Six Important Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before a Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery

Six Important Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before a Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery

When considering a facelift, also called rhytidectomy surgery, it’s important to have a thorough understanding of the procedure and what it entails. A rhytidectomy can help reduce signs of ageing such as skin laxity. However, it’s an invasive surgery and has risks and potential complications. Before you undertake a facelift (rhytidectomy), make sure that you ask your surgeon the six vital questions we’ll discuss in this blog.

Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt has many years of experience performing facial surgery and body contouring procedures.

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Questions to Ask Your Surgeon before Getting a Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery

Getting rhytidectomy surgery is a significant decision, and it is important to make sure that you have all the necessary information before you undergo the procedure. Here are some questions you can ask your surgeon before making your decision:

1. What are the different types of rhytidectomy procedures, and which one do you recommend for me?

Before undergoing a complex plastic surgery procedure, it’s important to know the details and specifics of the intervention. There are several types of facelift (rhytidectomy) procedures, including:

  • Traditional rhytidectomy: This procedure involves making incisions along the hairline and around the ears to lift and reposition the facial skin and underlying tissues
  • Mini rhytidectomy: This is a less invasive version of a traditional procedure that involves smaller incisions and less skin and tissue manipulation. It might be suitable for those with mild to moderate facial laxity in the midface or jowls
  • Mid rhytidectomy: This procedure focuses on the middle of the face, including the cheeks and under the eyes, and can be combined with other procedures, like a mini rhytidectomy or neck lift (platysmaplasty)
  • Non-surgical rhytidectomy: This is a non-invasive procedure that uses injections or other non-surgical techniques, such as dermal fillers, muscle relaxants, or laser resurfacing

The best type of facelift (rhytidectomy) for you depends on several factors, including your individual anatomy, skin quality, and personal goals. It’s important to consult with a specialist plastic surgeon who can evaluate your specific needs and recommend the best course of action.

2. Can you explain the facelift rhytidectomy procedure, including the risks and potential complications?

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A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure designed to target and reduce facial laxity by lifting and tightening the skin and underlying tissues. The procedure typically involves making incisions in the hairline, around the ears, and sometimes under the chin. Your surgeon will then lift and reposition the facial tissues and remove any excess skin.

As with any surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with a rhytidectomy. Some of the most common risks include:

  • Bleeding: Excessive bleeding during or after the procedure can lead to complications
  • Infection: There is always a risk of infection with any surgical procedure, including a facelift
  • Nerve damage: The facial nerves can be damaged during the procedure, which can lead to temporary or permanent numbness, weakness, or paralysis
  • Scarring: While the incisions are typically well-hidden, there is always a risk of visible scarring
  • Skin necrosis: In rare cases, the skin may not heal properly, leading to tissue death and potential scarring
  • Haematoma: This is a collection of blood under the skin that can occur after surgery and may require additional treatment
  • Seroma: This is a build-up of fluid under the skin that can also occur after surgery and may require additional treatment

It’s important to note that while these risks are real, they are relatively rare when the procedure is performed by a qualified and experienced surgeon. Before undergoing a facelift (rhytidectomy), it’s important to have a thorough consultation with your surgeon to discuss your individual risks and potential complications.

3. What will I need to prepare before the rhytidectomy surgery?

There are some important steps you will need to take to prepare for facelift, or rhytidectomy, surgery. Your surgeon will likely provide you with specific instructions tailored to your individual needs, but some general preparation steps may include:

  • Stop smoking: Smoking can impair healing and increase the risk of complications, so it’s important to quit smoking at least several weeks before the surgery
  • Avoid certain medications and supplements: Your surgeon may advise you to stop taking certain medications and supplements, including aspirin and other blood-thinning medications, as these can increase the risk of bleeding
  • Stay hydrated: It’s important to stay hydrated before and after the surgery to support healing and recovery
  • Arrange for transportation and assistance: You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery, and you may also need help with daily activities during the recovery period
  • Prepare your home: You may need to make some adjustments to your home to ensure a safe and comfortable recovery, such as arranging a recovery space and making sure you have easy access to the things you will need
  • Follow any other instructions from your surgeon: Your surgeon may provide you with additional instructions or recommendations to help you prepare for the surgery and help you attain a positive outcome

It’s important to follow all of your surgeon’s instructions carefully. Although this won’t eliminate the risks, it will help to minimise them and help your body in its post-op recovery.

4. What will be the recovery process like and how long will it take for me to heal completely?

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Recovering from a facelift (rhytidectomy) surgery is a process that typically takes around two to three weeks to complete, depending on the individual. It may take longer than this, however, to be able to go back to your usual exercise routines. Generally, after the initial few days of recovery, you will experience some swelling and bruising, which can be reduced with the help of cold compresses and other treatments. You will also be advised to take rest and avoid any strenuous activity that may put pressure on the affected area.

You will be given specific instructions on how to clean and care for the affected area, which may include keeping the wound dry and moisturised. In addition to this, you may need to take certain medications to reduce pain, swelling, and infection.

It is important to follow all the instructions given by your surgeon, and attend regular follow-up visits to ensure that the healing process is going as planned. After the period of recovery, you should be able to enjoy the full benefits of the surgery.

5. How much will the procedure cost, and what does the cost include?

The cost of a facelift (rhytidectomy) in Australia can vary depending on several factors, including the location, the experience of the surgeon, the type of procedure, and any additional procedures that may be performed. In general, the cost of a rhytidectomy in Australia can range from around $10,000 to $25,000 AUD or more.

The cost typically includes:

  • Surgeon’s fees: This includes the cost of the surgeon’s time and expertise
  • Anaesthesia fees: This includes the cost of the anaesthesia used during the procedure
  • Hospital or facility fees: This includes the cost of using the hospital or surgical facility, including the operating room and equipment
  • Post-operative care: This includes any necessary follow-up visits with the surgeon or other healthcare providers

It’s important to note that the cost of a facelift (rhytidectomy) may not include other expenses, such as pre-operative tests or medications, and there may be additional fees for any complications or revision surgeries.

It’s also worth noting that some private health insurance plans in Australia may provide coverage for a portion of the cost of a facelift (rhytidectomy), depending on the specific plan and the reason for the procedure. However, it’s important to check with your insurer to confirm the details of your coverage.

6. How long will the results of the facelift rhytidectomy last, and what can I do to maintain them?

Facelift (rhytidectomy) results typically last between 5-10 years; however, this can vary depending on the patient’s age, skin type, and lifestyle. To help maintain the results, patients should follow a healthy and balanced diet, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and protect their skin from sun exposure by wearing sunscreen or a wide-brimmed hat. Additionally, patients should avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, as these can have negative effects on the skin. Finally, it is important to keep up with regular check-ups with your plastic surgeon.

These questions will help you to understand the facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure, its risks and benefits, and what you can expect before, during, and after the surgery. Be sure to also ask any additional questions or bring up any concerns you may have so that you can make an informed decision about the surgery.

FAQs about Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery

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What type of anaesthesia is used for facelift rhytidectomy surgery?

  • There are several types of anaesthesia that are commonly used for rhytidectomy procedures. The type of anaesthesia used will depend on the individual’s medical history and the type of procedure being performed. General anaesthesia is the most common type and is designed to make the patient feel comfortable during the procedure. Local anaesthesia is an option for those who dislike the idea of being put to sleep, and is combined with a mild oral sedative to make the patient drowsy. Most lower face and neck lifts are performed using IV sedation. In this case, the level of sedation is much lower than with general anaesthesia, but the patient is still unconscious. Depending on the patient’s comfort level, they can choose the type of anaesthesia that best suits their needs.

What is the difference between the traditional and mini rhytidectomy?

  • Traditional and mini rhytidectomy are two of the most common types of facial surgery. The traditional type of procedure targets the forehead, cheeks, neck, and jawline. The goal is to adjust the facial skin and structures to reduce the appearance of signs of ageing, according to patient goals. This surgery is most often done under general anaesthesia and requires an incision along the hairline. It can be used to address moderate to severe skin laxity in the lower face and neck region. The mini rhytidectomy, also known as a mini lift, is a less invasive version of the procedure. It is typically done under local anaesthesia and involves making small incisions around the ears and hairline. The mini rhytidectomy is designed to target the lower two-thirds of the face and can be used to address mild to moderate skin laxity. The recovery time is usually shorter than with the traditional option and the results are usually seen within a few weeks. However, the results may not last as long as with the traditional rhytidectomy.

