Facelift Surgery in Brisbane withPlastic Surgeon Dr David SharpUsing advanced plastic surgery skills and techniques, Dr David Sharp utilises his experience with deep plane and SMAS facelift principles. Each procedure is tailored to the patient and their natural facial structure. Scroll down to learn more about benefits, risk and the recovery involved. Begin Your JourneyHome > Facelift (rhytidectomy or meloplasty)What is Dr Sharp’s approach to facelift surgery? A surgeon’s approach to facelift surgery is a culmination of their formal surgical training, mentoring, ongoing professional development as well as their operating experience in theatre. Dr Sharp takes a holistic approach to facelift, using contemporary plastic surgery techniques to create changes that work in harmony with your natural facial anatomy. Where appropriate, he integrates other modalities such as Fraxel laser, autologous fat grafting or liposuction into his facelift procedures to achieve the patient’s desired changes. View clinical before and after photos of patients who have undergone facelift surgery with Dr Sharp below.The benefits of having surgery with Dr Sharp extend past his clinical credentials and the surgery itself. Our integrated pre and postoperative care approach is a cornerstone of our facelift journey, ensuring our patients make well-informed decisions and receive diligent and compassionate care during their recovery – as well as ongoing support to maintain their results. Read on to find out more.From our extensive preoperative education process through to our LED and laser program postoperatively for bruising, swelling and scaring – we take great pride in our quality of care, investing in our patients’ long term results.When viewing before and after photos on this page, please note that results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, natural body habits, skin condition, diet and exercise. What is the best age to have a facelift?Because we each age differently, and feel differently about the changes we see, there is no ideal age to have a facelift. The right time is when you are doing it for you – not to meet other people’s expectations or a perceived social standard.Some patients have their first facelift in their 40s, going on to have another in their 60s or 70s. Other patients have their first facelift in their 70s. We recommend that patients are healthy, at a stable place in their lives, well informed and have reasonable expectations about what the surgery can achieve before undergoing any procedure.Dr Sharp is always honest with his patients and, after examining their face, he will advise if he believes they would not yet benefit from facelift surgery. Although it can be the cause of disappointment, ethically a surgeon must only offer cosmetic surgery if they believe it will achieve a satisfactory result. above: 55 year old before and 5 months after facelift with Dr David Sharp – more photos belowMake an enquiryHave a question about the procedure?Complete the form below and we will be in touch ASAP.Name*Email* Phone*Message*CommentsThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged. Submit What does facelift surgery involve?As we age a number of normal signs develop. Some of us – especially those exposed to high UV rates in Queensland – can experience premature ageing. That is, the signs of ageing are accelerated due to environmental, lifestyle or genetic factors.Normal signs of ageing including collagen and elastin depletion in the skin, bone and soft tissue loss, fat pad depletion, jowls, wrinkles, lines and deep folds.As fat either disappears – or moves lower on the face due to gravity – loss of skin tone in the mid and lower face creates jowling and additional skin. It is important to remember that while these are the aspects of ageing that facelift surgery alters, the operation does not seek to perfect or make the face appear unnatural. Facelift surgery will not improve your skin quality or pigmentation; we use conservative non surgical therapies to improve skin function and quality.Facelift surgery has evolved in recent decades, and contemporary facelift techniques that Dr Sharp uses, tightens the underlying facial structures – and removes some skin on the mid to lower face and upper neck. The incisions run within or adjacent to the hairline, from the nape of the neck up to the ear folds, and to the temples.Facelift surgery can also utilise micro fat grafting or liposuction to address a patient’s specific concern, such as fat deposits under the chin or reduced mid-face volume. At the time of your initial consultation with Dr Sharp he will assess your face, discuss your motivations and expectations, and explain the reasons behind his recommended surgical plan.Importantly, all of your preoperative consultations will be directly with Dr Sharp. We do not outsource the consultation process to other healthcare professionals in our clinic, as we believe at least two consultations with the operating surgeon is essential in order to make a confident and education decision, prior to such a significant procedure.above: 71 year old before and 6 weeks after facelift and blepharoplasty with Dr David Sharp FACELIFT GALLERY: BEFORE + AFTER PHOTOSScroll down to read more about facelift surgery with Dr Sharp, after the image gallery. When viewing before and after images, please note they are only indicative of the individual