What is a Facelift?
Facelift is a surgical procedure to rejuvenate the lower face and part of the mid face. It is also known as rhytidectomy. “Rhytids” are wrinkles and “dectomy” is the removal of. Hence “rhytidectomy” refers to the removal of wrinkles. Facelift procedures have evolved over the years and there are several types of facelift techniques which can be utilized for your specific needs. This ranges from standard face lifts that are indicated for people with very saggy skin to mini-lifts that require shorter incisions and downtime and are suitable for patients with less sagging and early jowls.
Who needs it?
- Sagging mid to lower face
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Excess skin
How is it Done?
Your surgeon will discuss with you the type of facelift that best suits your needs.
Standard facelifts require an incision to go from the temple, down along the margins of the ear to hide the scar, around the bottom of the ear and towards the back of the scalp where the incision is hidden in the hairline. The skin and the underlying layer called the SMAS layer is tightened. In mini-lifts, the incision is much smaller and does not go to the back of the scalp.
Post treatment care
Antibiotics, analgesics, and an antibiotic ointment will be prescribed to keep the wound moist. Swelling and bruising are normal consequences of the surgery. You will have to sleep with you head elevated by 2-3 pillows. You will be seen on the day after the surgery to ensure that there is no haematoma. If drains to prevent a hematoma were placed during surgery, they will be removed during this time.
Velcro Facial bandages are placed between 2-5 days and the sutures are removed 7-10 days later.