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Facelift (rhytidectomy)

A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is a procedure that corrects the effects of the ageing process on the face. Excess skin is removed, volume in the face is restored, and the remaining saggy skin is tightened, revitalising the appearance of the patient and restoring his or her youthful vitality. The ultimate goal is to create a natural, refreshing, and long-lasting result, thereby slowing the ageing process.

Reasons to have a facelift

The signs of ageing appear readily on the face. Daily pressures and worries, sun exposure, and gravity result in the emergence of jowls, marionette lines around the mouth, fat deposits under the chin, and significant loss of skin elasticity in the face and neck.

A facelift can improve cheek volume, lift the corners of the mouth if they were down-turning, reduce deep creases and folds around the nose and mouth, and eliminate the slackening of the jaw and resultant jowls, serving to define the chin and the jawline. The facial skin is smoothed overall and its radiance is improved, lifting a previously tired appearance. Sometimes patients require a neck lift in conjunction with a facelift. Often this can all be done through the facelift incisions.

Facelift procedure

We understand that having a facelift is a major decision. At our initial meeting, we will conduct a detailed assessment of your face and neck. We will take the time to talk through the concerns you have about your appearance and your goals for the end result of your facelift.

Modern facelift techniques mean that patients no longer live with the unnatural, stretched, obviously-operated-on look of bygone eras, with obvious scarring on the face.

During a standard full facelift procedure, incisions are made in front of the ears, extending behind the ear and into the hairline on the side of the head. Excess skin is removed, the connective tissues and muscles in the face and neck are tightened, and the skin is lifted and repositioned. An additional incision may be made under the chin if excess fatty tissue in the neck needs to be removed and the neck muscle smoothed.

During our discussion, we will share with you our recommendations for the best facelift techniques to achieve your optimal outcome based on the complexity of your procedure. We will ensure you fully understand the procedure that will be conducted during your surgery, as well as your steps for recovery, any risks and possible complications, and advice for the longer-term care of your face.

Facelift recovery

Facelift procedures are conducted under general anaesthetic with an overnight stay in hospital. Recovery is straightforward in most instances, typically taking about three to four weeks, and patients usually heal as expected. Most patients report that there is minimal pain after surgery, but discomfort is common in association with swelling, bruising and tightening of the skin and tissues.

A compressive head dressing is worn for the first week post-surgery. Stitches are removed in the fortnight following the procedure.

Mild residual swelling may persist for three months, with the results of the procedure fully evident six to nine months post-surgery. Scars in the skin and the hairline fade with time, and can be veiled with make-up in the interim.

Contact Dr Turner’s office to make an appointment to discuss how we can reshape your nose and support you through your rhinoplasty treatment.