that are more subtle than surgical facelifts.
Preparing for Your Facelift Surgery
After your consultation with Dr Zacharia, the entire facelift procedure will be explained to you, including the risks and what you can expect during your recovery. He will also provide you with a checklist that will help you physically and mentally prepare for your surgery.
Finally, Dr Zacharia will discuss the cost of your facelift surgery with you, which will include anaesthetic and hospital fees. The cost of your surgery will depend on the technique that will be used and how complex the procedure will be.
Understanding Facelift Surgery
A facelift can last anywhere from two to four hours and it will require an overnight stay. The tissue layers that are worked on and the type of incision that is used will depend on whether you’re having a deep-plane or SMAS facelift.
If a patient opts for a traditional facelift, an incision will be made at the temple and follow the hairline around the ear. From there, Dr Zacharia will be able to tighten the underlying tissue and muscle, removing excess fat and skin if necessary. To complete the procedure, the skin is re-draped over the face and the incisions are closed using sutures. Dr Zacharia’s in-depth knowledge and experience ensure that incision lines are tastefully hidden.
What to Expect after Your Facelift Surgery
Patients will be uncomfortable for the first few days after their facelift, which each day becoming a little easier. Most patients can go back to work two weeks after their surgery, while others require an additional week.
Your face will be bandaged after your facelift but Dr Zacharia will remove dressings and any drainage tubes 24 to 48 hours later, and stitches five to ten days later.
Patients can expect swelling, bruising and general discomfort following their surgery, which can be managed with pain medication and a cold compress. While bruising and swelling should only last a few weeks, general inflammation can take up to a year to subside. There will also be some redness and numbness along the incision lines for several months after your facelift.
Patients can expect to see the final results of their facelift six to twelve months after their surgery.