As part of the ageing process, the skin of the neck and face loses elasticity, causing a decrease in volume in the midface as well as a descent of the soft tissue. During this process, the cheeks become less prominent, the jawline sags and the nose to mouth lines deepen. The ageing process also causes the eyebrows to droop and the eyelids to drape over the eyes.
The ageing effects can be surgically addressed with a face and neck lift, which may also be combined with surgery to the eyelids. After surgery, your face and neck will be rejuvenated, giving you a naturally fresh, youthful look.
The youthful contours of the face and neck can be lost due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, stress and environmental conditions. Although some patients feel that they do not require a full facelift because the upper face remains pleasing, many patients will note excessive wrinkling of the neck skin which leads to the presence of a double chin, a jowl line, or a “turkey wattle”.
In cases where the face looks rejuvenated but the neck is wrinkled, a neck lift is the best solution. The rejuvenation procedures that may be performed in conjunction with a neck lift includes a brow lift, a fat transfer and eyelid surgery.
With a facelift, the scars are designed to be well hidden. The skin of the temples, cheek and neck, is tightened upwards and backwards. In addition, the layer of muscle-like tissue which lies underneath the skin is also lifted in a similar way to give a longer lasting and natural result. The neck area is often the primary concern, as it is performed through the facelift incision by tightening the neck muscles for a more youthful appearance. In some cases, a small incision is made beneath the chin to tighten the neck muscles centrally.
It is important to avoid consuming any tablets containing Aspirin (such as Dispirin) for two weeks before and after the surgery, as Aspirin thins the blood and has an adverse effect on bruising. If you are a smoker, it is imperative that you stop smoking for four weeks before surgery and two weeks after, to avoid restricting the circulation of the skin. This applies to all nicotine products, including inhalers, patches and nicotine chewing gum.
Wash your hair with a mild shampoo the day before surgery, and do not wear any make-up on the day of the operation. Also, ensure that you arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself.
Am I a candidate for a facelift?
Not everyone can have a facelift. Suitability for a facelift is determined after a thorough analysis of your medical history, as well as a thorough clinical consultation. You will need to be in good health and not be a smoker before a facelift is considered. If you are suitable for the facelift, Dr Maresky will educate you about the best kind of facelift that would adequately address your facial concerns.
What are the benefits of facelift?
A facelift will make you look younger, while also increasing your confidence and improving your self-esteem.
Will the scars be visible?
All external scars will either be hidden within the hair or concealed in natural skin creases, making them as inconspicuous as possible.
Is the procedure painful?
This procedure is typically not very painful, but a strong painkiller will be given to you in the hospital to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the process. You will also be given painkillers to take at home, to maintain your comfort.
How long does it take to recover from the procedure?
Patients are usually able to return to work for light duties after two weeks. However, by six weeks they can return to full activities, including sports.
When will I notice results?
For 1-2 weeks you will notice some swelling and bruising. This usually settles down after the second week, leaving only a little redness around the scars. However, the results of the tightening can be seen immediately.