Surgical Treatments – Overview
Facelift, necklift and lipofill (fat grafting) are surgical procedures which result in rejuvenation of the face and neck.
Facelift surgery addresses excess temporal, mid/lower facial and to some degree neck skin, by smoothing out wrinkles. In addition, it repositions soft tissues which have sagged resulting in ‘squaring’ of the face, loss of cheek prominence and the appearance of “jowls”. A further aim is to restore harmonious facial proportions.
Necklift surgery is often performed in conjunction with facelift surgery to address skin excess, vertical lines (platysmal bands) and double chins. Where appropriate, liposuction techniques may be used in combination.
3. Lipofill (fat grafting)
Fat grafting is a technique of transfering fat cells extracted by specific liposuction techniques from donor sites such as the abdomen or thighs to augment lip volume, address facial contour deformities and hollow cheeks. Approximately half of the injected fat survives long term meaning that multiple treatments may be required. The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic or with local anaesthetic and sedation in an accredited hospital as a day procedure.
All of these surgical procedures are performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital. The optimal outcome is a rejuvenating “natural” result aimed at turning the clock back a number of years rather than a radical alteration of a patient’s appearance.