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Gravity does pull things down but it is only about half of the story with facial aging.
Believe it or not, every part of your face changes. This can start from the bony rim under
your eye socket changing to the ‘deflation of the cheek and loose skin changes. As the
cheek descends, you get changes around the eyes as well as a deeper crease between
the sides of your nose to your cheek called the nasolabial groove. Below this point, facial
aging can also manifest as jowls around the lower face. The neck, one of the most problematic areas to conceal, can have a great deal of loose skin and prominent bands.
We use the latest fat grafting techniques to reverse some of the deflation effects of aging
in conjunction with your facelift. This restores some of the volume and has been shown
to improve the skin quality around the face.
Recovery can be thought of in two ways. A functional recovery and a final aesthetic recovery. Perhaps the hardest part about a facelift or necklift is the recovery process afterwards. You will need at least 2-3 weeks of intense recovery.
Most people try to stay away from the public exposure for the first week and you’ll be regularly in our clinic during this time to work on lymphatic massage, light-based therapies and wound care to aid your recovery. There is always some bruising during this period and it is usually the most difficult period.
After about 10 days all the sutures have been removed and you’ll be able to go out socially with sunglasses and some makeup. At around 2 weeks you probably won’t need the sunglasses or makeup, but you’ll still have swelling. At around 3 weeks things are starting to feel more normal again.
You start to get a good idea of your final result at about 4 weeks, but the final swelling might take some months to settle down.
Facelifts and necklifts are aesthetic surgical procedures performed by qualified plastic surgeons under a general anaesthetic.
Very rarely, a facelift may be performed without a necklift and this is called an upper facelift. The same can also be said for a necklift. It can be performed in isolation as well and when this happens it is sometimes called a lower facelift. When a necklift is performed alone, the recovery time and the scars tend to be a little shorter than when it combined with a facelift.
Mini lifts and short scar technique facelifts are both techniques that are variations on the same facelift theme. As 95% of the scars are hidden, the difference between these techniques can be academic at times. The scar is not as important as the technique and the key to lasting beautiful results is the picking the right treatment for you.
Necklifts and facelifts are the best way to restore the volume of your face and cheek back to where it used to be. At the same time loose skin can be tightened along with the muscles in the neck which can become saggy with age. The most common procedure to be combined with a facelift is eyelid surgery- what is known as blepharoplasty.
Beware practitioners that only offer injections or threads only! Dr Alex Phoon offers the full range of surgical and non-surgical treatments so that the very best treatment plan can be customised to you. Non-surgical or injection techniques are great at helping you postponing surgery but there comes a time when they are no longer effective at rejuvenation. Why? Because Botox and fillers can only do so much before you are left with a face that looks unnatural, swollen and featureless without definition.
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Choosing the right procedure and surgeon is important. I believe that helping my clients make informed decisions is key to a great result so if you have a question or would like to know more about something specific, please let me know – Regards, Alex.