Mini- & Full- Facelifts


After liposuction, breast augmentation, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reduction and rhinoplasty, facelifts are the sixth most requested cosmetic surgery procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

This is echoed in my practice. I often combine Facelift surgery with other procedures.

If you would like to find out more about facelift surgery at my practice, phone my rooms on 011 875 1630 or have a look at my website and remember to keep an eye on my blog where I upload new articles regularly  – any easy way to stay up-to-date is to subscribe.


Who Would Benefit from a Mini / Full Facelift Procedure?

The best candidate for a facelift is a physically healthy man or woman who is realistic about their expectations, and interested in improving sagging facial skin, jowls, and loose neck skin.  It is to be noted that both men and women are equally interested in Facelift surgery.


The full Facelift is well suited to you, if you have:

  • Excess or sagging facial skin
  • Deep facial creases
  • Facial fat pockets drooping
  • Or if you look tired, sad and angry even when well-rested


Most patients undergoing full facelifts are over the age of fifty.  If you are in your 50s or 60s and have a traditional (full) facelift, your face will age slower, from the point of where it has been reset, and you’ll look at least 10 years younger.


There is obviously more recovery needed from undergoing a full facelift, than when compared with a mini-facelift.
The mini facelift is appropriate for younger people who are starting to show early signs ageing like droopy jowls, or people who have already had a lift, but once again are showing some signs of sagging.


Mini facelifts generally erase three to eight years from your face. After a Mini facelift you will continue to age naturally and the procedure can be repeated in the future.

You may also opt for a full face lift in the future. However, during your consultation I will determine which facelift is best for you.

Irrespective of your age, you can expect a facelift to improve your appearance. You should appear younger, with a well-rested, healthy look. People should ask you if you have been on sabbatical…


Combining Facelift surgery with Blepharoplasty surgery will also enliven your eyes. I do offer Blepharoplasty surgery at my practice. Take a look at this blog post for more info


The truth is, the younger you are the longer you can expect the facelift results to last.
If you are older, you will experience a more dramatic improvement, however, there is also a greater possibility of tissue rebounding. This is due to loss of skin elasticity. We can try to improve skin elasticity with dermal filler injections of fat fills, but we can talk about this during your appointment.



Males Seeking Mini / Full Facelifts:

Technically speaking, a male facelift is not all that different from a female facelift. There are, however, some gender differences that affect the position of the incisions and facelift recovery

Facelift key Differences: Women vs. Men

  • Men have thicker skin
  • Bleeding risk is higher in men
  • Men have more hair follicles on their face
  • Incisions may be harder to mask in men
  • Pulling skin back may move hair follicles; affecting shaving


Personalising each Facelift:

The incisions in front of and behind the ear from the facelift are usually not noticeable. For each individual case, I will make some adjustments to ensure patient satisfaction.

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How  are Surgical Facelifts Performed?

Having a surgical facelift will tighten and pull together the sagging skin, wrinkled skin, and loose muscles to leave you looking younger and refreshed. This procedure will reshape the aging face by repositioning the underlying tissue and tightening the skin.

Techniques of today have made Facelift surgery more predictable, safer. And give a far more natural look.I can perform a full face and neck lift, a neck lift alone, or a modification of either procedure depending on your specific needs.Techniques today allow for individual surgical approaches and I will be able to determine exactly what kind of surgery is best suited for your specific characteristics.

The facelift results of today are far superior to those of a few decades ago. In the past, a facelift mainly involved pulling the skin tighter, which created an unnatural, tight appearance.  We want to avoid that “tight windblown” look now by repositioning fat pads, adding fat  and tightening ligaments in the face for a more natural and long lasting result.


Redefining Facelifts:

I like to focus on restoring the underlying muscle and tissues to their more youthful position, for results that are natural-looking, beautiful, and long lasting.

The modern facelift can:

  • Re-create a clean, defined jaw line
  • Restore the more youthful contours of the cheeks
  • Smooth and firm wrinkled, sagging skin in the lower face and neck


Will there be Visible Scarring?  & What is the Recovery Like?

