Aging of the face and neck is inevitable. As the years go by, the skin and deeper tissues loosen over the face and neck. Lines and furrows begin to form around the eyes and mouth, over the forehead, eventually spreading over the entire face, these lines deepen with time and become more noticeable. The eyebrows descend, bags and sags form around the eyes, jowls appear along the jawbone, and a fullness or dewlap forms under the chin. Many factors contribute to how quickly this process occurs including genetics, sun exposure, smoking, sleep, stress, diet, and others. It is not uncommon for patients to feel these changes come on very suddenly over a short period of time.
The facelift is designed to remove excess skin and fat and reposition the skin and deeper tissues to a more youthful position. Older techniques of facelift do not address the underlying structure of the face (the SMAS layer) and leave the patient with a tight unnatural appearing result.
Types of facelift
There are many types of facelift – deep plane, SMAS lift, mini-lift, MACS facelift, Mid-facelift, lifestyle lift and S-lift to just name a few – the truth is that often these are just different names for the same procedure and some facelifts do not suit certain patients – Dr. Pincock is familiar with all these different types of facelifts through his formal Facial Plastic and Reconstructive training in the United States, and during your consultation can discuss which type of facelift is best suited to your type of face and stage of ageing.
About the procedure
The facelift incision generally begins in the temple hairline and extends slightly inside the ear canal. It then passes around under the earlobe continuing up behind the ear, and then back into the hair of the scalp. This incision is excellent not only for a great facelift but to maintain the hairline in a normal position, avoiding the past practice of moving the hairline which gives an abnormal or “done” appearance. An isolated facelift achieves its best result along the line of the jaw and neck, followed by the cheek or malar region. It does not, by itself, address the eyes, forehead or skin wrinkles. These require other procedures, such as a blepharoplasty (eyelift) and brow (forehead lift) or skin resurfacing. A combination of these procedures can be performed at the same time or at different times to suit the patient’s cosmetic goals and lifestyle.
How long does it take?
A facelift procedure alone takes about three to four hours depending on the type of facelift undertaken and is performed under general anesthesia in an appropriately accredited operating suite with specially selected anaesthetists. This can be performed as an outpatient procedure and you can go home a few hours after surgery. If desired, special after surgery care arrangements can be made in your home. Sutures are removed at five and seven days after surgery. There is always some decreased sensation or sensitivity of the face after a facelift, which is to be expected and fades away over the months after surgery. Most patients can return to work or their normal social life in two to three weeks. It generally takes six to eight weeks for the majority of the residual swelling to disappear. Good skincare and consistent sun protection are of extreme importance to the health and wellbeing of your facial skin whether in preparation for a surgical procedure or for good overall skin health.
Discover our non-surgical facelift treatments in Sydney
We’ve engaged with advanced technology to introduce non-surgical facelifts to our Sydney-based clinic. These procedures are designed to tone and tighten loose skin using 100% non-invasive methods, thereby greatly reducing downtime so you can go about your day as usual.
Ultherapy has proven a highly popular choice amongst our clients, with this treatment combining ultrasound energy and the body’s natural healing mechanism to stimulate the deeper layers of the skin without disrupting the surface. Threadlifting is also an ideal way to elicit dramatic results without resorting to surgery: this ‘lunchtime facelift’ procedure is founded on innovative anti-aging technology that rejuvenates sagging skin.
Facelifts and other surgical and non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures are becoming much more popular for men as well. Because of different hairstyles and beard growth, variations of the incisions described are used which will be discussed in your consultation.