A Rhytidectomy or Face Lift as it is generally referred to is probably the best known and talked about cosmetic surgery procedure of all. In times gone by socialites and movie stars seemed to be the only ones lucky enough to be able to avail themselves of this procedure. But this century more and more people from every walk of life appear to be taking advantage of the obvious benefits of a Face Lift. And why not? As people are staying younger for longer these days why let jowls (a sagging jaw line), deep lines and wrinkles, saggy cheeks and loose skin around the area of the neck make you look older than you actually feel? A Face Lift can improve your overall facial appearance by tightening muscles that have lost their firmness, removing unwanted skin and thereby improving your overall facial contours.
As general knowledge regarding Face Lift surgery grows the fear associated with stories of people emerging from surgery looking like strangers with a mask like appearance is conversely on the decline. You can rest assured that your surgeon will take due note of all your desires and aspirations for the outcome of the surgery before making recommendations regarding your particular Face Lift. You will also be encouraged to ask as many questions as you like of your surgeon prior to surgery.
These days’ people who are aware know that Face Lifts in the hands of expert surgeons are not designed to change your appearance radically but to simply improve your overall facial appearance in order to make you look younger and more attractive on the outside. And thereby in keeping with how you feel on the inside.
Your most Frequently Asked Questions related to your surgeon and surgery answered.
Although all South Africa’s leading cosmetic surgeons are highly trained and experienced in all cosmetic/plastic surgery procedures they naturally have individual, specialist areas of interest and expertise.
Once Surgical Attractions has assessed your particular desires and aspirations concerning the outcome of your procedure we will marry them to the surgeon best suited to your special needs. The surgeon’s CV details will then be sent to you for your perusal and acceptance.
When you complete the Medical History section of the General Enquiry Form you will be asked to submit it together with a clear and reasonably close-up digital photograph (in colour) of the area of your body requiring surgery.
Once your recommended surgeon has assessed your particular requirements along with your medical history and digital photo, Surgical Attractions will arrange an obligation free teleconference between the two of you.
At this stage your surgeon will not only be in possession of all the facts relating to your particular case but also be in a position to recommend the exact method to be employed to achieve the results you desire. Your surgeon will also be available at this point to answer any questions you may have as regards your surgery and the outcome.
You will be encouraged at all times prior to your surgery to continue getting to know your surgeon by asking as many questions as you like.
On arrival in South Africa Surgical Attractions will arrange a personal meeting between you and your surgeon. Once again the method of surgery and the desired outcome will be discussed along with any other questions you may have. If at this point you decide not to go ahead with the procedure your decision will be respected.
The type, texture and condition of your skin, coupled with your age, bone structure and facial shape are all factors that have to be considered before determining how your particular Face Lift will best be achieved. As a rule the natural contours of the ears provide an ideal place in which to conceal Face Lift incisions, whether the surgeon chooses to go along the inside or outside contours or a combination of both.
Once made the incision continues around the earlobes and back into your hairline. Once the skin has been freed it will be artistically re-draped to create the desired effect and the excess skin removed. Depending on individual requirements and your surgeons desire to attain the best result for you, muscles as well as deeper tissue may also need to be repositioned.
The procedure takes approximately 3 hours and depending on the specific technique of your surgeon, small, temporary drainage tubes may be inserted overnight to reduce swelling.
Face Lift incisions in the hands of the right surgeon are generally very fine and barely noticeable after surgery. What little scarring there may be is easily concealed by hair and make-up.
Depending on your individual facial characteristics and needs your surgeon may recommend eyelid surgery, a forehead lift and/or neck surgery be performed in conjunction with your Face Lift procedure. Laser skin resurfacing and/or cheek implants can also form part of the procedure if your surgeon feels they are vital in achieving the overall desired result.
If you are a smoker you will be advised to stop smoking prior to surgery to avoid any unnecessary complications.
Arnica tablets, vitamin E in large doses, analgesics like Aspirin and even some anti-inflammatory drugs should also not be taken prior to surgery as they can promote bleeding during the surgical process.
Your surgeon however will give you more personal advice in this department and may prescribe a mild sedative to be taken the night before and morning of surgery.
Face lift surgery is generally described as uncomfortable rather than painful. However once you are discharged from the hospital you should rest as much as possible and limit your social engagements. Bruising and swelling will be much in evidence the first few days after the procedure but will start lessening with each succeeding day. You can resume bathing and showering within a day after surgery and will be able to wear light make-up from 7 to 10 days following surgery to conceal any slight bruising that may remain. All remnants of bruising usually disappear within a few weeks following surgery.
As with all surgical procedures you are encouraged to take it easy during the first few days following Face Lift surgery.
The delicate, fine stitching associated with this procedure should be treated with due respect. In order to make sure that the end result is in no way compromised, by the stitches being disturbed, make sure that your face is well protected particularly from any strenuous activities that could make it vulnerable to sudden jerky movements or an accidental bump.
Once the stitches have been removed you can look forward to resuming a normal life within 7 to 10 days following surgery.
This depends entirely on the individual concerned. Many factors play their part from your age to your type of skin, to the shape of your face. Other considerations relate to the state of your health, your weight (whether it is stable or fluctuates) and how much exposure your skin has had to the sun prior to surgery.
But regardless of all these pre-operative factors you will non-the-less experience a marked improvement in your appearance post-operatively. And if you can thereafter stabilize your weight, look after your health through sensible eating and mild exercise, limit your exposure to the sun and maintain a regular beauty regime there is no reason why the benefits of your surgery can’t be prolonged for a significant period of time.
As with everything else in life there are also risks involved in surgical procedures. No matter how good the Surgeon performing the Surgery may be, complications can arise. Therefore before proceeding with any surgery of any kind please discuss all your concerns with your surgeon and ask as many questions as you like so that you are in a position to make an informed decision.