The facelift has always been regarded as a major surgical procedure but recent advances in technique both surgical and anaesthetic have made it a much safer and comfortable experience. It is important to remember however, that although a facelift can wind the clock back by reversing the effects of gravity, it will not erase loss of volume and permanent creases, particularly around the lips. Further procedures like laser resurfacing or chemical peels can improve those lines and can be carried out in conjunction with a face lift. Dermal fillers may also be used in conjunction with a facelift to help fill hollow areas of the face.
Over the years the classical (skin only) face lift operation has undergone a number of modifications aimed at improving the overall results. Some of these modifications include the deep (S.M.A.S.) lift. Each of these modifications can be tailor-made to suit individual needs. It is possible to undergo correction of eye bags (blepharoplasty) as well as other procedures at the same time as the facelift. Free fat transfer from other parts of the body is sometimes used to restore the lost volumes of the central part of the face.
Some quick facts about Facelifts
The Facelift removes the tired heavy appearance of the face by lifting and smoothing out the sagging jowls and neck, re-defining the contour of the neck and jaw line.
Recent advances in technique both surgical and anaesthetic have made it a much safer and comfortable experience compared to the past.
In addition to the classical (skin only) face lift operation, new techniques have been developed, such as Vaser face lift and the liquid face lift using Dermal Fillers.
Your doctor will assess you and discuss with you the best options.
At your face lift consultation you should provide your surgeon with a general medical history, together with details of any previous facial surgery. Slight differences in facial symmetry are normal and will have been pointed out as they often go unnoticed by the patient. By gently lifting the facial skin, the surgeon is able to assess what could be expected post operatively.
Initial consultation costs $120-$220 and can be performed at our Cosmetic Clinics Melbourne.
There are several factors which influence ageing of the face. A major factor is gravity which is a constant factor, its effect being to pull the facial tissues downwards causing sagging of the facial structures which accentuates the crease line running from the nostrils to the sides of the mouth. The effect is also seen on the jaw line and underneath the chin. As we age, we tend to lose some of the facial fat, and this in combination with decreased skin elasticity leads to sagging of the face. This can be made worse by excess exposure to ultraviolet light. It is well known that people who live in tropical climates have a prematurely aged skin. The facelift procedure is most sought after within the over fifties age group.
What is a liquid facelift?
A liquid facelift involves the injection of dermal fillers into the face to help restore volume to the ageing face. As the fat pads move south the top part of the face will need to be revolumised with fillers.
Is a Facelift without a large scar an option?
The Vaser face lift is a new minimally-invasive procedure which tightens the skin in under an hour. At a fraction of the cost of a traditional face lift, this new Vaser lipo facelift procedure provides a face lift option for people with thick skin, with minimal downtime.