In this procedure, sagging face and neck structures are tightened to serve the natural and intensive rejuvenation of the face.
Through a delicate incision in the region of the hairline covered by hair and the ears, the skin of the face is detached in an endoscopically controlled way, i.e. the incision is accompanied with optics.
The skin layers causing the ageing process are tightened, with excess skin removed or in many cases merely repositioned. Subsequent scars are concealed.
According to requirements, we currently differentiate between 3 stages which now have 12 variants:
- Model or C-Lift
Primarily the naso-labial folds running from the wing of the nose to the corner of the mouth are tightened.
In an S-Lift supplementary drooping cheeks and the start of a double chin are corrected.
- Cheek and Neck Lift
In a Cheek and Neck Lift, drooping throat skin is also raised to the cleavage line.
It is entirely natural for skin to lose its elasticity with advancing age. The musculature in the tissues under the skin also loses its tension. Environmental toxins, stress, nutrition but also alcohol and nicotine have an equally negative impact on skin ageing. Facial expression also plays a role. Furrows develop on the forehead or around the eyes or mouth. In many cases, sagging skin causes bags under the eyes.
Through a face lift, the skin ageing process can be influenced positively. Under optimal conditions, and at a relatively early stage of skin ageing and with good anatomical opportunities, excellent long-term results can be achieved. After a facelift, the face works in a substantially fresher and more relaxed, younger and livelier way.
Depending on the age and skin condition of the patient, a face lift may be undertaken in partial areas. The best results are nevertheless generally achieved through a complete face lift. An extremely delicate incision is required which is determined by the surgeon before the operation with a precise analysis of the face. Essentially, incisions are made at the hairline and in the region of the ears. The entire skin of the face is detached, tightened and shortened in the necessary places. Furrows on the forehead, eyes or around the mouth are smoothed. If necessary, during the same movement, the eyebrows may be lifted slightly, since these also sink somewhat over the years due to sagging skin and musculature, leaving the eyes significantly smaller, frequently with a tired appearance.
A complete face lift operation takes an average of three hours. The results are essentially dependent on the state of skin ageing and on the anatomical opportunities. A further significant aspect for the success of the operation is the general state of health. The best results can be expected for patients who do not smoke, have not exposed their skin excessively to solar radiation and who do not suffer from serious illnesses.
After the operation, an in-patient stay is necessary. On the first day after the operation, the bandages are removed and the face must be cooled repeatedly in different locations. The patient requires complete rest for at least eight days and must avoid laughing or particular exhaustion of the facial muscles, so that the skin can heal. Sutures are treated with unguents. After some ten days, the stitches may be removed. Exposure to sunlight should be avoided for several weeks. Sport and other physical exertion should be avoided for the first four weeks after the operation. More dangerous types of sport such as team sports, tennis or squash, in which the face could be impacted, should be avoided for at least six months.
Overall, patients undergoing a face lift should plan for a three-week healing phase until all of the swelling has diminished. In principle, it may take several weeks until the result is fully visible.
Whether separately or in combination with a face lift, a forehead lift is carried out endoscopically. The skin of the forehead is detached and lifted upwards, with the possibility of raising drooping corners of the eyes as well.
Depending on the size of the intervention, the operation may last 1-3 hours and takes place under either local or general anaesthesia. A two-day in patient stay is necessary, with post-operative treatment using lymph drainage and ice packs and special creams to ensure attractive scars. You will be socially presentable again within 1-2 weeks.
After the operation, it is best if you rest for a week. Sleep on your back with a slightly raised torso and avoid pronounced facial expressions and strenuous work. The stitches will be removed after 8-10 days.
The better you take care of yourself, the faster you will reach the desired result. We will clarify the right method for you in a personal advisory discussion.