Face Lift

Facelift addresses the signs of aging on your face.

Visible signs of aging in the face and neck are:
Sagging in the midface
Deep creases below the lower eyelids
Deep creases between the nose and mouth
Fat that has fallen or is displaced
Loss of muscle tone in the lower face that may create jowls
Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw

A facelift is designed to correct all of these aging features, restoring a more youthful, rested appearance with uplifted contours and improved tone in facial skin and underlying muscle.

Preoperative Workup:

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Preoperative Evaluation
This includes your Blood tests and relevant Investigations including Photography

Preoperative instructions:
Anaesthesia: General Anaesthesia


The Incision

Facelift choices include a traditional facelift, limited incision facelift or a neck lift.

Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures or skin adhesives close the incisions. An alternative to a traditional facelift uses shorter incisions at the temples, Sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin may be corrected with a neck lift.

Recovery and Results

When the procedure is completed, a bandage is placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising. A thin tube may be present to drain any excess blood or fluid that may collect under the skin.

Swelling and bruising should subside within 2-4 weeks. Incision lines will continue to refine and fade for one year. Final result not only restores a more youthful and rested appearance, but also helps to feel more confident. Life-long sun protection helps to maintain rejuvenated appearance by minimizing photo-aging or sun damage

Duration of Surgery: 3-4 hrs

Hospital Stay: 1-2 Days

Other options to Face-Lift

Facial implants
Soft tissue augmentation to recontour the facial structure
Resurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skin
Wrinkle reduction by injection

Cost of Face Lift:

Cost mentioned includes the surgical fee and day-care hospital cost as applicable to a surgery. If for some reason you need/want to stay in hospital for additional time, you will have to pay that separately. Cost will also increase if you choose a superior room. Prices apply to average healthy individuals. If you have additional problems like diabetes/ hypertension etc, which require the involvement of another specialist/ special medications/ anaesthesia, such cost will be added.

Cost mentioned above is approximations only, for general guidance. They are subject to change.

In case you need implants, the cost would be extra. Dr Sumita will evaluate your specific problems and guide you as to whether you need any additional procedure. The cost of any additional procedure would be extra.


What is a good age to have a facelift?
There is no specific age for having a facelift. The results of a facelift can be subtle or very dramatic depending on the patient's appearance before surgery.

Are the incisions visible after facelift surgery?
No, if done correctly, all of the incisions associated with facelift surgery can be hidden in normal creases / folds of the face or in the hairline.

How long do I take to recover?
Immediately in the postoperative perion you can have some swelling and bruises over you face. Your drains will be removed in 48 hrs. It takes a week to 10 days for that to subside. You will be able to perform routine activities. In three to four weeks time you can perform strenuous activity such as jogging, swimming etc.

What are the risks and complications due to face lift?
There is a potential risk of hematoma, infection and scarring like any other procedures. In face lift in addition to that there is a possibility of damage to facial nerve. This can be temporary.

What are other options to Face lift?
Facial implants, soft tissue augmentation to recontour the facial structure, resurfacing techniques to improve the tone and texture of facial skin, wrinkle reduction by injection such as Botox, Fillers like Juviderm / Restylane.

Are there any other procedures which are combined with face lift?
Face lift is very commonly combined with blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery, and brow lift. Some surgeons also prefer laser resurfacing along with this procedure.

Is a midface lift for me?
The midface lift procedure is particularly useful for patients with sagging cheeks, deeper nasal furrows, thinner lips and down-turned corners of the lips.

What are the benefits of endoscopic facial surgery?
The main benefits of endoscopic surgery include : no visible incisions, minimal scarring, less bleeding, no hair loss, minimal numbness and a much quicker recovery.

What other cosmetic procedures can be performed endoscopically?
Depending on the patient, browlifts, face lifts, neck lifts and breast augmentation can all be performed endoscopically. Dr. Thomas is particularly skilled at these procedures.

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