The Benefits of a Full Facelift

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.

Mature patients seeking to rejuvenate their appearance may consider facelift surgery. For more than a decade, Dr Bernard Beldholm has fine-tuned his facial rejuvenation skills utilising the latest technological innovations. His refined facelift results are a testament to his years in practice as a specialist general surgeon.

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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 Beldholm’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.

Aesthetic concerns addressed with full facelift surgery

  • Sagging jowls
  • Marionette lines
  • Wrinkled or sagging cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds around the mouth
  • A poorly defined neck, jawline or double chin

If any of those bullet points describe you, Dr Beldholm may be able to help. During a one-on-one consultation with him, you will receive an honest evaluation to determine if a full facelift is an option. Eligible patients will receive a facial rejuvenation plan tailored to their unique needs.

Possible Advantages of Facelift Surgery

While individual results vary, a full facelift aims to achieve:

  • A significant reduction in deep wrinkles throughout the lower 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

What happens during a full facelift operation?

Dr Bernard Beldholm 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 strategically placed within the hairline and natural folds surrounding the ears. Ideally, the scars fade to a fine line, although every individual heals differently in terms of scarring.

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 Beldholm also uses tissue glue. As a result of using the tissue glue, the use of drains is not needed.

What is recovery like after a full facelift?

After the surgery, most 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 or longer. Cold compresses and ice can help minimise bruising and swelling.To manage expectations, patients should be aware that it can take several months to a year before they see their final results.

Are there any risks associated with facelift surgery?

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. During your consultation, Dr Beldholm will review all possible risks with you in detail so you can make an informed decision of whether to have surgery.

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