A face lift is the reconstruction of the facial skin for an enhanced, more youthful appearance. It is suitable for both men and women, particularly those with loose facial or neck skin, but who still have elasticity and a strong, well-defined bone structure.
Your surgeon will recommend a treatment specifically designed to meet your needs and wishes.
This is an informal consultation between you and Dr Silva to understand your objectives and discuss the options available to you along with the potential outcomes. It may be possible to provide a quote at this time.
You will meet the surgeon. The procedure will be discussed further and a treatment option chosen. The surgeon will discuss what you can expect before, during and after the operation and will also discuss what you must do pre- and post-operatively. You will be quoted a price for the procedure and the procedure date will be booked.
Once you are happy to go ahead with the procedure you will attend for a full medical history and examination. All pre-operative forms will be completed and you will receive a pre and post procedure information leaflet. You will also be reviewed by an anaesthetist at this appointment.
This is the final pre-operative consultation on the day of the procedure. Written consent will be obtained and countersigned by the operating surgeon and your pre-operative photographs will be taken on this day.
After you have booked your operation, it is important that you consider the following:
You must eat healthily and do a reasonable amount of routine exercises. During this period we recommend that you:
Other specific instructions relating to your medication will be discussed at your medical consultation.
Please ensure you follow the specific instructions given to you by the anaesthetist at the medical consultation.
You must not eat or drink for at least 6-8 hours prior to the start of the operation.
Should you feel unwell, develop flu-like symptoms, a cough or fever the day before the operation, please inform us at your earliest convenience as your procedure may need to be postponed.
Please take note of the following considerations before you arrange your operation:
It is likely that you will feel some discomfort following the surgery and your cheeks will feel numb. The areas below your neck will also be tender. The day after the operation the pain should ease considerably and medication, as advised by your anaesthetist, can control any remaining pain or discomfort.
Drink plenty of water in the first 24-48 hours following your operation to replace fluid lost during the procedure.
The length of your recovery will depend greatly on the procedure. Occasionally bruising can occur, but this doesn’t usually last longer than 2 weeks.
Take care when washing, around the surgical area and dry your hair well after showering. You should also avoid using any hair colours or perms for 2 months after surgery.
After the procedure, you will have at least 3 follow-up appointments at 10, 30 and 90 days after the operation. The follow-up appointments are highly important and must be attended for wound management. Failing to follow the post-surgical guidelines and attend your appointments is likely to adversely affect the outcome of your surgery and may put your health at risk.
What are the benefits of the face lift procedure?
This procedure can help to minimise the visible signs of aging and enhance your self-confidence by making you look and feel younger.
Am I a suitable candidate for the operation?
This will be discussed during your consultation with your surgeon. The ideal candidate will have saggy skin but with retained elasticity and a well-defined bone structure.
How long will the results last?
This depends from person to person but the results usually last between 5 and 10 years.
What techniques are used for the face lift procedure?
There are different techniques used for face lifting and the technique used will depend on your surgeon and what he thinks is the best technique for you.
Will I feel any pain after the operation?
You are likely to feel some discomfort following the operation; however this will subside as your recovery continues. Medication can be taken to deal with any pain or discomfort.
How soon after my operation can I continue with normal daily activities?
Recovery usually takes between 10 and 14 days although this varies from person to person. If you abide by the advice given regarding post-operative recovery, this will maximise your chance of a quick recovery.