Dr Winkler | Dreaming of a facelift? What you need to know
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Dreaming of a facelift? What you need to know

Once we get past a certain age, most of us start investigating ways to look and feel more youthful – or at least ways to look as young as we feel! With a number of wonderful non-surgical procedures like Botox and dermal fillers out there, you can start turning back the clock in your 20s and 30s already.

However, as you age, your facial muscles will loosen and skin will become less elastic, creating folds and lines. This is when a facelift operation or rhytidectomy is an ideal procedure for a more alert and youthful appearance. Let’s look at how a facelift can reduce saggy skin and those dreaded wrinkles.


How a facelift can create a more youthful look

You may have read about types of facelifts such as mini and full facelifts. The first thing to note is that, at our practice, a facelift always entails surgery under full anesthetic. We refer to a facelift as a procedure that rejuvenates the mid-face, in other words the cheeks, jowels and neck but not the mouth and chin, and also not the brows or eyes. 

There may be a difference in the way scars are treated, which all depends on how much loose skin a person has on his/her neck. If possible scars will be hidden in the hairline – for a short scar face lift, the scar will be in the hairline and the front of the ear, and for a full facelift the scar will be in the hairline and behind the ear. Scars are usually very well hidden, and tend to fade significantly over time.

Eyes and brows are treated with specific targeted surgery, while the mouth area is best rejuvenated with dermal fillers. We often combine a facelift with other procedures, such as a filling procedure where fat transfers are put in the cheeks for a plump, more youthful look – never tight – or liposuction to remove fat from a person’s neck area. Surgery is also a good opportunity to perform a chemical peel to a person’s skin, improving the appearance of pigmentation, pores and wrinkles.


Am I too young… or too old for a facelift?

If you are under the age of 40, it might be best to delay a facelift for 5-10 years while you can still rejuvenate your skin with non-surgical procedures like Botox, Dermal Fillers or the Silhouette Soft Thread lift. If you feel that surgery is too invasive, thread lifting offers an effective, minimally invasive alternative that is used to treat sagging on the facial contours, jaw line, cheeks, neck and eyebrows in just 40 minutes. 

From the age of 50 onwards, provided you are a non-smoker and in good general health, you will achieve great results from a facelift. The effects usually last for seven to ten years, but remember that your face will continue to age. You will get the best results if you maintain a stable body weight, don’t smoke, and have skin with good levels of elasticity and good bone structure.

Facelifts are not just done for vanity’s sake – it can also be used reconstructively after someone has experienced a stroke, to improve the alignment of the face. What’s more, facelifts are not just for women – we have many male patients who want a more youthful look after a certain age.

Whatever result you desire from your surgery, work with your surgeon to plan a procedure tailored to your needs. This is not a one-size-fits-all procedure, but anyone can benefit not only from a rejuvenated appearance, but also an increase in confidence and self-esteem.

You can expect a 2-3 week recovery time and up to three months for swelling to completely subside. If you want to find out if a facelift is right for you, please get in touch with us to set up an appointment with Dr Winkler.


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