As a person ages, there are many changes that occur in the face. The forehead and brow can drop, changes around the eyes make them look tired, there is a decrease in the volume of fat in the face, especially in the cheek areas, the mid-face drops down leading to jowls (sag along the jawline) and deep nasolabial grooves and marionette lines at the junction of your cheeks and nose/lips. There may be excess fat in the neck with loose skin that affects the definition of the neck and jawline.
There are various techniques used to improve the appearance of the face. Most of the minimally invasive techniques tend to produce minimally effective changes in the face too. We often get patients who have spent a significant amount on some of these techniques and then finally approach us to have a more effective surgical facelift procedure done.
Mr Mahajan plans the procedure to place the scar as inconspicuous as possible. He uses the SMAS contouring technique that he has acquired from Stockholm and has improvised upon it to suit his patients. This technique not only helps tighten and suspend the SMAS layer, repositioning it to where it belongs but also helps restore the volume of the face in the areas that help rejuvenate the face. This procedure is carried out in a plane above where the important nerves in the face are located, thereby minimizing the risk of injury to them. This technique avoids the ‘wind swept’ appearance and produces a long-lasting youthful appearance. The facelift procedure will bring back the youthful appearance to your face. If your expectations are realistic, you will always be happy, if not, you will always be unhappy irrespective of how good a job your surgeon might have done!
This procedure is often combined with eyelids lift, brow lift or fat transfer to areas in the face to help achieve a global rejuvenation of the face.
What to expect?
- Anaesthesia: General Anaesthetic
- Duration of inpatient stay: 1 night
- Wounds healed in: 1 week
- Scars matured in: Settle in 3 to 6 months, fully matured in 12 to 18 months
- Back to light work (Desk job): 2 weeks
- Back to cardiac exercise / fast walking: 2 to 3 weeks
- Back to labour intensive work / Exercise: 6 to 8 weeks
- Sexual activity: 6 to 8 weeks
- Able to drive: 2 weeks (Should be able to apply emergency stop)
- ‘Long haul’ flights/holidays: Avoid four weeks before and after. Short flights are okay but take precautions.
- Shower/bath: Keep dressing dry for one week but pamper yourself with a sponge bath.
- Sunbathe: Keep the scars covered or protected with a high factor sun protection cream until they mature in about a year or so.
- Garments: Face lift garment for 1 week
- Post-operative review: 1 weeks, 3 months (As often as necessary if clinically indicated)
- Post-Operative pain / discomfort: 2 to 5 days
- Potential risks: (Every effort is made to reduce the risk of complications, but potential risks are) Bleeding, bruising, swelling, haematoma, infection, delayed wound healing, skin necrosis, scars – hypertrophic, stretched, sensitive, scar alopecia, step in the hair line, earlobe deformity, residual fullness or irregularities, asymmetry, numbness facial skin / ears, facial nerve injury, risks associated with general anaesthetic, blood clots in legs or lungs.
How long does the surgery take?
Duration of surgery: About 4 hours
Will my Surgery take place at Evolve
At the moment Evolve Medical can only provide operations under Local Anaesthetic
Price on consultation.