Facelift

Treatment information

A facelift can reduce deep furrows between the nose and the mouth, loose and hanging skin on jaws and cheeks, as well as folds and fat deposits on the neck.

Generally about the treatment

As humans age, factors such as gravity, the sun, and the wear and tear of everyday life will set their marks on our face. Deep furrows between the nose and mouth, loose and hanging skin on the jaw and cheeks, and folds as well as fat deposits, are exactly what a facelift is meant to correct.

It's important to point out, that a facelift does not affect the forehead, the eye surroundings, or the distinctive wrinkles around the mouth. It's possible to undergo a facelift on its own, but many choose to combine it with eyelid surgery, a forehead lift, or a nose correction (rhinoplasty).

Suitability

Fit and healthy women and men over the age of 18.

The procedure

The surgeons have different approaches to the execution of a facelift operation. Some complete one side of the face at a time, whereas others go back and forth between the sides during the surgery.

A facelift is a very individual operation, which is why the precise placements of the incisions, along with the order of the different tasks during the procedure, are dependant of the patient's facial structure and the technique used by the surgeon.

An incision will most often be laid above the hairline, by the temples, ears, lower back of the head, and under the chin. Skin and sometimes fat is then removed, and the underlying muscles are tightened. Finally the skin of the face and neck is respositioned.

A facelift can take several hours, depeding on the scale.

Anaesthesia

The operation can be done ambulant or under hospitalisation, combined with either sedation or under general anaesthesia.

Side-effects

Temporary contusion (bruising), swelling, numbness, sore, tight, and dry skin. After the surgery, men will need to shave behind the ears as well, seeing as the skin has been relocated during the facelift.

Risk of complications

Furthermore, there is risk of damage to the nerves that control the facial muscles and the sense of touch. Blood clots beneath the skin, which must be removed by a surgeon. Poor healing can lead to unsightly scarring. Asymmetry or alteration of the hairline.

There is a risk of side effects from the anaesthetic used, along with bleeding, poor wound healing, a poor cosmetic result, and blood accumulation.

No form of surgery is risk free, although severe complications are very rare.

Healing and recovery

Work may be resumed after 10-14 days. Strenuous physical activities may be resumed after approximately 3 weeks. The bruising will disappear after 2 to 3 weeks. Direct sunlight should be avoided for several months.

Duration of the result

It is important to realise that a facelift does not leave you with a permanent result. Even a surgeon cannot put an end to gravity and time. Instead, a facelift should be expected to last for up to 10 years.