Does rhytidectomy (facelift) include a platysmaplasty (neck lift) too?

  • The facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure can be done on its own or combined with a neck lift, also known as platysmaplasty. During platysmaplasty surgery, excess skin and fat are removed from the neck area. This generally aims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and excess skin in the lower face and neck region. When both procedures are done together, it is referred to as a lower rhytidectomy. The combined procedure reduces recovery time that would be required if both procedures were performed separately.

How long does it take to perform a facelift rhytidectomy surgery?

  • Generally, a facelift or rhytidectomy procedure should take 2 to 4 hours, and you might be allowed to go home on the same day. However, sometimes the procedure takes longer if more extensive work is needed.

What is the best age to get a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

  • There is no specific age that is best to get rhytidectomy surgery. Generally, a person might start wanting surgery when they become concerned about visible signs of ageing that can’t be treated without surgery. Tis might include wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, excess skin on the cheeks and neck, and jowls forming along the jawline. Most people who seek the procedure are between the ages of 40 and 70, as this is when the skin is still relatively elastic and can best respond to the procedure. However, some individuals may benefit from the procedure at an earlier age due to heredity or lifestyle factors. Ultimately, the best time to get a facelift (rhytidectomy) is when you are ready for it and have realistic expectations for the results.

Further Reading about Rhytidectomy Surgery

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon and a member of FRACS & ASPS. He has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is suitable for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and requires a personalised approach to reach their goals.

Dr Hunt has provided his one-on-one service and attention to detail to thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A. Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from well-established and experienced plastic surgeons.

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Light-Guided Neck Sutures For Excess Neck Skin – Introducing MyEllevate

Light-Guided Neck Sutures For Excess Neck Skin – Introducing MyEllevate

Ageing comes with body and facial changes such as wrinkling and loose skin between the neck and jawline area. Cosmetic procedures like facelift (rhytidectomy) and neck lift (platysmaplasty) surgery have allowed us to reduce the signs of ageing via surgical removal of skin and excess tissue. These such procedures are invasive and require surgical incisions on the skin around the area to be treated. Because of how complex these procedures are, some people might choose not to undergo the process, even though they desire the results. Thankfully, there is a new procedure called MyEllevate that can be a less invasive alternative for those who do not want invasive surgery.

Dr Jeremy Hunt FRACS(Plas) is a Sydney Specialist Plastic Surgeon who has performed hundreds of face procedures. He is also a Key Opinion Leader (KOL) and a Surgeon Trainer for My Ellevate Australia – Cynosure.

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What is MyEllevate

MyEllevate is a simple, less invasive procedure that can be performed by surgeons to target signs of ageing at the jawline and neckline. It is the only treatment so far that uses an ICLED suture surgical system.

Though they may target the same areas, MyEllevate is not to be confused with a neck lift, also called platysmaplasty. A platysmaplasty is a more invasive surgical procedure that requires the surgeon to make incisions, while MyEllevate only requires tiny, continuous needle punctures around the jawline.

With the help of an ICLED guided system, Dr Hunt uses a suture to lift the skin around the area below the jawline and neck to a higher position. This process of elevating the underlying tissues in the neck using sutures is also called “lacing up a shoe” as it works in a similar way.

Benefits of MyEllevate

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

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Besides the fact that this is a less invasive procedure than surgery, there are many other additional benefits of MyEllevate. The treatment can address concerns about loose skin around the neck and jawline, depending on what your goal is. You will have to book a session with Dr Hunt to discuss your goals and medical history.

MyEllevate is a non-surgical procedure. That means the recovery time is shorter compared to other treatments meaning that patients don’t have to wait as long before getting back into their normal routines.

The benefits might look different for each patient who undergoes the procedure, and you should also be aware of the risks that come along with it, such as bleeding, infection, scarring, and inflammation. Speak to Dr Hunt to find out if you could benefit from MyEllevate.

Who can get MyEllevate?

If you have recently embarked on a weight loss journey and you have excess skin under your jawline, then this could be a treatment option for you. Other candidates for MyEllevate are men and women with overall good health who have:

  • Early signs of ageing like jowls
  • A desire for a more defined jawline
  • Neck skin elasticity

This treatment is suitable for non-smokers, so smokers are advised to stop smoking four weeks prior to the treatment.

Recovery Time after MyEllevate

One of the reasons why MyEllevate is in demand is because the procedure is quick and so is the recovery time. The treatment takes 60 minutes, while recovery happens after 3 to 5 days of rest. During the recovery time, you may need to wear a chin strap or bandage.

Side effects include minor swelling, dimpling, discomfort, and tightness in the first few days. All effects are expected to subside within 3 days, while the results can often be visible for 5 to 7 years.

Results after MyEllevate

You might see a change immediately after the procedure is done, but the actual results will be seen once the swelling passes. The results can last for five years, but be aware that the treatment will not stop the natural ageing process.

What is the difference between MyEllevate and a neck lift platysmaplasty?

A neck lift platysmaplasty is a surgical procedure that usually requires a patient to go under sedation or general anaesthesia, while the surgeon makes surgical incisions to elevate the tissues. The incisions are made below the chin and behind both ears, and the surgeon uses these openings to tighten the muscles and tissue around the neck. Following this, excess skin is removed around the neck. Patients who undergo a neck lift (platysmaplasty) are usually cleared to get back to their daily activities 2 weeks after the operation.

MyEllevate is different because it is a procedure that does not require incisions or the removal of excess skin. Patients only need local anaesthesia and the healing process takes a few days after the treatment. Unlike a neck lift platysmaplasty, MyEllevate can be performed in the surgeon’s office, within an hour.

FAQs about MyEllevate

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Can the procedure be combined with other treatments?

  • Yes, you can opt to have MyEllevate as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with other treatments like chemical lipolysis or submental liposuction. Dr Hunt might recommend additional procedures depending on your aesthetic goals.

How painful is MyEllevate?

  • The procedure should not be painful as there are no incisions needed. Dr Hunt will also administer local anaesthesia to ease discomfort. A bit of soreness and swelling can be expected after the procedure, but this generally subsides quickly.

Can you get a deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) if you’ve already had a MyEllevate treatment?

  • Yes. Getting a MyEllevate treatment doesn’t prevent you from getting any other cosmetic procedure in the future. Just make sure you inform your plastic surgeon about it. It will help them adjust their surgical techniques and your anaesthetic accordingly.

What age is too old for MyEllevate?

  • There isn’t an age limit for getting a MyEllevate treatment. Nevertheless, this procedure offers only minimal improvements for people with more advanced signs of neck aging. In this case, they might benefit more from a more extensive cosmetic procedure, such as a full neck lift platysmaplasty or a facelift rhytidectomy.

How can I make my MyEllevate results last longer?

  • As mentioned, the MyEllevate procedure can reduce signs of ageing on the neck, but it doesn’t stop your natural ageing process. However, there are things you can do to protect your skin, such as wearing sunscreen, staying hydrated, sticking to a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy and stable weight.

Who invented MyEllevate?

  • Dr Gregory Mueller, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon and the inventor of the MyEllevate® procedure and the ICLED® light guided suture system. He is knowledgeable in face and neck procedures and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

Further Reading about Non-Surgical Procedures

Medical References about MyEllevate Neck Treatment

About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon and a member of FRACS & ASPS. He has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is suitable for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and requires a personalised approach to reach their goals.

Dr Hunt has provided his one-on-one service and attention to detail to thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A. Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from well-established and experienced plastic surgeons.

Next Step – Make an Enquiry or Request a consultation with Dr Hunt

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

If breast reduction mammoplasty is something you’re considering, Dr Hunt can thoroughly explain all the options to you in a one-on-one consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.

Day by Day Recovery after Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) – What to Expect

Day by Day Recovery after Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) – What to Expect

A Facelift, also called rhytidectomy surgery, is one of the most commonly done cosmeti procedures. It is often done to correct asthetic or functional problems with the nose, and when done by an experienced surgeon, can often bring the desired result. There are always risks, however, and the surgery itself isn’t the only thing you need to consider. Post-surgery is the recovery period, which is almost as important as the procedure itself if you want to achieve the desired results. With the right information and preparation, you can reduce the chances of surgical complications.

Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam offer their patients in Sydney and Wollongong NSW the full spectrum of facial rejuvenation surgery. Your surgeon and nurses will thoroughly explain what you should do and what to avoid during recovery.

The Day of the Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)

The facelift or rhytidectomy surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. However, it is common to feel groggy when you wake up, due to the effects of the anaesthesia. You will be on pain medication that will help you feel more comfortable after the surgery.

Swelling and bruising are common side effects of any surgical procedure, so these are expected after the facelift (rhytidectomy) too. At the same time, a tight sensation might also be present. You won’t be able to see the results immediately after the procedure is performed. The swelling and bruising will take some time to subside before you see a major improvement in your face.

Although some patients are a day surgery, most patients are asked to stay a day or two in the hospital. Make sure to arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery. You won’t be able or allowed to drive yourself due to the effects of anaesthesia and bandages wrapped on your face.

Make sure to take all the medications prescribed by your surgeon. They will help you manage post-operative pain, avoid infections and have an overall smooth recovery. What medication works for you might not work with another patient and vice versa. Avoid taking any over-the-counter drugs at any point during the recovery phase unless instructed.

Recovery after Facelift Rhytidectomy – The First Few Days at Home

During the first few days post-facelift surgery, you might experience a certain level of discomfort, but no significant pain, provided that you are taking your meds regularly. The swelling and bruising is usually present at this point, this is a normal occurrence and to be expected. Do not expect to see the outcome of the surgery during this initial phase of recovery. The swelling might be more pronounced on one side than the other. Your facial muscles and skin have been injured in the process. Your skin needs time and rest to heal and recover.

At this point, it is a good idea to be patient and relaxed. It is helpful to have someone to support you around the house. Make sure to get off the bed and move gently around the house as soon as possible. Do not walk at a fast pace though as it can do more harm than good. Stay clear of strenuous activities like jogging, weight lifting, and other forms of physical exercise for at least a month. If you have drainage tubes in place, you will be asked to come in for a follow-up visit during the first week to get them removed.

Recovery after Facelift – One Week Post Facelift Rhytidectomy Surgery

Most patients will be able to stop their pain medication a week after the facelift (rhytidectomy). You should slowly and steadily start to feel better and become more active around the house. You will still have bruising and swelling. The good news is that a week after surgery the side effects will start to subside.

Patience is a very important element of the recovery period, especially after a facelift (rhytidectomy) surgery. It will take some time before you are able to see the final results of the procedure. You can use a cold compress to help with the swelling. Avoid applying heat of any kind to your face or near the incision site. Make sure to follow all the instructions given to you by your surgeon or the medical team. At this point, you will still be sleeping with your head in an elevated position. It will minimise your swelling and promote quick healing. You can start driving if you have stopped taking pain meds, a week after the surgery.

Two Weeks Post Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)

As soon as you have hit the two-week mark, you can return to light work, if your job isn’t physically demanding. If your job requires physical effort, your surgeon might recommend you to take a few additional weeks off from work. You will still have some level of swelling and bruising. You can easily cover bruising with mineral makeup.

It is common to experience a tingling sensation in your skin as the swelling goes down and sensations in your face start to return. While it is a very normal part of the recovery, it is important to get in touch with your surgeon if any symptom makes you feel uncomfortable. You can usually go back to taking your regular meds if your surgeon gives you the go ahead. Stay clear of blood thinners as they can prolong the bruising.

One Month after a Facelift Rhytidectomy Surgery

Congratulations, you have finished most of your recovery. Most patients will be able to resume all of their day-to-day activities and even start to slowly return to exercise. Make sure to consult with your surgeon before returning to your regular exercise routine. Pay attention to your body while working out and stop any time you feel excessively tired.

It is not uncommon to experience mild, isolated swelling in certain parts of the face. Some patients also experience tingling sensations even a month after the surgery. It is common and nothing to be worried about.

Two Months after a Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)

Once the initial two months have passed, you will be completely finished with the side effects of the surgery such as pain, swelling and bruising.

You can now enjoy the results of the surgery. Moreover, you can completely return to your normal life and resume all sorts of activities including lifting and intense physical exercises.

Prepapring for a Facelift – What to do Before Facelift Surgery Rhytidectomy

Most people think about the recovery phase only after they are done with the surgery. With the right pre-surgery preparation, you can be more prepared for your recovery.

You can arrange in advance for someone to help you around the house during the initial phases of recovery, take some time off from work and take the essential steps that will help you with the recovery.

Here are a few things that can come in handy:

  • Make sure to stock up your fridge with healthy, low-sodium meals that you can simply reheat and eat after surgery. You don’t want to be eating anything unhealthy that is high in sodium as it will slow down the healing process. Make sure to choose balanced meals and incorporate protein into every single meal. A high fibre diet will be immensely helpful post the surgery. Try to make softer foods as they are easy to chew for the first days after the surgery
  • Make sure to get your comfortable clothes ready for the first few weeks of recovery. You won’t fancy doing your laundry when you are recovering. Make sure you have easy to wear, comfortable, and breathable clothes to wear during the recovery period
  • Prepare your resting and recovery space in advance. This will be where you will be spending most time after the surgery. Typically, it will be your bedroom or lounge. If you can, add a recliner to your room as it makes sleeping much more comfortable. It will help to keep your head in an elevated position and minimise post-operative swelling. You can also rest in bed. Just make sure to stack up a couple of pillows to keep underneath your head. Keep the following items within your arm’s length: phone, charger, remote controls, tissues, water, medications, ointments, dressings, books/magazines/other items for entertainment, a few snacks, and anything else that you might need

Top Tips for a Smoother Recovery after Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Here are some tips to have a quicker and smoother recovery:

  • Make sure to take all the prescribed meds on time if you want to avoid pain and infections during the recovery
  • Take a minimum of two weeks off from work. This time will allow you to recover smoothly and rest during the initial phases of recovery
  • Sleep with your head in an elevated position. Ideally, a recliner would work best. If you want to sleep in your bed instead, stack up a few pillows underneath your head
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals that are low in sodium. The right food will nourish your body from within and allow for a quick recovery
  • Make sure to visit the clinic for all the follow-up appointments. It will give him a chance to overview your progress and ensure you are not dealing with any complications
  • Use a cold compress to minimise swelling, following the surgery. Be careful and do not ice burn yourself. Wrap the ice in a towel and apply it for 10 minutes at a time
  • Take care of your incisions. Keep them clean and dry at all times and apply the topical ointments as instructed
  • Stay clear of heavy lifting and strenuous workouts for at least two months after getting a facelift (rhytidectomy) surgery
  • Do not take blood-thinning medications, herbal supplements or any over the counter meds for at least the first two weeks of the surgery
  • Drink enough water to get rid of the excess fluid retention and help your body heal quickly
  • Do not vape, smoke or drink alcohol during the recovery phase as it will disrupt the healing process

At any point during the recovery, if you feel uncomfortable and experience complications, get in touch with your surgeon immediately. Do not ignore any of the following signs: fever, excessive-prolonged swelling, infections, rash, swelling on one side of the body, bleeding from the incision site and extreme pain.

Further Reading about Facelift Rhytidectomy Surgery

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Jeremy Hunt Facelift Surgeon Sydney

Dr Jeremy Hunt is one a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is suitable for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and requires a personalised approach to reach their goals.

Dr Hunt has provided his one-on-one service and attention to detail to thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A. Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from well-established and experienced plastic surgeons.

Next Step – Make an Enquiry or Request a consultation with Dr Hunt

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

If breast reduction mammoplasty is something you’re considering, Dr Hunt can thoroughly explain all the options to you in a one-on-one consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.

Different Types of Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Procedures

Different Types of Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Procedures

Different types of facelifts have one common goal: address the signs of facial ageing. However, choosing a facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure can be confusing. The main difference between upper, middle, and lower facelift (rhytidectomy) is the part of the face each procedure targets. An upper facelift (rhytidectomy), also called a brow lift, lifts the forehead and flattens skin folds. A mid-facelift (rhytidectomy) focuses on your cheeks and nasolabial folds. A lower facelift (rhytidectomy) emphasises the jaw by addressing jowls and wrinkles in the lower one-third of the face.

