If you feel like your face no longer matches the way you feel, or you don’t think you look like yourself any longer, a facelift may be the solution for you. Gravity, ageing and environmental factors like sun damage eventually cause loosening of the facial tissues. The jawline may begin to lose definition and jowls may start to develop. Your nasolabial folds, from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth, will tend to deepen. As the skin loses its elasticity, fat deposits begin to settle farther down the face, leaving the mid-face lacking definition.
Ageing completely changes the durability of the skin as the cells succumb to environmental and emotional stresses. Electing to have a facelift procedure can reverse many of these telling signs of ageing and at The Face Institute in Sydney, we discuss the benefits with our patients early on. The earlier we find these inconsistencies in the skin, the better your skin will look over time. Prevent ageing whenever you can, because it’s the best-kept secret.
The Art of THE FACELIFT
There are several types of lifting procedures performed today that address facial ageing and restore a more youthful appearance. The kind of lift that is most appropriate for you depends on the degree of correction you want to achieve, the condition of your skin and underlying boney structure, among other factors. During your consultation with Dr Gerarchi at TFI, we perform a detailed analysis of the skin from every angle and offer suggestions to each of our patients, so they know what to expect.
Dr Gerarchi of Sydney will provide a treatment plan during your procedure to help lift, tighten and contour the skin. The facelift is the only procedure that will remove any excess skin and added fatty deposits that settle and distort your best facial features. We offer different degrees of facelifts for each patient because like our patients our procedures are unique to them. We will walk you through the three different facelifts we offer at The Face Institute.
SMAS, Sub-SMAS, and Deep Plane lifts refer to progressively more invasive lifting procedures that are typically known as a traditional facelift. Dr Gerarchi performs all of these types of facelift and will tailor the procedure to your needs and what is best suited for your anatomy. All of these procedures involve incisions from the hairline above the ear, around and behind it, and into the hairline behind the ear. This type of incision offers the best point of access to the muscle and ligaments of the face and neck, allowing for effective correction of face and neck ageing. As with other types of facial lifts, these procedures are often combined with other procedures such as a brow lift, neck lift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), fat transfer or laser facial resurfacing.
What should I expect during and after surgery?
A ‘traditional’ facelift is effective at treating moderate to severe facial sagging and droopiness. Depending on the degree you require of how deep you would like the facelift to go, you may or may not need a traditional facelift. Our facelifts can go as deep as to lift and restructure the muscular layers beneath the skin, to craft a new base of smoothness and tightened skin all around. This is usually performed under general anaesthetic and involves an overnight stay in the hospital with at least two weeks away from work and normal activities.
The surgery itself is completed in three to four hours. Sutures will be removed at a follow-up appointment one to two weeks after surgery. Most patients look and feel well enough to be presentable within two to three weeks. During the recovery period, a compression garment will be worn on the face, and the face and neck will feel tight and stiff. This recovery process is normal and passes within a few weeks.
To schedule your consultation for a facelift in Sydney with Dr Gerarchi, or to learn more about our procedures, call The Face Institute today on 02 9412 4599.
The before and after photographs shown are of Dr Gerarchi’s patients and the surgery has been performed by Dr Gerarchi. They are for illustrative purposes only. They show the results achieved by individual patients and are no guarantee of the outcome to be expected by any particular individual considering surgery. Surgeons of good reputation do not guarantee outcomes. Unexpected events and individual healing characteristics can affect the outcome of any surgery.
Please feel free free to call us on (02) 9412 4599 or email if you would like any additional information about this procedure.