patient’s result and outcomes vary depending on a number of factors including genetics, nutrition, natural body habitus and adherence to post operative instructions. To view surgery scarring and learn more about their optimisation, please click here before and four months after blepharoplasty, facelift and facial fat grafting surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient had not yet undergone postoperative Fraxel laser at the time her ‘after’ photos were taken. before and four months after facelift and facial fat transfer surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient also underwent Fraxel laser postoperatively. before and four months after facelift, neck liposuction, bilateral upper and lower blepharoplasty surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient also underwent Fraxel laser postoperatively. before and four months after facelift surgery and neck liposuction with Dr Sharp. Patient also underwent Fraxel laser postoperatively. before and five months after facelift surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient also underwent Fraxel laser postoperatively. before and four months after facelift surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient also underwent Fraxel laser postoperatively. before and four months after upper and lower blepharoplasty and facelift surgery with Dr Sharp. before and four months after upper blepharoplasty and facelift surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient also underwent Fraxel laser postoperatively. before and four months after facelift surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient also underwent Fraxel laser postoperatively. before and four months after upper blepharoplasty, neck liposuction and facelift surgery with Dr Sharp. Patient also underwent Fraxel laser postoperatively.Will I still look like ‘me’ after facelift surgery?Dr Sharp’s approach to facelift surgery respects the aspects of your appearance that are unique to you.Utilising his training as a plastic surgeon and facial anatomy knowledge, Dr Sharp is able to tailor each facelift to suit his patients’ individual anatomy – and aesthetic concerns.During the procedure, Dr Sharp surgically tightens facial muscles to improve their tone. Excess fat may also be removed or repositioned as part of the surgery – or fat grafting used – to create or replace volume in the mid face.A facelift can change how you look, but it won’t give you a totally different look – nor can it restore your appearance to that of your youth.Pictured right: before and five months after facelift surgery with Dr Sharp. Facelift surgery with Dr Sharp involves:at least two consultations with Dr Sharp prior to your surgerypostoperative recovery pack unlimited LED therapy sessions for 6 weeks following surgery for bruising, swelling and scar developmentpostoperative care program including Fraxel laser rejuvenation and scar therapyaccess to 24/7 postoperative supportall in-clinic postoperative care for 12 months after surgeryDr Sharp performs facelift surgery under general anaesthetic at private hospitals in Brisbane.The procedure can be performed as an inpatient with overnight stay, or as a day procedure, whereby you return on the same day as surgery if you have appropriate support at home and live within close access to Dr Sharp’s clinic. Pictured, left: before and four months after facelift surgery with Dr SharpWhy have a facelift?Individuals’ motivations for having facelift surgery are deeply personal and varied. Common clinical aims of facelift surgery include: Ereduce lines and deep facial folds Ereduce jowls by removing skin and tightening underlying facial structure Ecreate a straighter jawline Ereduce lax skin on the upper neckAs people age, the effects of gravity, exposure to the sun, and the stresses of daily life can be seen in their faces. Fat pads deplete and migrate lower in the face, or under the chin. This is normal and not something we seek to pathologise or convey as abnormal. Some people are satisfied with these signs of ageing, and that’s okay.Some people are very comfortable with their appearance, but if given the opportunity, would still like to change some of theses aesthetic aspects of ageing. That’s also okay.A facelift can’t stop the ageing process. What it can do is reduce the signs of ageing. A facelift can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other procedures such as a brow lift lip lift or eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty).Non-surgical treatments, such as peels, platelet rich plasma (PRP) microneedling or lasers, may be undertaken preoperatively to improve skin health and circulation in preparation for surgery. Postoperatively these treatments may assist in maintaining the investment you have made in your results. These treatments can also target areas that are not changed by facelift surgery, including sun-damage, pigmentation, thinning skin, lines around the eyes, mouth and across the forehead. