Facelift Gold Coast

Your face is your most visible asset

Facelift Gold Coast, model 01, Dr Sawhney

Facelift Gold Coast

“A facelift is a procedure to lift and re-support the soft tissue around our face, neck and jawline.”

Ageing causes the deeper tissues in the face to fall and deflate as the skin becomes stretched and wrinkled. A facelift is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin and tighten deeper facial tissue, rendering a more youthful appearance by tightening and lifting the skin. The procedure aims to combat sagging skin, volume loss, pronounced jowls, fine lines and wrinkles to enhance an individual’s natural facial structure and contours for a brighter, more youthful appearance.

Dr Sawhney usually performs a facelift with a neck lift to create a harmonious result and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin often present around the neck area. If patients have experienced volume loss around the face, fat grafting techniques or dermal fillers may be recommended to restore the plumpness and glow of youth.

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A facelift will often be coupled with other procedures such as a neck lift, a brow lift, upper and/or lower eyelid surgery, laser skin resurfacing and fat transfer to achieve the best possible results.

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Benefits of a facelift

There is a multitude of advantages to receiving a facelift, which can include:

  • Facelifts can restore your youthful appearance by targeting the signs of ageing and damage caused by the sun, smoking, and stress, eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, sagging, and excess fat.
  • Patients with extra skin or fat around their neck experience sagging, wrinkling, and folding, but a facelift can tighten and remove the excess tissue to eliminate the appearance of a double chin.
  • The procedure can slim your jawline, recontouring the jaw and upper neck areas to provide a slimmer, more youthful look by firming up sagging areas.
  • Deep-set wrinkles and fine lines can be smoothed out and eliminated via facelift, especially those that form around the nose, mouth, and chin.
  • Facelifts are often combined with other cosmetic procedures to provide complete and total rejuvenation. Some patients choose to have dermal fillers, a brow lift, or eyelid surgery in combination with their facelift.
  • Incisions made during a facelift are designed to be invisible, ensuring there are no visible signs that such a procedure was performed. Most incisions are made behind the ear or along the hairline to hide any potential scarring easily.
  • The results look completely natural, reinvigorating your appearance to highlight your natural contours and bring back a youthful appearance without looking like your skin is overly tightened or done.

Procedure candidates

Because of how individualised a facelift procedure can be, not everyone may be suitable for such a surgery. It is essential to discuss this with Dr Raja Sawhney before choosing to undergo any procedure. Ideal candidates for a facelift may have the following:

  • Realistic expectations of what a facelift can accomplish for them.
  • Sagging in the mid-facial area.
  • Loss of muscle tone in the lower facial area, creating jowls.
  • Deep creases around the eyelids, nose, and mouth.
  • Displaced or fallen excess fat.
  • Loose skin and excess fat deposits under the chin and jaw, causing the appearance of a double chin.
  • Physically healthy with no medical conditions that could impair healing or increase surgical risk.
  • Are a non-smoker or stop smoking before, during, and after their procedure.

Your consultations at Sculpted Clinic

In your initial consultation with Dr Raja Sawhney at our Gold Coast clinic, you will discuss your specific concerns, reasons for wanting a facelift, expectations of such a surgery, and what outcomes you hope to achieve. This will need to include your medical history, any medical conditions, medications you are currently taking, and any previous surgeries you might have undergone, including your current health and lifestyle. Dr Sawhney will then discuss your options between a mini or full facelift and the relative risks and benefits before devising a procedure plan based on your concerns and desired outcomes. Photos are also taken of your face and areas of concern. Once your bespoke treatment plan has been made, an estimate of costs can be provided.

Cost of a facelift on the Gold Coast

The cost of your facelift depends on various factors, such as the complexity of the procedure, surgeon fees, anaesthetist costs, hospital fees, and aftercare costs. Prices will vary for every patient based on their health and specific procedure plan, but generally includes the following:

Surgeon’s fees

This is the fee Dr Sawhney charges for performing the surgery, depending on the amount of excess skin and fat needing to be excised and tightened, if other procedures are combined with your facelift, and the time it will take to complete the procedure. Your plastic surgeon’s experience, knowledge, and accreditation influence your fees. You should always ensure that your doctor has the correct certifications and expertise in conducting facelifts, even if the cost is dearer, as serious risks can occur when an unqualified surgeon performs any procedure.

Anaesthetist costs

During your surgery, your anaesthetist administers anaesthesia and monitors your vitals. Therefore, it is crucial that your anaesthetist is highly qualified, as there are risks associated with anaesthesia. If any occur, your anaesthetist will have the correct knowledge and experience to treat you.

Hospital fees

This fee covers hospital use which encompasses the time spent in the operating theatre and your immediate post-operative recovery. Some patients may require an overnight hospital stay, and although it is not always essential, patients should be prepared if the need arises, which can influence the estimated costs.

