Obtain a more youthful appearance with Dr Chris Allen, offering specialised plastic surgery in Perth. Face lift surgery, involving excess skin removal and facial tightening, enhances your overall appearance and leaves you looking brighter and younger. Ideal candidates for face lift surgery include:
- Patients with loose and sagging skin on the face
- Patients with excess wrinkled skin, particularly in the jowls and neck
- Patients with a double chin or loose neck
A face lift normally takes between three to five hours and is performed under general anaesthesia. A thin excision extends from within the hairline above the year, continuing in front of and inside the ear and around the earlobe. Occasionally, excisions may be extended behind the ear and into the hairline. No hair needs to be shaved to make way for excisions.
Excess skin is removed and the muscles and deeper tissues (platysma and SMAS layer) of the face and neck are lifted and tightened. If required, excess fat can be removed from the chin with liposuction or excision. Face lifts may also be combined with eyelid surgery if desired.
Small, soft drains are placed for one day. A bulky dressing is removed on the first postoperative day and a small, compression garment is applied for one to two weeks.
Following your face lift, you’re able to return home and shower on the next day. Some patients experience minimal pain that subsides by the second or third day. Swelling can be mild to moderate for the first week, but generally disappears altogether. Bruising is minimal and disappears on its own after seven to ten days. Some sutures are removed at six days and the rest are removed at ten.
After around four to five days, you’re able to apply makeup. Once two weeks have passed, you’ll be able to appear comfortably in public. We find that most patients can resume many activities during their second week and most by their third. We recommend taking between ten to fourteen days off work to allow for a comfortable recovery.
Face lift surgery creates a natural, rested and younger appearance that lasts for several years. Dr Chris Allen and his team specialise in producing a balanced and natural result that suits your overall appearance, rather than a ‘windswept’ look. Following your face lift surgery, results continue to improve over the next three to six months as your procedure settles.