For those who wish to rejuvenate the face and to restore the effects of ageing and gravity, a face lift will provide an enhanced and refreshed result, redefining the jawline, softening the hollows under the eyes and lifting the brows to boost self-confidence. 


A face lift or rhytidectomy surgery is done to improve and tighten sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin that commonly occur due to ageing, providing a younger, refreshed face. A face lift can also be combined with other aesthetic treatments to replace lost facial volume, eye lift (blepharoplasty) and brow lift to correct drooping of the eyelids, forehead and brows. 


A Deep Plane Face Lift is a type of face lift that is more comprehensive than other techniques, as it addresses the deeper structures of the face like the SMAS layer, the fat, and the muscles. The result is a more natural, youthful-looking face with improved contours and more definition. This procedure should only be performed by Plastic Surgeons with adequate training and experience, and Dr Sofianos is a Plastic Surgeon in South Africa who has trained with leaders in the field and can offer this technique.


A face lift is done under general anaesthesia. Prior to the surgery, Dr Sofianos will make markings and draw on your face to plan surgery while he explains each and every step. A face lift can be done in various different ways, involving many additional treatments and surgeries. Traditionally rhytidectomy surgery is done by making an incision in the hairline above the ear, in front of the ear in the sideburns and behind in the crease of the ear. Next, the skin and fatty tissue are lifted from the underlying facial muscle. The excess skin and fat are then removed, and the underlying tissue layer is then sculpted. The skin is then pulled backwards and upwards to tighten the face before closing the incision with stitches. In some cases, a small incision in the chin is needed to remove lax skin in the neck. Additional botox and fillers can be added at this time.


A mini face lift, also known as a mini lift or limited incision facelift, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the appearance of the lower face, neck, and jawline. It involves the use of smaller incisions than a traditional facelift, allowing the procedure to be performed more quickly and with less scarring. The mini face lift focuses primarily on improving the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin in the lower face and neck, and can be combined with other procedures such as Botox or dermal fillers to achieve more dramatic results.


Upon waking from surgery, you can expect some pain near the incisions. Your face will be wrapped tightly to prevent bruising, and you will have a small drain placed to remove any excess fluid over the next two days. During this time you will remain in hospital under observation. Once discharged, you can expect some swelling and bruising for the next 2 - 8 weeks. You can expect a full recovery and less visible scars in 6 months of surgery.




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