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The facelift is a surgical procedure used to address more advanced signs of aging. Also known as a rhytidectomy, this surgery repositions and tightens muscles and the overlying skin structure to achieve a smoother, more youthful look to the middle and lower face. This procedure is specifically used to treat significant skin laxity and deep facial creases that make us look older than we feel. Dr Thomas uses a variety of facelift techniques that allow him to customise your surgery to your specific needs and desired outcome.

Candidates for Facelift Surgery

A facelift may be a good option if you have any of the following concerns:

  • Skin sagging in the mid or lower face
  • Facial fat that has moved from one area to another
  • The formations of jowls along the jawline and a double chin
  • Facial creases from the nose to the mouth or mouth to the chin

A facelift can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures like a Brow Lift, eyelid surgery or neck lift to enhance results.

Types of Facelifts
Dr Thomas offers two different types of facelift procedures:

Mini or Short-Scar Facelift
This procedure may be recommended for patients with moderate signs of aging or for those that have a very specific area of the face they wish to focus upon. Small incisions along the hairline and along the front of the natural ear folds are used to access excess tissue and tighten underlying muscles. Skin is pulled smoothly over the treated area and sutured closed. This procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthesia and requires a recovery period of only around 1- 2 weeks.
A full facelift is the preferred choice for patients with more significant signs of aging or multiple areas of the face they would like to address in a single procedure. Incisions are made along the hairline and around the ears on either side of the head. Underlying muscles can be lifted, while excess skin and tissue is removed. Remaining skin is smoothed over the treatment area and sutured closed. A full facelift is typically performed under general anaesthesia and may require an overnight stay in the hospital. Recovery time is usually 2-4 weeks.
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What to Expect after Surgery
After a facelift, there will be some bruising, swelling and a moderate amount of discomfort. Ice packs and oral medication will help manage those side effects for the first few days. Within just a few weeks, you will begin to see the positive results of your surgery, which will be a permanent lifelong improvement. Eventually, gravity and age will cause signs of aging to return, possibly necessitating another procedure in the future to maintain your youthful appearance.

Facelifts are an effective, long-lasting way to turn back the clock on your appearance and create a more aesthetically pleasing facial profile. To learn more about your options in facelifts, contact Dr Thomas at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery on 03 9034 7738.