Post-operative care costs

Recovery and aftercare from facelift surgery can include post-operative costs, medications, creams, and any supplies you might need during your recovery. You may need someone to care for you during your recovery as well. All of these factors can incur costs you should account for in your estimates.

Medicare does not cover facelift procedures, and you must keep this in mind when proceeding with your surgery. Your private health insurance may cover some costs, but you will need to confirm this with your healthcare provider.

Facelift surgery model 02, Sculpted Clinic

Facelift procedure at Sculpted Clinic

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia with an overnight stay in a private hospital. The incisions are made along the hairlines above or in your hair and in front of your temporal region (ears), all of which can be hidden by your hair. This incision extends downward in front of your ear, under it, and then upward behind your hairline and your ear.

The skin is repositioned by lifting and removing the excess skin and fat. If too much skin is removed during the process, it can result in an overly taught result, which makes it somewhat obvious you’ve “had work done”. Instead, Dr Raja Sawhney takes the time to carefully plan your procedure in conjunction with you, ensuring the very best possible results. He takes a more conservative approach to this surgery, providing results that look natural and will last for years. Once complete, skin staples and sutures are used to close the incisions.

An incision under the chin may also be performed to address any skin laxity or fat present in the neck, but Dr Sawhney tends to avoid this potentially problematic scar in most cases. A drainage tube may also be placed beneath the skin on each side to remove excess fluid and is usually removed the day after surgery before you go home. You will also be fitted with a face garment, which helps reduce swelling and fluid accumulation after surgery.

Facelift surgery model 03, Sculpted Clinic Gold Coast

Recovery after your surgery

Immediately following surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and some pain which is normal. Mild bleeding, skin discolouration, and numbness to the surgical sites can also commonly occur in patients. These symptoms are at their worst during the first 24 to 48 hours. Bruising tends to resolve over two weeks, while most swelling resolves in two to four weeks, with minor residual swelling diminishing slowly over the following one to two months. However, dressings placed on the surgical sites and prescribed pain medication can help to lessen the symptoms. Your facial garment is also crucial in your recovery, and we prefer you to wear your garment day and night for the first two weeks. You may take it off during the day for your professional and social engagements. For most patients, the total recovery time is about four weeks, where you should look like you have been on a long and relaxing holiday with a refreshed look. However, this varies for every patient, based on how well their body heals.

More generalised aftercare and recovery instructions can include:

  • Make sure you have someone with you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Do not remove your dressings until the 24-hour follow-up appointment.
  • Rest with your head elevated for the first week, and avoid sleeping on the side of your face for about two weeks.
  • Take all prescribed medications and creams.
  • Avoid any strenuous physical activity for at least 7 to 10 days.
  • Use cold compresses over the surgical site to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid bending over or lifting heavy objects for one week.
  • Avoid washing your hair for the first 48 hours postoperatively.
  • Avoid excessive sun exposure to the face for at least one month.
  • Do not drive until you no longer require your prescribed pain medication.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption until you are off your prescription.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and consistent hydration to support your body’s natural healing.

Risks & complications

No matter what procedures patients choose to undergo, medical or cosmetic, there are associated risks and complications that patients must be aware of. Not every patient experiences these complications, but it is still vitally important to understand the related risks. Risks and complications associated with a facelift include:

  • Infection
  • Damage to nerves giving paralysis to facial muscles (uncommon and usually temporary)
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Haematoma
  • Hair loss around the incision sites
  • Poor scarring, including the formation of keloid or hypertrophic scars
  • Skin loss or necrosis
  • Hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation of scars and surrounding skin
  • Numbness – this is part of the procedure as the skin is detached from its nerves and improves slowly
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Allergic reactions to sutures, dressings or antiseptic solutions

Ensuring you follow your aftercare plan as advised by Dr Sawhney will help prevent and minimise any of these risks or complications that arise.

Frequently asked questions

Scarring is a possible risk with any medical or cosmetic procedure. However, a facelift procedure is designed to hide any scarring where possible, and Dr Sawhney takes every precaution to ensure the procedure is performed safely and efficiently. It is vital that patients follow their aftercare and recovery instructions, as they are designed to promote the best outcomes and lessen visible scarring where possible.

There is no specific age limit for when you may receive a facelift, as everyone ages differently due to various factors. However, a facelift can achieve the best results for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s as the signs of ageing become prevalent. That being said, when you begin to experience the signs of ageing is usually the best time to receive a facelift.

With a highly-skilled and properly accredited surgeon such as Dr Sawhney, a natural facelift procedure can make patients look 8 to 15 years younger once patients have fully healed and achieved their complete results.

Depending on the type of facelift you have had and whether you have any combined other procedures, it can take roughly two to five hours to complete the surgery.

A facelift procedure does not last a lifetime. However, the results can last up to 10 years, depending on your health and lifestyle during that time. In the future, you may need another facelift when the signs of ageing reappears.

Although your initial healing and recovery will take roughly one month, your final results will not become noticeable until around six months post-operatively.

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