Facelift and Necklift
... after your surgery and beyond

Aftercare and recovery

Most of our face and necklift procedures are performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. The Ocean Clinic concept is to avoid any unnecessary pain and discomfort. 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.

Relevant risks in facelift surgery

Facelift plastic 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.

How long does a face/necklift last ?

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.

Alternatives to facelift surgery

Facial Fat grafting alone is a possible alternative to rhytidectomy surgery 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 Experience in facelift plastic surgery

Our plastic surgeons performed more than 700 combined PAVE facelift procedures within the last 10 years. Ocean 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.