Medical Research has advanced Face-Lift procedures a great deal.
Gone is the “one size fits all” approach. No longer does the surgery produce results that cause skin to appear seemingly stretched. Treatment does not need to be blatantly visible and the ‘fake’-look is out. The modern Face-Lift techniques can deliver a naturally ‘well-rested’ and rejuvenated look.
Personalized is best
The modern day Face-Lift procedures offer individuals a wide range of personalized options. Choosing the right one will depend on a number of factors and will take into account your aesthetic goals, facial structure, and more.
To make this possible the techniques themselves have advanced to a fine science.
What do they treat?
Face-Lifts are a commonly requested and established treatment to turn back the clock on visible aging on the skin and facial tissue. Face-Lifts can restore the natural contours of the face by smoothing skin, repositioning or tightening tissue or facial muscle, and removing excess fat.
They mainly aim to reduce:
- Loose Skin
- Displaced fat deposits
Depending on the procedure they may hold promise for decreasing the following:
- Under the eyelids
- Either side of the nose
- At corners of the mouth
- Nasolabial Folds that extend from the nose to the mouth
- Jowls along jawline
Note: In some instances, if required to achieve an aesthetic target, a surgical Face-Lift can be combined with a Neck-Lift.
Procedure Focus: Non-Surgical Face-Lift
Many clients who want to witness the possible effects of a surgical Face-Lift procedure may first explore the offerings of non-surgical Face-Lift treatments as the effects are not permanent.
Procedure & Recovery
A non-surgical Face-Lift as the name suggests is performed outside of theatre without entailing surgery. It is conducted by Dr Potgieter in a treatment room and involves the use of local anaesthetic if necessary. A special tool called a Blunt Tip Cannula is used for insertion. This instrument requires expert skill and can deposit fillers with less potential injury to surrounding tissues and small blood vessels deep within the dermis.
In some cases, a non-surgical Face-Lift can be carried out without incurring downtime. Depending on the extent of the procedure; a recovery period of several days can be recommended. Dr Potgieter will advise on each case individually.
How long does it last?
Non-surgical Face-Lift results are not permanent & can be expected to last for 9-24 months.
Procedure Focus: Surgical Face-Lift
Incisions can be made along the upper part of the side burn, in front and behind the ears near the hairline. In some instances, an incision may be made underneath the jaw. These incision locations allow for discrete thin scar lines to heal relatively unnoticed.
Procedure & Recovery
A surgical Face-Lift takes place within 2-4 hours under aesthetic in an operating theatre. Depending upon the client, a Face-Lift can achieve a balanced aesthetic on its own. However, it is sometimes suitable to combine the Facelift with other aesthetic treatments such that a natural aesthetic is achieved. As a general rule, it is recommended that the client stays overnight in hospital for observation. Most individuals find that prescription medication is only needed for the first 24hrs and thereafter over-the-counter pain relief is suitable. Dr Potgieter will work closely during recovery to ensure proper pain management.
Keep in mind that each individual will experience recovery slightly differently.
A recovery period is absolutely required after a surgical face-lift. During this time physical activity is to be kept at a minimum. Ensuring that the head remains elevated and applying cold compresses may help ease swelling on the site. Swelling should greatly subside in the first 48 hours but can take several weeks to completely clear. The appearance of bruising is common and will dissipate after two weeks.
Stitches or sutures will be removed within 10 days. Recovery time generally requires around 4 weeks. Most patients report that they are confident out in public within a week.
How long does it last?
Surgical Face-Lift results are long-term, however, that is not to say that they remain unchanged. No treatment or protocol can completely stop the natural aging process. To get the best results from treatment one should adopt healthy lifestyle choices ( & there are also prescribed skincare products ) that can contribute to a health skin matrix.
An individual considering a Face-Lift procedure ought to be close to their ideal weight, have realistic expectations and be in good health.
Choosing a Doctor
When choosing a doctor find a reputable certified professional who has years of experience in performing the procedure you are considering. Schedule a consultation and use that time to ask the doctor questions.
The right doctor should:
- Consider your Medical History
- Provide information including risks of treatment
- Ensure that your unique facial structure and body type are taken into account i.e no one-size-fits-all approach
- Listen attentively to your questions and concerns
- Ask and Understand your motivation for seeking treatment
- Advise on healthy expectations
Dr Anton Potgieter ensures that his clients who seek treatment receive professional & considerate service. He prizes client-confidence and as such he happily provides a second consultation pre-surgery free of charge.