During a traditional facelift, an incision is made in front of the ear extending up into the hair or hairline. The incision stretches downward in front of the ear, comes around the ear lobe and then upward behind the ear. It then ends in the hair or hairline behind the ear. This incision is placed in the hairline to hide the scars and make your surgery almost invisible.

Following facelift surgery, you would spend the night in the hospital. Pain is uncommon, but I will prescribe medication to ensure your comfort. However, my years of experience and research have helped me develop innovative techniques to minimize tissue trauma and allow for a shorter, more comfortable procedure and recovery.

Generally speaking, for most of my facelift surgery patients the recovery period is within 10 -14 days. For neck lifts, and short scar mini-lifts, the recovery can be even faster.


I hope you enjoyed these daily facts as much as I enjoy sharing them with you! Remember that I would really like to hear your thoughts about any kind of procedure or treatments so do not hesitate and post your questions or comments – any easy way is to connect via Facebook or visit my website.

You can also can contact our rooms on 011 875 1630 to book an appointment!









Dr Charles Serrurier February 2012 Newsletter

The Milan Congress

Well, the year has started with a bang. For me last year ended with a bang too and I’m grateful to have attended the Milan Breast Reconstruction Congress in December 2011 to use a few new techniques in the coming year.

The most interesting part of from the congress was the advancements in two areas I am deeply passionate about. First, fat transfer techniques and secondly, stem cell rejuvenation.

I will discuss my thoughts on both in this newsletter and hopefully we will start implementing these techniques in breast reconstruction and other cosmetic surgeries too.

I hope you enjoy.

Dr Charles Serrurier

Fat Transfer and Breast Reconstruction

Fat Transfer is a double bonus procedure for the patient. It is, in essence, the removal of fat from one part of the body and implanting it into another part. You get a liposuctoin and a safe tissue transfer to where your body needs it.

What does this actually mean?

“It won’t be long before we see a Stem Cell Facelift operation in South Africa”

In the past Fat Transfer has always been a useful technique to correct defects to the breast followng mastectomy and reconstruction. But this advancement in Fat TransferTechnique will allow surgeons to reconstruct a breast using nothing but autologous fat transfer ie your own tissue. This option immediately elimantes the need for breast implants or muscle donor sites used in traditional breast reconstruction

The negatives?

Well to be honest there arent many negatives to undergoing autologous fat transfer should the result last.

That said, fat is rather weak in terms of survival rate and there needs to be sufficient blood-flow and tissue to help it survive. The advancements I mentioned are all in the field of fat transfer survival – and the current results are good.

To achieve a good fat “take” as we call it is dependent on two things:

1st Fat transfer technique

2nd Good patient compliance

The bonus?

There is one final magnificent bonus when dealing with a fat transfer – that is STEM CELLS. Fat is a prime carrier of stems cells. Stem cell research is ongoing but most literature points to skin rejuvenation in conjunction with fat transfers.

 This means by injecting fat, rich in stem cells your tissue will rejuvenate – meaning, diminished scarring and younger looking skin. This is especially exciting to breast reconstruction patients who suffer with bad scarring and healing due to numerous surgeries and radiation treatments.

Fat Transfer in the Face

Surgeons have been performing fat transfers to the face for years – it is widely accepted as a permanent replacement for dermal fillers or tissue for facial reconstruction.


The stem cell facelift is the rejuvenation of the face by injecting carefully prepared stem cells and using their unique regeneration ability to mimic the surgical facelift.

Harvesting the fat

Special techniques are used to harvest one’s own fat and prepare the stem cells for re-injection. This preparation does take time but greatly increases the effectiveness of the fat graft “take”. Special cannulas are used in the harvest and the fat is then spun vigorously to separate the stem cells from the waste. This ensures rich stem cell re-implantation.


There will be a need to prep both the donor site and the injection site with growth factors to again promote a better take.


The results are similar to a facelift; but without the need for major surgery.


Stem cells are found in various parts of the body, brain, bone-marrow, blood and fat etc – in adults they remain in a non-dividing state, dormant until they are required.

Adult stem cells can renew indefinitely enabling them to generate a range of cell types from the originating organ or even regenerate the entire original organ

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon
MBBCH (Wits), FCS Plast. Surg (CMSA)
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