Choosing a facelift (rhytidectomy), therefore, depends on where exactly the concerns are located. If you have extensive signs of ageing, with deep wrinkles, lax deflated cheeks, large jowls, and a double chin, then a full facelift (rhytidectomy) might be the most appropriate choice.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam offer their patients in Sydney and Wollongong the full spectrum of facial rejuvenation surgery. They will thoroughly explain the difference between lower, middle, and upper facelift (rhytidectomy), and help you choose the procedure to meet your aspirations.

Why Undergo Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery?

Getting a facelift (rhytidectomy) is a big decision. You should take your time to plan for your facelift (rhytidectomy) and choose an experienced plastic surgeon with a proven track record and the appropriate credentials to do your operation. Before embarking on this journey, you need to do thorough research. See how different types of facelifts (rhytidectomy) compare. Read about the difference between upper, lower, and middle facelifts (rhytidectomy) so that you can understand them better when your plastic surgeon explains them.

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Why Are There Different Types of Facelift (Rhytidectomy)?

Signs of facial ageing vary from one person to another. In some people, wrinkles and a loss of skin laxity might be less severe and appear at a later age. They might be localised to a specific part of the face. Maybe just around the jaw and cheeks. In others, however, signs of ageing can appear as early as in their 40s. The wrinkles, skin folds, and laxity can affect the whole face and not just a part of it.

This is why facelift (rhytidectomy) is a highly individual procedure to meet each patient’s specific aspirations. And this is why there are several different types of facelifts (rhytidectomy) to choose from.

Upper Facelift (Rhytidectomy) vs Mid Facelift (Rhytidectomy) vs Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

The main difference between upper, middle, and lower facelift (rhytidectomy) is the part of the face each procedure targets. As mentioned above, facial ageing is not the same for everyone. If, for instance, you only have noticeable jowls, and you’re satisfied with the rest of your facial appearance, then a full facelift (rhytidectomy) might be unnecessary. A lower facelift (rhytidectomy) alone maybe able to address your concerns.

Upper Facelift (Brow Lift)

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An upper facelift is also called a brow lift or forehead lift. As the name implies, it is surgery to address the forehead and wrinkles, including skin folds in the area.

An upper facelift may help you if the signs of ageing are localised to the upper one-third of the face (the forehead). These can include:

  • Forehead skin folds
  • Deep forehead wrinkles
  • Droopy forehead
  • Deflated temples
  • Droopy eyebrows

With a brow lift, the whole forehead can be addressed. The eyebrows will be surgically pulled upward to alter the appearance. Patients may opt for an upper facelift (rhytidectomy) for a number of different reasons, including:

  • Flattening the forehead
  • Removal of forehead wrinkles
  • Removal of forehead skin folds
  • Lifts the eyebrows up

Our surgeons usually perform the upper facelift (rhytidectomy) using endoscopic surgery. Through 4 small incisions along the hairline, and with the help of an endoscope, the deep forehead tissue is pulled up and tightened. If a lot of excess skin needs to be removed, then a larger incision along the hairline might be needed.

Middle Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

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Middle Facelift Surgery Before and After Dr Hunt

A mid facelift (rhytidectomy), also called a cheek lift, targets the middle one-third of the face. That’s the area extending from the corner of your eyes to the corner of your mouth. The cosmetic concerns that a middle facelift generally targets are:

  • Deflated cheeks
  • Deep nasolabial folds (the line between the corner of the nose and the corner of the mouth on both sides)
  • Skin in the mid-face region
  • Wrinkles around the mouth

Why patients might consider a middle facelift (rhytidectomy):

  • Addresses the cheeks
  • Emphasizes your cheekbones
  • Addresses the middle face area
  • Flattens deep wrinkles
  • Reduces nasolabial folds/li>

In comparison with an upper facelift (rhytidectomy), the mid facelift (rhytidectomy) incisions are done on the sides of the face. Each incision starts a little above the ear and extends downward to the earlobe. The deeper facial layers are pulled up to restore the normal facial structure. The skin is tightened and any excess skin is cut.

Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

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lower facelift Dr Jeremy Hunt

Compared to the upper and middle facelifts (rhytidectomy), a lower facelift (rhytidectomy) targets only the lower one-third of the face. That’s the area extending from your earlobes and down to your chin, and it includes the mouth and jaw.

The lower face is probably the most important area when it comes to facial aesthetics. A faded jawline and jowls are flagrant signs of ageing. The sharp demarcation between the jaw and face may blend together. The signs of ageing that affect the lower face include:

  • The presence of jowls
  • Faded and irregular jawline
  • Wrinkles around the mouth, chin, and jaw
  • Marionette lines (straight vertical skin lines going from the corner of the mouth to the chin)

Lifting the lower face can change the way you look. By addressing your jawline and altering its contour, the sharp edges of the lower face can be changed. The lower facelift (rhytidectomy) can:

  • Address the clear angle between your jaw and neck
  • Remove facial jowls
  • Get rid of marionette lines
  • Get rid of wrinkles around the corners of the mouth
  • Flatten wrinkles on the chin

A lower facelift (rhytidectomy) is done with an incision similar to that of a mid-facelift (rhytidectomy). However, the incision might be slightly lower and extend a little behind the ear. Through this incision, your surgeon will pull up the deep facial tissue (including muscles and connective tissue). They will then fix them in a higher position to straighten out any deep wrinkles and folds and flatten the jowls. Any excess skin is removed, and the remaining skin is tightened.

Why Patients Choose a Full Facelift (Rhytidectomy)?

If you have more extensive and non-localised signs of facial ageing, then a full facelift (rhytidectomy) might be a more suitable option for you.

A full SMAS facelift (rhytidectomy) or deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy) may the most appropriate option if you’re not satisfied with other parts of your face. If you have jowls and lax skin on the cheeks, then getting only a mid-facelift (rhytidectomy) may provide less-than-ideal results. A full facelift (rhytidectomy) can, in such cases, be a more appropriate solution.

Choosing a Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Like other cosmetic procedures – the most appropriate procedure is the one you’re most comfortable with. Your surgeon will explain the differences between upper, middle, and lower facelifts (rhytidectomy) and compare the expected results with you. Together, you can choose the right type of facelift to meet your goals.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Jeremy Hunt Facelift Surgeon Sydney

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has ensured that thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia have received high quality surgical care.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.

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What is the Difference Between a Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) or Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery?

What is the Difference Between a Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) or Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery?

Over time, the contours of the neck and jaw may become less and less defined due to multiple factors such as the natural ageing process, gravity and even the genetic inheritance.

Neck lift (platysmaplasty) and lower facelift (rhytidectomy) are two procedures that aim to help reduce the appearance of jowls and create more definition in the lower half of your face.

Plastic Surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt offers patients in Sydney and Wollongong the full spectrum of facial surgery.

What is a Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy)?

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What is neck lift or lower facelift - Dr Jeremy Hunt Leading Plastic Surgeon Sydney NSW

A lower facelift (rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure aimed at addressing the jowls and the neck by repositioning skin and muscles. During the surgery, the upper part of your platysma muscles that extend from the upper chest over the collarbone and sides of the neck are adjusted. They are connected to a layer of firm tissue known as the fascia. Repositioning the skin, tissues, and fat pads into their original position instantly lifts the lower part of the face and neck along with reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds.

The procedure specifically targets laugh lines, sagging cheeks and loose jowls. Your surgeon will make an incision in the front of the ears, extending to the hairline. The surgeon will then pull the skin, fat tissue and platysma muscles into a lifted position to make your jawline a tight and lifted look.

What is a Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)?

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female neck lift before and after - Dr Jeremy Hunt Leading Plastic Surgeon Sydney NSW

A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is a surgical procedure that is focused on addressing the skin of your neck. The incisions are typically made behind the ear, extending into the hairline. The surgeon will remove excess skin, and reposition the SMAS layer to give a different look to your neck. A neck lift or platysmaplasty, may be required if there needs to be significant improvement in the front of the neck.

If the patient had prominent bands on the neck, they will be addressed with a small incision under the chin during a neck lift (platysmaplasty) procedure. With age, the platysma muscles become separated and are responsible for creating two vertical bands that run from chin to chest. The neck lift allows the surgeon to sew these bands together.

