The concept of facial rejuvenation has changed over the last two decades. Where surgeons once believed that re-lifting the sagging facial tissues and structures was enough to reverse the effects of ageing, today, it’s a known fact that the underlying facial muscle layer also needs to be tightened to achieve long-lasting results.
Along with lifting and tightening the face, two other important factors that contribute to facial ageing need to be addressed during a facelift: skin quality and facial volume. If we simply re-lift the tissues and not address the appearance of the skin as well as volume loss, the results will remain suboptimal.
Using advanced techniques, Dr Chaithan Reddy is able to contour the face and neck and create a more youthful appearance by tightening, lifting and restoring volume to the face during facelift surgery.
Understanding Facelift Surgery
Facelift surgery is clinically known as Meloplasty or Rhytidectomy and is generally performed on people aged 40 to 65. However, it can be performed outside of this age bracket too.
The face goes through various changes as it ages, including the development of facial rhytids (wrinkles) and loss of skin tone and facial volume.
Volume loss occurs when there is a decline in fatty tissue and the facial bones start to thin, which can have a significant impact on the appearance of the face. With age, the top and bottom jaw will also lose projection and fullness, which is when cheekbone projection diminishes and the area around the chin starts to hollow. The development of jowls, together with ptosis (sagging) of the cheek structures, results in the face taking on a more “square” and aged appearance.
If you were to compare recent photos with past photos, you would see a noticeable difference in cheekbone fullness. The hollowness seen in the under-eye area is another change that occurs with age, which is why the addition of volume to these areas forms an important part of the rejuvenation surgery process. Restoring lost facial volume can be achieved by ‘soft’ filing (fat grafting) or ‘hard’ filling (implants).
Facelift surgery is performed by Dr Reddy using techniques refined over the course of his career. After having spent time with one of America’s top facelift surgeons, he is able to employ these techniques to produce world-class superior facelift results. During your procedure, the facial tissues will be re-suspended to a more youthful position, which involves tightening the facial muscles, repositioning fat deposits, and tightening and removing excess skin.
There are various types of facelift procedures to choose from, ranging from MACS lifts to Short Scar and traditional facelifts. Dr Reddy will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach and advise you on the preferred method. This is an important part of the discussion process so that a tailored technique can be employed to achieve an optimal result. It is this approach that often distinguishes Dr Reddy as a leading facelift surgeon in Sydney.
As highlighted above, restoring facial volume is an important part of the rejuvenating process. To restore lost facial volume, fat grafting can be used. Fat grafting is an effective method for restoring lost facial volume and can be performed at the same time as a face or neck lift. Please refer to our fat grafting section for further importation pertaining to this procedure.
Dr Reddy has a special interest and expertise in facial rejuvenation and tailors his techniques to address your specific concerns. The results of facelift surgery can be long-lasting. In fact, many patients report that they look up to 10 years younger.
View your potential results
Patients can get a clearer idea of the results they can expect following a facelift with the help of the VECTRA 3D imaging system. Dr Reddy uses this revolutionary system to help patients envision their results and create realistic expectations prior to surgery. The VECTRA system is used to capture images of your face from different angles. The three dimensional images allow Dr Reddy to more accurately demonstrate your areas of concern to you to so that not only will you have a better appreciation of the changes, but it will also allow a more accurate treatment plan to be formulated. Once these images are processed using Sculptor software, you will have a better idea of what you can look like after surgery.
Combining a Facelift with Other Procedures
Depending upon your specific needs, other procedures may be undertaken to complement your facelift surgery.
- Non-surgical procedures designed to improve the texture of the skin can also be combined with facelift surgery
- Brow lift, neck lift, and eyelid surgery may be performed at the same time as a facelift.
- Fat grafting to restore lost facial volume can also be undertaken at the same time as this surgery.
To protect your skin before and after facelift surgery, sun protection and maintaining a good daily intake of water to keep the skin hydrated is essential. Ultraviolet rays from the sun are considered one of the leading contributors to premature ageing. Therefore, minimising direct UV exposure, wearing hats and using UV lotion is an important starting point in optimising skin quality.
Smoking is another factor that can have harmful effects on your skin’s appearance and changing this negative habit can play a crucial role in minimising the problematic skin changes that occur.
You can also speak to our dermal therapist about the right skincare products for optimising skin quality and texture. When indicated, non-surgical measures such as peels, laser treatments and microneedling can also be used to optimise your skin after your surgery.
Learn More about Face Lift Surgery
When investing time and money in a procedure that demands attention to detail and a personalised surgical approach, it is important to do your research. Prices can vary significantly depending on the location and ‘name’ of a surgeon. Choosing a surgeon based on price alone is not the right approach and patients should rather use great results, qualifications and experience as a starting point.
If you would like to learn more about facelift surgery please contact The Plastic Surgery Clinic & Medispa today.
Facelift Before and After
Every patient is unique and results may vary. Surgery and all health regulated services carry risks that need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained.
Facelift Surgery FAQs
Recovering from a facelift usually takes about two weeks and even though patients can return to work after this time, it’s best if any vigorous activity only be resumed after a month. As you can imagine, if you choose to combine a facelift with additional procedures, it could increase the recovery time required. During your facelift recovery, you will experience some mild bruising and swelling for several days. Patients can also expect to experience some discomfort but this can be managed with prescription pain medication.
If the bands of the neck aren’t overly large or pulling the muscles back, there isn’t a lot that needs to be done to the neck during surgery. Liposuction can be performed if there is excess fat in the neck, however, too much fat removal can make the skin look thin and papery. If the neck needs to be addressed, an incision is made under the chin and the muscles are tied together in the centre to create a smoother appearance.
While the results of a facelift are not permanent, most patients can expect to enjoy the results of their surgery for up to 10 years. Undergoing additional non-surgical treatments on an ongoing basis after your surgery can also help extend the results of your facelift.
While using well described approaches to facelift surgery, Dr Reddy also carefully takes into consideration your anatomy in determining optimal incision placement. This is what distinguishes him from many other surgeons that may use a stock standard approach to facelift incisions. It is this tailored approach that helps makes patients’ scars so optimal. It is important to note that scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure but with the right care, facelift scars can be almost invisible after six months.
It’s highly recommended that you sleep on your back after your facelift and keep your head elevated for two to four weeks. This will help reduce any swelling and keep discomfort levels to a minimum. To sleep more comfortable, it helps to prop your head up using pillows. You can also place pillows at the sides of your face to stop yourself from rolling over.
Full facelifts are recommended for patients that are further along in the ageing process and have severe sagging skin and wrinkles, developed jowls and are struggling with a loss of muscle tone in the midface and lower facial region neck. In individuals who primarily have sag and flattening in the under-eye region and upper cheek region, a midface lift is a more suitable procedure. Basically, patients who feel that they need a more dramatic and comprehensive result by addressing the entire facial region, are better suited to a full facelift. Dr Reddy will take you through these two options during your consultation process.