As we age, our facial skin loosens and wrinkles, and the muscles and ligaments also in the face of the neck relax. Many factors contribute to this process that causes the skin and ligaments to lose elasticity and can hasten the process, including sun exposure, weight fluctuations, and heredity.
A facelift involves tightening the facial and neck muscles and ligaments and removing excess skin. The state of the art facelift now also may involve adding or removing volume in terms of fat. The results are a more youthful, healthy energetic appearance.
Mr Warr will undertake several consultations which include will careful analysis of your facial features. Careful note of your expectations and goals will be noted and a plan formulated.
In Mr Warr’s hands, the aim of surgery to create “natural” outcomes, leaving your appearance more youthful and refreshed looking.
Facelift surgery is a well-defined spectrum of specific techniques that address the anatomy and the actions to be taken on each layer of your face. The features that can be addressed are:
- Loose excess and folds of skin (pronounced facial lines and wrinkles)
- Drooping facial features (deep laugh lines, mouth corners, falling cheeks)
- Jowls (loose skin and fat pockets around the jawline)
- A fat full face or wasted thin face (addressing volume in terms of fat or implants)
- A flat face, weak chin, too long or too short face (addressing bony foundations)
- Fat and folds appearing around the neck (turkey neck)
The line-up of different facelifting procedures is large and confusing. Mr Warr will explain each procedure and why he believes one would be suitable for you.
The spectrum of facial rejuvenation and surgery that Mr. Warr offers are:
Facelift Surgery: A standard and latest state-of-the-art technique of addressing your bony foundation if needed, removing and repositioning any excess or displaced fat, tightening and/or repositioning the muscles and ligaments, and removing excess skin. Fat grafting or removal may occur if needed.
Mini Facelift Surgery: Similar to facelift surgery but less involved and performed through a shorter incision due to the presence of less excess skin and less laxity.
Other Facelifts: Depending on your specific anatomy, we may want to consider the Brow Lift, MACS facelift, Vertical Facelift, the Midface Lift. These depend on your vectors of laxity and the features involved.
Related: There are times that procedures on the eyes, ears, nose, mouth or chin will be addressed to complement or complete the results of the facelift.
In general facelift surgery takes place under a general anaesthetic. To begin, a customised incision follows your natural features and is hidden in your hairline, around your ear, and behind the ear for a tailored length.
Immediately following surgery, a light dressing is placed. You will awake comfortably from anesthesia with no nausea, minimal grogginess and no pain.
At home you can expect to shower on your third day, minimal bruising and swelling, and to be up and around and taking walks right away.
All of the stitches are small and removed in 7 days.
The time at which you will be able to return to work will depend very much upon the type of procure that has been performed as well as to whether any additional procedures like chemical peel have been undertaken.
You can return to work in as little as five to seven days and to some physical exercise in the second week.