If you wish to address your double chin (submental fat)along with a loose neck skin, a combination of neck lift (platysmaplasty) and liposuction is performed to remove excess fat and help to achieve a structured jaw. If the patient struggles with skin laxity, the surgeon will also perform skin removal during the procedure. For patients who struggle with excess skin laxity and wide separation of platysmal bands, your surgeon might suggest that you to undergo a lower facelift (rhytidectomy) and a neck lift (platysmaplasty) at the same time. This is due to the fact that it is nearly impossible to address the neckbands without addressing the jowls due to the continuity of face and neck muscle layers.

Main Differences between a Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy) and a Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)

While you will see these terms used interchangeably on the internet, there are clear differences between the two procedures. A neck lift (platysmaplasty) will not address any concerns associated with your jawline, jowls and only targets the neck. Another major difference is in terms of the incision. During the lower facelift (rhytidectomy), the surgeon will make an incision both in front of the ear and behind the ear. The incision will be extended higher to lift up the cheek area.

In the case of neck lift (platysmaplasty), the incision will be made around the ear and below the chin. In some cases when patients have minimal skin laxity, the neck lift can only be performed with the incision under the chin.

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Who are Suitable Candidates for a Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) and Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Suitable Candidates for the Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery:

  • You have platysmal bands on the neck
  • You have major skin laxity in the neck area
  • You have realistic expectations from the treatment
  • You do not smoke or can quit it for a specified duration
  • You don’t have any health conditions that can hinder the healing process

Suitable candidates for a Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery:

  • Someone who experiences sagging jowls but very minimal sagging on the neck
  • Patients who want to get rid of the laugh lines
  • Candidates who are in generally good health with no chronic illnesses
  • People do not smoke or can quit it for a specified duration
  • Someone who has realistic expectations from the treatment

It is important to note that sometimes the surgeon will recommend a combination of these two procedures to help you achieve the desired results.

When is Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery combined with Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) Surgery?

Believe it or not, most neck lift (platysmaplasty) surgeries are coupled with a lower facelift (rhytidectomy) to achieve aesthetic and functional results on the neck and lower half of the face. This is done because neck lift (platysmaplasty) focuses on the neck region only. On the other hand, a lower facelift (rhytidectomy) primarily focuses on the lower half of the face.

By addressingf lax skin, repositioning underlying muscles, tissues, and underlying structures, the combination of both these procedures may provide a lifting effect while visibly minimising the signs of ageing. As a result, you may notice a change in the appearance of your chin and jawline, as well as nasolabial folds, cheeks, and neck wrinkles/bands.

Potential Risks of Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) and Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

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Like any other cosmetic surgery, lower facelift (rhytidectomy) and neck lift (platysmaplasty) carries some potential risks and complications. One of the main risks associated with both these surgeries is hematoma – a collection of blood under the skin. It is important to avoid all blood-thinning medications and herbal supplements that can lead to increased bleeding.

It is also advised to refrain from exercising and heavy lifting for at least four weeks post-surgery to reduce the risk of complications. Patients need to stop smoking for at least a few weeks before & after the surgery as it can lead to skin necrosis, prevent effective wound healing and even infection. Another less common but possible risk is injury to facial nerves.

Other risks, though all uncommon include facial asymmetry, bleeding, prolonged swelling, numbness, persistent pain, skin loss, skin irregularities and discolouration, hair loss along with the incision sites and unfavourable scarring.

FAQS about Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty) and Lower Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Procedures

Here is a list of frequently asked questions we get regarding neck lift (platysmaplasty) and lower facelift (rhytidectomy):

What is the difference between a mini facelift (rhytidectomy) vs neck lift (platysmaplasty)?

  • A mini facelift (rhytidectomy) is relatively less invasive than a full facelift (rhytidectomy) surgery. The surgeon will create incisions in front of the ears which extend from the hairline to the bottom of the earlobe and pull the skin and tissues towards the ears, helping to create a tighter appearance. A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is focused on altering the appearance of your neck, rather than the face. The surgeon will remove the excess skin along with tightening the neck muscles, tissues and skin.

What is a mini neck lift (platysmaplasty)?

  • A mini neck lift (platysmaplasty) is a surgical procedure that addresses lax skin in the neck and underneath the chin. A less invasive version of a neck lift (platysmaplasty).

How much does neck lift (platysmaplasty) and lower facelift (rhytidectomy) cost in Australia?

  • The cost of a lower facelift (rhytidectomy) and neck lift (platysmaplasty) in Australia varies significantly from surgeon to surgeon based on their experience, expertise, aesthetic goals, facility and plenty of other factors. Phone the team for an estimate.

Is a neck lift (platysmaplasty) the same as a lower facelift (rhytidectomy)?

  • Although you will see these two terms used interchangeably on the internet, these two are quite different procedures. The goal of the lower facelift (rhytidectomy) is to lift up the lower half of the face and sharpen the look of your jawline. On the other hand, a neck lift (platysmaplasty) aims to remove excess skin on your neck while tightening up your skin, tissues and muscles around the neck area.

Does a lower facelift (rhytidectomy) include the neck?

  • No, a lower facelift (rhytidectomy) does not include a neck lift. However, in some cases, the surgeon might recommend you to get both these procedures done at the same time.

Can I see neck lift (platysmaplasty) and lower facelift (rhytidectomy) before and after photographs during the consultation?

  • Of course, once you come in for a consultation, you will be shown plenty of before and after patient photographs, so you can get a better idea of what your results will look like.

before and after neck lift or lower facelift - Dr Jeremy Hunt Leading Plastic Surgeon Sydney NSW

How long do the results last?

  • Expect the results to last for around 10 years or more. You may need another facial surgery in future.

At what age should you get a neck lift (platysmaplasty)?

  • There is no magic number when it comes to getting neck lift (platysmaplasty) surgery. However, most people who get the surgery are between 35 to 65 years old.

What is the right age to have a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

  • There is no right or wrong age to get a facelift (rhytidectomy) done. Most people who get the facelift (rhytidectomy) are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s.

Does a neck lift (platysmaplast) get rid of jowls?

  • While neck lift (platysmaplasty) can improve the look of jowls, patients with moderate to severe jowls could benefit more from a combination of different facial procedures rather than only a neck lift (platysmaplasty).

What is the right neck tightening procedure?

  • A neck lift (platysmaplasty) might be the optimal neck tightening procedure that completely transforms the look of your neck.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

dr jeremy hunt

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has ensured that thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia have received high quality surgical care.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.

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Guide to Exercising after Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery – Face Surgery Recovery Timeline

Guide to Exercising after Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery – Face Surgery Recovery Timeline

When undergoing facelift surgery (rhytidectomy), your first priority should be getting proper rest and allowing smooth recovery. Taking the recommended time off from work and resting will allow your body to heal fully. After the surgery, your surgeon will give you detailed post-operative instructions which you should follow religiously. You may be keen to get back to your exercise routine and feel as normal as possible. However, it isn’t ideal to do exercise after a facelift surgery (rhytidectomy).

Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt has completed hundreds of facelift procedures in Australia. Dr Hunt is a plastic surgeon who practices in Sydney and Wollongong NSW.

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How Exercising Too Soon Can Impact Your Surgical Recovery

As a general rule of thumb, you will be looking at taking a few weeks off from work and staying clear of all the strenuous activities. If you work from home you will be fine to return to work, but if your job involves face to face interactions, you may not be comfortable seeing people for the first few weeks. You’ll have to put a hold on your regular exercise routine until you are fully recovered.

Exercising too soon post a facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) procedure could lead to complications. An important risk is harming the sutures and reopening of incisions. Any kind of heavy lifting, straining and cardio will put a strain on your incision site and disrupt healing which can lead to larger scarring, infection, bleeding, and other complications. It can also lead to swelling and increased bruising which isn’t something any one of us desires to see on our faces.

Exercise Timeline after Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)

Even when you feel physically and mentally fine, it is critical to follow the exercise timeline provided to you by your surgeon. Each patient is different and heals at a different pace. Hence, it is crucial to listen to your body and your surgeon. With that being said, here is a generalised timeline of exercise to follow post a facelift (rhytidectomy):

DAYS 1 TO 3 POST-FACELIFT (RHYTIDECTOMY)

During this time of recovery, you will have a certain level of discomfort but you shouldn’t feel too much pain. You will be required to take medications to keep the pain and swelling under control. Do not worry as this is part of the healing process and is somewhat expected. Don’t expect to see results at this point. You will also feel tightness around your face and neck.

