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What is a Face lift?
A face lift typically describes a surgical procedure rendered by a aesthetic surgeon which lifts and tightens the facial tissues which usually includes skin and sometimes involves fat or muscle.
Would a Face lift benefit me?
Face lifts are useful for addressing signs of ageing which include:
- Sagging excess skin causing deep folds, eg. Laugh lines, Marionette folds
- Severe jowls causing loss of jawline definition
- “Turkey-Neck” deformity caused by loose skin under the chin
- Brow ptosis causing severe upper eyelid hooding
Are there alternatives to a Face lift?
Not everybody wants or needs a face lift. There are less invasive or even non-surgical alternatives such as:
- Ulthera – USFDA approved ultrasonic device for non-invasive facelifting
- Thermage – USFDA approved radiofrequency device for non-invasive tightening
- UVL – Korean Ultra-V Lift with absorbable PDO (PolyDioxanone) threads
- Silhouette Lift – Silhouette threads (USA) with 3-dimenional cones for anchored lift
These procedures will not give the same strength of result as a full surgical face lift. However, they are suitable for patients who need or want more moderate improvements with less downtime and cost.
Which type of Facelift is suitable for me?
There are a vast number of facelifting techniques available with no one solution suitable for every patient. The procedure needs to be customised upon assessment of the individual patient. The more common face lifts I perform are the deep-plane face lift or the Endotine facelift. Common small ancillary procedures performed concurrently include Vaser Liposuction of the lower face and neck, neck muscle (platysma) tightening and eyelid procedures (blepharoplasties). The exact techniques will be decided during the consultation.
What is a Deep-Plane Face lift?
A deep-plane face lift classically refers to a facelift which lifts the deeper support layer of the skin, the SMAS and platysma. The advantage of lifting this layer is longevity of result as it is stronger and less prone to stretching under tension. Even when performing a deep-plane lift, the skin will need to be lifted and the excess trimmed.
What is an Endotine Face lift?
The Endotine implants are bio-absorbable devices with patented hooks or “tines” to hold tissue in a lifted more youthful position. These implants effectively distribute the load and enable a stronger fixation. The end-result is a durable, dramatic lift.
What is the recovery time?
Though the swelling persists for a number of weeks, most patients return to work within two weeks.