A face lift can provide you with the youthful appearance you have been looking for! Here at “MY” our team are interested in you and your individual needs! If you require to improve sagging skin on the face and/or neck, reduce deep creases in the cheeks, jowls, wrinkles and bands in the neck that occur due to ageing, we can help!
Q. Are there any reasons for a patient to not have a facelift?
A. Patients who are actively smoking or on blood thinning medication such as aspirin and warfarin are at a high risk of complications such as bleeding or wound infections and delayed wound healing. It is advisable to not consume nicotine in any form for six weeks before a facelift and to stop medication is such as aspirin or warfarin (if this is not for an essential or life-threatening condition) for the appropriate time before surgery.
Q. What does a facelift involve?
A. A facelift or neck lift is carried out under general anaesthesia and involves one or two nights in hospital. Following the operation, there is a large padded bandage around the neck and face along with a tube drain underneath the skin. The drain is normally removed the day after surgery as well as the dressing around the face and neck. Patients are usually able to shower before being discharged from hospital with fresh dressings and an elasticated support for the neck and cheeks. An outpatient appointment is arranged for a few days after surgery, for removal of sutures. Bruising and swelling following surgery normally resolves within ten to fourteen days after the operation.
Q. How much time do I need off work?
A. Most patients are able to return to work and to social activities within two to three weeks of their operation.
Q. How long does the effect of a facelift last?
A. The effects of a facelift can last up to five to ten years following surgery. A facelift does not stop the process of ageing but can make the effect of the ageing process less obvious.
Q. What are the possible complications of this procedure?
A. A small percentage of patients undergoing a facelift can have complications just like any other surgical procedure which include bleeding, haematoma (blood clot under the skin), infection, delayed healing of the wound, asymmetry and scars which are visible in the early post-operative stage, but which normally fade over a period of months. There can also be a loss of function or injury to the branches of the facial nerve which is responsible for movements of the muscles of expression in the face. Very occasionally patients may need a small revision procedure. Depending upon the nature and extent of the procedure that you need, your surgeon would discuss the potential complications with you in detail during your consultation.