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations, the recovery process and how you might feel if your results do not meet your expectations. Dr Sharp will provide you with advice regarding these factors, as well as written information for consideration.Before and after photos (left)patient #1 (top) 3 mths post facelift, muscle relaxant injections and Fraxel laser with Dr Sharppatient #2 3 mths post facelift, upper blepharoplasty and muscle relaxant injections with Dr Sharppatient #3 (bottom) 4 months post facelift with Dr Sharp and Fraxel WHY WE COMBINE FRAXEL WITH OUR FACELIFTSAll of Dr Sharp’s facelift patients receive Fraxel non ablative laser resurfacing treatment, as part of their facelift journey.This is because facelift surgery reduces the signs of ageing by changing the underlying structures of the face and neck and removing skin – but it does not improve skin condition or pigmentation, in the way that laser resurfacing treatment can. This ‘dual’ medical grade laser stimulates collagen production while also resurfacing and removing pigmentation, sun damage and some pre cancerous skin growths. When combined with facelift surgery, we are able to effect change both above and below the skin’s surface. Contact us for more information!.If you cannot view the video of real patient results, right, please sign into YouTube and confirm you are aged over 18.FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FACELIFT SUGERYwith Dr David Sharp, Specialist Plastic Surgeon Is a facelift right for me?The best candidate for a facelift is a person whose skin still has some elasticity – and whose bone structure is strong and well-defined. Most patients are in their forties to sixties, but Dr Sharp has experience performing facelifts for healthy patients in their seventies or eighties as well. Facelift may be suitable for you if:You would like to reduce deep lines, jowls and lax skin in the mid and lower face and upper neckFacelift surgery is something you have wanted to do for some timeYou have given serious consideration and thought to the procedure, weighing its risks and benefitsYou have a good support network at home to assist with your recoveryYou can afford to take time off work, leisure or family commitments to recover; and you understand recovery periods vary between patientsIf you currently have good body image and life satisfaction / stabilityYou have reasonable expectations about what facelift surgery will achieve and understand that a specific outcome cannot be guaranteedYour financial and mental wellbeing position can support the risk potential involved in (any) surgery. This may mean extended time off work, social activities or exercise during the recovery period.This is not an exhaustive list, but being able to answer positively to these preoperatively gives you a greater chance of being pleased with your result postoperatively, and might mean that now is a suitable time to consider facelift surgery. Physically, facelift surgery can be performed when you are:Healthy – ie not suffering from disease or chronic illness that may impact your anaesthetic safety profile, healing or recovery.At your personal ‘ideal’ weight, with a stable BMI under 30.Have lost volume in the mid-faceHave deep creases in the mid face, along the nose extending to the corner of the mouthHave fat that has depleted or descended lower on the face or jawlineHave loss of muscle tone in the lower faceHave loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw (submental and upper neck area)You have realistic expectations of what face lift surgery can achieveYou are a non-smoker/vaper or have stopped smokingThese factors improve your chances of having a safe anaesthetic and good surgical outcome. What a facelift won't doA facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the ageing process.If you experience low self esteem, poor confidence or anxiety about your appearance, you may be at a higher risk of feeling dissatisfied with the results of facelift surgery, irrespective of the aesthetic changes that the surgery brings about for you. If you think this may apply to you, we recommend talking to your GP about your concerns, and the options available to you.A facelift can only be performed surgically; non-surgical rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results, but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate. Non surgical therapies complement the results of surgery postoperatively, especially those that target ongoing solar damage and UV-induced premature ageing such as laser.If you like the effect of dermal fillers or muscle relaxing wrinkle injections, having a facelift will not replace the need to have cosmetic injectables in the future.Pictured below, before and 5 months after neck liposuction and facelift surgery with Dr Sharp.How do I choose my surgeon?Facelift surgery should be performed by specialist plastic surgeons. It carries low mortality and morbidity rates when performed by specialist plastic surgeons in accredited facilities.However it is a major procedure – and therefore, choosing the right surgeon is of utmost importance. Facelift surgery should be performed by a qualified specialist plastic surgeon who is registered as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.You can confirm your surgeon’s credentials here.Dr David Sharp is a qualified specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon with a special interest in facelift surgery. His personalised approach means that you receive plenty of preoperative time with him to discuss your specific facial surgery goals and ask any questions.It’s normal to feel both nervous, and an excited sense of anticipation when planning your facelift. Dr Sharp takes the time to ensure you have as many consultations as you require, to ensure your