Should I Have a Facelift & What Are the Alternatives?

Posted by Dr Theva in Anti-Aging, Face Care, FAQs.

It is often said that having a facelift works to “turn back the clock,” and helps you look like a younger version of yourself. Facelift surgery works by removing excess, sagging skin, smoothing deep frown lines and skin folds, and lifting and tightening the deep facial muscles and tissues. A facelift can help you look and feel younger. You may have done extensive research into facelift surgery thus far which has left you wondering “Should I have a facelift or are there alternatives?”

Should i have facelift surgery

What Is Facelift Surgery?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that removes excess facial skin to make the face appear refreshed and rejuvenated. During the natural ageing process, your face will lose skin elasticity and develop looser skin and lose fat and muscle tone. There are various surgical procedures to address these issues.

These include a neck lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction, autologous fat injection, removal of buccal (cheek) fat pad, forehead lift, browlift to remove excess skin, chemical or laser peels, and malar (cheek) or chin implants.

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How Is Face Lift Surgery Performed?

A traditional facelift procedure is performed through a small incision starting in your hairline above your ear. The incision is extended downward in front of the ear, comes under the ear and then upward behind the ear ending back in the hairline. The skin and underlying fatty tissues are lifted off the underlying facial muscles and connective tissue as necessary to correct the loose skin problem. The skin is pulled back and upward and the excess skin is removed. The incision sites are then closed with sutures and skin staples. Some surgeons may also leave a drain in the wounds to remove excess blood. Bandages are then applied.

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Am I a Good Facelift Candidate?

Signs you may be a good candidate for a facelift include:

  1. You have loose or sagging skin on your face, jaw line, and/or neck
  2. You have sagging eyebrows
  3. You have excess fat deposits along your jaw line and/or chin
  4. You have deep folds throughout your lower and mid face
  5. Your cheeks are sunken or hollow
  6. Non surgical options are not suitable for your needs

Facelift procedures are surgical procedures that include incisions into your skin and will require a recovery period. Good candidates must be healthy, non-smokers, and be prepared to rest for a week or so after surgery. A facelift is not recommended for anyone with significant health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

It may take up to eight weeks for your body to recover sufficiently to resume physically demanding or laborious activities.

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What Are the Risks of Undergoing Surgery?

Most facelifts are safe when performed by an appropriately qualified health practitioner and plastic surgeon. It is still wise to remember that any surgical or invasive procedure still carries risk.

Some potential side effects include:

  • Bruising 
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Numbness
  • Tissue death
  • Unsatisfactory results and botched jobs

Most of these issues are created due to infection or nerve damage. Fever, pain, and excessive swelling are common warning signs of potential issues.

What Are the Alternatives to Facial Cosmetic Surgery?

What happens if you aren’t comfortable with going under the knife? Besides the traditional facelift, several non-surgical facelift options can help you achieve a more rejuvenated, lifted and defined facial structure. Whether you are trying to look more youthful or simply look how you feel on the inside, these non-surgical facelift treatments can be an effective alternative to elective surgery.

1) Threadlift

If you are looking for an effective way to restore your natural facial structure without surgery and with minimal downtime, then a thread lift treatment may be a good choice for you.

A thread lift treatment is designed to improve the appearance of sagging skin around the cheeks, neck and eyebrow region. This simple procedure involves a small entry being made behind the ear where fine threads are inserted via a tiny tube called a cannula. The threads attach themselves to the surrounding tissue to create a subtle lifting effect.

2) Dermal Fillers

If you notice deeper lines and wrinkles and your cheeks have started to hollow, dermal fillers are a popular option for smoothing, plumping and restoring a more youthful appearance.

Hyaluronic acid fillers are natural fillers that are injected directly into the skin to help restore and add volume lost over time due to the ageing process.

Each type of filler is suitable for a particular area on the face, and as such, we offer a personalised treatment plan to suit your individual needs and desired results.

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3) Ultherapy

Through concentrated ultrasound energy, an Ultherapy treatment can lift and tighten the skin on specific areas such as the neck, jawline, brow, chin and chest. This happens through the process of deep level injury, which then stimulates the production of new collagen to revive and tone the skin from beneath. The results are tighter, lifted, and more plumped skin on the outside.

Ultherapy lifts and tightens aging skin

Through our personalised treatment plans, we are able to combine several treatment options for a ‘no-knife’ facelift that can achieve similar results to a traditional facelift but without the surgery.

Where to Get Started?

There’s so much information out there that you might ask: Where do I start? Is it safe? Will I look natural, or I’ve had work done?

These are all valid questions. The good news is you’ve come to the right place.

The first step is to book a no-obligation consultation with me at Dr T Aesthetics in Melbourne. I begin the process by assessing your main concerns, whether it’s loose skin, jowls forming on the jawline, hollowing, fine lines and wrinkles or thinning of the skin.

I get to know you and discuss your desired outcomes and your concerns so we get it right the first time. We discuss timelines, expectations, best treatments, and payment plans.

Most importantly, I will explain why they are the best options and go over the results you can expect to allow you to feel comfortable and confident you are making the right decision.

Some non-surgical alternatives to facelift surgery we have here at our anti-ageing clinic in Melbourne are:

  1. Dermal Fillers
  2. Thread Lifts
  3. Ultherapy

To find out which treatment is best for you, begin by booking your comprehensive no-obligation consultation with me today.

For more information on Dr. Theva’s anti-ageing treatments or to learn about natural looking results, book an appointment here.