Over the years, the ageing process can make the face and neck sag. Skin becomes less elastic, muscles weaken, skin on the eyelids develops into folds and wrinkles deepen. The angles between the neck and chin become less defined and the jaw line becomes floppy. How quickly this happens is dependent on genetics, exposure to the sun and lifestyle choices such as smoking.
When having facelift surgery, a general anaesthetic is usually recommended and the procedure usually takes around three hours to complete. There are three common types of facelifts:
Traditional facelift – the incisions begin in the hairline around the temples, around the ear and ends on the lower half of the scalp.
Limited incision – incisions start under the temples and go around the ear. This technique is less rejuvenating than a full facelift.
Neck lift – focuses on the neck and chin area and requires an incision that wraps around the ear or close to the hairline.
The skin will be lifted and the tissue underneath tightened, excess skin and fat will be removed. The skin is then repositioned to create a tighter and firmer appearance. The incisions from the facelift will be closed using stitches or skin glue and the scars will be hardly noticeable as they will be hidden behind the ears or in the hairline.
After the surgery, you will need to wear dressings the first 24-48 hours and continue to wear a headband for a week or two. The stitches will be removed after five to ten days and after a couple of weeks, you can return to normal activity.
Prior to your surgery, Dr. di Mauro and the team will be on-hand to talk you through the process, the aftercare and your expected results.