treatment is customised to suit your face, age, and expectations – and address any concerns you may have.When choosing your facelift surgeon, please consider:Check your shortlisted surgeons’ credentials. Facelift surgery should be performed by a qualified specialist plastic surgeon as they have advanced surgical training in facial anatomy.Also, confirm that your surgeon consults her/his patients directly – in our clinics, your first consult and second preoperative consult are with the surgeon who is performing your surgery, not an allocated patient coordinator, nurse or another doctor who will not be operating on you.Check whether they perform the operation at an accredited hospital facilityConfirm whether they have admitting rights to an inpatient hospital facility (for example, Greenslopes Private Hospital) where your care can be managed by them should you have a complication requiring readmission or further surgery, and admission to an on-site ICU in the case of a rare emergency. Ask about their postoperative care program to support your recoveryWhat kind of anaesthetic will I have?Standard facelifts are performed by Dr Sharp under a full general anaesthetic. A qualified specialist anaesthetist performs the anaesthetic and is present during the surgery. A specifically selected range of medications are administered by them, to ensure your post-operative comfort. Dr Sharp works with an experienced team of trusted anesthetists.The procedure is performed in accredited hospital with appropriately equipped theatres. Some patients go home a few hours after surgery, while others stay in hospital for a day or two following their procedure. The suitability of inpatient or day surgery is discussed between patient and surgeon during the initial consult.Facelift risks and complicationsWhen performed by a specialist plastic surgeon in an accredited Australian hospital facility, facelift surgery carries very low morbidity and mortality rates. But unfortunately, surgery is not an exact science. Like any procedure, you must weigh up whether the benefits outweigh the risks for you.Possible complications of surgery in general include:Acute medical event such as stoke, heart attack, pneumoniaThe need for revision or further surgeryPain which does not respond to pain reliefNerve damage, causing altered sensation or loss of sensation – temporary or permanentHaematoma (collection of blood), oedema (collection of fluid) and abscessDeep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolisms (PE)Damage or or loss of loose teeth during placement of anaesthetic apparatusSore throat, swelling or discomfort following placement of breathing tubes during anaestheticBreathing difficulties following anaestheticAllergic reaction to medicationAllergic reaction to sutures, dressings, tapes or intraoperative solutionsHeavy bleeding from the wound, which may require further surgeryPoor or slow skin healing, wound infection, breakdown or necrosis (skin death)Wound dehiscence (incision separation)Adverse scarringPsychological impact of surgery, recovery or altered appearanceDeathWhile facelift surgery is commonly performed by Dr Sharp, it also carries risks. Your preoperative consultations with Dr Sharp will enable him to discuss potential complications with you, and help you determine whether the surgery is right for you. Before you meet with Dr Sharp, we will send you detailed information about these risks and the recovery involved. Please read through it before your first consult, to provide foundation knowledge. It also might help you think of some specific questions to ask Dr Sharp.Facelift risks include the above, as well as:Poor wound healing and skin lossFacial nerve injury with weaknessTemporary or permanent hair loss at the incisionsNumbness or other changes in skin sensationPersistent painUnfavorable scarringProlonged swellingSkin irregularities and discolorationSutures may spontaneously surface through the skin, become visible or produce irritation that require removalUnsatisfactory results may include: asymmetry, unsatisfactory surgical scar location and unacceptable visible deformities at the ends of the incisions. It may be necessary to perform an additional surgery to improve your results.Cardiac and pulmonary complicationsComplications do not occur often, and Dr Sharp and his team manage each of these risks with the upmost care to reduce the likelihood of them occurring. In the rare event they do occur, most can be treated promptly in our clinic, or upon re-admission to Greenslopes Private Hospital, where Dr Sharp has inpatient admitting rights, if needed.Everyone’s body responds differently to surgery. In some cases, post-operative revision surgery might be required.Some factors, such as weight, lifestyle or health problems can increase the chance of a complication occurring. Dr Sharp will take time to learn about your potential risk factors during your pre operative consultations, and will determine if they are relevant to your surgery.Before undergoing facelift surgery it is very important to consider how you might feel should a complication occur. Complications can impact your results, can cost additional hospital or anaesthetic fees or require more time of work. They can also have an impact on your emotional and mental wellbeing.Three ways to prepare for your surgery and any risks or complications:Have a good support system around you