A Facelift, also known as a Rhytidectomy, is an operation used to reverse the signs of ageing.

Desired Results

A Facelift can reverse the signs of ageing by giving you a smoother, more youthful contour to the face.

Also known as

  • Rhytidectomy
  • Meloplasty
  • Cosmetic face surgery

At the Swan Clinic, we aim to given natural results and to avoid the overdone look. As we get older, our facial skeletal structure changes. The bone reduces, the fat compartments can descend, and the ligaments can stretch. Our skin collagen can atrophy (decline) and the elastin weakens, meaning the skin is less elastic. The face starts to look like an upside-down triangle. We notice the nasolabial’s deepen and jowls start to form.

SMAS repair

The Rhytidectomy or Facelift restores these structures to their rightful place. It is more than a skin operation. Tightening the skin is part of the operation, but repairing the SMAS (Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System) layer of the face is what gives the operation its long-term results. The operation can be combined with a neck lift.

Fat transfer to Face

Once the muscle layer is repaired, fat can be infused into appropriate area to restore cheek volume. Fat can also be placed in the nasolabial and marionette areas (lip cheek junction) as needed. Liposuction can also be performed to selected areas to sculpt the chin, jaw and neck area. These adjustments of volume can fine tune and give a superior result.

How long does a facelift last?

Facelift surgery lasts for 10 years before gravity and natural ageing may require revision surgery. However this revision is usually a skin tightening surgery only rather than a full Facelift.

Peels/antiwrinkle injections/ dermal filler

At the Swan Clinic, we think of the facelift or rhytidectomy as a journey. Things to prepare for this include not smoking, eating a healthy diet and stopping any medications which may thin the blood if possible. Non-surgical treatments to prepare for Facelift (rhytidectomy) include:

  1. A course of medical grade skin treatments and peels can be used to improve pigment and fine lines
  2. Anti wrinkle injections to the upper third of the face if needed
  3. 1mL of filler around the mouth to start to erase the fine lines around the mouth as this area is not directly addressed with a facelift or rhytidectomy procedure.

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