A facelift involves the surgical tightening of the skin around the face and neck, the removal of wrinkles, and the repositioning of the volume of your cheeks, providing a youthful, refreshed and natural appearance. Since the aging of the skin can be caused by a number of factors including genetics, sun damage, smoking, excessive facial expression and discolouration, there are many techniques both surgical and non-surgical to consider. Skin care, lasers, fillers, and neurotoxins (Botox) will all be considered, as facial rejuvenation takes into consideration all the signs of aging, not just the loose or sagging skin. During your consultation, Dr Shortt will discuss your desired outcome, while evaluating the structure, gravity, volume and texture of your face to carefully develop a surgical plan that is appropriate for you.

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When to consider having this procedure?

The desire to “turn back the clock” and look like your younger self often leads patients to inquire about facial rejuvenation through a surgical facelift procedure. In general, candidates for a surgical facelift are aged 45 - 70 years, but younger patients do sometimes require a face or neck lift depending on their desired appearance. You should be in good health and are able to have general anaesthetic, and may have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • sagging or drooping facial skin due to the aging process, reduced skin elasticity, or sun damage
  • self conscious about facial appearance and the aging process
  • deepening lines and wrinkles on the face due to the aging process, reduced skin elasticity or environmental factors such as ongoing squinting from working outdoors
  • desire to look like their “youthful self”, without looking overdone

What is the recovery time?

In general, the recovery time following a facelift surgical procedure is a 2-3 weeks. Sutures will be removed at one week but you may still have some bruising or swelling for a bit of time after that. Generally, after the first week you can apply cover-up to conceal bruising. As with any surgery under general anaesthetic, there are potential risks or complications to consider. During your private consultation, Dr Shortt will take a thorough medical history from you, discuss your surgical options, explain the complete procedure and potential risks, what to expect pre and post surgery and your estimated recovery time.

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