Facelift Surgery

In an ageing population, it is no surprise that there is an increasing demand for procedures aimed specifically at rejuvenating the skin of the face and neck.

A facelift or rhytidectomy is a general term for any surgical procedure that improves signs of ageing in your face and/or neck by repositioning or removing redundant facial skin, fat and/or muscle. Although facelifts are cosmetic surgical procedures, they cannot fundamentally change our appearance or stop the aging process, nor should they. There are many kinds of facelifts depending on which areas of the face and neck are targeted. 

The traditional facelift involves incisions in the hairline of neck and temples and around the ears. The skin is separated from the underlying tissues and if needed the muscles are repositioned and excess fat may be removed or remodelled. After this, the skin of the face is repositioned over the face and any excess skin is removed.

A SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) facelift targets the lower two-thirds of the face. The SMAS forms the base of the human face and consists of muscle and tendons which cover the deep muscles and fat pads of the face.

The SMAS extends from the scalp down to the lower neck. A SMAS lift raises the skin and muscle layers separately, rather than together as a single unit, which allows these layers to be tightened in slightly different directions. This allows better control and customization in restoring individual facial shape and is thought to provide a longer lasting result. It helps to define the jawline and create a smoother and sharper neck contour of the neck.

Facelifts are very individualized surgeries that are unique to each person’s face and goals. Together we will analyze your specific needs and goals and come to an individualized cosmetic surgical plan.