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Face Lift

Face Lift is the most effective solution to combat wrinkles around the eyes and cheek, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, jowls , and the overall drooping of skin. The result is a more youthful facial appearance. The operation procedure involves fastening the skin and the SMAS, cutting open along the temporal hairline to the earlobe, and fixing the outer and inner layer skin in place. The incision will be extended from the earlobe to the backside hairline if neck lift is also performed.

This operation is a relatively major one, requiring the patient to follow several preparation procedures beforehand. For example, patients with high blood pressure must be treated to reduce and control the pressure level before the operation -- stop taking all medicines affecting blood coagulation and any other supplementary vitamins and drugs at least 1 month before, as well as stop smoking 3 months before.

In some cases, the surgeon may recommend undergoing lipofilling for optimal results, since certain wrinkles and marks cannot be addressed with only the Face Lift operation.

Recommended for:

  • Individuals with wrinkles around the eyes and cheek.

  • Drooping cheeks

  • Nasolabial folds and marionette lines

  • Drooping jowls


Operation details:

After applying general anesthesia, the surgeon will apply local anaesthesia and tumescent fluid into the facial skin, and cut open the temporal hairline skin towards the earlobe. The next step is to separate the skin layer from the SMAS, cut and fasten the internal tissue layer, remove excess skin to get the desired face shape. Then stop the bleeding, insert drain tube, and close the wound.


Post-operational treatments:

  1. Apply some cold packs to the area during the first 3 days.

  2. Clean the area daily, avoid contact with water.

  3. Drain to be left in place for 1 day after the operation.

  4. Wear a face mask for 2 months.

  5. Remove the suture on Day 7. Patient can wash his/her face and apply makeup.

  6. Avoid exposure to sunlight for 3 months.

  7. The swelling will be less noticeable after 6 months.

  8. The scar may be visible during the first 3 months, after which will be less noticeable within 1 year.

  9. Facial numbness will be improved within 1 year.


Possible side-effects:

  • Postoperative bleeding, which will require a re-operation to stop the bleeding and removal of blood clot.

  • In some cases there may be hypertrophic scar, which can be addressed by injecting steroids around the scar area.

  • Possible lymphatic accumulation post-surgery. Excess accumulation can be removed through aspiration.

  • If overly done, the result will be unnatural.

  • For patients who have undergone previous face lift, facial threading , and/or fillers injections, the face lift result may be less than optimum due to the internal scar. The operation must be carefully handled so as to not interfere with the facial nerve, which may distort the face.


How long will the change last?

The change will last about 5-10 years, depending on the individuals’ lifestyles and skin types.

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