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Facelift and Necklift

Facelift and Necklift

Modern Face and Necklift procedures are the cornerstone of facial rejuvenation. The techniques have evolved over the last 50 years and especially the last years saw the integration of novel techniques like facial fat grafting and skin resurfacing techniques (Peeling) that contribute towards more natural and more complete results. Our academic contributions make our clinic a world leader in the field of integrated facial rejuvenation.

Face and necklift procedures have a very low complication rate and a very high satisfaction rate with our patients. They can be performed either as an isolated procedure or in combination with other facial procedures like eyelid lift, browlift frontal lift, chin augmentation with implants or rhinoplasty.

Pre-operative considerations include an thorough evaluation of your facial anatomy and bone structure including the recommendation of possible complementary procedures like a chin implant to correct the jawline and/or a facial fat transfer to volumize your face. Our advice regarding the combination of techniques, your understanding of the 3 dimensional ageing process and our enthusiasm for the best possible results are paramount in obtaining long-lasting and natural results.

  • Technical term
  • Duration of surgery
    3-5 hours
  • Anaesthesia
    Sedation + local
  • Discharge from clinic
    Same day / 1 night
  • Fit for society
    10-14 days
  • Back to work
    7–10 days
  • Aftercare and recovery
    Bandage 1 night, chin strap for 6 days

What to know before Facelift and Necklift

What to Know Before Facelift and Necklift . Ocean Clinic

Your age, skin quality and your anatomic proportions are key in choosing the facelift technique best suited to you. We will discuss with you if either a short scar facelift or classic Omega – Incision lift is more appropriate, furthermore we will examine and explain if any changes to your neck; the Platysma (neck) muscle or the jawline/ chin projection would be advisable for the best aesthetic outcome.

If your skin shows signs of photo-ageing like stains, pigmentation, fine lines / rhytids and a general loss of brilliance a peeling maybe recommended by us and performed at the same time as your facelift surgery to minimize downtime.

Depending on your age, skin quality, facial anatomy and the desired rejuvenation effect the scars are either placed only in front of the ear within the natural crease (MACS-Lift) or go around the ear towards the back of your hairline (Lower Face and Neck lift). The scars are normally hardly visible after 6-12 months.

This kind of procedure is mostly performed under deep intra venous sedation (Twilight sleep) combined with loco-regional anesthesia. You will sleep throughout the procedure, but you will be able to move arms and legs like in normal sleep which lowers the risk for thrombosis. The procedure is generally pain free and takes between 3-5 hours.

Recovery is 10- 14 days, with some swelling and bruising during the first 7 days. Stitches maybe removed by day 10 and swelling and bruising have mostly subsided after 14 days. Makeup can be worn after a week. There may be some numbness of the skin and hardness of the subcutaneous skin layers during the first 6-8 weeks before recovery is complete.

Patient testimony

The results are fantastic. I was looking at old pictures not long ago, just to recognise my old self. Today, I find it odd that I was not longing for a youthful and fresh look earlier on.

T.R. (55)

The Ocean Clinic Concept is to avoid any unnecessary pain and discomfort. Most of our face and necklift procedures are performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. This concepts allows for a complete pain –free procedure with our patients being sedated only for their comfort. Postoperative pain in facial surgery is rare, most of our patients only have a slight headache for 24h- 48 h treated with oral pain medication. Most patients can go home on the same day and come for a check -up the day after; stiches are removed after 10 days. During the first 4 weeks postoperative our patients will be referred to our unique physiotherapeutic aftercare for quicker recovery and less swelling. We will provide you with a chinstrap to be worn for 6 -7 days. Do not lift any objects beyond 5kg and avoid sports involving weights during 14 days.

Facelift surgery has very few complications if carried out by an experienced surgeon in a accredited facility. Rare complications include postoperative bleeding requiring revision, unsatisfactory scar healing requiring scar correction at a later date and prolonged recovery due to swelling and / or hematoma. Permanent lesions to the facial nerve leading to facial asymmetries are extremely rare and depend on type of the facelift procedures. Changes of sensibility of the skin are expected during the early postoperative period and disappear with time.

Most patients have a very satisfying result for 8-10 years or more, and follow-up studies with a facelift patient and her non-operated twin sister over 25 years showed that even after that time the facelift patient looked younger than her non operated sister. However, facial ageing continuous after any procedure, therefore many of our patients choose to have touch-up procedure or alternative treatments after 10 years.

Facial Fat grafting alone is a possible alternative technique if the laxity of skin and muscle is not too pronounced. 2 or more sessions may be necessary, as the body absorbs a certain amount of transplanted fat. It may be an option if you wish a shorter procedure without incisions, but the results are less dramatic than with a face and necklift. A deep dermal skin resurfacing with a Phenol Peel can be a valid treatment alternative for skin with very pronounced Elastosis and Photo-Ageing. This method has dramatic results with pan-facial rejuvenation, but recovery is longer than with the surgical Facelift and results and suitability are skin-type dependent.

Our surgeons performed more than 700 combined Pave-lift procedures within the last 10 years. Our clinic is a worldwide leader in combining facelift techniques with facial fat grafting for re-volumizing of the ageing face and skin resurfacing with peels to address the skin texture and imperfections like age spots and discolorations in one single treatment session. Many of these techniques have been published in international peer-reviewed journals and are on the forefront of new field of 3-dimensional facial rejuvenation.

The next step

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