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Face Lift

Our faces show one of the earliest and most visible signs of aging. Facial ageing occurs due to a variety of reasons. To begin with the skin’s support network of collagen and elastin breaks down and, as a result, the skin loses some of its structure and elasticity. It therefore becomes lax. Furthermore, facial muscles weaken and stretch while fat deposits migrate downward and are depleted. These changes work together to create sagging cheeks, hollow areas, deep wrinkles and a turkey like appearance of the neck. A Subcutaneous facelift can achieve a more alert and youthful appearance with the reduction of lax skin and wrinkles as well as with the tightening of facial muscles.

This procedure involves the skillful removal of excess facial skin from the neck, chin and cheek areas under local anaesthesia with some intravenous sedation or under general anaesthesia.  The surgeon will make an incision which starts high in the temple area and courses down following the curves in front of the ear round the earlobe and up behind the ear before curving gently back into the hair again. Then the surgeon will carefully remove the excess skin and then close the incision with very fine stitches to eliminate scarring.

 The above procedure has other variations including “Mini Face Lift” and “SMAS Face Lift”.

 The “Mini Face Lift” focuses on the face and does not involve removing the excess skin from the neck.

 The “SMAS Facelift” can achieve an even better result than the conventional procedure in the cases that this method is indicated. In addition to what is usually performed using the standard procedure, this technique involves tightening the sub musculo aponeurotic system (SMAS) underneath the skin, therefore, drooping facial features can be restored to a more youthful position.

 These procedures are usually performed under general anaesthesia and require an overnight stay in the clinic, however, they can also be performed under local anaesthesia with sedation, where the patient is free to return home a few hours after the operation.  Stitches will be removed after approximately 10 days.



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