What is a facelift?
A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to result in a more rested and youthful appearance to the face and neck. The procedure is customised to suit your individual requirements and may range from a mini- facelift to a Deep Plane Facelift with the addition of other procedures, such as a browlift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), or laser surgery. It is very much a matter of what concerns you and designing a treatment plan to address that concern in the best possible way.
What is a Deep Plane Facelift?
Dr Layt has been performing the advanced Deep Plane Facelift technique for more than 20 years and it has become his preferred approach for full facelift procedures. One of the many reasons for this is that Dr Layt believes the Deep Plane Facelift approach provides consistently exceptional and long-lasting results, producing outcomes that significantly rejuvenate one’s facial appearance without creating a “frozen” or artificial look. The Deep Plane Facelift is not offered by all plastic surgeons, and Dr Layt is proud to have obtained the extensive training and experience necessary to perform this technique for our patients.
The Deep Plane Facelift focuses on using the deep tissues to lift the facial structures back into their youthful position, rather than applying excessive tension to the skin alone. This can lead to a more natural and less “tight” result. Additionally, the Deep Plane Facelift can improve the appearance of the cheeks and reduce the need for cosmetic fillers to enhance these areas. Fat grafting is often part of the procedure, which can provide long-lasting restoration of lost volume. Also known as “fat transfer,” fat grafting takes excess fat cells from another area of the body and injects them into targeted areas of the face to enhance volume and provide additional rejuvenation.
Facelift Surgery Photos
These before and after photos are of patients that have had surgery performed by Dr Layt. These patients have consented to the photos being shown. These are actual photos and have not been altered or digitally enhanced. Every patient is an individual and therefore final surgical results will vary from patient to patient.
Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?
If you are considering a facelift, please schedule a consultation at one of our practice locations — Gold Coast or Ballina — to determine whether or not you are a good candidate. If you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck, or have developed facial and neck wrinkles, you may benefit from a facelift. The surgery can reduce the appearance of jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corner of the mouth, restore or create a youthful chin and neck contour, and improve a tired facial appearance.
The results of a facelift can often be greatly improved by the addition of other procedures such as lip augmentation, eyelid surgery, brow surgery, fat transfer, or laser skin resurfacing. As mentioned previously, the procedure needs to be customised to your exact needs to get the results you desire.
How is the facelift procedure performed?
The facelift operation requires general anaesthesia and can be performed as an inpatient or on a day surgery basis. The facelift incision is made behind the hairline and above the ear, extending down behind the ear, where it can be easily hidden in the hair. The neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is lifted and re-positioned, and the excess is trimmed away. In some cases an incision under the chin is added to further address neck laxity.
The final result is typically evident in 4 to 6 weeks or sooner with continued improvement for several months.
All surgical and invasive procedures involve risks. Before proceeding with treatment, it is recommended that you consult with an appropriately qualified practitioner for a second opinion.
Does a facelift always include a neck lift?
A facelift procedure often involves a neck lift component, as well. This can address sagging, inelastic skin that tends to collect in the upper area of the neck and under the chin. Some degree of neck lifting performed in combination with a facelift can also help create a more defined jawline and reduce signs of a double-chin caused by excess skin. With that in mind, some patients may not need a neck lift in addition to their facelift procedure. When you are evaluated during the initial consultation, our plastic surgeon can recommend the best options for your customised treatment plan.
What can you expect during facelift recovery?
The facelift operation itself should be painless since general anaesthesia is utilised. Following the treatment, oral medication can help control discomfort during the healing process.
- You will have bandages around your head and drain tubes present when you awake from your operation. These will be removed at 48 hours.
- Sutures are removed over the first 10 days and swelling decreases to socially acceptable levels during the first three weeks.
- Depending on the type and number of procedures undergone there will be varying degrees of numbness, tingling, tightness, and swelling as nerves regenerate and muscles normalise.
Recovery will typically last about two to four weeks. Many patients are able to resume certain types of work after the first two weeks. Patients will be instructed not to engage in strenuous exercise or activities for several weeks after surgery in order to achieve proper healing.
What are the potential risks of a facelift?
Any surgical procedure involves a certain amount of risk. Although facelift surgery is safe, there is always the potential for certain complications, such as infection, severe bruising, or damage to nerves. Dr Craig Layt provides each patient with a list of pre- and post-operative instructions that can help reduce the chances of complications and encourage a speedy recovery.
How Long Do Facelift Results Last?
Generally, patients can expect to enjoy the results of a facelift for many years. However, it is very important to take excellent care of your skin, limit weight fluctuations, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. While facelift treatment can make you appear younger, it does not halt the natural aging process. With that in mind, facelift surgery does “turn back the clock” and resets it in a sense, allowing individuals who have this procedure the possibility of always looking younger than they would if they had never undergone a facelift.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
Facelift surgery is uniquely customised to each patient; therefore, the cost incurred often varies from individual to individual. Our team will be able to provide you with a specific estimate of the total price after your initial consultation. The Layt Clinic accepts a comprehensive array of payment options to make this part of the process as convenient as possible for our patients, and we welcome any questions you may have.
Specific Pre-Operative Instructions
WASHING: Wash the evening prior to surgery and the day of surgery, paying particular attention to the area to be operated on, including behind the ears. This decreases the bacterial count and should decrease the risks of infection.
HAIR: Wash your hair the evening prior to surgery. If you have long hair it should be tied up in a pony tail using a simple elastic band. This will keep it out of the way during surgery and make dressings easier to apply.
