A Facelift technically known as Rhyidectomy is a Cosmetic procedure carried out to give the face a more youthful appearance.
Patients suitable for a full face lift surgery would present with substantial skin laxity and droopiness in the neck.
A full or "traditional" facelift addresses the sagging upper and lower neck skin and (platysmal) vertical neck bands, jowls, lower and mid nasolabial folds and marionette lines.
What is Facelift Surgery?
Facelift Surgery usually takes around 3-4 hrs in theatre, it would be carried out under General Anaesthetic and usually requires a 1-2 night stay in hospital.
The incisions are made discreetly above the hairline and extend down either just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear or down the front of the ear and into the natural line, they would then continue around the back of the lobe and towards the crease behind the ear and off into the lower scalp with undermining of the skin and tightening of underlying support tissues.
The skin is then sutured so that is it lifted upwards and backwards similarly to what you would see when you lift your own skin in the mirror to imagine how the surgery may look. Surgical drains are usually inserted during the surgery to drain away any excess fluid and to reduce swelling and bruising.
The Mini Facelift
The Mini Facelift is recommended for a patient who describes minimal signs of ageing in the forehead and neck area but is concerned about skin laxity in the cheeks and loose skin in the mid face and jaw region. A patient suitable for a mini-facelift would have relatively good skin elasticity and relatively mild changes in the lower third of the face and neck. The surgery involves incisions from the temple scalp, along the front of the ear (inside the mid part for women) but ending at the level of the earlobe (in front or in back) – as much as 40% less scarring than the full face lift, the recovery time is shorter compared to a full face lift.
The following frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) will give you a basic understanding of the procedure – when it can help, how it’s performed, and what results you can expect. These may not answer all of your questions, since a lot depends on your individual circumstances.