Facelift

Overview of the surgery:
A facelift is a type of plastic surgery use to restore a more youthful appearance to the
neck and jowl regions by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. If there is excess
fat in the neck or chin region, this can simultaneously be addressed with liposuction
or direct excision. A facelift can improve a tired facial appearance by smoothing the
skin and reestablishing defined contours along the neck and jaw line. It is often done
in combination with other procedures including a brow lift and eyelid surgery to
create an overall harmonious, youthful result.
Incisions are made in the natural crease in front of the ear, around the earlobe,
behind the ear and may extend into the hairline. The length of the incision depends
on the quality of neck skin. The surgery involves elevation of the skin, tightening of
the facial and neck muscles and re-draping and removal of any excess skin.

Operation Time:
The procedure usually takes 4-6 hours.
Type of Anesthesia use:
The surgery is done under sedation or general anesthesia
Hospital/clinic stay:
2 nights
Days to stay in Thailand:
12-14 days.
Risks and Complications:
Facelift surgery is a very common procedure and complications are rare, but can
happen. This includes prominent, red scars, bleeding under the skin, infection, hair
loss surrounding the scars, nerve damage, numbness, asymmetrical features and
blood clotting.
Recovery Period:
Postoperatively patients may have a drain in overnight as well as head and neck
wrappings. After these are removed, patients are often required to wear a removable
chin strap for several weeks. Sutures are usually removed 7-14 days after surgery.
Usually it takes 2 to 3 weeks before most patients feel socially presentable
Preparation Prior To Surgery:

 Medical history assessment (any allergies, serious medical condition and all
medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical
examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
 Avoid smoking   for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes
with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
 Stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your
recovery period.
 Taking any medications should be avoided such as hormones, anticoagulants,
anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating
medical factors prior to surgery, and also avoid taking aspirin, anti-
inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.