FASTING: You should have nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours before your operation. If you are required to take medication during this time please speak with your physician to check if this can be taken before the 6-hour fasting period or after your procedure.
PRODUCTS: Do not apply moisturisers, make-up, perfume/deodorant, nail polish, or hair products after washing. Remove all jewelry.
CLOTHING: Wear loose, comfortable clothing and footwear. A shirt with a button or zipper opening is ideal for removal.
MEDICATION: If you are having the operation as a day case, you will be given a script for antibiotics and pain relief tablets that you will need to purchase from the chemist and bring with you on the day of your procedure. Do not take these prior to surgery. The nursing staff will advise you and your carer after your procedure on how to administer them.
Certain over-the-counter products and prescription medicines can cause complications before and after surgery. They can reduce the ability of your blood to clot and could increase your tendency to bleed during and after surgery. Do not take any medication containing or related to aspirin 2 weeks prior to your procedure. This includes NSAID’S, anti-Inflammatory medications, blood thinning medication. Please see your doctor regarding if and when to cease medications. *This is not an all inclusive list*.
Also avoid Vitamin E supplements and red wine. Stop all herbal medications before surgery. The most common herbs used are Echinacea, Ephedra, Garlic, Ginseng, Ginkogo, Kava, St. John’s Wort, and Valerian. They may adversely affect anaesthetic drugs, prolong bleeding, and impair healing after surgery. Please consult your physician before ceasing any medication.
SMOKING: Smoking increases the risks of complications significantly and should be ceased 6-8 weeks prior to surgery. There are risks involved with all surgical or invasive procedures. Before proceeding, please seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
ADMINISTRATION: Unfortunately, paperwork is a necessary evil. Each theatre complex has its own procedures. We have attempted to make it all easy by providing a simple series of steps to follow titled “THINGS TO DO FOR YOUR PROCEDURE” that is specific to the surgery centre you are attending. Please follow these instructions. If you have any queries about this or anything else don’t hesitate to contact us on 55974100.
Specific Post-Operative Instructions
POSITION: Swelling can be reduced by sleeping on raised pillows and keeping your head above your heart level. Try to avoid excessive movements of your head and neck, and minimise facial expressions.
DRESSINGS: The surgical dressings can be quite bulky and are fitted to help apply a firm but comfortable pressure and to absorb various serum and blood discharges. If the bandages are causing pain from being too firm, please call us at (07) 5597 4100. In some cases we may ask you to partially cut or remove some of the dressings in order to feel more comfortable. The large dressing is usually removed approximately 48 hours post your procedure.
WOUND CARE: There will be a tube of antibiotic ointment (sometimes labelled eye ointment) provided and this is applied a few times a day using a cotton tip to suture lines sparingly. Continue to use until the tube is empty and then continue with vaseline.
DRAINS: Small drains may be placed under your skin to collect any fluid from your surgery. The drains are on the right and left sides of your face and exit through a small cut behind your ears.
BLEEDING: As discussed earlier, the dressings will help absorb any small amounts of serum or blood and is a normal occurrence post-surgery. If bleeding appears more intense or if you are at all concerned, apply pressure and call us. Excessive bleeding can cause excessive swelling and be extremely uncomfortable. This is very uncommon. Any excessive bleeding or concerns should be brought to the attention of Dr Layt for urgent evaluation. Call us at (07) 5597 4100 immediately.
SUTURES: Most sutures will be removed between 4 and 6 days post your surgical procedure. If staples are required for your surgery, these and the sutures remaining will be removed between 9 and 12 days post your surgery.
SUNSCREEN AND MAKEUP: The healing and improvement of scars requires protection from the sun and harsh environment for at least 6 to 12 months. Patients that undergo facial surgery are expected to apply at least a 30+ sunscreen before applying makeup. Some makeup can also help provide a protective layer from the sun. We recommend seeing one of our dermal aestheticians to discuss skin care and skin care makeup approximately 6 weeks post your surgery.
TED STOCKINGS: TED stockings are used for leg compression to prevent blood clotting post-surgery and will be put on the patient by the theatre staff at the hospital.
MEDICATION: Pain relief and antibiotic medication will be prescribed. Some medication that patients are taking prior to surgery may be required to be ceased before the surgery and during the healing time. If you are currently prescribed medications for other medical issues, prior to your surgery, please discuss with Dr Layt as to whether these need to be ceased and for how long.
HAIR CARE: It is recommended that any hair colour, perm, or hair treatment be done at least a week prior to your surgery. Wash your hair the night before your surgery. After your surgery please do not have any hair treatment for approximately 6 weeks. Your hair may be washed approximately 48 hours after surgery or 24 hours post the drain removal. You may prefer to have your hairdresser wash it for you; however, explain that you still have sutures and possibly staples in the hair region. In either case, water should not be too hot and a hair dryer, if used at all, should be kept on the lowest heat setting, as your scalp may be partially numb and you will need to avoid burning the scalp. Facial shaving using an electric shaver may be used approximately 7-10 days after your surgery.
LYMPHATIC DRAINAGE: You may require lymphatic drainage appointments. These appointments are complimentary treatments with our Para Medical Aesthetician or Nurse. Each appointment will take approximately 1 hour.
Contact The Layt Clinic
To learn more about what a facelift can do, contact our practice in Queensland today. We can answer your questions or help you schedule a consultation with Dr Craig Layt on the Gold Coast or in Ballina. Please note that invasive or surgical procedures carry risks. Before you proceed, it is advisable to see an appropriately qualified health practitioner for a second opinion.