With a professionally performed surgical face lift, traces of (premature) skin aging and undesirable side effects can be eliminated. This allows us to restore previous facial proportions.
A facelift goes far beyond the removal of individual wrinkles (as with a wrinkle treatment with BTX or hyaluronic acid).
With a lifting, the general tightening of the facial skin and also the lifting, e.g. B. lowered eyebrows, cheeks and an overall sagging facial contour in the foreground. The procedure can also correct “hamster cheeks” or a double chin. It can also be used to tighten a slack neck.
The natural aging process can greatly change the proportions of the face: due to the loss of skin and subcutaneous elasticity and the relaxation of the deeper layers as well as the muscles and connective tissue plate, the contours of the face blur and migrate downwards. The stretched out coat of skin appears too large for the face. Excess skin can be corrected with a facelift.
Don’t get a facelift when you’re too young. Surgical face lifting makes sense from the age of about 45 years. Before that, other means of wrinkle treatment should be used. These include injections with BTX or hyaluronic acid. It is also possible to perform an eyelid lift . A rejuvenating effect can also be achieved by correcting droopy eyelids or bags under the eyes.
A facelift should only be performed after the fatty tissue in the face has migrated forward and downward. This leads to excess skin. If this finding is present, wrinkle injections no longer bring the desired effect.
In the first few days after the operation, you will feel slight pain throughout the operation area. As a result, you are somewhat restricted in your facial expressions and also in the movement of your head. Pain-relieving medication will usually be provided to you.
The drains inserted during the operation are usually removed on the first day after the operation. The bandage will be removed either immediately or in the next few days. You should keep your head still and straight for the first few days after surgery to minimize swelling. Any swelling, bruising and possible numbness of the skin that may have occurred usually disappears completely in the weeks that follow.
The first sutures are removed about five to seven days after the operation. The scalp takes a little longer to heal, so the threads or clips can be left there for a few days longer.
Initially, the scars are still red – this is usually the case when the precautionary measures are observed, so that the scars are only visible on very close inspection. If you wish, the remaining scars can be covered with a special camouflage make-up.
After a facelift, patients are allowed to sunbathe again, but not immediately! Patients should avoid direct sunlight until the wound has healed, around three to four weeks after the procedure. However, if your face is exposed to the sun, it is advisable to carefully apply sunscreen factor 50 and wear sunglasses to protect the eye area.
In principle, patients can wash their hair the day after the procedure. However, you should only use lukewarm water and avoid care products. No hair dryer should be used to dry the hair in the first few weeks, as the hot air can have a negative effect on the healing process.
As a rule, you can assume that the result of a facelift will last for around 10 to 15 years. However, this also depends on your individual skin quality or your lifestyle.