At a certain point, non-surgical methods may no longer do the job. Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Darryl Hodgkinson shares his approach to surgical rejuvenation of the face. Before and after facelif...Continue Reading
Facelift Surgery Sydney
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About The Procedure
Today more women and men are considering a facelift surgery or mini face lift to help restore their face to a more youthful appearance. No longer do you have to worry about having a "plastic" or pulled look that was one of the concerns of the facelifts of old. Having performed so many facelift surgeries, Dr Hodgkinson's facelift patients tell us that their family and friends say they look like themselves, just more youthful, refreshed and more vibrant!
Facelift surgery restores a more pleasing contour to your face and neck. A mini-facelift can be done alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a forehead lift, eyelid surgery, or nose reshaping. Ask Dr. Darryl Hodgkinson and the specialists at The Cosmetic & Restorative Surgery Clinic about the facelift procedure that is right for you, they are the leaders for facelift surgery Sydney.
Are you a Facelift Surgery Candidate?
If your face and neck have started to sag you may be a good candidate. Dr. Hodgkinson can assess your skin's elasticity and help you determine the appropriate procedure for you. Remember, facelift surgery has been successfully performed on patients as young as 40 years old and as old as 80 years old.
Facelift Options in Sydney
(Facelift, S-Lift and Mini Lift)
The full facelift is a comprehensive procedure that addresses the entire face through to the neck. The areas of focus ofcourse, will depend on the individual's needs and desired outcome.
The facelift operation elevates and re-drapes the facial skin and underlying musculature to eliminate laxity and sagging. The operation can be designed to correct problems in the neck, under the jaw and/or chin and in the cheeks.
The Mini Facelift
The midface lift (often called a mini facelift addresses sagging in the cheek or middle third of the face) tends to be popular in the younger facelift patient whereas the older patients tend to require a full facelift to address ageing in the lower two thirds of the face.
This change in the type of mini face lift and facelift most common for different age groups is due to the fact that as individuals age, there is a change in the skin just as there are changes in all other parts of the body. Fatty tissue tends to decrease in volume and in density causing the skin to sag and hang loosely. There are also changes in the bony facial structure that, when combined with changes in muscular action and the effects of gravity, leads to more prominent skin folds. These changes are greatest under the chin, in the upper neck and at the skin folds near the corner of the mouth.
How Long Does It Take To Recover From a Facelift?
Everyone heals differently, so whilst there is no one answer to this question, there are of course guidelines to help you plan for your surgery and an uneventful recovery. The less invasive nature of today’s facelift procedures means that most people can be back at work after two weeks. There will be bruising and swelling after the operation but even the most severe swelling should be gone by the third week. Heavy work, stress and sudden movements should be avoided for the first ten days so as not to aggravate swelling or put any stress on the stitches.
Before and 3 Months After Facelift by Dr Hodgkinson
How Can I Get Rid Of My Sagging Jowls?
Jowls are commonly associated with ageing in the lower half of the face. Everyone ages differently but jowls are a common complaint of patients that present at the clinic to find out what their options are and what is the best procedure to correct their sagging jowls. As we get older, not only does our skin lose elasticity but the underlying tissues and fat pats atrophy as well. This ageing process creates this sagging, loose appearance, wherein the jawline loses its definition and often there is also a laxity of the tissues under the chin, giving the person a double chin or “turkey neck”. The best procedure or treatment for sagging jowls usually involves a minimal incision facelift of just the lower two-thirds of the face, which is enough to elevate these tissues combined with some fixation of the tissues underneath (not just a skin lift or S-Lift). It is not possible to create natural looking results when the skin is stretched and tightened like cling wrap to hold the sagging tissues in place. The advantage of the minimal incision facelift combined with the fixation of the underlying tissues over more traditional procedures is that there is less scarring and “down-time” while still providing for a long lasting and more natural result.
Before and After Facelift by Dr Hodgkinson
How Long Will A Facelift Last?
How long the results of restoration surgery will last depends on many factors. These may include genetics, life-style habits such as drinking and smoking, sun exposure, stress and the effectiveness of the original procedure. While we continue to age after we have had surgery, the surgical procedure can help set back the hands of time and start them ticking again from an earlier point.
Before and After Facelift by Dr Hodgkinson
Will a Facelift Fix My Saggy Neck?
No-one wants a double chin (or “turkey neck”) but regardless of your age, you can usually do something about it. From late teens some people notice the hereditary feature of a chubby fat neck. Just looking at your relatives gives you the clue that diet and exercise are not going to fix the problem. Liposuction is generally very effective for these fatty accumulations up to the age of about 40. After 40 years, men and women who are ageing relatively normally, note a laxity of skin and sagging muscles under the chin. A mini-lift is the treatment of choice at this age and can result in a marked “firming” and tensioning of the underlying muscles of the upper neck. After about age 45, fat and sagging skin combine to make the problem more severe and at this stage a neck-lift or a facelift is a better option. To find out the most suitable procedure for you, be sure to consult a surgeon with extensive experience in facelifts. Beware of the “latest”, the “newest”, the “L”, the “S” or “the turbo”! These procedures may have a nifty name but liposuction, a mini-lift and neck-lift have a proven track record of more than 20 years.
Before and After Facelift & Eyelid Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson
What Is The Best Time of the Year To Have a Facelift?
Whilst a facelift can be done at any time, it is important to time your surgery so that you have ample time off (at least a few weeks) to fully heal before returning to the rigours of daily life. That said, facelifts and other procedures, such as eyelid surgery, brow-lifts, neck-lifts and skin rejuvenation techniques like chemical peeling, laserbrasion and dermabrasion, are especially popular in winter. These procedures require the patient to reduce their exposure to the sun and this is easier to do in the cooler months. This exposure to the sun, however, if controlled does not preclude other seasons. Winter is also traditionally socially quieter than summer when holiday parties tend to take over.
Before and After Facelift Surgery by Dr Hodgkinson
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