The Benefits of a Full Facelift
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Getting older doesn’t mean you have to leave your youthful looks behind. Facial volume loss, loose skin and deep wrinkles are all part of the natural ageing process. For some individuals, however, the common side effects associated with coming into the “golden years” can make a person appear older than they really are or give the appearance of tiredness–even though that may not be the case.
For baby boomers and, perhaps, even some Gen Xers who want to look as good as they feel on the inside and turn back the hands of time, a full facelift can offer an effective solution. For more than a decade, Dr Bernard Beldholm has been revolutionising facial rejuvenation by utilising the latest and most advanced technologies available to deliver superior results to his patients. For patients who are seeking a significant improvement in their facial imperfections, Dr Bernard can help provide patients with natural, long-lasting results.
Who is a full facelift for?
A full facelift addresses concerns with the lower half of the face, including the lower cheek, jawline and upper neck. In Dr B’s experience, patients who benefit the most from a full facelift, or rhytidectomy, are people in their mid-50s or older. Of course, everyone ages differently, so there may be times when a full facelift is appropriate for a patient in their mid-to-late 40s. If any of the following describe you, you may be a good candidate for a full facelift:
Your wrinkles and sagging skin throughout your face and neck have made you self-conscious.
When you see yourself in photos, videos or in the mirror, you feel much older than what you really are.
You feel that your ageing appearance is negatively impacting your social life, relationships and self-confidence.
Your wear your hair a certain way or scarves/turtlenecks to conceal the wrinkles throughout your face and neck.
If any of those bullet points described you, Dr Beldholm can help. During a one-on-one consultation with him, patients will receive an honest, thorough evaluation along with a facial rejuvenation plan tailored to their individual needs.
What are the benefits of a full facelift?
A full facelift is a great option for anyone, male or female, seeking to revive the look of their face and take years off of their appearance. Additional benefits of the procedure include:
A significant reduction in deep wrinkles, creases and folds throughout the entire face and neck area
Tightening of the underlying tissues and muscle
The removal of loose skin and excess fatty tissue in the neck region and face
Elimination of jowls and the creation of a more defined jawline
Reduction in skin folds between the patient’s nose and the corners of his or her mouth
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How is a full facelift done?
Dr Bernard performs full facelifts on his patients under general anesthesia in a private hospital. Depending on the amount of work being performed, the procedure can take anywhere from 3-4 hours.
During surgery, Dr Beldholm will make an incision behind one ear, then follow that cut above the hairline to behind the other ear. These incisions are small and strategically placed so that they ultimately fade over time and scarring is minimal.
Once the appropriate incisions have been made, the skin and underlying tissue are then lifted away. Excess skin and tissue are then removed, pulled tight, and draped and sutured back in place. In some cases, excess fat may also be removed.
Because Dr Beldholm uses absorbable stitches to hold the patient’s skin together, there is no need to remove the stitches. They eventually dissolve over time. To further assist with the recovery and end results, Dr Bernard also uses tissue glue. As a result of using the tissue glue, the use of drains is not needed.
What is the recovery like for a full face lift?
After the surgery, patients are able to go home the very same day. However, it’s important that patients have a friend, spouse or family member who can drive them home and help them at least for a few days after the procedure. The patient will be required to wear a head garment for about a week. Dr Beldholm will remove it during a patient’s follow up appointment.
Most patients can resume normal activities generally within 7 to 14 days. Bruising and swelling, however, may remain for two to three weeks. Cold compresses and ice can help minimise bruising and swelling. To manage expectations, patients should be aware that it can take up to a month or longer before they see the results from their full facelift.
While rare, some patients may experience complications from facelift surgery. This can include but not limited to: scarring, infection, bleeding, nerve damage, allergic reactions to drugs, blood clots, numbness, etc.