About Facelift Surgery
As we age our skin begins to sag, often making us look tired and worn. A facelift can be performed to give a more youthful appearance. It will reduce signs of aging by repositioning and tightening the excess skin and muscles of both the face and neck to define the jaw line and diminish facial wrinkles. Surgery is typically performed by making incisions in front of or behind the ear, leading into the hairline on either side of the head. The skin is then lifted and both the skin and underlying muscles are tightened, and any excess is trimmed. The skin is then redraped and held in place by fine sutures. A face lift can be performed alone or in conjunction with other surgical procedures including a neck lift, liposuction, Brow surgery, or Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
During your initial consultation with Mr Ritz, he will discuss the procedure with you, pre operatively, what happens during the surgery and your post operative care, and any risks or complications involved, there are risks associated with any surgery no matter how big or small, it is important you are aware of them and understand them. He will ask you questions about your medical history, and discuss with you your concerns and realistic expectations of what can be achieved.We like to see you again prior to your surgery, so we will get you in for another consultation about 2 weeks prior to your procedure, to discuss the surgery again and answer any further questions you may have.
During the surgery
On the day of surgery you will admit approximately 2 hours prior to surgery depending on the hospital you are at, Mr Ritz will see you again and draw markings on you for surgery, the anaesthetist will also speak to you. The skin is lifted and both the skin and underlying muscles are tightened, and any excess is trimmed. The skin is then redraped and held in place by fine sutures. You may have drain tubes put in for 24 hours, the next day they are removed then you can go home.
You will have a head bandage and dressings on that need to stay in place. We will see you weekly for your check up appointments.
Post Operative Care
You cannot drive for at least 1 week until the swelling settles down enough, you are limited with physical exercise for the first 6 weeks, no heavy lifting or gym in this time.