Facelift

“A Face Lift procedure aims to achieve a more artistically defined technique to reshape the face and bring out the beauty that existed during youth, while minimising any signs that a surgical procedure has been performed.

Facelift Melbourne

Face Lift Melbourne

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira is a plastic surgeon experienced in Facelift and Rhinoplasty. He aims to achieve a more artistically defined technique that attempts to enhance facial appearance while minimising any signs that a surgical procedure has been performed.

 

Facelift plastic surgery offers profound and long lasting results and may include other areas on the face for a comprehensive treatment, such as brow lift, fat grafting, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), neck lift, neck corset and double chin.

 

A facelift must also address the aesthetic concepts of improving shape and bringing out the beauty of the face that existed during youth. A good facelift is made to measure. It takes into account how you aged, the anatomy of your face and, most importantly, your goals.

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Signs of age

We are all more or less affected by it, an irreversible relentless process of tissue degeneration. Gradually, elastosis (stretching of the skin),fat loss and fat displacement,  and weakening of suspensory ligaments, will lead to signs of ageing:

  • Relaxation of the skin of the face causing sagging
  • Deepening of creases and development of skin folds
  • Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
  •  Jowls leading to loss of jawline contour
  • Loose skin, excess fat or muscle bands in the neck  that can appear as a double chin or “turkey neck”

Volume Changes

As we age there are marked changes to the fatty tissues of the face such as fat deflation and fat displacement. For instance, the malar fat pad (cheek) deflation and drop will contribute to the ageing of the areas around the eyes. Furthermore, it reduces cheek projection and cause skin folds along the jaw or jowls.

MACS Lift / Short Scar Facelift

MACS Lift or Minimal Access Cranial Suspension has become popular because of the reduced risk and morbidity. The reduced surgical signs and very natural results are not only self-evident but are being spread by word of mouth. Patients are referred by friends or family members who are enthusiastic about the short anaesthesia, the quick recovery, and primarily the absence of a “face-lifted” look.

Features

 

  • Short scars
  • Shorter anaesthetic
  • Vertical suspension of tissues
  • Best for younger patients and patients with good skin quality

Limitations

 

  • Degree of lifting, more subtle results
  • Excessive skin sagging
  • Sun damaged, poor quality skin
  • Amount of neck correction that can be achieved

SMAS Lift and
Deep Plane Facelift

Facelift techniques often incorporate dissection of the supportive layer of tissue on the face, underneath the skin and fat layers. This special layer is called SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system). Changes in skin and other facial tissue layers in an ageing face do not occur in the same direction. The main advantage of performing skin dissection separate from SMAS dissection is that it allows those layers tube lifted independently  in different directions to reshape the face.

 

What is the difference between limited and extended SMAS and high SMAS?

The confusion occurs because there are numerous ways to approach the SMAS. In simple terms, it can be explained by the areas and the extent of the SMAS dissection and how the released tissue is tightened and secured.

Rejuvenation in the face and neck

Your face undergoes gradual changes as time goes on, and is influenced by your lifestyle and heredity. Surgery can restore your image by smoothing the texture of your skin, reshaping the underlying tissues and removing excess tissue. With so many providers and procedures on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Dr Rodrigo is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. He will be able to perform a facial assessment and take into consideration your characteristics and expectations. He will discuss treatment options to help you make an informed decision on what works for you. In doing so, common points to consider are:

Things to consider before a Facelift

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Facelift surgery is not for everyone. Talk to your medical practitioner and consider the following:

 

Your surgeon can only work with the existing skin and soft tissues. The facial skeleton also ages in the form of bone loss. So there are limits to how far you can rejuvenate your face and some patients may consider other treatments to treat the facial skeleton.

