There are two different forms of Facelift. The appropriate method is chosen based on the degree of skin laxity or depth of wrinkles balanced against the amount of downtime the patient can accept.
Suture Facelift or Threadlift
A minimally invasive form of facelift for moderate skin laxity
Suture Facelift or Threadlift is an intermediate form of facelift which are minimally invasive and are recommended for patients that have moderate ageing of the facial skin. These procedures can be done under local anesthesia or intravenous sedation. These include Silhouette Lift and Endotine procedures. In more severe cases of ageing of the facial skin, a surgical Facelift or Browlift may still be indicated.
Downtime 7-10 days
Surgery for Lifting Sagging Cheeks and Jowls, Lifting Sagging Brows
Downtime 7 – 14 days
Facelift Surgery, technically known as Rhytidectomy, is done for the upper and lower face to improve sagging facial skin and jowls caused by overactive muscles or by loose skin. Visible sign of aging are improved by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and redraping the skin of the face and neck. It is done under general anaesthesia or sedation.
For the correction of drooping brows, improvement of wrinkles and the shape of the forehead and eyebrows, browlift surgery can also be done. This surgery is done using an endoscope so that only small cuts are needed in the scalp. The skin is lifted off the underlying layers and pulled into position. The total procedure takes 2 hours.
For the lower facelift, the surgery is done to make the deep grooves around the mouth more shallow and to tighten the skin of the cheeks and underneath the neck. The skin of the face is lifted off the underlying areas and pulled into position. The surgery is done under general anesthesia or sedation and generally requires a hospital stay of 1-2 days.
This procedure is done in the operating theatre under local, general anesthesia or sedation depending on the extent of the surgery. There is a 7 to 14 day associated downtime and both upper and lower facelift patients can experience swelling in the face for 1- 2 weeks.
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