Face lifts are one of the most common forms of facial plastic surgery performed today. The first facelift was carried out in Berlin in 1901 by surgeon Eugen Holländer.
The face, more than any other part of the body, defines an individual to the outside world. With age, the effects of gravity, sun damage and the stresses of everyday life become apparent and can alter the appearance of a person’s face. As such, these age-related changes can make people feel as if their identity has changed over time. As people are living longer and leading more active lives, many seek facial cosmetic surgery to help them look as young as they feel.
Skin goes through many changes as we get older. Cells divide slower. The dermis, or lower layer of skin, gets thinner. It is comprised of several different types of tissue, including elastin and collagen. Elastin gives the skin its elasticity, and collagen keeps the skin taut. Eventually both of these proteins begin to break down, causing the skin to loosen. The loss of elasticity makes the skin and underlying tissue more susceptible to the effects of gravity. Instead of springing back when pulled, the skin sags. Additionally, the muscle and tissue composition under the skin changes, leading to wrinkles.
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure used to give a more youthful appearance. It usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the redraping of the skin on the patients face.
The process of undergoing face lift surgery with us will consist of three main stages. The first is the pre-surgery consultation where Dr Briggs will conduct an in-depth analysis of your suitability for surgery. The second stage will be the surgery itself, and the final stage will be after care and advice.
During all these stages we continue to respect and listen to our patient’s needs and expectations, this helps to ensure that the most positive result possible is achieved for everyone involved, but most importantly the patient.
It is important to note that facelifts do not address overall skin texture, skin thickness, or wrinkling and creases around the nose and mouth. Instead, modern face lifting techniques are designed to correct sagging, loose skin and reposition fat and tissues to add volume back to the face.
When a facelift is performed, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Still, individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, their physical reactions, and their healing abilities, and the outcome is never completely predictable. You can reduce your risks by closely following your surgeon’s advice both before and after surgery.
If you are considering having a face lift or would just like to go over the options that are open to you with Dr Briggs, then contact us today by filling the form or call 08 9381 9300.