What is a Facelift?
A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed to make facial skin tighter, with the aim to give your face a more taut and youthful appearance. The procedure is achieved by lifting and pulling back sagging skin that usually appears around the lower half of the face and neck.
Over time our skin begins to age and the earliest signs of this usually appear on the face and neck area, where the skin is typically most delicate. Fine lines and excess skin will commonly start to develop in our forties and begin to transform into deeper wrinkles and volume loss in our fifties. This process can be further escalated dependent on your lifestyle, for example, factors such as stress, smoking, poor nutrition, lack of sleep and excessive sun exposure can all have a negative and physical impact on our skin.
When patients are considering a facelift procedure, their most common concerns include drooping eyebrows, bags around the upper and lower eyelids, drooping or sagging skin around the face and neck, a loss of plumpness around the cheeks and deep wrinkles. A facelift can help to address the following concerns:
- Jowls or excess skin around your lower jawline
- Sagging or flabby skin
- Signs of ageing such as wrinkles
- Drooping skin at the corners of the mouth
- Deep creases between the cheeks and the lips
All treatments are tailored to the individual and personal experiences and results may vary. We recommend a one to one consultation with our Treatment Coordinators to discuss your treatment options.
What happens during the procedure?
A facelift procedure involves lifting and re-positioning the skin and soft tissue of the face. During a facelift procedure, the surgeon will make incisions around the hairline, above the temples and then down in front of the ear, ending behind the earlobes.
The facial skin is then carefully lifted, excess skin is removed, and the underlying tissue may be sculpted, before the skin is re-positioned and stitched. If the client would like their jawline lifted, incision points will also be made under the chin, before the surplus skin is removed.
Once this has been achieved, the face is bandaged to minimize bruising and swelling. The operation is carried out under a general anaesthetic, which means patients are asleep throughout the procedure and unable to feel any pain.
The time the procedure takes is typically two to five hours and usually requires the patient to stay overnight in our partner private hospital. Should the patient experience any discomfort following the procedure, pain relief is provided.
How long is the recovery time? Is there any downtime?
Recovery time after a facelift is usually around six to eight weeks, with patients advised not to return to work during this time. Bruising and swelling will be visible for at least two weeks following the procedure and it’s recommended that dressings should stay on for a couple of days after surgery. Patients should also avoid showering or getting the dressing wet during this period, with stitches usually removed around one week after treatment. We also advise that patients do not drive for several days following this surgery.
When will the results be visible?
A week after treatment, patients usually return to the clinic to have their stitches removed. The face and neck may feel tight or swollen, but this will settle down and the bruising, scarring and redness will also begin to fade several weeks after the operation. It can take six to nine months completely to see the full effects of the facelift.
Summary of Facelift Procedure
- Procedure Time 2-5 Hours
- Back To Work 6-8 weeks
- Anaesthetic Conscious sedation or general anaesthesia
- Downtime 6-8 weeks
- Duration Of Results Depending on the patient
- Results 6-9 months*
*Individual results may vary.
Step by Step
1 No Obligation Consultation
We offer a no obligation consultation with one of our expert Treatment Coordinators, to talk about your concerns and goals and discuss your treatment options. This gives you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about our facelift procedure.
2 Meet with our practitioners
We will always arrange for you to meet with your Surgeon before any treatment begins. This will allow you to discuss the facelift procedure in more detail and express any concerns that you may have. Your Treatment Coordinator will then put your procedure schedule in place, booking in any necessary tests, as well as arranging your aftercare plan for optimal results. We also offer a 14 day cooling off period, should you change your mind about the facelift surgery.
3 Before the Procedure
On the day of your facelift procedure you will meet with your surgeon again to discuss your surgical plan. The surgeon will mark up the area to be treated and go through the surgical consent with you. You will have the opportunity to discuss with your surgeon any questions or concerns.
Once you have been escorted to the operation theatre, your Anaesthetist will administer the anaesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable and the procedure is pain free.
4 During the Procedure
During a facelift procedure the facial skin is carefully lifted, excess skin is removed, and the underlying tissue may be sculpted, before the skin is repositioned and stitched into place.
5 After the Procedure
Once the procedure has finished, bandaging will be applied to the face to prevent swelling and bruising. You will then be able to relax in your own private recovery suite, until you are ready to be discharged. You may be required to stay overnight.
How long will the results last for?
Facelift results are long lasting, however they are not permanent. With age, the facial skin may loose its taut appearance and begin to droop again. In general, a facelift can be expected to last around ten years.
How long will the procedure take?
The procedure time is typically two to five hours and usually requires the patient to stay overnight in our partner private hospital.
Will there be scarring or puffiness?
The face and neck may feel tight, numb or puffy, but this will settle down and the bruising, scarring and redness will also begin to fade several weeks after the operation.
Is the procedure safe?
As with any surgery, there are risks involved in having a facelift procedure. Our experienced medical team will advise you of the potential complications and risks associated with this operation.
How soon after the procedure will I notice a difference?
You should be able to notice a difference a few weeks after treatment, when the swelling and bruising has reduced. However, it can take six to nine months to see the full effects of a facelift.
Is there anything I need to do beforehand?
It is important that you are in good health before this procedure. Try to monitor your weight and keep to a healthy lifestyle, if you are a smoker we also recommend that you stop smoking prior to the procedure. It is vital that you talk to your doctor about what medications are safe to take during this treatment, or whether the dosage needs to be adjusted or stopped.