Try to stay relaxed and not stress your body by raising your blood pressure unduly at this point and arrange for someone to help you around the house. Your physical activity needs to be very minimal. If you have drainage tubes, you will most likely be asked to come in for a follow-up visit.

DO

Get enough bed rest for at least one full day after facelift surgery (rhytidectomy). You will feel quite tired at this point and won’t feel like moving at all. If you don’t feel like moving for two to three days, don’t push yourself hard. The most you can do for the first three days is walk lightly around the house.

DON’T

Do not overexert yourself for the first 48 hours post the surgery. Avoid all forms of exercise.

WEEKS 1 TO 3 POST-FACELIFT (RHYTIDECTOMY)

Most people will stop their pain medication at this point. Most people will also be able to start feeling more active around the house. Strenuous activities are still a big no-no. You will still have some bruising and swelling which can make you feel uncomfortable in public. Don’t worry as it will start to subside significantly by the end of week three. You can use a cool or heat compress to help with the swelling. Sleep with your head elevated as it will minimise swelling and promote healing.

DO

In the first week, feel free to walk around your house for 15 to 20 minutes. Gradually, build up the duration to 30 minutes as you feel better. By the end of two weeks, you can do light chores around the house such as cooking and dusting. Light stretching and yoga can also be included in your routine by the end of week three.

DON’T

During the first three weeks, avoid lifting heavy objects as they can put a strain on your incisions.

AROUND 4 WEEKS AFTER THE FACELIFT (RHYTIDECTOMY)

Congratulations! You are over the most difficult part of your recovery. After one month, you will be able to resume a lot of the general activities. However, pay close attention to your body. If you feel tired, lethargic or weak at any point during the day, take some rest. The bruising and swelling will be mostly gone by now and you will begin to feel comfortable walking in public without any makeup. It is common to feel a slight tingling sensation in your skin. Don’t worry as it is perfectly normal.

DO

Keep up with the light cardio such as walking around the house, neighborhood or treadmill. You can also start cycling slowly on a stationary bike and gradually build up the intensity within the next few weeks.

DON’T

Pay close attention to your heart rate and make sure it doesn’t get too high. This one step alone will prevent swelling, keep bruising to a minimum, and avoid complications such as bleeding and seromas.

AROUND 6 WEEKS POST-FACELIFT (RHYTIDECTOMY)

Most of the side effects such as swelling, bruising and tingling sensation in the face will subside and you will be given a go from your surgeon to start working out. If the surgeon feels like you are healing at a relatively slow pace, you might be asked to put a halt to physical activities for another two weeks.

There is nothing to worry about here. Every individual is different and has a different recovery journey. If everything goes as planned, you will be given a go-to resume for all sorts of physical activities including strenuous workouts and heavy lifting.

DO

Most people are able to engage in gentle exercise routines six weeks after facelift surgery (rhytidectomy). However, it is a good idea to check in with your surgeon prior to resuming your routine.

DON’T

Don’t forget that each individual is different and recovers at a different pace. It is important to take your individual journey into account while starting and stopping any specific exercise. With patience, realistic expectations, proper care, you can return back to your healthy, active lifestyle in no time at all.

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Exercises After a Surgical Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

Here is a list of exercises you can try post a surgical facelift (rhytidectomy). Make sure to stick to the timeline mentioned above:

1. Walking

Walking is the safest form of exercise post-facelift surgery (rhytidectomy). Walking lightly around the house will help prevent blood clots and promote healing. It will also give you a burst of energy. It is important to walk at a super slow pace initially and take breaks when needed. Do not overexert yourself. If you feel tired at any point while walking, take a break. Begin your walks from 5 minutes a day and gradually build it up to 30 minutes.

2. Cycling

You might get a go for cycling once you are past the three or four-week marker. You can either take out your bike and ride slowly on a straight road or use a stationary bike. Again, you don’t need to ride your bike super-fast or at an incline. Simply focus on getting your legs to move a bit and take breaks when you feel very tired.

3. Stretching and Yoga

Light stretching is recommended once you hit the four weeks marker. It will relieve stress from your muscles and give you much-needed flexibility. You can also try certain yoga poses. Make sure that none of the poses put stress on your incision sites or causes pain. If you feel pain, stop immediately or change the pose.

4. Pilates

Pilates is another great form of exercise to try past 4 to 5 weeks after the facelift (rhytidectomy). It targets individual muscle groups and helps with strength building without the need of lifting heavyweights. Start slow and gradually move up to more advanced Pilates exercises.

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FAQs about Exercising after Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)

How soon after the facelift (rhytidectomy) can I exercise?

  • You can begin light walking within the first week of the surgery. You can introduce cycling, light cardio within the next three weeks. Most patients are able to get back to their complete routines, six weeks after the surgery. However, it is important to check in with your surgeon prior to resuming any form of workout.

Why can’t I work out after the facelift (rhytidectomy)?

  • Working out too soon after surgery will put a strain on your incisions and can lead to swelling, bruising, bleeding and seroma. It can increase the risk of complications and disrupt the healing process.

How long does it take to see results after a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

  • Most people start to see results in about 4 to 6 weeks after the facelift surgery (rhytidectomy), after the swelling and bruising completely subside.

How long should I wait to workout or exercise after facial surgery?

  • Before going back to your regular workout routine, you have to wait for a minimum of six weeks after facial surgery. You can resume light walking a week after the surgery.

How long to wear the chin strap after a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

  • Wear a chinstrap continuously for the first two weeks after the facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) except while eating and showering/cleaning incisions.

Can I go for a walk after a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

  • Yes, you can totally start walking for 15 to 20 minutes even in the first week after a facelift (rhytidectomy). Gradually, increase the duration up to 30 minutes. Do not walk at a fast pace though.

How can I speed up healing after a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

Here are a few steps that will help with healing after a facelift surgery (rhytidectomy):

  • Rest as much as you possibly can as it will allow your body to heal
  • Take all the medications given to you by your surgeon
  • Sleep on your back with your head in an elevated position
  • Do not try strenuous exercises and heavy lifting for the first six weeks post-surgery
  • Use a cold compress to minimise swelling
  • Keep a healthy diet that is low in sodium
  • Wear a chinstrap that helps minimise swelling
  • Do not skip on follow up visits

How soon after the facelift surgery (rhytidectomy) can I fly?

  • Most patients can take short-haul flights in about 48 hours after the facelift surgery (rhytidectomy). However, it is always a good idea to check in with your surgeon prior to flying.

What happens if you exercise too soon after surgery?

  • Exercising too soon post any kind of surgical procedure will put a strain on your stitches and could lead to bleeding, infections, swelling, and hematoma.

Further Reading about Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) and Exercising after Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

dr jeremy hunt

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has ensured that thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia have received high quality surgical care.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.

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Surgical and Non-Surgical Solutions for Excess Neck Skin

Surgical and Non-Surgical Solutions for Excess Neck Skin

As you grow older, your neck also starts to age. The neck muscles become weaker and your skin loses some of its elasticity. As a result, you may end up with wrinkled and excess skin on your neck. Although neck ageing is a natural process, some people may choose to get a cosmetic treatment to reduce ageing signs in this area.

Treatments such as neck lift, or platysmaplasty, surgery require a skilled plastic surgeon with a lot of training in aesthetic surgery.

Plastic Surgeon Dr Hunt has extensive experience in facial and neck surgery. He offers patients in Sydney and Wollongong several surgical and non-surgical options.

Plastic Surgeon Dr Maryam Seyedabadi consults at the Woollahra clinic in East Sydney and is available now for consultations on a range of plastic surgery & cosmetic surgery.

What Causes Loose Neck Skin?

Excess skin around the neck is the result of a natural ageing process. With time, the skin on your neck starts losing the proteins responsible for making your skin strong and flexible, called collagen and elastin. The skin then begins to lose its ability to tighten and stay firm.

This is usually accompanied by other age-related changes, such as:

  • Loose skin on the front of the neck
  • Platysmal bands on the neck
  • Excess skin around the lower jaw (jowling)
  • A less defined angle between the face and neck
  • Descent of cheeks

Patients typically start noticing these natural changes in their late 30s or early 40s. But they can also occur at a younger or older age depending on your genetics, sun exposure, and smoking habits.

