How Does A Facelift Work?
Surgical facelifts improve the physical signs of ageing by lifting and repositioning the deep tissue layers of the skin and underlying muscles around the contours of the face. Excess skin is removed and fat is repositioned to add volume, improve tightness and provide smoother, more youthful looking skin on the face and neck.
There are many different types of surgical facelifts available. They differ mainly in the type of incision that is made, how the soft tissues under the skin are manipulated and by the area of the face treated. Each type of facelift will have a different rejuvenating outcome. During your initial consultation your surgeon will discuss the types available and make a decision based on the condition of your skin, the extent of your ageing as well as your personal preferences and expectations.
How Many Years Can A Facelift Take Off?
A successful facelift has the power to take up to 10 years off of your face. The key to success is finding a balance between restoring youth and maintaining your individual looks and characteristics. Drastically altering your appearance may give you a stretched, permanently fixed appearance, publicly declaring to all that you have undergone surgery.
What Is The Difference Between A Surgical And A Non-Surgical Facelift?
Whilst the results of a surgical and non-surgical facelift can often be comparable in those with moderate ageing, the main difference between the two is that a non-surgical facelift can only offer temporary results whereas the effects of a surgical facelift are permanent and irreversible.
As a minimally invasive procedure, advanced drooping and sagging of the skin is not adequately tightened with non-surgical techniques alone. Whilst dermal fillers and Botox can be combined with other skin rejuvenation treatments such as laser resurfacing, those wishing to restore advanced premature ageing will see the greatest effects with a surgical facelift.
How Long Is The Recovery Period For A Surgical Facelift?
Surgical facelifts are extensive procedures with a moderate degree of swelling and bruising to be expected. We recommend taking two weeks off work to give your face time to rest and recover. The use of a computer is not detrimental to your recovery so home-office may be a practical solution where available. Generally, you will see it will take until the 4-week mark before you feel comfortable continuing with your regular daily activities.
When Can I Expect To See The Results From The Surgical Facelift Treatment?
Approximately six weeks after your surgery swelling will have subsided and the first meaningful results will be visible. The healing and regenerative processes however, continue far past this mark as collagen and elastin fibres of the deep tissue layers will continue to be regenerated and remodelled. This healing process will have mostly stabilised around 12 months after your facelift and this is when most patients will see maximal results.
The facelift can be very successful restorative procedure, and it is typically years before further ageing treatments are considered. Results will always vary from patient to patient and healing depends largely on the extent of your surgery and the post-operative care and routines upheld. Proper skincare routine and lifestyle choices have a big impact on how long you can enjoy the benefits of your surgical facelift.