FACE LIFT SURGERY in Sydney: Thread Lift, Mini Lift; What Are My Options?
A complete facelift is a surgical process with the objective of tightening loose facial skin caused by ageing. Facelifts cover the entire region from the upper forehead through to the base of the neck. The target areas are usually the eyes, cheeks, jaw line, jowls and neck. Deep creases below the lower eyelids, wrinkles along the nose down to the corners of the mouth, displaced facial fat, jowls, excessive fatty deposits under the lower jaw and crows’ feet near the eye are all signs of ageing that can make our faces look older than we feel. Facelift surgery removes jowls and reduces wrinkles and sagging of the skin. The procedure involves an incision usually made near the ears, separation of the skin from deeper tissues, removal of excess skin and tissue and then tightening of theses areas with stitches. The potential risks involved with facelift surgery are bleeding, infection, damage to facial nerves, nausea and scars. Many believe these effects are temporary and will heal with time. However, the final results obtained with a facelift procedure are permanent and long lasting. Many of our patients are interested in the various Facelift Sydney options. Here are some important considerations.
Should I Consider a Neck Lift Instead of a Facelift?
If the area around the eyes is the first place to show signs of ageing then the neck is definitely the next in line. Neck bands also known as platysmal bands appear when the platysma muscle becomes thick, leading to the appearance of vertical stripes and horizontal creases across the front neck. These changes can be unsightly and are common concerns for patients consulting with plastic surgeons. Excessive fat and loose skin around the neck can be corrected with a neck lift surgery. A combination of liposuction and removal of excess skin can help you get rid of the saggy neck skin. Neck lift is sometimes considered an alternative to a facelift. A neck lift alone is a procedure in which incision is made behind the ear and back into the hairline. This could benefit the neck, but the jowls are not affected as the incision ends at the earlobe. The face is not changed in this case. Unless your neck is ageing much more rapidly than the rest of your face, a neck lift alone may leave you with uneven or unsatisfactory results.
What Is a Mini Facelift and Am I a Candidate?
A mini facelift is a minor surgical procedure that helps reduce minor sagging around the cheeks, jaw line and neck. While a complete facelift surgery could take several hours, a mini facelift takes 40- 90 minutes depending on the scale of the surgery. The procedure involves three or more small incisions, removal of excessive fat and muscles and tightening of loose skin. Bandages are removed within 48 hours and stitches after a week. Mini lifts show instant results after the sutures are removed. Patients can get back to work within a matter of 48 hours though most opt for a slightly longer recovery time. Potential risks of a mini facelift are bleeding, clotting, scars and swelling. In the mini facelift procedure incisions made behind the ear are short and the surgical process is less intensive than a full facelift. This means less impact on your body and less stress on your wallet.
What Is a Thread Lift and Am I a Candidate?
A thread lift is a unique procedure in non-surgical rejuvenation of the facial skin and the neck. Thread lifts tighten sagging tissues of the cheek and jaw line by using 4- 12 pointed sutures to lift the skin of your face. A modified suture thread is fed in under the skin and pulled up to lift the sagging area. The non- absorbable threads provide support and remain deep inside the tissues. Local anaesthesia is used for this procedure where the threads are put in with a suture needle. The thread used and the amount of pull required determines the final results of the lift. The thread lift rejuvenates the appearance of the face, restoring the youthful taut quality of the skin and reversing the signs of ageing. Jowls, upper neck, brow and cheeks are some areas where thread lift works well. Even though this procedure is considered minimally invasive, patients do report that there is some pain and discomfort associated with it. Some potential risks involved are creases showing where the stitch was pulled, visible thread through the skin and threads working their way through the skin. This technique is only recommended for a particularly mild lift; if an aggressive thread lift is attempted, the patient may be left with unsightly bunching beyond the lift area. This bunching may disappear without the removal of excessive skin but at the loss of significant lift. Moreover, the effects of a thread lift are not long lasting. Though a thread lift is not as effective as a facelift surgery, it can still give you the more youthful look you want with a smaller price tag and less downtime.
Costs Associated with Facelift Surgery
The cost of a facelift surgery can vary widely. The cost can be divided in the following categories: • Surgeon’s fee • Hospital facility cost • Operating Room costs • Anaesthesist’s fee • Medication prescriptions required before and after surgery • Pre-operative medical tests • Post-surgical follow-up fees, (usually included in the surgeon’s fee) Many plastic surgeons today provide financing options and affordable payment plans to help cover the costs of a facelift surgery. This is one plastic surgery procedure that is almost never covered by health insurance. The average cost of a facelift varies from region to region. When comparing price quotes, be sure to know what you are comparing. Does your quote include hospital and other expenses? While those who get a minimal neck lift end up paying $4000- $7000, a complete facelift may be in the range of $7000- $15000. The approximate cost of a mini facelift procedure in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane is $6500- $9500. The cost of thread lift procedure in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane could range from $2600- $5000.
How Do I Know I Am Making the Right Choice?
Ultimately, the decision to undergo a facelift Sydney procedure is yours alone. However, it is important to make an informed choice. Visit several plastic surgeons, asking them a set of identical questions about their credentials, board certifications, and experience. Request before and after photos of their patients, and ask them about worst-case scenarios. Ask them what they recommend as the right option for someone with your age, skin-type, and medical history. Ensure you select the right procedure under proper medical supervision and you will have the best chance of amazing rejuvenating results.