A Face Lift is a surgical procedure commonly referred to as ‘turning back the clock’ as it assists in improving the visible signs of ageing in the face, neck and eyes. The goal of this procedure is to create a refreshed face and ultimately a younger appearance.
The face can lose its youthful appearance for a number of reasons, besides ageing, including weight loss, excess sun damage, smoking, excessive drinking as well as heredity and stress.
The face is divided into four parts for four different areas of attention:
Upper Face Lift – Lifting and tightening the forehead and above the eyebrows.
Mid Face Lift – Reduces and lifts the excess and heavy looking skin at the corner of the eyes/brows, around the cheeks and decrease the depth of nasolabial folds.
Lower Face Lift – Assists in softening the visible lines around your mouth and tightens skin along the jawline.
Neck Lift – Further tightens under the jawline and the general neck area, usually in conjunction with neck muscle tightening — no more turkey neck!
Blepharoplasty and Facial Liposuction are also done in conjunction with a Face Lift to achieve optimum results:
Blepharoplasty – Removes excess skin and tighten the muscles over the eyes to open your eye area to appear more youthful; this is also commonly performed as a stand-alone procedure under local anaesthetic at accredited and esteemed clinics like Jade plastic surgery Cairns.
Facial liposuction – Targets and eliminates small pockets of unwanted fat from particular areas of the neck and face to contour, shape and define.
Am I a suitable candidate for a Face Lift?
Ideal candidates are individuals who have good bone structure but also have excessive lines, sagging skin or deep creases. There is no real age limit for Face Lift surgery; although, most candidates are often between the age of 40 and 65.
You may be eligible for a Face Lift if:
- You appear to have visible signs of ageing (sagging skin/skin laxity)
- You have good health and bone structure
- You are at your ideal weight (further weight loss or gain will affect results)
- You have researched the procedure thoroughly
- You have realistic expectations for your surgery
When it comes to surgery and weight, most would assume weight fluctuations would not affect facial surgery. WRONG – gaining weight post-surgery will change your aesthetic outcome to some degree and will be the most significant contributing factor to your dissatisfaction.
What should I expect from Face Lift surgery?
A Face Lift will not change your fundamental appearance and won’t stop the ageing process either. 100% removal of wrinkles is not guaranteed, although they will soften over time. Depending on the area/type of Face Lift, you can expect an overall soft and refreshed appearance. Creases and wrinkles may still be present, but less visible.
It’s very important that you remember that while the ageing process can be partially impaired and set back, surgery will not stop the ageing process from continuing, however, it can help you look younger again!