also known as
Facelift, strictly speaking means, surgery to alleviate the appearances caused by the normal ageing process.
Rhytidectomy is the medical name for facelift.
- Loss of skin tone and elasticity
- Jaw and neckline definition loss and sagging appearance
- Pronounced facial wrinkles
- Facial contour increase or decrease
It is most common to have a facelift performed during adulthood.
Often we are too judgemental about our appearance and the best person to advise whether a facelift is a suitable procedure for you is the person you would prefer to perform it.
Every patient is unique and every patient requires a unique plan to achieve their desired outcome.
The best way to achieve the outcome you desire is be completely open and honest in your consultation with Professor David about your expectations.
You should always think very carefully about your options before proceeding to surgery. Undergoing surgery is YOUR CHOICE, make sure you are comfortable with the explanations you have received, that you understand what you have been told and that you have a full appreciation of what to expect post-operatively.
DDMS Process and Procedure
This surgery can be done by elevating and tightening the soft tissues of the middle and lower third of the face and neck. It can be done on the skin only , on the muscles beneath the skin (SMAS) or it can be done under the periosteum in selected cases.
You will need a referral to see Professor David so that in consultation he can assess you and establish if you are a suitable candidate for the surgery. Should that be the case he may arrange for you to be assessed by other doctors, including a social worker or psychiatrist. Pre-operative photos will be taken.
If you choose to proceed to surgery you should, as always, aim to lead a healthy life. Avoid excess alcohol consumption, do not smoke, make sure you disclose your full medical history and do not take anti-coagulants (blood thinners) like aspirin. If you require aspirin for other medical conditions you should discuss this with Professor David .
3. Once you have seen any other doctors a surgery date will be set.
You will have a very firm bandage wrapped around the incision areas and have stitches that will be removed in the post-operative period.
Everybody has different response to the surgery but you can expect some bruising and swelling. The bruising will diminish like any other bruise and swelling will improve to being almost imperceptible but can last for up to three months.
Q: Why do I need to see a social worker/psychiatrist?
A: All patients of Professor David see the social worker in the first instance as added support in their decision making.
Q: Why do I need to have photographs taken?
A: So that both you and Professor David have a record of your appearance before surgery.
Q: How long after surgery will I need to see Professor David for follow-up appointments?
A: Several post op appointments over 3 weeks for wound management, then at 6 weeks and 6 months to review the outcome.
Q: Will there be scarring?
A: Yes. The scares are placed, where possible, behind the hair line and in natural crease lines behind the ears.
Q: What are the risks?
A: These should be discussed with Professor David at the time of consultation.
Q: How long will I be in hospital?
A: An over-night stay is required.
Q: How long before I can resume normal activities?
A: Gradually over 2-6 weeks.
Advice for Carer's
Any surgery can be uncomfortable and we encourage carers to be supportive of patients in the post-operative period. Most importantly, the end result will not be evident until 3 months have passed, so making judgements on the outcome should really be reserved until then.
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