Several options can help you if you are concerned about these aesthetic changes. Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam provide their patients with customised recommendations and approaches depending on their age and the degree of skin laxity.

What Are the Ways to Reduce Excess Neck Skin?

When it comes to cosmetic neck treatments, there are a wide range of options. If you’re concerned about the appearance of your neck, physically healthy, and aware of the risks, you might consider one of the following options.

1. Full Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery – Deep Plane or Traditional Rhytidectomy

The full facelift (rhytidectomy) can be suitable for people with moderate to severe signs of facial and neck ageing. A full or traditional rhytidectomy, can be performed as a SMAS lift or a deep plane facelift (rhytidectomy).

This option can present some great benefits for many people. But it’s not for everyone. Before you choose to get rhytidectomy or facelift surgery, you’ll need to talk about your medical history with an experienced surgeon. You’ll also need to weigh the pros and cons. For example, the procedure can create a dramatic change in your facial appearance, but it also involves an extensive recovery.

A facelift usually includes a neck lift to also reduce the loose skin on the neck and along the jawline. Dr Maryam and Dr Hunt have extensive experience in performing both of these surgeries.

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2. Mini Facelift or Rhytidectomy Surgery

A mini face rhytidectomy (also called S-lift, mini-lift, or short scar facelift) is a facial surgery that deals with less severe signs of facial ageing, focusing more on jowls than neck skin.

The mini-lift rhytidectomy is often the preferred procedure for people with wrinkles and loose skin concentrated in the lower part of the face. It can address both the upper neck and jowls. If you have mild to moderate signs of facial ageing, a mini rhytidectomy might be for you.

The benefits are different for everyone. But in general, compared to the traditional procedure, the benefits of the S-lift (rhytidectomy) include:

  • Being less invasive
  • Leaves a smaller scar
  • Has a quicker healing time after surgery

In contrast, you should consider the following:

  • The cosmetic results are not as dramatic
  • It does not address the ageing signs in the upper face
  • It does not address wrinkles in the lower neck
  • Not suitable for severe excess neck skin

3. Neck Lift Platysmaplasty Surgery

Neck lift, platysmaplasty, or lower rhytidectomy are all names of a procedure done to remove excess tissue from the neck. A neck lift (platysmaplasty) can treat cosmetic concerns about the neck and chin area.

During a platysmaplasty, all the muscles and soft tissue are pulled up to a higher position and tightened. The excess skin is then removed and the incision is closed.

Although the procedure can be great for people who want to reduce their excess neck skin, a disadvantage is that it does not address the facial skin and can involve a long recovery time.

The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

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4. Mini-Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)

A mini neck lift (platysmaplasty) is another neck procedure. Also known as submental platysmaplasty or single incision neck lift, a mini-neck lift removes excess neck skin right under the chin.

The single incision platysmaplasty surgery can work for people who are mainly unsatisfied with the way their necks look. It is performed to remove a small double chin.

This procedure offers a smaller scar than traditional platysmaplasty, but it does not treat more severe cases of excess neck skin.

5. Thread Lifts

A thread lift is a non-surgical procedure that lifts and tightens the face using temporary sutures under the skin. It’s suitable for people with less prominent signs of ageing.

A thread lift procedure uses threads to pull up and straighten the stretched skin in your face. These threads, inserted under the skin, dissolve after a few months. During this time, the collagen production in your face is stimulated.

Advantages:

  • Less downtime than surgery
  • Local anaesthesia can be used instead of general anaesthesia
  • No surgery and no scars
  • Costs less than a facelift

Disadvantages:

  • Does not fix severe signs of skin laxity
  • Does not drastically change your appearance
  • Less permanent results than a facelift (rhytidectomy)

6. Facial Injectables

Injectables, or dermal fillers, are volumising substances injected into the skin. These dermal fillers are used to volumise specific facial areas depending on the desired results. They are often used to treat the early signs of ageing in the face and neck.

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Injectable dermal fillers include hyaluronic acid (HA), calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA), Poly-L-lactic Acid, Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), and autologous fat injections. These gel-like substances can:

  • Treat the fine lines around the neck and face
  • Add volume to areas such as the cheeks
  • Treat facial asymmetry

However, they:

  • Offer temporary results
  • Can’t remove excess skin
  • Can’t treat severe ageing signs

The administration of dermal fillers by a non-health professional or by self-injection can have dangerous complications. Find an experienced cosmetic surgeon to perform your injections.

7. Facial and Neck Tightening Devices

Skin tightening devices are non-surgical alternatives for the face and neck surgery. They target and treat cosmetic concerns through the thermal energy waves. These waves can heat up the fluids in the deeper layers of your skin. This stimulates the production of collagen.

Skin tightening devices can involve:

  • Radiofrequency waves (RF therapy)
  • Ultrasound waves (Ultherapy)
  • Near-infrared (NIR)

If you’re not ready yet for surgery, these treatments can help reduce mild signs of ageing. However, some patients have been disappointed with the temporary and poor results of these treatments.

What is a Good Way to Treat Excess Neck Skin?

One size does not fit all when it comes to the most effective treatment for excess neck skin. Different people show different degrees of ageing. The choice between surgical and non-surgical anti-ageing procedures is a personal choice and it comes down to your goals and desired results.

The surgical options

If you have moderate to severe signs of ageing, your option would probably be one of the surgical treatments. A face lift (rhytidectomy) and a neck lift (platysmaplasty) can treat severe skin laxity around the face and neck. The procedures can target multiple areas and aesthetic concerns at once. However, they will require extensive healing time and may result in scars.

The non-surgical options

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If you have localised minimal signs of skin ageing, then other nonsurgical treatments might help you. Treatments such as threads, injectables, and other facial devices can address mild skin laxity, wrinkles, and fine lines. However, they’re milder treatments that don’t give dramatic results.

There isn’t one right way to correct skin laxity that can apply to all people. Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam will recommend an approach for you depending on your anatomy, the extent of loose skin, age, health, and desired outcomes.

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FAQS on Neck Laxity

What age does neck skin laxity start?

  • Most people notice their necks begin to wrinkle in their early 40s. But you can get excess neck skin earlier depending on your skin’s elasticity, sun exposure, and smoking habits.

Will losing weight help with the appearance of the neck?

  • Losing weight can help reduce unwanted fat around the neck, but it won’t get rid of loose or excess skin.

Is neck lift surgery (platysmaplasty) permanent?

  • A neck lift (platysmaplasty) surgery can’t stop the ageing process. But, if performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, a platysmaplasty can offer long-lasting results. This also depends on the patient’s health and lifestyle.

Further Reading about Face and Neck Procedures:

Medical References about Neck Treatment

About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

dr jeremy hunt

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is suitable for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and requires a personalised approach to reach their goals.

Dr Hunt has provided his one-on-one service and attention to detail to thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A. Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from well-established and experienced plastic surgeons.

Next Step – Make an Enquiry or Request a consultation with Dr Hunt

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

If breast reduction mammoplasty is something you’re considering, Dr Hunt can thoroughly explain all the options to you in a one-on-one consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.

Midface Cheek Lift Sydney – Malar Rhytidectomy Surgery

Midface Cheek Lift Sydney – Malar Rhytidectomy Surgery

A Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is one of the most popular and sought-after procedures plastic surgery. However, some women and men don’t need a traditional or a deep plane rhytidectomy. They just want to make their cheeks tighter and fuller. They want to deal with wrinkles and excess skin in the mid-region of the face. For those patients, a midface rhytidectomy, sometimes called a malar rhytidectomy or cheek lift, can help. It is less invasive than a full rhytidectomy and it targets the middle area of your face, between the upper lip and the eyes.

Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam routinely perform midface lift (rhytidectomy) surgery for patients in Sydney and New South Wales.

What is a Midface Lift (Rhytidectomy)?

A midface lift, also known as a cheek lift or malar rhytidectomy is a less invasive variant of the full rhytidectomy. It specifically targets the middle face region – the area extending from the upper lip to the eyes. The procedure involves an incision that starts in front of the ear, and goes around the earlobe and slightly backward. It’s a similar, but smaller incision compared to the traditional facelift (rhytidectomy).

A middle facelift (malar rhytidectomy) can suit those who have moderate signs of facial ageing in the middle part of the face. This could be wrinkles around the eyes, descent of the cheeks, faded cheek lines, deep nasolabial folds (the lines between the nose and lips). Candidates are those who don’t need work done above the eyes (e.g. brow lift cornoplasty) or around the jaw and upper neck.

