Face & neck lift

Create a youthful appearance

  • Tighten sagging skin
  • Improve muscle tone
  • Improve contour

Our face is unique and distinguishes ourselves, with its structure and appearance help give us our identity. Facial change can occur through the results of aging, injury and illness and can have a huge impact on our self-confidence and identity. Sagging tissue can give an impression of a tired appearance or falsely expressed feeling.These changes can occur in the upper, mid or lower portions of the face.

The aim of a facelift is to reduce the signs of ageing by improving the contours of the face and neck. A facelift can help to make the face and skin appear younger and smoother, by removing excess skin and fatty deposit. A facelift may also be combined with other surgical procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery or nose reconstruction. The bone structure of the face will not be changed during facelift surgery.

Dr Rajapakse uses different procedures to target each of these areas.

Upper facial rejuvenation usually also involves the eyelids. A midfacelift specifically targests the areas of the lower eyelids, cheeks and nasolabial regions. A lower face/neck lift aims to correct these areas too but also has a stronger emphasis on the jowls and neck region.

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Face & neck lift FAQs

Is it right for me?

Facelift surgery is a highly individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone.

Dr Rajapakse will assess your condition and general health, and plan the treatment that is best suited to you.

  • It is important to be aware that though a facelift should make you look younger,
  • it will not raise sagging eyebrows, remove deep frown lines in the forehead,
  • change your upper or lower eyelids, or get rid of wrinkles around the mouth.

The results of a facelift usually last between five and twelve years. Most people can have two to three facelifts in a lifetime, depending on the extent of each procedure and the amount of scarring that occurs with each facelift.

Facelift surgery does not “stop the clock” of ageing. The normal ageing process will continue after the surgery.

Smokers are at increased risk of complications. If you are serious about undergoing surgery, you should quit smoking.

Facelift surgery may not be a good option for you if you are:

  • Not able to have an anaesthetic
  • Prone to bleeding tendencies or have poor healing ability
  • Too high risk of having surgical complications

Facelift surgery may be a good option for you if:

  • You have sagging in the mid-face
  • You have deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • You have deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
  • You have fat that has fallen or is displaced
  • You have loss of muscle tone in the lower face which may create jowls
  • You have loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw, creating the appearance of a double chin
  • You are physically healthy and you do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
  • You have realistic expectations of what face lift surgery can accomplish

You are a non-smoker or have stopped smoking.

Will I need anaesthesia?

Depending on the size and location of the skin lesion Dr Rajapakse performs surgery either under local anaesthesia with or without sedation or under general anaesthesia. Some procedures may be suitable for local anaesthetic and can be performed in the rooms.

If general anaesthesia or sedation is required Dr Rajapakse will engage the services of a qualified anaesthetist who is a fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (FRANZCA).

Your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications that you are taking or have taken and any allergies that you may have.

Will there be scarring?

Unfortunately scars are an inevitable part of any surgery and depending on how each person heals, there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome.

Dr Rajapakse is highly skilled to minimize scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible by placing the incision in natural crease lines.

Scars do fade and if scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Rajapakse will provide you with specially tailored treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars.

Where is the surgery taking place?

All surgeries are performed either as an overnight stay at reputable internationally accredited facility.

What is the recovery period?

Recovery times vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the extent of the lift. You will be in hospital for the 1-2 nights. Prepare to have 3 weeks off work and allow for 3 weeks for all swelling and bruising to disappear. Light exercise may be resumed within 2-3 weeks but strenuous exercise should be avoided for at least 6-8 weeks. You will be given post-surgery instructions. Expect at least 2-4 weeks until all the bruising and swelling has disappeared.

What are the costs?

You have the right to be informed about the costs associated with you surgery.

When choosing a surgeon for your cosmetic surgery, remember that factors such as surgeon’s training, qualifications, experience and your comfort them are just as important.

Costs associated with the procedure may include:

  •  Dr Rajapakse’s surgical fee
  • One year of Surgical follow up
  • Accredited hospital facility cost
  • Anaesthesia fee
  • Prescription for medications
  • Post- surgery garments
  • Medical tests

After your consultation an informed financial consent will be sent as well as an information pack to read before the second pre-surgery appointment. This second optional appointment is free of charge and your preoperative photos and measurements for your compression bra’s will be taken.

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