Commonly known as a facelift, meloplasty is a procedure which aims to smooth the texture of your facial skin and reshape the underlying facial tissues. This is done by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and redraping the skin of the face and neck.
Those who feel their current facial skin texture and shape does not reflect their age or how they feel. Gravity and the natural aging process is unavoidable. Signs of aging often begin with fine lines which develop into wrinkles, furrows, creases, bags, folds and jowls in the face and neck. This can be accelerated by sun exposure, smoking and stress, resulting in a tired, old and depressed appearance even if the person is of a young age. These individuals may be affected strongly by this appearance leaving them with low self-esteem. Even though a facelift won’t make you look 21 again, it can improve most visible signs of aging and give a fresh, rejuvenated appearance without changing the face’s normal expression.
A facelift will create smoothing of facial skin from forehead to neck, a reduction in fine lines, wrinkles and furrows, and a smooth jawline without jowls. You will likely appear younger and well rested. The aim of meloplasty is to make you feel and look as good as possible and is tailored to the individual. It’s important however, to remain realistic in what a facelift can achieve for you. Some deep wrinkles, furrows and folds won’t disappear, especially if they have been longstanding for many years.
During your first consultation your surgeon will discuss what you’d like to achieve, any expectations you have, questions about the procedure, medical history and current medication. Your face and neck will be carefully examined so that the surgeon knows your individual skin quality. We will provide as much information as possible so that you feel comfortable and informed, and if you feel overwhelmed in any way we encourage you to make a second consultation so that you feel confident with your decision.
If you have had previous issues with bleeding or you bruise easily please inform your surgeon as soon as possible. To reduce risk of bleeding and bruising please make sure to:
We will guide you to prepare for surgery so that your procedure and recovery go smoothly. On the day, shampoo your hair and cleanse your face thoroughly to remove all traces of makeup. Do not apply any moisturizer, makeup or hair products after cleansing. Bring your toiletries, any medication needed and loose clothing. Also bring a pair of sunglasses and a scarf to wear home.
Your anesthetist will discuss the use of either a general anesthetic or light sedation with a local anesthetic (you will be awake but won’t remember the surgery afterwards). During surgery, an incision is made in the required area, excess fat is removed, muscle layer is tightened, skin is redraped with a little tension over the tightened muscle layer, excess skin is removed and then sutured into position. Fatty tissue in the neck may also be removed through an incision under the chin and a narrow tube and strong suction applied which is passed back and forth through the fat underneath the skin.
Please call our office if you experience any of the following: excessive pain or bleeding, abnormal swelling or fever during the first 24 hours.
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