Facelift, also called as meloplasty, is a surgical procedure performed to tighten the facial muscles for improving its tone. The procedure removes and tightens the sagging face and neck skin, which may also involve removing or repositioning the excess facial fat. The facelifts performed by our surgeons utilise the latest techniques and address the loosening of the underlying facial ligaments and muscles (the SMAS). This produces a long lasting, natural result which aims to refresh and rejuvenate rather than over tighten. The age range for facelifting usually falls between 50 -65 but can be considered earlier or later depending on the individual’s ageing process.
Prior to surgery, a full medical evaluation is performed. It is absolutely necessary to stop smoking and avoid taking medications that cause bleeding.
The facelift procedure includes the following steps:
- Anaesthesia: The procedure is performed under intravenous sedation or general anaesthesia.
- A number of different procedures are considered with choosing the best option for your facelift.
Traditional incision facelift: This incision starts in the temporal hair and continues in front of and behind the ear ending in the scalp hairline. It is chosen for patients with excessive loos skin requiring removal.
Short scar facelift: This involves a scar in front of and/or behind the ear. This scar is easier to hide if you wear your hair up.
Direct excision neck lift: This involves a visible scar in front of the neck and is more suited to men as the scar is covered by hair.
Neck lift: (see below) – an additional incision under the chin is used to tighten the neck muscles (platysma).
Facelift surgery can make you look younger, fresher and rejuvenated. Scars are permanent, but fade with time and are well hidden. You should talk to your surgeon about considering which type of facelift incision is best for you, its benefits and risks, before undergoing the surgery.
No. Some facelifts can be covered by private health insurance if they are used to address facial paralysis.
What are the indications for facelift surgery?
Facelifts may be indicated for the following reasons:
- Mid-face sagging
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids
- Deep creases along the nose that extends the mouth corners
- Fallen or displaced facial fat
- Jowls due to muscle tone loss
- Excessive fat and loose skin under the chin and jaw
Are there any specific instructions you need to follow after facelift surgery?
Follow the post-operative instructions properly to aid healing and reduce the chances of infection. Your face will be covered with a bandage to minimize swelling and bruising for 24 hours. Following this, a compression mask is worn for 1 week for 24 hours and 2 weeks after that at night. Avoid bending, straining and lifting for 3 weeks. You should report any bleeding, pain or unusual symptoms to your surgeon.
What are the risks and complications of facelift surgery?
- Hair loss around the scars
- Bruising and swelling
- Earlobe deformity
- Facial nerve damage
- Formation of blood clot (hematoma)
- Keloids and hypertrophic scars
- Wound edge separations