Face lift Information – Sydney, Canberra & Adelaide

A Surgical Face Lift

Face Lift Procedure

The Face Lift operation is carried out under general anaesthetic and an overnight stay in hospital is usually required. More limited procedures can sometimes be carried out under a local anaesthetic and sedation. Starting high in the temple area (hidden by the hair at this point), the incision courses down following the curves in front of the ear round the earlobe and up behind the ear before curving gently back into the hair again. Using these incisions on both sides, the skin and deep tissues are remodelled and re-draped. The incisions are enclosed with stitches in front of the ear and surgical clips in the hair. Small drainage tubes are inserted underneath the skin during the operation and they are removed the day after the surgery. It is also usual for the surgeon to apply a head bandage in order to gently pressurise the incisions during the first post-operative night.

Face Lift – After the Operation

Bandages are removed the morning after the Face Lift surgery. The hair will be washed and then the patient can return home. Over the subsequent few days, you can gently wash your hair with a mild shampoo, obviously exercising care in the suture area.

It is important to stop and not carry out vigorous activities for the first five days after the surgery otherwise post-operative bleeding can result. Any discomfort can be controlled by taking a mild analgesic such as Paracetamol (Aspirin must not be taken).

Sutures are usually removed 7 days post-operatively. Scars are usually very faint after a facelift. However, a period of thickening and reddening of the scars can be expected to last for a few months before returning to more natural skin colour and texture. The scars in the hairline may stretch a little, as this is where the tension is carried. Bruising, swelling and numbness are temporary following a facelift and are mostly resolved after two weeks. Complications after facelift are rare as great care is taken at the time of the operation to protect the Facial nerves and meticulous attention to detail is observed. If a haematoma (a collection of blood under the skin) should occur, a revisit to the operating theatre may be necessary. However, if dealt with promptly this does not affect the long-term results.

Occasionally, delayed wound healing may occur, mainly in diabetic patients or patients who smoke. Please discuss your smoking habit with your surgeon.

Damage to the nerves, which control the facial muscles, is an extremely rare event, which may be associated with a facelift. Even if this should occur, in the majority of cases, there is a full recovery.

Face Lift – Summary

A face lift redefines the jaw line by lifting and smoothing out the sagging jowl and neck. This is an extremely popular procedure, which refreshes the face, improves the contour of the neck and removes the heavy tired look.

Some swelling and slight bruising should be expected for approximately seven days. Infection with this face lift procedure is rare, but if it did occur, a course of antibiotics is prescribed.