Facelift – Dr Peter Laniewski
Facelift – Dr Peter Laniewski
The loss of youthful facial contours can result in debilitating shyness, poor body image, and lack of self-esteem. The ripple effect of these negative indicators can damage relationships, inhibit social assimilation and even lead to discrimination in the workplace. We all age, albeit at different rates due to factors that include heredity, stress, environmental conditions and lifestyle choices. Although some people disparage facelifts as vain or artificial, the results actually more accurately reflect the appearance of a person who has lived a healthy and fulfilling life.
A facelift can provide dramatic results and the procedures involved bear little resemblance to those used in the past. Reluctance toward undergoing a facelift due to fear of acquiring a frozen, plastic appearance is unwarranted when modern, progressive techniques are used. A natural-looking result is the expected outcome of a facelift in the 21st Century.
A facelift will improve and remove visible signs of ageing. Areas in the face and neck treated include:
A facelift is suitable for any healthy individual who doesn’t have underlying medical conditions that could impede healing. A positive outlook and realistic expectations are also essential.
The initial consultation with Dr Laniewski will get you both on the same page in terms of evaluating the areas of your face and neck you want improved. Facial features and skin characteristics will be evaluated, including wrinkles, texture, folds and elasticity. Your hairline will allow for the discreet placement of any incisions, and the overall bone and soft tissue structures of your face will determine the best surgical plan.
During your consultation, Dr Laniewski will also need to go through your medical history and find out more about what you expect to achieve by undergoing a facelift. You will also need to decide whether the facelift should be paired with a neck lift to achieve a more uniform result. You will be given time to think about the surgery before it is scheduled.
A facelift often combines the repositioning of deep tissue along with the removal of unwanted skin and fat. This multi-layered rejuvenation approach can provide outstanding results that appear to reverse the signs of ageing. It also involves rejuvenation with your own fat and stem cell transfer.
There are a lot of variations to facelift procedures depending on individual requirements and underlying conditions. Most commonly, a facelift involves the surgeon creating an incision that is hidden in the hairline and around the natural contour of the ears. In cases of a neck lift to remove ‘turkey neck’ for example, a small incision will be hidden on the underside of the chin.
Skin is freed from underlying tissues before being pulled up and back. Unwanted skin is then removed and the skin stitched back together. The incisions are well concealed and surgically precise, resulting in an undamaged facial appearance. Generally, the stitches are placed under the skin and will dissolve organically.
The surgery takes several hours and depending on the work performed you may need to spend the night in hospital before returning home the next day
The final cost of a facelift depends on several different factors, including anaesthetic, surgeon and hospital fees, as well as the type of facelift that’s performed. Whether or not you combine a facelift with a neck lift or any other anti-ageing surgery will also alter the final cost of the surgery. Overall, the more work that needs to be done, the higher the cost of the surgery. Since this is a purely cosmetic procedure, it won’t be covered by health insurance. You can obtain a more accurate quotation by scheduling a consultation with Dr Laniewski who will take your specific requirements into consideration.
There are three main types of facelifts that can be performed to address different signs of ageing.
A facelift will not be able to address lines across your forehead or under or the eye area. Eyelid surgery and a brow lift are required to achieve this result. If volume loss is also a concern, patients may also want to consider procedures such as fat grafting, facial implants or dermal fillers.
Patients will need to be at home for a week or two after a facelift. In terms of resuming your normal routine, which includes exercise, it is best to wait at least six weeks. Engaging in activities that could place additional pressure on the face before you are fully healed can impact the final results of your surgery. Patients may also need to cover up residual bruising after surgery, even once they’re ready to return to work. In most instances, patients will only feel more like themselves again after a few months, so patience will be necessary. Recovery is different for every patient.
Post operative LED Light Therapy is strongly recommended to decrease your downtime and speed healing immediately after your surgery. The treatment is convenient and can be combined with your post operative visits. Lasting only 13 minutes and completely painless, LED Light Therapy is clinically proven to dramatically reduce the swelling and bruising that can occur after your surgery. Please speak to Dr Laniewski or one of his consultants to book in your treatment.
With the help of the right surgeon, your face will never look frozen or stretched out after a facelift. Your skin will feel slightly tight for a month or two but it won’t look unnatural. Modern facelift techniques work on the underlying structures of the face and not just the skin, so a stretched appearance is not a cause for concern.
Your face will still be prone to the natural ageing process after surgery but with the right aftercare, your results will last for many years. Using the right topical products and protecting your skin from the harsh rays of the sun can help maintain your results. There are also a number of non-surgical treatments that can be used to maintain the new appearance of your skin.
Scarring is, unfortunately, an inevitable part of cosmetic surgery but there are ways to minimise it. Incision placement is one way that scarring can be reduced. Dr Laniewski will place the incisions in natural creases that start in the front of the ears. The other is following specific aftercare instructions after surgery, including protecting the incision sites from direct sunlight. You will receive detailed aftercare instructions before you leave the hospital.
A small amount of hair will need to be shaved in order to make the necessary incisions and tighten the skin. However, the area that is shaved will not be removed during the procedure, so you won’t need to deal with any missing hair.
Patients should ideally be at or 5kgs away from their goal weight before undergoing a facelift. Losing a significant amount of weight after a facelift could leave you with additional sagging skin that may require a second procedure.