postoperatively to provide a positive healing environment. The power of positive thinking has been scientifically proven to impact surgical outcomesHave a strong and open rapport with your surgeon – if you have a concern or question, promptly get in touchRead the documentation provided by your surgeon and ask questions if you don’t understand anything. Then re-read again just prior to your surgery to refresh the information. An understanding of the potential risks and how to avoid complications postoperatively is immensely helpful. What happens if I am not satisfied with my results?Cosmetic surgery aims to improve, but not perfect. There is a possibility that you will be dissatisfied with your aesthetic results or physical appearance following surgery. This does not refer to a surgical complication or risk that poses a threat to your health or wellbeing, but aesthetic dissatisfaction occurs more commonly in cosmetic surgery due to the subjective nature of the procedures being performed.Before undergoing a cosmetic procedure its important to consider whether you are likely to experience anxiety, depression or aggression if your results do not meet your expectations. Cosmetic surgery is not suitable for everyone, and all patients undergo this procedure knowing this.Ultimately, Dr Sharp and his team wants each patient to have the best possible outcome for their surgery. We are committed to assisting patients through all stage of their recovery and care, navigating this process with reasonable expectations and respectful communication.Before you undergo surgery with Dr Sharp, you will be provided with a copy of our complaints process, which guides the process involved if you are unhappy with your care.How can facelift risks be reduced or managed?Everyone’s body responds differently to surgery. In some cases, post-operative revision surgery might be required.Some factors, such as weight, lifestyle or health problems can increase the chance of a complication occurring. Dr Sharp will take time to learn about your potential risk factors during your pre operative consultations, and will determine if they are relevant to your surgery.Before undergoing facelift surgery it is very important to consider how you might feel should a complication occur. Complications can impact your results, can cost additional hospital or anaesthetic fees or require more time of work. They can also have an impact on your emotional and mental wellbeing.Three ways to prepare for your surgery and any risks or complications:Have a good support system around you postoperatively to provide a positive healing environment. The power of positive thinking has been scientifically proven to impact surgical outcomesHave a strong and open rapport with your surgeon – if you have a concern or question, promptly get in touchRead the documentation provided by your surgeon and ask questions if you don’t understand anything. Then re-read again just prior to your surgery to refresh the information. An understanding of the potential risks and how to avoid complications postoperatively is immensely helpful.What happens if I am not satisfied with my results?Cosmetic surgery aims to improve, but not perfect. There is a possibility that you will be dissatisfied with your aesthetic results or physical appearance following surgery. This does not refer to a surgical complication or risk that poses a threat to your health or wellbeing, but aesthetic dissatisfaction occurs more commonly in cosmetic surgery due to the subjective nature of the procedures being performed.Cosmetic surgery is not suitable for everyone, and patients who experience anxiety and perfectionism are more likely to be disappointed with their results, even when a visible improvement has been achieved and no complications have occurred. Before undergoing a cosmetic procedure its important to consider whether you are likely to experience anxiety, depression or aggression if your results do not meet your expectations. Ultimately, Dr Sharp and his team wants each patient to have the best possible outcome for their surgery. We are committed to assisting patients through all stage of their recovery and care, navigating this process with reasonable expectations and respectful communication.Before you undergo surgery with Dr Sharp, you will be provided with a copy of our complaints process, which guides the process involved if you are unhappy with your care.Facelift recovery: what to expectDuring your facelift recovery, a support garment will be in place around your face. It will minimise swelling and bruising. Thin tubes will also be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.Your anaesthetist will prescribe pain medication at the time of surgery. Severe or persistent pain or a sudden swelling of your face should be reported to Dr Sharp immediately. Some numbness and strange sensations under the skin is normal; it will resolve over time.Dr Sharp will ask you to keep your head elevated and as still as possible for a couple of days after surgery, to keep the swelling down. Sleeping propped up on pillows for the first few weeks – up to a month – after surgery is recommended.If you’ve had a drainage tube inserted, it will be removed approximately one to two days after surgery. Support garments, when used, are usually removed after 14 days (or in the interim only to wash). Don’t be surprised by your bruised and puffy