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 face lift: 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.
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 highly experienced 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 imformation 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.