Facelifts or Rhytidectomy


Do you want to look more alert and youthful?   A Facelift (also called a Rhytidectomy) can reduce saggy skin and wrinkles by lifting up the facial skin and tissue to make the face tighter and smoother.

Facelifts can be performed on the whole face (a full facelift) or just on the brow area, lower face or neck.  The effects of a facelift last for about 7 to 10 years.

The operation typically takes three to four hours under a general anaesthetic and generally requires a one or two night stay in hospital.  A traditional facelift involves a surgical cut around the hairline and past the front of the ears and possibly cuts under the chin to lift a sagging jaw line.  Excess skin and fat will be removed and the muscles tightened, before the skin is stitched back.

Other techniques may involve endoscopic (keyhole) surgery or minimal access cranial suspension (MACS) -shorter cuts are made in the temple and in front of the ears.  Fibrous tissues under the skin are tightened with permanent stitches.

After the operation, bandages and drainage tubes will remain for one or two days and stitches should be removed within five to ten days.  Generally pain after a facelift is mild but further painkillers may be taken if needed during the recovery period.

A facelift is a commonly performed and generally safe surgical procedure if performed by a qualified aesthetic plastic surgeon.  You should discuss with your surgeon what you are hoping to gain from the operation and be sure know what you can reasonably expect and that you understand the risks.  Significant side effects and complications are uncommon but are associated with any significant operation under general anaesthetic.

You should look for a qualified aesthetic plastic surgeon with experience in the performance of cosmetic facelifts.

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