Lifts and tightens sagging facial skin, improve jowls and loose neck skin
Ageing causes the skin and soft tissue of the face to become loose and droop with the effects of gravity. Facial fat of the cheek descends and facial bones become resorbed. Sun exposure compounds the problem and adds to wrinkle formation.
A full facelift improves the skin and tissues of the lower two-thirds of the face, from the ears, across to the cheeks, and down to the jawline, by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and re-draping skin.
The procedure takes two to four hours and is usually done under general anaesthetic. It maybe done as an inpatient or outpatient depending on what else is done in the surgery.
Side effects and complications can include temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of the skin, as well as a tight feeling . For men, side effects may include a permanent need to shave behind ears, where beard-growing skin is repositioned. Temporary or permanent nerve injury is rare, but could lead to numbness and weakness of facial muscles. Other possible complications include infection, bleeding, hematoma and excess scarring.
Bruising should begin to disappear after seven to ten days. Patients can return to work after ten to fourteen days. Strenuous activity may be resumed after two weeks or more.