With increasing age comes a slackening of the skin and a diminution of fatty tissue, leading to drooping in some softer parts of the face, as well as wrinkles that with injections, Botox, peeling and laser therapy alone cannot be treated to any great effect. Lifts to the face, throat and forehead assist, as surgical methods, to lift the skin for a more youthful look and improved well-being. Visible signs of ageing such as sunken eyebrows, progressive wrinkles on the forehead, deep nasal labial folds, hamster cheeks and loose skin around the throat can all be remedied through a face lift, simply leaving a healthier look.
The incisions in a face lift and throat lift are made discretely in the hairline and ear. From there, today’s customary SMAS technique is used, meaning the skin and underlying tissue layer is prepared, partially removed and tightened. This face lift technique promises the most durable and natural-looking results. Depending on the severity of tissue slackness, it is also possible to employ the less common, less invasive endoscopic (keyhole) technique. This can prove to complement an eyelid correction, liposuction of a double-chin, thread technique or wrinkle filler injections.
Treatment and operation preparation: Obtain timely, comprehensive medical advice and risk awareness, including a full medical check-up with blood evaluation and ECG. Possibly also a smoking ban.
Duration of operation: 1.5 - 3.5 hours
Anaesthesia: Depends on surgical method: local, twilight or general
Staying at the clinic: 0-2 days
Sport: After 2-4 weeks
Sun-bathing and solarium: After 2-4 weeks with sun protection
Sauna: After 4 weeks
After care: Possible removal of drain tubes, change of dressings, thread removal after 5-15 days, cooling, lymph drainage, magnetic field therapy, scar care.
Durability: Depending on surgery method and post-operative reaction, up to 10 years.
Special risks: Secondary bleeding, circulation disturbance, numbness, broad scarring, keloid, sensitivity defects, local hair loss, facial nerve paralysis, side differentiation.
Cost absorption: Private unless in rare cases of illness-induced facial asymmetry or facial nerve paralysis.