Consider a Midface lift (malar rhytidectomy) with fat transfer

If your concern with your midface is the lack of volume and descent of tissue, the combination of a midface lift (malar rhytidectomy) with fat transfer is often the solution. Fat transfer can address a lack of cheek volume and the descent of tissue around the cheeks.

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The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

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The combination of midface lift (malar rhytidectomy) and fat transfer increased facial and cheek volume while lessending the the nasolabial fold and softening the lower eyelid cheek junction.

Midface Lift (malar rhytidectomy) vs. Traditional Rhytidectomy

A traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) involves a larger incision that starts from the hairline in front of the ears and goes around the earlobe and backward. It is also more invasive compared to a midface lift (malar rhytidectomy). Dr Hunt will cut out more skin, and extensively manipulate the deeper layers of the face.

A full rhytidectomy targets the whole face. It deals with jowls and excess skin, and can alter the appearance of the cheeks, upper neck, and forehead.

On the other hand, a malar rhytidectomy involves a smaller incision and less tissue manipulation. It targets the middle region of your face.

Who Needs a Cheek Lift (Malar Rhytidectomy)?

You might consider getting a midface rhytidectomy if:

  • You have deep nasolabial folds (the vertical skin folds between nose and lips)
  • You have wrinkles around the eyes or upper lip
  • You have soft or descended cheeks
  • You have excess skin in the middle third of the face
  • You don’t need work done around the jawline or on the forehead (your problems are localised in the mid-face area)

If you have these concerns, then getting a surgical cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy) can be your next step, if it’s in line with your goals.

If you need additional work done on other parts of your face, then a full facelift (rhytidectomy) might be the surgery for you.

Benefits of Midface or Malar Rhytidectomy

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There are numerous advantages of cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy), but they will depend on the individual patient. Since everyone’s needs are different, the benefits may apply to some people and not others. But in general, for mid-face rhytidectomy candidates, the benefits can include:

  • Less invasive compared to a full rhytidectomy
  • Less surgical time
  • Less costly
  • Fewer post-op symptoms compared to other procedures
  • Can target the cheeks specifically

If you desire to alter your jawline, lift the neck, or lift your upper face, then a full facelift (rhytidectomy) with or without a neck lift (platysmaplasty) might be the way to go.

How Is Midface Lift Rhytidectomy Performed?

A cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy) is usually done under general anaesthesia. This means that you will be asleep during the whole procedure. A mid-facial lift (malar rhytidectomy) usually takes 2 hours to perform. It’s a one-day surgery, so you aren’t likely to spend the night at the hospital.

Dr Hunt starts by performing an incision in front of the ear. The midface lift (malar rhytidectomy) incision continues down around the earlobe, and a few centimetres upward behind the ear. Through the incision, Dr Hunt will separate the skin from the deeper facial tissue. The deep facial tissue, muscles, and aponeurosis (called SMAS) are pulled upward and outward toward the ears.

This pulls the cheeks up and tightens them and outlines your cheekbone. It also flattens the nasolabial folds and tightens them. The skin is then tightened to flatten any wrinkles. Extra skin is cut and removed. Your surgeon will then close the wounds with fine sutures.

A malar rhytidectomy can also be combined with a neck lift, also called platysmaplasty. A small incision under the chin will be made.

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Risk and Potential Complications of Midface Lift (Malar Rhytidectomy)

A cheek lift rhytidectomy comes with risks, like any other surgical procedure. These can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Wound infection
  • Fluid collection (seroma)
  • Blood collection (hematoma)
  • Nerve injury

To minimise the surgical risks, even more, you should choose a plastic surgeon that’s experienced in facial surgery.

Cost of a Cheek Lift (Malar Rhytidectomy) Sydney

The cost of a cheek lift rhytidectomy varies depending on many factors. The anaesthetist fees, surgeon fees, and hospital fees all play a role. Moreover, any additional procedures, like a neck lift platysmaplasty, also add up to the bill.

A midface lift (malar rhytidectomy) for cosmetic purposes is NOT covered by Health insurance or Medicare in Australia. Read our blog Will Medicare Cover my Plastic Surgery.

Please phone Dr Hunt’s team for an estimate. Dr Hunt’s team will give you an estimate of the malar rhytidectomy costs after your consultation.

Your Consultation

Your consultation with Dr Hunt or Dr Maryam will start with a few questions about your general health and cosmetic goals. Expect questions like:

  • Do you have any chronic medical conditions?
  • Do you take blood thinners?
  • What would you like to change about your face?
  • Have you had facial surgery before?

After that, Dr Hunt will examine your face and suggest a suitable surgery to meet your needs.

If the signs of ageing are localised in the mid-face area, then a cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy) might be the way to go.

Midface or Malar Rhytidectomy Surgery FAQs

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How long does a midface lift (malar rhytidectomy) last?

  • A cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy) is not permanent, you will continue to grow old. The results last around 7-10 years. Your face will age as time passes, and after a decade you might choose to opt for another facelift rhytidectomy.

How long does a midface lift (malar rhytidectomy) take?

  • The duration of cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy) surgery is 2 hours on average. This might take less time if you don’t need too much lifting. However, it can take longer if you need other parts of the face done as well.

What is the perfect age to get a midface lift or malar rhytidectomy?

  • There’s no perfect age to get your face lifted. In general, a cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy) is better done between 40 and 50 years of age.

Is a midface lift rhytidectomy painful?

  • A cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy) is not very painful. Like any other surgery, the wounds will hurt for a few days. However, routine painkillers are usually enough to dampen the pain.

How long is recovery after midface lift rhytidectomy?

  • Total recovery time is 3-4 weeks. You can usually go back to work as of the second week after your cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy).

What is the optimal type of facelift rhytidectomy?

  • There’s no one optimal type of facelift rhytidectomy. The surgery type depends on what signs of ageing you have, where they’re located, and what your cosmetic goals are. If the signs of ageing are localised in the middle facial region, then a cheek lift (malar rhytidectomy) might be an option for you. If you have heavy jowls, a fading jawline, and excess facial skin, then a lower face rhytidectomy or necklift (platysmaplasty) may be a better choice. If you have heavy wrinkles, deep nasolabial fold and excess skin on your whole face, then a full traditional rhytidectomy might be better for you.

What’s the difference between a mini facelift rhytidectomy and a cheek lift rhytidectomy?

  • Both the middle rhytidectomy and mini rhytidectomy target the middle face region specifically. Nevertheless, a midface rhytidectomy is more invasive than a mini rhytidectomy. Deeper facial tissue is targeted, lifted, and tightened. Compared to a mini surgery, a cheek lift rhytidectomy leads to more dramatic cosmetic result.

What is the way to make cheeks elevated again?

  • The way to tighten the cheeks and make them more defined is through a midface lift, also called a cheek lift or malar rhytidectomy. The surgery targets the cheek area.

How can I make my cheeks elevated without surgery?

  • If you want to avoid surgery altogether, then a non-surgical facelift (rhytidectomy) might be the answer. In a non-surgical rhytidectomy, your injector will use injectable fillers to tighten and contour your face. The disadvantages of non-surgical rhytidectomy methods are that the results are temporary and relatively expensive. Facial Fillers may last around 4 to 6 months and can cost thousands.

Which is better, a facelift rhytidectomy or fillers?

  • A facelift (rhytidectomy) produces more dramatic and long-lasting results. It’s better if you want to see significant cosmetic changes in your facial appearance. It lasts up to 10 years before needing revision. Fillers, on the other hand, produce less dramatic changes, and need to be repeated every 4-6 months.

Medical Sources and Further Reading about a Midface Rhytidectomy:

Further Reading about Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery

Further Reading on Facial Surgery

About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

dr jeremy hunt

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.

Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is suitable for your body and your lifestyle. Every patient is unique and requires a personalised approach to reach their goals.

Dr Hunt has provided his one-on-one service and attention to detail to thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia.

Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education

Dr Jeremy A. Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from well-established and experienced plastic surgeons.

Next Step – Make an Enquiry or Request a consultation with Dr Hunt

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

If breast reduction mammoplasty is something you’re considering, Dr Hunt can thoroughly explain all the options to you in a one-on-one consultation.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.