  • 30s – skin care routine, non-surgical treatments and rhinoplasty are common options. Consider facial fat grafting for fine and long lasting results as an alternative to fillers.
  • 40s – some procedures like eyelid surgery, temporal lift or brow lift may be indicated before having facelift surgery of the midface and neck.
  • 50 and 60s – most common ages for patients looking for a facelift, although younger patients after shorter recovery may choose less invasive techniques such as the MACS-lift.
  • Consider the cost of treatment. Generally, cosmetic facial surgery does not qualify for rebates from Medicare or private health insurance companies. Also, it is important to have some extra savings available, or consider hiring surgery insurance, in the event of a complication that requires further treatment. Generally speaking facelift surgery starts from $25K and may increase depending on the complexity of treatment and the experience and reputation of the surgeon.
  • Information about important aspects of the procedures, recovery time and potential complications can sometimes be unclear and misleading, so it is important to do your research and seek professional advice. You should be clear about anything you need to do before surgery, during recovery time and any aftercare that may be needed when you go home.
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Possible risks with A facelift

Despite the highest standards of surgical practice, complications are possible. The decision to have facelift surgery is extremely personal. You’ll have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications are acceptable. Dr Rodrigo will explain the risks associated with surgery. Even though most patients will not have complications, you should discuss your concerns about possible side effects.

 

Some of the general side effects are allergic reactions, severe swelling and bruising, bleeding, infection and blood clots. Similarly, there are specific complications. For example: scarring, skin loss (necrosis) and slow healing wounds, pain, facial asymmetry, facial nerve weakness or palsy, numbness, under and over-correction.

 

Unsatisfactory results may include: asymmetry, unsatisfactory surgical scar location and unacceptable visible deformities at the ends of the incisions (it may be necessary to perform an additional surgery to improve your results).

 

For more information, please consult your surgeon. Before proceeding, you have the option to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Recovery time and treatment results will vary from patient to patient and depend upon a variety of individual patient factors.

Facelift Recovery

Face Lift Recovery

Right after your facelift you will experience swelling and bruising which are both normal and temporary side-effects of any surgical procedure. Although you could experience some discomfort, pain relief medications that your surgeon will prescribe to you should keep you relatively pain free.

 

Do not expect to see the results of the facelift immediately, since it takes months for the final outcome to materialise. During the first week after your surgery make sure you do not exert yourself physically by carrying out strenuous tasks or high-intensity training.

Make sure you sleep with your head elevated and follow all the aftercare instructions your surgeon gives you. 10 days after your facelift you can gradualy resume normal activities, some bruising and swelling might still persist. Note that complete healing takes at least 6 -12 months, and the final result could be apparent only after this period of time.

Part of investing in your facelift journey with an accredited and affiliated Specialist Plastic Surgeon like Dr Rodrigo is knowing that you’re getting a high standard level of care throughout your procedure. He and his team will be ready to support you post-surgery, giving you detailed and clear post-operative instructions, pain management, dressing changes and follow-up appointments until you are fully recovered.

Face Lift Recovery

Find your facelift specialist surgeon

The skill and expertise of the surgeon you choose are very important. Make sure you choose a specialist surgeon with adequate training and experience and who will be equipped to answer all your questions and carry out your facial surgery safely.

 

A good surgeon will always make sure you are comfortable and guide you through the process in a very reassuring but realistic manner.

 

Dr Rodrigo & Facial Surgery

Dr Rodrigo has a special interest in facial surgery. His expertise in craniofacial surgery, cleft surgery and reconstructive surgery are assets when performing facelift surgery. He will provide you with adequate follow-up and his work speaks for itself.

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Find your facelift specialist surgeon

The skill and expertise of the surgeon you choose are very important. Make sure you choose a specialist surgeon with adequate training and experience and who will be equipped to answer all your questions and carry out your facial surgery safely.

 

A good surgeon will always make sure you are comfortable and guide you through the process in a very reassuring but realistic manner.

 

Dr Rodrigo & Facial Surgery

Dr Rodrigo has a special interest in facial surgery. His expertise in craniofacial surgery, cleft surgery and reconstructive surgery are assets when performing facelift surgery. He will provide you with adequate follow-up and his work speaks for itself.

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