Facelift surgery has become popular because as medical advances increase our life span, many ageing men and women find that they look older than they feel. The operation lifts and tightens the loose wrinkly skin that develops around the cheeks, jowls and neck. It softens the deepening lines of facial expression but should not remove them. A modern facelift elevates skin, muscle and fatty tissues into a more youthful position and does not overly tighten the skin alone.
REASONS FOR SURGERY:
Dr Wallace performs Facelift surgery for the following reasons:
- To lift and rejuvenate sagging cheeks and jowls
- To lift and rejuvenate sagging neck skin and muscles
- To reduce lines of facial expression
RISKS OF SURGERY:
This surgery is associated with a low risk of complications. The specific risks of Facelift surgery of which you should be aware are:
- Infection is very rare. A true infection is associated with throbbing pain, redness and swelling. Contact Dr Wallace promptly if any of this happens.
- Bleeding beneath the skin is uncommon. It is important not to be taking Aspirin™ or other ‘blood thinners’ at the time of surgery
- Thickened scar formation is very unusual
- Numbness due to nerve injury is a small risk. The numbness around the ears is either temporary for a few months or is of little consequence
- Facial nerve injury is a significant but rare complication
General Anaesthesia is the routine for this operation. Anaesthetic sleep time is approximately 4 hours followed by 45 minutes in the Recovery Room.
Dr. Wallace performs a Facelift via a U-shaped incision on each side. This incision lies in the hairline above the ear, just in front of the ear, behind the ear and back into the hairline. From there, skin and muscle is separated and lifted independently. Excess skin is excised and the incision closed with a combination of dissolving stitches, staples and superficial skin stitches. A large padded support dressing is applied.
An overnight stay in hospital usually follows this surgery. Dr Wallace reviews you in the morning. A less bulky elasticised support bandage is fitted and is to be worn during the day for 2 weeks. An office appointment is scheduled for one week post-op and all patients take this week off work. At this first visit, much of the bruising and swelling has settled although some will persist for a week or two more. Several follow-up visits in the office are scheduled over the first few weeks and then at 3, 6 and 12 months post-op.
Facelift surgery is often combined with other procedures such as Blepharoplasty.
The vast majority of patients will be delighted. The change is often dramatic and the discomfort of surgery a minor inconvenience. Facelift rejuvenation is a permanent change but some patients will be looking for a second lift 5 to 10 years later