In the weeks before surgery, prepare your home for recovery. Make sure that you have a comfortable environment ready so that you may relax and begin the healing process.
Stock up on ice packs before leaving for the surgery as you will need to use them to reduce swelling during recovery.
If you are a smoker, your surgeon may advise you to quit smoking for at least several weeks prior to a procedure, because smoking is associated with increased risk of surgical complications and slower healing.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and takes around two to four hours. It can take longer if other cosmetic procedures are done at the same time.
In general, a facelift involves lifting and tightening the underlying tissues of the medium and lower third of the face and neck.
The incisions will be made to unnoticeable places, traditionally starting from the temples in the hairline, continuing down and around the ears and ending in the lower scalp. The placement of the incisions depends on the patient’s facial structure and desired result. Fat may also be sculpted or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck and underlying tissue is repositioned, commonly the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted.
The procedure is often combined with eyelid surgery, facial implants or injectable fillers. The combination depends on the patient’s desired final result.
After surgery, you spend time in a recovery room, where you are monitored for complications.
You will be provided with comprehensive instructions on how to take care of yourself during recovery.
The sutures are removed according to the surgeons orders, usually seven days after surgery.
After the procedure, you may experience:
- Numbness or decreased skin sensitivity
Risks associated with surgery in general, including reaction to anaesthesia and blood clots
Swelling can occur two to three weeks after surgery. Any strenuous physical activities should be avoided until fully recovered.
As swelling and bruising subside, the visible improvements of a facelift appear. Your final result should not only provide a more youthful and rested appearance but also help you feel more confident about yourself. You will be able to see the final results after five to six months after surgery.
With age, the skin can start to droop again and the results usually last around seven to ten years. Continuing daily sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help extend the results of your facelift.