WHAT IS A FACE LIFT?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
Sagging in the middle of your face
Deep creases below the lower eyelids
Deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
Loss of skin tone in the lower face that creates jowls
Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw can give even a person of normal weight the appearance of a double chin
The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions, and stress.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE?
The best face lift candidates will have realistic expectations and follow the advice of their plastic surgeons. There is no optimal age for having face lift surgery performed. In fact, skin condition and texture are more important factors than age. After meeting with a cosmetic surgeon, the patient will usually be advised as to whether he or she is a good candidate for face lift surgery, or whether an alternate procedure might be preferable.
The best candidates for face lifts share certain important traits. The following is a list of factors that can affect whether or not an individual is a good candidate for face lift surgery:
Skin elasticity An optimal face lift candidate will have skin that retains some flexibility. This is important because facelifts stretch the facial skin to remove wrinkles. Successful healing with maximum results depends on having skin that is still fairly supple.
Realistic expectations An optimal face lift candidate will understand not only what face lifts can accomplish, but also the limitations of facial plastic surgery procedures. Consulting with a qualified plastic surgeon can help a patient attain the information needed to make the right decision about face lift surgery.
Good overall health An optimal face lift candidate will be generally healthy and will inform his or her surgeon of any preexisting medical conditions well in advance. A face lift is an invasive surgical procedure that requires significant healing and recovery, so it is essential that the patient be physically prepared for surgery.
Loose skin on the face and/or neck An optimal face lift candidate often wants to remove excess skin from the face or neck, tightening skin and removing wrinkles simultaneously. The surgeon trims the loose skin during the procedure.
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A neck lift is a procedure that can provide a powerful complement to a mini facelift. Neck lifting tightens the skin of the neck and its underlying platysmal muscles, which extend from the chin down to the collar bones. In essence, it addresses everything that is visible from the neckline of a t-shirt to the lower third of the face. Neck lift surgery may be performed through a peri-auricular incision or separate incisions under the chin. In some cases, patients choose to incorporate liposuction into a neck lift to enhance the definition of their neck and jaw lines.
A mid facelift addresses the area that extends from the cheekbones to the jaw. Using incisions similar to those used in a mini facelift, the surgeon tightens the SMAS and skin tissue, pulling outward horizontally toward the ears to achieve a lift of two to four centimetres. This flattens folds around the mouth. The tissues are held in place with permanent sutures under the skin. Your surgeon can also redistribute the fat tissue in your cheeks to enhance your contours during this procedure. Once your skin and underlying tissues are redraped to achieve a natural-looking refinement, excess tissues are trimmed away and the incisions are closed with sutures.
BROW LIFT OR UPPER FACELIFT
A brow lift, also known as an upper facelift or forehead lift, reduces wrinkles and lines in the upper third of the face. Brow lift surgery subtly tightens the skin and underlying muscle tissue of the forehead, reducing wrinkles between the eyes and across the brow. It can also lift the eyebrows.
Surgeons perform brow lift surgery using incisions created in the hairline, which result in subtle, easily concealed scars. The procedure is commonly combined with blepharoplasty, or eyelid lift surgery. The combination of these surgeries can create a rejuvenated, more rested appearance.
A full facelift combines elements of lower, mid, and upper facelifts. When an experienced surgeon with advanced knowledge of facial anatomy performs a full facelift, it can restore definition to your features, reduce wrinkling and sagging skin, and rejuvenate your appearance in a way that looks natural.
Combining one or more treatments is more common for older patients who want a fully rejuvenated look. As always, patients should be prepared to discuss their goals with their surgeon, and they should expect the surgeon to thoroughly explain how different refinements will result in a harmonious overall enhancement.
It is also possible to combine EYELID SURGERY with facelift surgery.
YOUR RECOVERY + AFTER CARE
In general, the more extensive the facelift surgery, the longer the recovery period will be. Today, advances in techniques and technology have resulted in shorter recovery times following surgery of all kinds. Nevertheless, a recovery phase remains as crucial as ever to the success of any treatment. By following your surgeon's explicit instructions, you can expect to experience the full benefits of your facelift.
After any type of facelift surgery, patients initially wear dressings that cover incisions as they heal. When the anesthesia wears off you may feel a bit nauseous or cold, but these feelings will typically subside quickly as the medication leaves your body. Usually, you will have bandages on your face, and there may be some drainage tubes as well, depending on the extent of the procedure. If you do have these tubes, you should expect drainage for at least 48 hours.
You MUST Wear Compression Garments
Our surgeons require you to wear a compression garment. These garments are designed to reduce swelling and assist you with your recovery. You should wear this garment daily (night and day) while in Thailand and then when you return home, please wear the garment at night for the next few months. You should also wear the garment as much as you can during the day, we understand that the garment may be hard to wear to work but once you are home please put the garment on. You can remove the garment for short periods whilst eating if you are finding it difficult, but you must put it back on as soon as you have finished.
Please make sure you remember to pack your garments along with your other luggage, as you will be required to bring these to the hospital on the morning of your procedure.
To wash your garments please place in a laundry bag and use a gentle machine wash or alternatively hand wash.
General risks of face lift surgery
Facelifts are common and typically successful procedures, but, like any surgery, they are not without risks. While facelift surgery can turn back the clock, correct sagging skin, tighten facial muscles, and improve your facial contour, it can also cause problems such as:
Bad Reaction to Anaesthesia
General anaesthesia can cause an unpleasant or unexpected reaction; however, a qualified anaesthesiologist should be able to identify emerging problems before they become worse.
Face lift patients are at risk of developing an infection during and immediately following their surgery. A clean, sterile, operating room lessens the risk of contracting an infection during the surgery.
After surgery, the risk of infection increases if the surgical wound is not properly cared for. Your surgeon will have specific instructions for removing/changing bandages, exposing your wound to water, and keeping it clean. Note that it is normal to have some bleeding and leakage after surgery, but if the surgical wound is unclean, the risk of infection rises. Most infections following face lift surgery are the result of the patient's failure to properly care for their surgical wound during their recovery.
Each patient will heal at his or her own pace. That being said, young patients in good physical condition typically heal faster than older or less physically fit patients. Tenderness, bruising, pain, and swelling usually subside after about four to six weeks. Patients who experience significant discomfort after six weeks have passed are considered to be healing slowly.
Smoking or exposure to cigarette smoke decreases the size of blood vessels, complicating circulation of oxygen to the skin cells.
Hematomas can be a serious problem. A collection of blood in a body cavity, a hematoma may cause pain, infections, scar tissue, or other issues. A sudden change in colour or contour of your skin is a warning that you may be developing a hematoma. Patients with this possible complication should contact their physician immediately so treatment can happen immediately.
In rare cases, a nerve may be cut, nicked, or cauterized, causing numbness or facial paralysis. Fortunately, when this does occur, the damage is not always permanent.
Some patents may experience a loss of sensation following their facelifts. While this can be a sign of nerve damage, it can also be a passing side effect that should resolve itself within a few weeks.
Although there will always be some scars remaining after a facelift, in most cases, they are hidden and over time will fade to a fine line. Occasionally, there may be some faint marks that are not concealed behind the ear or in the hair.
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All prices are for men and women. All prices are fixed in Thai Baht.
Included in prices:
Hospital stay in a single, private room
Plastic + reconstructive surgeon
Private hospital fees
Bandages, dressings and prescribed medications for 7 days
Pre and post operative consultations with a leading surgeon