There are many changes that occur during the ageing process, loss of volume and skin laxity being two of them. Topical treatments and cosmetic injections do produce effective anti-ageing results up until a point. Eventually, surgical intervention is required in order to maintain a youthful appearance.
Facelifts are still one of the most popular surgical procedures, with both men and women choosing to undergo surgery to continue feeling confident and young. This is a highly customisable procedure and it can be paired with several other types of surgery to achieve the best possible outcome.
A/Prof Magnusson will help you develop a personalised surgical plan following a thorough consultation.
The facelift procedure
Modern facelift techniques are more sophisticated than ever, capable of making you look years younger. After conducting a thorough evaluation of your facial characteristics at his Toowoomba and Gold Coast surgery, Associate Professor Magnusson will develop a customised facelift surgery to help you achieve the best results possible.
As with all aesthetic surgery, it’s important to establish goals and priorities first. A/Prof Magnusson will talk with you at length about the areas of your face that concern you the most. These goals and priorities will form the foundation for selecting the appropriate procedures to best address your concerns.
Facelift surgery can turn back the clock in terms of appearance in many different ways, including:
Lifting areas where the tissues have sagged especially along the jaw-line. Before lifting your loose skin, A/Prof Magnusson will tighten and rearrange the underlying structures into a better shape. This will put less tension on your skin and help the results of your facelift last longer and look more natural.
Repairing loose skin. The sagging skin will be carefully trimmed back and tightened to restore a youthful and natural look.
Improving facial contours. By lifting the midface and using fat grafting to restore volume, A/Prof Magnusson can improve the contours of the face. This helps give the lower eyelids and cheeks a smoother appearance. To create a more attractive jawline, a lower facelift will be necessary. When combined with a neck lift, the appearance of the neck will also improve and jowls will be eliminated.
There are additional procedures that are commonly combined with facelift surgery such as laser skin resurfacing, which addresses sun damage and lines, and fat grafting, which improves volume and contours. It is common to address the entire area which for some people, may include the brow, eyelids, mid and lower face as well as the neck.
No two facelift procedures are the same. Instead, the approach is customised according to the individual’s goals, current status with respect to their unique anatomy, ageing changes and skin damage.
A full facelift is performed by making an incision along the hairline and in front of the ears. In some instances, the incision extends down behind the ears. The skin and fatty tissue will be lifted away from the underlying muscles so that the loose skin can be corrected. This means that excess skin is removed and the rest is pulled back and upward. Sutures are used to close the incisions and dressing is applied. A mid-facelift is slightly less invasive than a full facelift and won’t always offer as dramatic an effect.
The entire procedure can take anywhere from four to six hours to complete, depending on whether other procedures will be included.
Facelift and Neck Lift:
Choosing to undergo a facelift is a personal decision and one that a qualified and experienced surgeon should assist you with. Reputable cosmetic surgeons such as A/Prof Magnusson will take your specific requirements into consideration before offering a surgical recommendation. This ensures your face and neck lift results look natural and enhance your features. A/Prof Magnusson is a preferred choice for face and neck lifts in Brisbane, Toowoomba and Gold Coast.
Suitable candidates for facelift surgery
There is no age limit for when facelift and neck surgery should be administered; although the most suitable candidates are between 40 and 65.
You may benefit from this procedure if:
- You have noticeable signs of ageing (skin laxity/sagging skin)
- You are near or at your ideal weight (excessive weight gain or loss will affect the results of surgery)
A facelift is designed to address a few specific problems that come with age, such as:
- Loss of muscle tone in the face and neck
- Loss of skin elasticity/laxity
- Loss of chin and neck contours
- Pronounced nasolabial folds
The majority of patients will see the final results of their surgery after 3 months but since there are several factors that can impact the healing process, this timeline will be slightly different for everyone.
In terms of result longevity, most patients will only need to schedule a second facelift 10 years after the first one.
Facelift Before and After Gallery
frequently asked questions
How much does a facelift cost?
What can I expect during my facelift recovery?
What scarring can I expect after a breast reduction?
Scarring is inevitable after most surgical procedures. Every effort will be made to keep incisions and scarring barely visible by placing them in areas that are generally covered by clothing. With the right wound care and scar management, patients can keep scarring to a minimum. Using silicone gel strips during recovery and keeping scars out of direct sunlight are two steps that can be taken to minimise scarring.
Will there be scarring following a facelift and neck lift?
Some scarring can be expected in the areas where the incisions were made but with the right care, any scarring will be close to invisible after a year. Protecting your skin from harsh sunlight, avoiding smoking and using products such as gel silicone strips can also help minimise scarring after your surgery.
Do I really need a neck and a facelift?
There is no rule that says you need to schedule both procedures but very often, when only the face is tightened and lifted, the neck can end up looking out of place, especially in older men and women. It’s for this reason that it is highly recommended older patients undergo both a face and neck lift but this can be discussed in your consultation with A/Prof Magnusson.
Will a breast reduction affect my ability to breastfeed?
Will a facelift improve the appearance of lines around my eyes?
A facelift is not designed to alter the upper third of the face, which means excess skin and lines around the eyes will not be affected. If your eye area and brow are also a concern, you may need to incorporate a brow lift or blepharoplasty to your surgical plan. If possible, it’s always best to schedule these procedures together so that you only need to plan for one recovery period.
Request an appointment with A/Prof Magnusson from Brisbane, Toowoomba or the Gold Coast
If you’re interested in discussing a facelift, request an appointment with Associate Professor Magnusson in either his Toowoomba or Gold Coast clinics. He has helped patients in Brisbane and throughout Queensland achieve their desired results and can provide you with all the necessary information, including risks and recovery time.