Why Have A Facelift?
As we get older, and particularly above the age of 40, our faces may change and lose their youthful attractiveness.
Aging, stress and sun exposure often take their toll and lead to a loss of tightness and fullness of the mid face. Facelifts are a long-term effective way to address this deterioration and restore pride in your appearance. Dr. Salas is well versed in a variety of Facelift options and is able to offer the perfect, customized solution for every patient. They can be usefully combined with other procedures such as eyelid surgeries and neck lifts.
Dr. Salas strives for a natural, subtle facelift, restoring youthfulness whilst avoiding an 'overdone' appearance.
There are a number of different face lift techniques. Sometimes, in addition to incisions to the surface of the skin, fine telescopic instruments are used to work underneath the skin. This is called endoscopic face lift.
A typical operation involves a cut within the hairline at the temple. Some hair may be shaved off for the operation, but will regrow to cover the scar. If this is necessary, the surgeon will discuss this beforehand. The incision is extended down to the top of the ear, around the front of the ear to the ear lobe and into the hairline. A cut may also be made under the chin to help correct a sagging jaw line.
For endoscopic surgery, several small incisions are made behind the hair line. The skin is then carefully separated from the underlying muscles of the face. These muscles are tightened and any excess fat is removed. Then the skin is lifted up and pulled back. Excess skin is trimmed off and the cut is stitched. At the end of the operation, the face is tightly wrapped in a dressing.
How long will it last?
The effects of a face lift can last for up to 10 years, depending on the elasticity of a person's skin. In older people, or people who use sun beds or spend a lot of time in the sun, the effects tend not to last as long. It is important to complete any weight loss programmed before the operation as losing weight can cause loose skin.
Preparation & Recovery
Each patient will be given specific and tailored instructions regarding preparation for surgery.
Those who smoke run a greater risk of chest infection and the healing wounds in smokers may be slower. For patients who smoke it is advisable to cut down for a week before surgery and to stop smoking completely for three days immediately before the operation. Assumption of Aspirin or blood thinning medication should be avoided for two weeks before surgery as it can reduce natural blood clotting after the operation.