Natural ageing is just that: natural which means that sooner or later you will begin to notice lines and wrinkles that make you look older. The ageing process happens over time with your skin slowly losing its elasticity and obscuring the facial contours that once helped you look youthful.
A facelift can reduce typical signs of ageing by removing excess skin and repositioning muscles to create a tighter and enhanced look. The neck and jawline can also benefit from surgery and result in a comprehensive solution for ageing skin.
There are several practical techniques for facelift surgery, each of which restores your facial harmony based on your particular treatment goals as well as the degree of ageing you exhibit. Dr Ritz will host a consultation with you to determine the exact parameters of your treatment so that you receive a natural and beautiful result.
Your initial consultation is an educational experience where you will learn about facelift surgery and its intents. You will also discuss post operative care and what you can expect your recovery to be like.
An important factor for your consultation is to determine whether the procedure is right for you which is possible through an analysis of your skin and a conversation about your treatment goals. Dr Ritz will want to learn more about your medical history as well as any concerns you might have about surgery.
You will come in for a second consultation about two weeks prior to your surgery. This is to follow up with any questions you may have and go over the procedural details of your facelift once more.
During the surgery
You will be placed under general anaesthesia for your facelift but beforehand, Dr Ritz will see you to draw markings where he plans to make incisions and reposition the tissues. It’s best to arrive at your surgery two hours before the procedure is scheduled to begin. Doing so will provide plenty of time for preparation.
After seeing Dr Ritz, the anaesthetist will also meet with you to explain what will happen during the beginning moments of surgery. Once you’ve gathered a full understanding, you will head into surgery.
To begin, Dr Ritz will create incisions based on the technique discussed in your consultation. Usually, an incision that starts in front of or behind the ear and travels along the hairline to the opposite side of the head is the most productive. Either way, an incision will give Dr Ritz access to underlying tissues that require treatment.
Dr Ritz will lift the skin and reposition tissues and muscles to create an ideal facial contour. He will trim away any excess skin and redrape what’s left back over your face. Incisions are closed with sutures and drains may be inserted to collect and dispose of any fluids.
You can expect to stay overnight in a private treatment room where staff can monitor your progress. After 24 hours, your drains will be removed and you can return home. Dr Ritz will wrap a bandage and dressing around your face and head to control any swelling. After one week, Dr Ritz will see you for a follow up appointment.
Post operative care
While you recover, the most important factor is to limit your exercise and any physical activity. For the first week, you will not be permitted to drive. Not until the swelling subsides can you operate a vehicle.
For the first six weeks of your recovery, you should limit any rigorous activity that may raise your blood pressure and increase bleeding. No heavy lifting or endurance training during this time.
How long does the surgery take?
Approximately 5 hours.
Can I do it just as a day case?
No you do need to stay 1 night.
How long do I have to take off work?
Approximately 2 weeks, depending on what you do for work.
When can I drive?
After 1-2 weeks depending on the swelling.
How long until I can exercise?
Usually not until at least 6 weeks post operatively.
How much does the surgery cost?
It depends on what is required, please contact us for a rough quote.