It is June and winter is here. Continuing on my campaign discussing procedures better suited to recovery in the cold we look in depth at Facelift surgery.
In my practice I will always look to offer you alternatives as options to surgery but in the case of Facelift Surgery, nothing much can match the results.
What I often try is to simulate the result using non-permanent options including Botox and Dermal Fillers. Sometimes my patients are happy with these non-invasive results but today Facelift surgery is predictable and offers beautiful results.
“Facelift surgery is far more predictable today”
I hope you enjoy my notes to help you understand this surgery better.
Dr Charles Serrurier
What exactly is Facelift surgery?
Technically known as a rhytidectomy, a facelift restores the mid- to lower face and neck’s youthfulness. This procedure can be combined with others, such as forehead lift, eyelid surgery or rhinoplasty or even Botox and Dermal Fillers for optimal results.
During a facelift, the drooping tissues are “tightened” and the excess skin is removed. Tightening the muscles eliminates the turkey neck you worry about and restores symmetry to the face resulting in a younger and refreshed appearance.
The main objective of a facelift is to “lift” and eradicate sagging skin. In doing so, some wrinkles are eliminated while replacing fat pads to their initial youthful position in the cheeks. Some of the deepest wrinkles may not totally disappear during a facelift but they will be considerably improved.
How long will the results last for?
When it comes to the longevity of the facelift, many factors come into play. For patients who:
- do not smoke,
- wear sunblock or avoid the sun,
- are in good general health and
- have good genetics,
A facelift can last upwards of 10 years!
To Facelift or not to Facelift?
There are many products that claim to offer “Facelift Results”. In very rare cases some procedures like Botox and Dermal Fillers can simulate results from Facelift Surgery but ultimately nothing will have the radical effect as a well performed Facelift.
What about the men?
Who said facelift was just for women? Looking as young as you feel has also become a priority for a growing number of men who turn to facelifts and other plastic surgery procedures.
Technically speaking, there is not much difference between a male facelift and a female facelift. There still however remains some gender differences that do affect the position of the incisions as well as the facelift recovery:
Men vs. Women
- Men have thicker skin
- Bleeding risk is higher in men
- Men have more hair follicles on their face
- Incisions may be harder to mask
- Pulling skin back may move hair follicles; affecting shaving
There is a significant trend toward Facelift Surgery amongst men in my practice.
What to expect after the surgery?
After the surgery, Dr Serrurier will wrap your head and chin in a soft bandage in order to help minimize the swelling. A drain will also have been placed behind the ear to reduce the risk of complications.
There is severe bruising after facelift surgery. It usually starts fading one week after the surgery which is when you will be able to cover the bruises fairly easily with makeup – meaning you should probably look at taking at least 1 weeks leave or bed rest.
Full recovery will take longer. This is why many of Dr Serrurier’s patients choose to resume work and other normal activities 2-3 weeks after the operation.
It is safe to say that full healing of your face and definite results post Facelift surgery will be noticed a year after the operation. But most patients can enjoy about 90% of their final results three months after their facelift.
But remember: taking good care of your skin is crucial. Abusing and neglecting your skin will unfortunately cause your facelift’s results to only last up to five years.
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon MBBCH (Wits), FCS Plast. Surg (CMSA) PR. N0. 0304131
Suite A9, Life Fourways Hospital Cedar Road & Cedar Avenue West Fourways 2055
TEL: 011 875 1630 FAX: 011 875 1631
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