Cosmetic Surgery

Facelift Surgery: Addressing Signs of Ageing for a Youthful Appearance

Introduction to Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation that primarily addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, including the cheeks, jowls, and neck. This procedure, performed in Tauranga and Whakatane, can effectively reduce sagging skin, deep folds and creases, loose facial muscles, and excess fat deposits in these areas. A variety of techniques exist to lift the skin and soft tissues of the face, and Mr Butler will carefully assess your specific needs to determine the optimal solution for you.

Key Details of the Procedure

  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Cost: $30000 to $40000
  • Anaesthetic: General anaesthetic
  • Length of stay: 1 night in hospital

Post-Surgery Care and Downtime

  • Showering: You can shower the wounds the day after surgery.
  • Exercise: Light exercise can be resumed 1 week after surgery, while strenuous exercise should be avoided for 4 weeks post-surgery.
  • Driving: 1 week after surgery.
  • Work: You can return to desk-based work after 1-2 weeks, depending on bruising and swelling.

Frequently Asked Questions about Facelift Surgery

What is the ideal age for a facelift?

The ideal age for facelift surgery can vary depending on individual factors, but it is generally recommended for individuals who have significant signs of facial ageing, such as sagging skin and deep wrinkles. Most facelift candidates are in their 40s to 60s, but age alone is not the determining factor.

Will a facelift remove all of my wrinkles?

While a facelift can help improve the appearance of wrinkles, it primarily addresses sagging skin and the underlying facial structures. It can smooth out some wrinkles, particularly those caused by loose skin, but it may not eliminate all wrinkles. Depending on your specific concerns, there may be additional treatments needed to meet your goals.

How long do the results of a facelift last?

The results of a facelift are long-lasting, but it's important to note that the procedure does not stop the natural ageing process. The face will continue to age over time. However, a facelift can typically provide noticeable improvement for 7 to 10 years or longer. Factors such as genetics, lifestyle choices, and skincare routines can influence the longevity of the results.

Are facelifts only for women?

No, facelifts are not exclusive to women. Men also undergo facelift surgery to address signs of ageing and achieve a more youthful appearance. The surgical techniques used for facelifts can be tailored to suit the unique facial features and needs of both men and women.

What are the potential risks and complications of a facelift?

Like any surgical procedure, facelifts carry potential risks and complications. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, adverse reactions to anaesthesia, temporary or permanent nerve damage, hair loss around the incision sites, asymmetry, and unsatisfactory results. We will discuss these risks in detail during the consultation stage. It is important to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions to minimise complications.

Can a facelift be combined with other procedures?

Yes, a facelift can be combined with other surgical or non-surgical procedures to enhance overall facial rejuvenation. Commonly combined procedures include eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, neck lift, fat grafting, or non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers or Botox®. When Mr Butler assesses you in Tauranga or Whakatane, he will provide recommendations for additional procedures during the consultation.