The sun should be avoided for several reasons. First of all, excessive sunlight on fresh, healing scars may cause hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the healing areas. Secondly, excessive sunlight may create increased swelling. Finally, the sun will damage the skin on a long term basis, creating deeper lines and a more leathery appearance to the skin.
The youngest age that I perform a facelift is 40’s, however it is best to wait until your 50’s to get the best longevity from your procedure. For many younger patients that request facelift surgery a combination of non-surgical treatments and minor surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty can give amazing results with minimal downtime.
Some patients with excellent skin tone and texture may benefit from liposuction alone, the majority benefit from a formal neck lift to gain an ideal contour – as this allows us to address the deeper fat below the platysma muscle which is not addressed by liposuction alone.
It depends on the surgeon and the technique. As part of the consultation with Dr Turner we evaluate which incision placement is best suited for you. If you require a large amount of skin removal than an incision placed along the hair line will minimize any hairline shifts.
Drains are placed to remove excessive fluid after a neck lift. If a short scar only facelift is performed than drains are not requires. All drains are removed the next morning before you go home. A compressive dressing is also added to help prevent fluid from accumulating.
A common misconception is that a little lift is safer and less invasive than a larger lift. Some of the mini-lifts offered rely solely on excision of skin without actually lifting the deeper tissue and are not able to adequately address the neck. This can leave large amounts of tension on the skin, ineffective lifting, and surprisingly an unnatural appearance.
Most patients can resume gentle exercise 2 weeks after face lift.
Scars go through different phases of healing. Scars take two years to fully mature, but by around 6 months should be well concealed.
The process of a facial aging and the effects of gravity will continue after the operation. There may come a time later in life where another facelift is indicated. The longevity of results varies from person to person and also depends on the age of the patient but you should retain a 10- to 15-year advantage over your peers of the same age.
A hematoma is a large collection of blood which can accumulate after a facelift. This mostly occur in patients taking blood thinners or who suffer with high blood pressure. We monitor patients’ blood pressure closely throughout the procedure and recovery phase to minimise this occurring.
Fat transfer works well in conjunction with surgical facelift to help rejuvenate a face in most patients rather than replacing the need for a facelift.
It is possible to achieve satisfying temporary rejuvenation and improve facial ageing from non-surgical facial procedures, which are also available. However, only a facelift can permanently treat the skin and muscle sagging caused by the normal ageing process, with results lasting up to 10 years, with natural results.
A facelift is designed to tighten loose skin of the face and neck. It can and should result in a fresher and more youthful facial contour. It does not address lines of the forehead, crow’s feet, and lines around the mouth.