Erase the signs of time and aging each with a lift that turns back your personal clock and never leaves you looking “done”. Dramatic results can be achieved through surgical or non-surgical options.
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 including deep plane, SMAS lift, mini-lift, MACS facelift, mid-facelift, lifestyle lift and S-lift.
Dr. Pincock is experienced across all types of face lifts through his formal Facial Plastic and Reconstructive training in the United States.
Come and have a chat about 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 location is perfect for a great facelift and it also keeps 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 region.
It doesn’t address the eyes, forehead or skin wrinkles. These require other procedures, such as a blepharoplasty (eye lift) 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 anaesthesia 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.
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 return to work and social life in two to three weeks. It generally takes six to eight weeks for the majority of the residual swelling to disappear and reveal your new youthful vibe