A facelift is an ideal way to minimise the signs of ageing. The result is a more youthful appearance along with the benefits of feeling comfortable and confident with your appearance.
Ideal facelift candidates are prepared to thoroughly follow the pre- and post-operative instructions and have realistic expectations. Following your consultation, Dr Quinn will be able to tell if a patient is a good candidate for facelift surgery, or if a different procedure is a better option.
Ideal candidates for surgery share important traits including:
Studies show that the deeper facial structures like the muscles and ligaments all participate in the ageing process. Facelift surgery involves elevating the tissues of the lower and middle part of the face, and tightening and lifting the underlying muscle and skin of the middle and upper areas of the neck.
Incisions are kept hidden in the hair bearing areas or in the intricate folds at the front of the ear. If the tissues of the neck require tightening, a short incision is placed just beneath the chin. The fascia and muscle, loosened and stretched ligaments are restored, and the fat on the neck may be sculpted if desired. Once the deeper structures have been treated, the overlying facial skin is re-draped and any excess skin is removed.
A facelift operation may be conducted combined with eye and brow surgery if needed. Under certain circumstances facelifts can be done under local anaesthetic, with or without sedation, depending on the complexity of the operation.
The operation may be administered as a day case procedure, but a stay overnight in the hospital is recommended.
A support garment, available from Dr Quinn’s rooms, is advised in the post-operative period. Stitches will be applied immediately following surgery, and we recommend that patients rest with their head and shoulders raised for seven to ten days following the procedure.
It is common to experience some bruising and swelling, and in the second to third week most of the swelling will disappear, and a gradual return to regular quiet activities may take place. Complete recovery takes three to four weeks after the procedure.
Although you’re aware of the substantial change in your looks, friends and family may not be so perceptive. It is common for patients to get comments like “you look so refreshed” and as a result, we advise patients to be ready for varying reactions among friends and family you come in contact with following the procedure.
Most patients are concerned about scars after having facelift surgery. Proper planning and attention to detail are set in motion to reduce the visibility of potential scarring. Facelift scars are carefully created to be concealed in the hairline and behind the ear. Any facelifting method will require an incision in front of the ear to some degree, but with precise surgical techniques and avoidance of tension around the scar line, a superb scar can be achieved in that area, which is very hard to notice after it has healed.
As with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks involved. A facelift is generally considered a safe procedure with minimal risks and complications. However, a detailed discussion of the risks is always required by the surgeon.
The idea of a facelift is to make a rejuvenated and young version of one’s self. For example, if you had a facelift when you were 50 that made you look like you were only 40, primarily you would look incredible for the age of 50. Nonetheless, the goal of facelift surgery is not to still look 40 when you turn 80. A good facelift will reverse many of the stigmata of ageing on a permanent basis.