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 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.
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.