appearance; it is only temporary – in a few weeks this will have subsided significantly.Most of your stitches will be removed after about five to seven days. Your scalp may take longer to heal, and the stitches in your hairline could be left in for longer.You will begin to return to activities within two to three days, with just gentle activity around the home, slowly increasing over the first post operative week. Take special care when touching your face and hair; your skin will be tender and numb, and may feel strange. Resist the urge to itch or touch the incision areas – remember these are wounds that can become infected if strict hygiene standards are not followed.Dr Sharp will give more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities. These include avoiding strenuous activity, including exercise and heavy housework, for at least six weeks (walking and mild stretching are fine); avoiding alcohol and vigorous exercise for several months. Most importantly, eat healthy nutritious food to fuel optimal healing and get plenty of rest.In the weeks following surgery your face may look and feel strange. Your features will be distorted by swelling and bruising, your facial movements may feel unusual, you will most likely experience some numbness and you will feel self-conscious about your scarring. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks, and you may tire easily. You may experience mood swings and fluctuate between feeling energetic and happy, then tired and anxious. This is very normal, and part of the ‘postoperative rollercoaster’ that most patients experience after major surgery.By the third week, you’ll look and feel some improvements. Most patients are back at work about ten days to two weeks after surgery. If you need it, special camouflage makeup can mask most bruising that remains.As nerve endings heal and recover, patients notice tingling, tickly feelings under their skin – or quick, sharp sensations. This is part of your swelling subsiding and nerves regenerating after surgery, and is very normal.Healthy nutrition and regular physical activity, including gentle core strength exercises and practicing good posture, are integral to obtaining and maintaining optimal long term results.During the first 6 weeks postoperatively, you are invited to attend the clinic as often as you can, for 20 minute LED therapy sessions to help reduce bruising, swelling and scar development.We also recommend patients undertake lymphatic drainage massage from 2 weeks post op, to assist with swelling, healing and the sense of tightness and fullness that is common immediately after surgery.When you book your surgery, our team pre-books appointments for you to return to our clinic at 1 week post op for a routine check, and again at 6 weeks, 12 weeks (at this visit you will have your Fraxel laser) and again at 14-18 weeks for a final review with Dr Sharp.Contact our experienced clinicians on 07 3202 4744 to find out more.How much time should I take off work after facelift surgery?You should avoid physical exertion for at least six weeks; that includes not lifting anything over 2kg, including shopping, pets, most laptops or household work. You will require support with all of these activities! Depending on your work, you could need to take anywhere from 2-6 weeks off work, although many people return to work – particularly if it involves sedentary activity – after 2 weeks.How much do facelifts cost in Brisbane?Potential costs include:Dr Sharp’s feeAnaesthetist feeAssistant’s feeTheatre costsSupport garmentsFacelift is not covered by private health insurers or Medicare.After your consultation with Dr Sharp, you will be provided with a written estimate of fees.It is important to understand that, in the case of complications or revision surgery, the cost of your facelift might extend to future surgical procedures and hospitalisations.As with all uninsured procedures performed in a private hospital, it is impossible to accurately predict what the cost of a postoperative complication may entail, as many variables are involved with the types of care that may be required.We encourage patients to think about how they would fund further treatment beyond the immediate costs expected.Can I improve facelift scars?Scarring is dependent on many factors, but the key ones are:the position of the scar on the bodypostoperative scar caretime since surgeryskin type/quality and genetics Scar position and tensionScars that are located on parts of the body that are under tension or frequent movement are more likely to be stretched, and thicker. This is why it is important to wear postoperative compression garments after facelift surgery and limit movement. It’s especially important to avoid pulling on your ear lobes or wearing your hair pulled back tightly during the scar formation phase, as this area is fragile and under pressure from swelling postoperatively.Postoperative scar careOur patients go home with extensive postoperative instructions. These feature evidence-based, best practice scar care recommendations; when followed, they give patients the best possible scar outcome.It is therefore essential to wear your support garment correctly (our team are always on hand to clarify if you are unsure of the correct positioning, or watch our helpful video here), observe physical activity restrictions, practice good nutrition and only use approved