Facelift Melbourne

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. – St. Jerome

 

Through facelift surgery, Dr Carmen Munteanu in Melbourne can reverse unwanted signs of ageing by tightening the muscles and redefining the jawline. This procedure achieves a more rejuvenated and youthful facial appearance.

This procedure is tailored to suit each individual patient’s desires and natural features. The techniques used are designed to contour the jawline and firm the facial tissue without leaving obvious signs of surgery. All incision lines will be made in areas which are disguised by natural creases or your hairline, and will fade as part of the healing process.

A classic facelift addressed all areas of the face at once, including the forehead and brows. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to this surgery though; different problems require different solutions. In some cases, you may only require a brow and forehead lift, or you may find blepharoplasty, which addresses the eyelids, could achieve the results you desire.

At Aesthetik Profile we also offer non-surgical treatments such as chemical peels which can be used in association with a facelift to further enhance the results.

Dr Carmen Munteanu devotes meticulous attention to this procedure to ensure a smooth and youthful result.

Find out more about the facelift procedure in the links below.

What can a facelift address?

Facelift surgery is able to:

  • Improve the visible signs of ageing on the face
  • Tighten the underlying SMAS and Platysma
  • Remove sagging skin
  • Restore a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance

Planning your facelift

At your pre-operative consultation Dr Carmen will listen to your concerns and desired outcomes, and conduct an examination before advising you on options and her recommendations for your surgery. It is of utmost importance that you fully understand the procedure, the risks involved, and the expected results. A facelift is an invasive procedure which will result in swelling and bruising for a period of time, with results not clearly discernible for quite some time. The remodelling takes even longer, and scar maturation can take up to 12 months. While the scars will be permanent, Dr Carmen is able to minimise their visibility by ensuring they are located in inconspicuous places and natural creases.

Quit smoking

If you are smoker, it is of utmost importance that you cease smoking at least six weeks prior to your facelift surgery. Smoking slows the flow of blood to the skin, and can increase the risk of problems with the healing process after your surgery.

Medications and supplements

Arthritis medications, anti-inflammatories, Asprin, and certain vitamins and herbal remedies can cause bleeding and will also need to be stopped at least 10 days prior to your facelift.

The procedure

Prior to the commencement of your surgery you will be administered with either intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Dr Carmen will recommend the best choice for your unique needs.

The incision

The incision for a traditional facelift begins in the hairline at the temple, continues around the ear, and ends in the lower scalp. Fat from the face, neck and jowls may be redistributed or sculpted, and underlying tissues repositioned. The deeper layers of the facial muscles are commonly lifted too. Excess skin is trimmed away, and the remaining skin will then be re-draped over the uplifted contours.

As an alternative, it is also possible to use shorter incisions in the temple which continue around the ear, and possibly also within the lower eyelids, or under the upper lip.

Loose neck skin, fat accumulating under the chin and sagging jowls can be addressed through a neck lift, the incision for which begins at the front of the ear lobes before wrapping behind the ear, and ending in the lower scalp.

Once the facelift has been completed, a bandage may be applied around your face to help minimise bruising and swelling. It may also be necessary to place thin tubes to help drain away any excess fluid or blood.

Recovery and aftercare

Following your surgery you will be given specific and personalised instructions for caring for the surgical site and drains, as well as medications to aid the healing process. You’ll also be advised of any specific concerns to watch out for until your follow-up consultation.

Results

It may take several months following a facelift for the swelling to fully dissipate, and the lines left by the incisions to mature.

Once the bruising and swelling begin to subside, the results of your surgery will begin to emerge.

While this procedure generally garners excellent results, in certain circumstances it may not be possible to achieve the optimal result in just one surgery, and a second surgery may be necessary.

To ensure the longevity of your new youthful appearance, it’s best to maintain a healthy lifestyle and ensure you’re using sun protection daily.

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