Facelift surgery is usually performed if a patient wishes to tighten his or her saggy face contour, which is usually caused by age-related changes in the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Some persons have an anatomical peculiarity, which causes formation of excess fatty tissue under the chin that could also be removed by surgery. Facelift surgery is frequently performed along with eyelids or forehead and brows plastic surgery usually after the age of 45.
Course of surgery and recovery
During surgery the subcutaneous fatty and muscle tissues are lifted and excess skin is removed, and (if necessary) liposuction is performed. The extent of this surgery may differ, i.e. in case of a smaller scale facelift surgery only the skin and muscles of some particular face or neck area are tightened. This operation is carried out under local or general anaesthesia and it lasts for 1,5 – 3 hours.
The patient is usually allowed to go home up to 6 hours after the surgery; however, in case of general anaesthesia, in the next morning. After surgery, the patient must keep his or her face bandaged for one week. To allow swelling and haematomas to reduce, the patient is recommended to take 2 – 4 weeks sick leave depending on the nature of the person`s work. After a month, the patient may return to his or her usual physical activity.
This procedure gives a significantly younger appearance but does not suspend aging. The result of the operation lasts up to 8 – 10 years and then a repeat surgery may be performed.
Operations are performed by plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Mart Eller.