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Friday, 25 October 2013

Facelifts: the good, the bad and the ugly

Once upon a time, that trademark windswept look and outstanding poker face was a sure sign the middle-aged gent or gal you we looking at had undergone facial surgery. Despite this, very often the result of facial surgery was a smooth wrinkle free result. But it didn’t look particularly natural. Arched eyebrows and cat-like eyes just didn’t seem like a good trade-off for banishing saggy jowls and loose cheeks. 

Now, though, you’d be hard-pressed to spot a facelift in the crowds. With surgical techniques improving day by day, and anti-ageing surgery up double figures in 2012 alone, it seems everyone’s interesting in maintaining a youthful look. According to Sydney's Dr Jeremy Hunt, a specialist cosmetic surgeon based in Edgecliff, who offers a range of procedures, including facial surgery, facelifts remain in the top 5 of most common cosmetic surgical procedures after breast augmentation, nose reshaping, eyelid reduction and liposuction. So let's look at the options are there for those looking to turn back the clock?

Facelifts are only really ideal for those whose skin has begun to sag, but is still fairly elastic – the optimum age would be those in their forties and fifties. Elastin is what makes skin look taught and supple. So without it, the results are not as effective, as the surgeon will be limited to how much work he can do. 

Another thing to remember: they really only work on cheeks and the lower part of the face. If you feel your neck is giving your age away, then a surgeon can help. But if you're looking to brighten and lighten your entire visage, you may need a brow lift or eyelid surgery as well. Most of the time, two or three surgeries are booked in at the same time to reduce pain and get an all-round better result.

Surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic, and usually requires an overnight stay. Put simply, an incision is made by the tragus in front of the ear, and extends into the hairline and behind the ear. Sometimes, an incision is made in the chin, but scarring is minimal in these cases. The skin and muscle is pulled back and sutures are fitted in place. Depending on the level of fat present, sometimes liposuction is used to get a more defined and svelte look.

After surgery, drains may be fitted and compression bandages are put in place for healing and comfort. Recovery will generally take a few weeks, and any face and neck bruising can be disguised by wearing camouflage make up, so you won't need to forgo all your social engagements. This fascinating account from Liz Jones details her experience of having a  facelift, and really lifts the lid on what patients can expect.

For women, scarring is a lot easier to hide as it can be covered with hair. For men, it is a little trickier as hair along the temples may be thinner, but it is still possible.

The great thing about a facelift is that it all but stops the clock. Of course, as you get older you will still age. But the results are permanent and you'll look younger than you did had you not gone under the knife – something most people value highly when considering facial surgery.
They say life begins at forty. But by choosing a good surgeon, you can turn back time and get the glow and youth you had decades ago. It's as simple as a snip and tuck.
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