products on incisions for the recommended amount of time. We also advocate for twice-daily scar massage once Dr Sharp indicates to do so in the instructions provided.When we see poor scarring in otherwise healthy patients, it is usually because one or more of the above recommendations have not been followed.For example, failure to wear compression garments properly can place additional pressure on the scar, or result in excessive swelling, haematoma or seroma, which can require further surgery, in turn causing more incisional tension and unfavourable scarring.Essential oils, bleaching creams or any products not supplied or recommended by the clinic can be detrimental to healing and cause wound breakdown, infection, delayed healing and poor scarring.Time since surgeryIt is inevitable that patients will monitor, observe and worry about their scars most closely during the exact phase of natural scar healing when it is always going to be looking its worst; the first 3-12 months postoperatively. This maturation process takes the scar approximately 24 months in total, so patience is needed in order to see the final result! While it might be annoying to hear ‘be patient’ during this period, it is important to give your body time to fully heal.Rest assured that if postoperative instructions are closely followed, patients usually find their facelift scars mature into soft, lightly-coloured scars, which are not anywhere near as prominent as they appear to be in the first 3-12 months.Skin condition, quality or geneticsSome skin types or ethnicities are more predisposed to poor scarring. Sun damaged, aged or thin skin can also scar badly or experience delayed healing. Even if you are genetically predisposed to poor scarring, good scar care can go some way to improving the appearance of the scar.Following your surgery, you will be given a scar care pack and post op instructions. Patients also have a Fraxel laser treatment (included in the cost of their facelift) a few months after surgery, to assist with scar optimisation.Lymphatic drainage massagePreoperatively, all patients are informed about the benefits of lymphatic drainage and advised to pre book postoperative treatments with a qualified therapist, in preparation for their recovery. These can commence 1-2 weeks following surgery and while optional, they are highly recommended. How long do the results last?Your result will not last forever, as facelift surgery does not stop the ageing process. You may need to undergo further facelift surgery in the future in order to maintain your results.Dr Sharp’s experienced team of healthcare professionals can assist you in maintaining and complimenting your results with a range of non surgical solutions, including:volume and filler injections to replace lost facial volume, or enlarge your lipswrinkle injections for fine lines in the forehead and eye areasFraxel for non ablative collagen stimulation and removal of sun damage or pigmentationDermapen fractionated skin needling to promote collagen productionMedically formulated skincare SPF50 dry touch sunscreenHow do I know if I need a necklift or facelift?Often, patients think they need a neck lift to address their jowls and sagging skin in this area, however the cause of their lower face concerns actually began with the loss, and migration of their fat pads, skin and underlying facial support in their mid face – causing skin and tissue to gather around the lower face. In this case, a facelift may address these issues and a neck lift might not be required.If there is excess skin below the jawline, on the neck – or small deposits of fat accumulated under the chin area – a neck lift procedure may also be required. This procedure is tailored to the patient’s surgical objectives. In some cases, liposuction may be used to remove fat, while in others only the platysma muscle is tightened and excess skin removed. The neck lift incision is made across the front of the neck, and the scar is often integrated into the lines of the skin to reduce its appearance.What is involved in facelift surgery?A facelift procedure includes the following steps:Step 1 – AnaesthesiaFacelift surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic with a specialist anaesthetist; you will be asleep during surgery.A variety of other procedures may be required, in combination with facelift, to attain your surgical objectives. They include:Fat grafting or transfer to recontour the facial structureResurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skinWrinkle injections or dermal revolumising fillersStep 2 – The incision and procedureIncisions usually begin above the hairline at the temple, extending in a natural line in front of the ear – or inside the cartilage at the front of the ear – and continuing behind the earlobe to the lower scalp.If a neck lift is also required, a small incision may also be made under the chin. Dr Sharp separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. Dr Sharp then tightens the underlying muscle and removes excess skin.Step 3 – Closing the incisionsOnce healed, the incision lines from a facelift are usually well concealed by the hairline; Dr Sharp aims to integrate these into the natural contours of the face and ear. This article by Dr Sharp explains more about facelift incisions and scar positioning.Step 4 – See the resultsThe visible improvements of a facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside over several months following surgery. Your final result will be apparent 6-12 months after surgery. Scars take up to 24 months to mature.Facelift results and expectationsIt is important that your surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion or movement during the healing period.It may take a few months for swelling to fully dissipate and up to 2 years for incision lines to mature. As swelling and bruising subside, the results of a facelift appear.Remember that facelift results may not be immediately apparent; even after swelling and bruises have dissipated, your face may not feel ‘settled’ for months. Men whose beards or skin have been repositioned may find they have to shave in new places, behind the earns and on the neck. In some areas, hair may not grow back completely and it is important to think about how you might feel about this, before undertaking the surgery.You will have scars from your facelift, however, Dr Sharp endeavours to place these near or within the hair or natural creases of the face and ears. Sometimes, the natural hairline, thinness of hair coverage or skin laxity means this is not possible.With good care and patience, scars will improve. Talk to our skin team if you have any concerns regarding scaring, as our scar optimisation protocol can assist with accelerating your scar healing and improve its appearance.Having a facelift does not halt the ageing process. Your face will continue to age with time, and you may wish to repeat the procedure one or more times ten or more years down the line.Ongoing sun protection and a healthy lifestyle will help extend the results of your surgery.Important considerations: facelift recovery and mental wellbeingWhile we appreciate that most patients have planned their facelift for many years and are looking forward to finally having it done, ensuring that you have surgery at the right time for your overall wellbeing is more important than just ‘getting it done’ now. Facelift surgery is not appropriate for everyone, and it is important to consider this preoperatively when weighing up the pros and cons of having surgery at all. Postoperatively, some patients experience very tight or altered sensations around their lower face and upper neck, which can be distressing or triggering if they are prone to anxiety, panic attacks or suffer from PTSD.If you have experienced any of these in the past, your preparation for surgery should include: Consulting your mental healthcare team (GP, counsellor or psychologist) before undergoing surgery, even if you are currently feeling wellTelling Dr Sharp about your mental health history and whether you have experienced any depression, anxiety, panic attacks or disordered eating recently Discussing the potential outcomes, risks and recovery of surgery with trusted family or friends who will be involved in your postoperative support team at home If you and Dr Sharp both decide that you are a suitable candidate for surgery, we recommend planning ahead and having good mental health support in place postoperatively, to assist you through this period and any feelings that may arise.Things to keep in mind before deciding on facelift surgeryBefore you decide on facelift surgery, there are some important considerations to keep in mind:While a facelift will change your facial appearance, it will not raise your eyebrows, remove deep frown lines in the forehead, change your upper or lower eyelids, or remove lines around the mouth (perioral lines). Other forms of treatment may be more appropriate for you and the surgeon will discuss this with you at your initial consult.The results of a facelift do not last forever and it can be difficult to accurately predict how long they may last for each individual, as many factors are outside our control.Some people choose to have more than one facelift in a lifetime, depending on the extent of each procedure and the amount of scarring that occurs with each facelift. It’s worth noting that some complication risks increase with repeated facelift, however rare – such as nerve injury.Facelift surgery does not ‘stop the clock’ of ageing. The normal ageing process will continue after the surgery.Smokers and people with a BMI over 30 are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing surgery, you must quit smoking and be at your ideal body weight.Generally, our facelift patients are preoperatively healthy, body-positive men and women in their late 40’s to late 70’s who don’t want to look 21 again (despite stereotypes perpetuated in the media). They’re grateful for the wisdom those extra decades have given them – they just want to look good for their age!Facelift: words to knowFacelift: words to knowGeneral anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.Hematoma: Blood pooling beneath the skin.Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.Tear trough: Deep creases below the lower eyelids.Nasolabial fold: Deep creases between the nose and cheekJowls: A jaw line that sags into the neck, usually caused by loss of muscle tone in the lower face.Local anesthesia: A drug injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.Rhytidectomy or meloplasty: A surgical procedure also known as facelift, to reduce sagging of the mid-face, jowls and neck. Would you like to know more about Facelift Surgery ? 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