The natural signs of aging can have an impact on the skin elasticity and fat and muscle tone on your neck and face. This can sometimes make a person look older than they feel. Losing the contours of a youthful appearance can be hereditary, the result of stress, environmental factors, or the natural aging process.
Undergoing a face lift or MIFACE (day facial surgery that is unique to The Lotus Institute) can help restore your youthful appearance and boost confidence and esteem at the same time.
What is a face lift and MIFACE?
A face lift is a type of cosmetic surgery that tightens the facial skin, thereby removing unwanted wrinkles. The visible signs of aging that occur throughout the course of our lives can be due to a variety of reasons, such as environmental conditions, stress, heredity, or even gravity. Undertaking face lift surgery can help to give your face a more restful and youthful appearance.
Minimally Invasive Face and Cervical Elevation (or MIFACE), developed by The Lotus Institute’s very own Dr Peter Widdowson, provides an alternative to a full facelift and targets just the neck and lower face. It can be performed under general anaesthetic with just a day stay in hospital needed to complete the operation.
Face lift before and after photos
Our clients have shared their face lift before and after photos – clients have consented to share these photos and they have not be altered in any way.
Who would be considered for face lift or MIFACE surgery?
If you are looking to improve the overall skin elasticity and muscle tone in your face and neck, then you may be a good candidate for face lift or MIFACE surgery.
If you have noticed loss of skin tone or sagging and contours appearing around your neck or chin, this surgery may be of benefit to you.
As with most surgery, candidates should be in good health, follow a regular exercise routine, and maintain a balanced diet.
For those candidates considering MIFACE surgery, you would be looking to target your neck and lower face during this less radical operation.
What are the best places for the implants?
Standard full face lifts and MIFACE surgeries do not require the use of implants; however there are other facial procedures, such as cheek and chin surgeries, which do use implants to achieve the patient’s desired effect.
How can scars be minimised?
Incisions for face lift surgery are usually made behind the hairline at the top of the ear and extend to the bottom of the ear so that the incision remains hidden behind the ear. This being said however, it is important to discuss your expectations with your surgeon so that you are completely aware of where the scarring may occur. Caring for your scars post surgery will involve at home treatment which will be discussed with you in detail during your pre-operation consultations.
What is expected after your face lift surgery?
Most of the discomfort you may feel after your face lift surgery can be managed by oral medication and sutures will be removed around 10 days post-surgery. You will also start to notice that swelling will decrease in about 2-3 weeks after your face lift surgery. If you have a desk job then you could potentially return to work after about two weeks and although you might still feel sore or stiff, you should be able to manage quite comfortably. Face numbness may occur as your sensation recovers, however this is temporary and will go away over time.
What are the potential risks associated with this surgery?
There are risks and possible complications associated with any type of surgery, and undergoing a face lift or MIFACE operation will involve a certain amount of risk. Although the surgeries are quite safe, it is important that you discuss any and all concerns with your surgeon during your consultations. With this particular type of surgery you may notice swelling, bruising, nerve damage, and quite possibly infection. Following a pre- and post-operation instructions and care routines will go towards helping avoid potential risks and supporting a quick recovery.
You will be involved in consultations prior to your surgery where your surgeon will discuss your medical history, any allergies, and what you are looking to achieve from your surgery. If you are a smoker, there is an increased risk of post-surgery complications, so if you are serious about undergoing surgery, you may wish to consider quitting smoking. Your surgeon may also take ‘before’ photos for your medical records during your consultations.
We require that you cease taking all Aspirin and Aspirin-related drugs including Nurofen, Vitamin E, any blood thinning antioxidants, fish oils or herbal extracts (including multivitamins) two weeks prior to surgery. We also require that you cease smoking three months before and after surgery.
How much does a face lift cost?
The total cost of a face lift varies however can fall anywhere between $14,000 and $20,000. This cost includes surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist’s fees, hospital and theatre costs, and if you will require follow up visits as well. The final cost is also dependent on the type of face lift that you have as well as the amount of work that will be required during your surgery.
A facelift can improve your image by giving you a revitalised, refreshed appearance that will help you to look and feel your best.
A facelift does this by tightening underlying muscles, removing excess fat, gently redraping the skin of your face and restoring the contour of your neck. This gives you a smooth jawline, reduces jowls, but doesn’t change your normal expression.
The result can be either a change of appearance or a fresh, rejuvenated look.
A facelift is often combined with other ancillary procedures such as eyelid surgery, a forehead or browlift, liposuction (to remove fat), nose reshaping, removal of skin blemishes, laser resurfacing and/or chemical peel treatment.
Although a facelift and ancillary procedures can produce a harmonious, fresh appearance from forehead to neck, not all wrinkles, furrows and folds will disappear – especially those of long standing where there is some permanent skin damage.
Facelift surgery does not itself change your life and your personality, although cosmetic surgery performed on patients with realistic expectations can improve self-confidence and create a more positive self image.