Who doesn’t want to look younger? But it’s also a reality that we all grow old at some point, and sometimes, the signs of ageing show even before we expect it. Fine lines and wrinkles are just two of the most common changes that you might notice first as you grow older. Unfortunately, more often than not, you cannot get rid of them just by applying regular skincare products. Good thing; there’s face lift surgery. But will this cosmetic procedure help you look youthful again?

What is face lift surgery?

Also known as rhytidectomy or meloplasty, face lift surgery is defined by the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons as “a surgical procedure that tightens and removes sagging skin on the face and neck. Facial muscles may be surgically tightened to improve their tone. Excess fat may also be removed or repositioned as part of the surgery.”

A face lift is the fourth most popular cosmetic surgical procedure in Australia. Together with neck lift surgery, it is considered one of the most efficient techniques to help address the effects of ageing on the face. A face lift is usually done by removing excess fats and skin to elevate the face’s mid and lower part, creating a youthful glow that will last even after a few years.

What are the benefits of facelift surgery?

Face lift surgery is one of the best ways to get that youthful glow and preserve it for a long time. Here are some of the reasons why:

  • It helps you get rid of those jowls.
    Do you hate looking at those jowls hanging from your jawline? If you are, then you need to consult a cosmetic surgeon for the possibility of face lift surgery. This procedure helps to get rid of those jowls by tightening your jawline to achieve that slimmer and more defined look on your face. A good cosmetic surgeon will even be able to sculpt your jawline correctly to define the shape of your face without the stubborn extra skin and fat hanging in all the wrong places.
  • It tightens your neck area.
    Most surgeons would recommend combining a face lift with a neck lift to maximise the results of your surgery. Since the neck is one of the first parts of the face to sag as you grow older, it’s also the most common spot for wrinkles and fine lines that are some of the most obvious signs of ageing. With the help of face lift and neck lift surgery, you can finally get rid of that saggy chin and neck area and feel more youthful again.
  • It corrects the different signs of ageing on your face.
    Aside from sagging and wrinkles, face lift surgery can also help you get rid of nasolabial folds or those deep creases that you can see from your nose to the corners of your mouth and marionette lines or those lines from the corners of your mouth to your chin. A cosmetic surgeon can even help remove any displaced facial fat or volume to give you a more contoured face.
  • It can be performed with other procedures.
    A lot of those who choose to undergo a face lift will do it in combination with other procedures to not only maximise results but also cut recovery time. For example, a face lift can be performed together with eyelid surgery or brow lift surgery that addresses the same fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead and eye area. Combining these techniques will help you achieve the best results to help you get rid of all the signs of ageing on your face.
  • It can be done at any time in your life.
    Some people think that a facelift is only needed when you’re already in your late 50s. But in reality, a lot of younger patients choose to undergo this procedure to correct the earliest signs of wrinkles and sagging skin. Although the average age of patients going through facelift surgery is between 51 and 64 years old, you can always go through it if you’re already worried about those fine lines and wrinkles showing on your face. You need to know if you’re a good candidate for this procedure by consulting with a cosmetic surgeon who will assess your health, skin condition and lifestyle choices. Face lift surgery can also be customised according to your needs or the target look that you’re trying to achieve for your face.
  • It offers natural-looking results.
    Many patients may be hesitant to undergo a face lift or any other cosmetic procedure, thinking that it would make them look a lot different. But with the right cosmetic surgeon, face lift surgery can give you great, natural-looking results. Surgeons these days don’t only tighten the excess skin on your face and neck, they’re also using a technique that repositions any underlying tissue to help create a more natural appearance. You don’t need to worry about looking too overdone or getting that “windswept” look anymore because today’s technology offers more natural results.

Facelift surgery is not only limited to women because it’s also becoming a popular cosmetic procedure for men who want to deal with sagging facial skin, fine line and wrinkles.

What are the different types of face and neck lift procedures?

If you’re ready to look younger than you’ve ever been, you can consult a cosmetic surgeon to see if you are a good candidate for face and neck lift surgery where you have these options:

  • Mini face lift
    This procedure is usually done by patients under 40 years old to correct the earliest signs of fine lines and sagging skin before they get worse. A cosmetic surgeon will also reposition any underlying facial tissue to give you that natural-looking contour and slow down ageing in that part of your face in the future.
  • Mid-face lift
    This procedure only targets the middle part of the face, especially the cheeks, lower eyelids and nasolabial folds. A mid-facelift is usually recommended to patients with only minimal signs of ageing in the face and neck area.
  • Full face lift
    This is the most comprehensive type of face lift cosmetic surgery because it covers your entire face, from your forehead to your neck. Many patients choose to undergo a full face lift right away because it doesn’t only offer the best results, but it also ensures that you get to enjoy those results for the longest time possible.
  • Neck lift
    A neck lift focuses only on the excess skin and fat that makes the neck look wrinkled. Also known as platysmaplasty, a neck lift can be done by just tightening the skin, realigning the underlying tissues or removing the neck muscle altogether to help correct the signs of ageing in that area.

What should you consider before getting a facelift?

If you already tried different facial exercises and products to no avail, then maybe it’s time to consider getting a face lift. But before you do that, here are some things that you need to consider first:

  • Your health condition.
    Since a face lift is considered elective surgery, you need to be physically fit to undergo such a procedure. Therefore, a cosmetic surgeon will usually look into your medical history and lifestyle to know if you are a good candidate for face lift surgery. This will not only help you make sure that the surgery will be a success but also avoid any complications that could slow down your recovery.
  • Your budget.
    Although you can find good surgeons who can offer you competitive pricing for your face lift surgery, it’s still important to plan ahead and speak to your cosmetic surgeon to understand and your total costs over time.
  • Your support system.
    Since face lift surgery is a major procedure, you will need assistance right after undergoing surgery. You need to assign someone to drive you to and from the clinic since you won’t be allowed to drive due to the effects of the anaesthesia. You also need to set aside space in your house where you could recover and ask someone’s help to take care of chores like taking care of the kids or cleaning the house so you can focus your time and energy on recovery.

Are you ready to look younger than you’ve ever looked? Consult a cosmetic surgeon today to know your options when it comes to getting face lift surgery and other cosmetic procedures. After all, you’re not only investing in your physical appearance but also in your confidence and self-esteem. So if getting rid of those fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles will make you feel better about yourself, go for it.