Facelift Frequently Asked Questions
It’s a common assumption that a facelift often gives the appearance created by “a wind tunnel” where the skin is pushed back giving a tight, over exaggerated look. The media and a handful of well-known celebrities who have had facial surgery only fuel this assumption, however if a facelift is performed correctly, the results should be subtle giving a fresh-faced and rejuvenated look.
Rather than in a wind tunnel where the push is backwards towards the ear, facial rejuvenation should correct the effects of gravity and needs to be in an upward direction. It can be hard to understood why so many bad facelift results exist when logic says that the tissue needs to be lifted upwards and not backwards. However, the look of being over-tightened still persists in so many patients and surgeons’ practices.
Dr Hunt believes a good result for one of his facelift patients is when they walk into a room and their friends and family think they look fantastic. They may receive questions asking if they’ve changed their hairstyle or been on holiday, but people certainly won’t have any indication that they’ve had a facelift. To Dr Hunt, this is the result that every one of his patients deserves and expects.
Understandably, people who are considering face lift surgery will have numerous questions about the procedure, what are the different options and what results can they expect? Dr Hunt answers some of the main questions he is asked on a regular basis by his facelift patients.
How long does a facelift last?
Different surgical rejuvenation procedures will carry different degrees of power and, put simply, the deeper the plane the facelift is performed in, the longer the result will last.
S-lifts or skin-only lifts will not last as well as a deep plane facelift will.
Dr Hunt expects the results of deep plane facelifts to last at least 10 years and he has patients who look better 10-12 years after their facelift than they did before the procedure was performed.
For this reason, a deep plane facelift is Dr Hunt’s preferred choice when considering and assessing patients for facial rejuvenation.
Can a facelift be combined with other facial procedures?
A full assessment is required when patients come to Dr Hunt for a facial rejuvenation procedure and this ranges from the neck through to the face, eyes and the brows.
If patients are seeking a rejuvenation of all these areas, then a neck lift could be performed at the same time as a facelift and this is a very common combination in Dr Hunt’s practice.
Eyelid surgery or brow surgery can be added as needed, and each procedure is tailored to patient-specific needs and requirements.
Is a facelift better than a thread lift?
A thread lift is commonly used in patients who need minimal rejuvenation. However, as patients age and require more significant rejuvenation procedures, the facelift should become the procedure of choice.
It is important for Dr Hunt to be able to offer a full spectrum of facial rejuvenation, ranging from the use of injectable fillers through to thread lifts and the more powerful facelift techniques.
Are facelifts sutitble for weight loss patients?
One of the signs of ageing is a loss of volume in the face and often patients who have undergone significant weight loss, be it through diet and exercise or weight loss surgery, will show premature signs of ageing in the face due to a lack of volume. Therefore a facelift can help to restore the volume and rejuvenate the face after significant weight loss.
These patients are often rejuvenated by a facelift or neck lift and it allows them to see the person that they feel they are as opposed to seeing the signs of their significant weight loss.
Does fat grafting happen with all facelifts?
The signs of facial ageing can include a loss of volume and potentially a drop or descent in the tissue.
For different patients, these factors will have different degrees of significance and fat grafting is often performed at the same time as a facelift to address both loss of volume and drop in tissue.
Some patients will choose fat grafting alone as their procedure of choice, whereas others will decide a facelift alone is their preferred option.
in Dr Hunt’s practice, approximately 50% of the patients undergoing a facelift will also undergo fat grafting at the same time to achieve the best result possible.
How do I improve the texture of my skin?
Skin care is a very important part of facial rejuvenation and is a major part of Dr Hunt’s consultation process with his patients.
Signs of ageing to the face can include changes to the skin’s surface and texture through to fine lines, pigment changes, loss of volume and descent of tissue over time.
Surgical procedures will rejuvenate volume and laxity of tissue issues, however a medical grade skin care program in combination with a form of resurfacing may also be needed to address the texture of the skin.
Each patient is an individual and it is important to assess each of the components of the face, ranging from the skin through to the fat and the muscles to ensure each patient gets the best results possible.