Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery at our Clinic in Brisbane
The stigma that was once associated with having a facelift is non-existent these days. More and more people recognise that a facelift can restore your self-esteem and provide you with a rejuvenated outlook on life. The mental health aspects of having a facelift often outweigh the physical aspects.
If your career is suffering because of your outward appearance, a facelift can make you seem younger and more relevant to your colleagues and clients. This has a positive impact on your outlook.
Unfortunately, aging is still seen as a negative in today’s society. A person who appears older than their years can suffer socially simply because of their appearance. This social alienation can affect their mental health and lead to depression.
What is face lift?
Have you ever looked at your face while laying down on the bed? Did you feel that you look much younger and wished if it was possible to look like that while standing up and fighting against gravity? Or have you ever pulled your face in front of mirror and wished there was a way to keep it like that? That is face lift or rhytidectomy, as we get older, our facial skin starts getting lose and we notice sagging and of course gravity pulls the saggy skin down specially in jaw lines known as “jowls”. Face lift is a surgical procedure which is being performed for decades, the procedure and technique has significantly evolved over the past few years. It can vary from a very minimal removal of excess skin under local anaesthesia to very deep procedure under general anaesthesia. If done properly it can improve hanging skin around the jowls. It can also improve deep creases around the mouth and nose and to much lesser extend reduce excess hanging skin and fat underneath the chin and neck.
The procedure sometimes can be done in combination of upper eyelid surgery, brow lift or upper lip lift.
Who is candidate for this operation?
Face lift is usually recommended for people in their forties or older age group who have tried non-surgical methods to address sagginess mostly in lower third of their face (jowls, chin, and even neck) and sometimes cheeks and lines around the mouth and nose.
Please note that face lift is not suitable for everyone and also can not fix the problems of the superficial lines or sun damage and other treatments might be necessary for those problems.
How face lift is done?
We usually perform face lift surgery as an outpatient procedure which involves a local anaesthetics and sedatives.
The procedure can take from 4 to 6 hours, and the person can normally go home on the same day after surgery.
After providing sedation and local anaesthetic, surgeon makes an incision in front of the ear, extending up into the hair or hairline as well as behind the ear into the hair-bearing scalp.
The surgeon lifts the skin off the deeper facial muscles and fat, gently pulls the skin in an upward and posterior direction, and removes the excess skin.
The incisions are then closed with sutures and possibly staples, no drain is put at the incision site. Then patient needs to wear a garment for seven days.
Most patients experience some discomfort, but medication can relieve tenderness.
Bruising and swelling will be at their worst after 2 days, and they can persist for a few days.
Recovery normally takes around 2 weeks, and vigorous activity can resume after 4 weeks.
Sutures are removed about 5 to 10 days after surgery.
Incisions and bandages must be kept dry, and the patient should follow the specific instructions about bathing and washing.
It is important to follow the doctor's instructions, as this will speed the healing process and allow for the best possible result.
Numbness and muscle stiffness are normal for some time. Scars can take nearly a year to fade and tone down.
It is worth remembering that while genetics play a role, a healthy lifestyle with a balanced diet and sufficient exercise can also help to maintain the appearance of the skin.
Avoiding smoking and limiting alcohol intake, stress, sun exposure, and contact with pollutants can all help extend the youthful appearance of skin.
Deciding That a Face Lift is Right for You
Having a facelift performed is not an easy decision to make. But if you have developed a negative sense of self-consciousness and it’s affecting your work and your relationships, it might be the right decision for you.
Being constantly depressed and lacking in self-confidence does affect your overall self-image and how people around you treat you as a whole. Having a facelift can do wonders for your interactions with others and provide you with a healthier outlook on the years ahead.
Taking the Next Step toward a Facelift
If you’ve decided that a face lift is what you need to restore your self-confidence, the first thing you’ll need to find is the right doctor in Brisbane to perform the surgery. Do your homework online and ask for referrals.
Once you’ve identified a number of the best surgeons who are board certified in Brisbane and experienced in performing the procedure you’re seeking make an appointment to have a consultation with them.
They should be able to answer any and all questions you have about the procedure and the cost. They should offer to show you before and after photos of their former patients as well. The doctor should also provide you with options, such as a mini-face lift or a face and neck lift instead of the standard face lift. Be sure to weigh all the options carefully.
Be Prepared for the Recovery Period
Know what to expect as far as the healing and recovery period is concerned and any complications that can occur. Know when to expect the swelling to go down and when to expect you’ll be able return to your normal routine.
Some people can get too anxious for results and may fall into a depression soon after the surgery is completed when they don’t see the results they want. Your doctor should prepare you mentally for the recovery period.
If everything goes as it should, you should be able embark on your new life after about 10-14 days with a fresh and upbeat outlook. For more information or to book a consultation at Elinay Cosmetic, contact our clinic today.