The Effects of Ageing
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, improves the appearance of the lower two-thirds of the face by tightening sagging facial muscles, smoothing wrinkled skin, and removing excess fat. This procedure is often combined with a neck lift for improvements under the chin.
What are the effects of ageing?
- Facial skin, due to exposure to natures elements and factors such as smoking undergo changes such as wrinkles, deepening of facial expression lines as well as pigmentary changes.
- Loss of facial volume especially in the malar ( cheek ) areas.
- Descent( ptosis) of the facial soft tissue, causing deep nasolabial lines, marionette lines, flattened cheeks, jowls and sagging neck skin.
- Weakened support structures cause bulging around the eyes.
The surgery is usually performed under sedation, using local anesthesia but can also be done under general anesthesia.
Facelift surgery usually takes between 2 to 4 hours to complete depending on the extent of the procedure. Facelift surgery provides lasting improvements that can remain for 5 to 10 years.
Our patients often find that regaining their youthful look enhances their self-esteem as well as their appearance. Unfortunately, the procedure can’t stop the natural aging process. Factors such as skin elasticity, exposure to the sun, and lifestyle choices (such as, smoking and weight changes) can affect the longevity of your improvements.
The aim is always to look as good as possible for one’s age.