THE EXPERT WHEN IT COMES TO FACELIFT SURGERY
WHY CHOOSE OUR CLINIC?
An individual’s face is a unique, complex, three-dimensional structure, with foundations of solid bone and supporting soft tissue volumes, all held together by visible and invisible ligamentous extensions. Environment, time and gravity eventually take their toll on the way your face looks, leading to wrinkles, a tired look, changes in the shape of the face or a loose neck and jowls. Facelift surgery seeks to undo some of these blemishes – unwinding the clock on a person’s face – leaving them looking and feeling refreshed and younger.
Panthea Clinics’ surgeon Dr Farhadieh has a special interest, extended training and expertise in facial aesthetic surgery. Throughout his career, he has undertaken two separate aesthetic and reconstructive fellowships with a focus on the face. Recently, he has published a chapter on facelift in an international comprehensive plastic surgery textbook: Facelift, in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Approaches and Techniques.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to facelift surgery, as it is specifically tailored to the patient’s wants and needs, as well as their individual features. The ultimate goal is to achieve a natural aesthetic that makes the patient look and feel younger. Where patients wish to have changes made to their underlying facial appearance Dr Farhadieh will discuss those surgical options with them in detail.
THE PREOPERATIVE AND POSTOPERATIVE PROCESS
The first step in getting any surgery is an initial consultation, where your surgeon will learn more about you, what your expectations are and what is possible to achieve. In this consultation, Dr Farhadieh will thoroughly examine your medical history, discussing at length factors such as:
- Past surgeries
- Your medical history
- Current medications
- Family history
- Smoking history
Once this analysis is done, Dr Farhadieh will discuss surgical options best suited to your needs. Getting this expert advice will allow you to make a decision that is perfect for what you want from your surgery.
When you are getting your facelift operation, a hairline incision is usually made in front of the ear, extending behind it in order to gain access to your face. The underlying facial structures, including the fascia and shifting soft tissues, are connected to the underlying bones by an intricate system of ligaments. In order to achieve a more balanced and youthful appearance, it is necessary to surgically manipulate these structures. If you are getting a revision facelift surgery, the process may vary slightly as it’s a slightly more complicated procedure.
The eyelids can also be addressed during this process as well, if the patient wishes them to be. If you are also getting a neck lift, an incision will be made underneath the chin in order to make it as hidden as possible.
This operation is performed while you are under general anaesthetic and requires admission for one night. Most of our patients are discharged the next day. Although this operation does involve some bruising and swelling, this should be mostly gone after 10-14 days. This is when the majority of patients go back to work, although it is possible to do so just a few days after your discharge from hospital. On days 5-7, you will be required to be seen at Panthea’s Sydney or Canberra clinic in order to have your sutures removed and have our team perform a postoperative assessment.
YOUR PEACE OF MIND IS OUR BIGGEST PRIORITY
All surgeries bring with them risks of complication, the team at Panthea, minimises all pitfalls and risks . Dr Farhadieh will discuss all aspects of the surgery with you during your consultation, including all possible complications. His experience with facial nerve reanimation surgery is an additional layer of safety that can allow you to feel confident in his ability to get you the results you desire.
After your initial postoperative review, we will organise a follow-up appointment at regular intervals. Your relationship with your surgeon is the most important aspect of your surgical journey, which is why we make sure that we’re guiding you through the process every step of the way.
LEARN MORE ABOUT PANTHEA
If you’ve been thinking about getting cosmetic surgery for a while now, Panthea Clinics are more than happy to guide you through the process of achieving the look you want. Committed to your peace of mind, we aim to make sure you have all the information you want and need before making your decision.
Contact our Sydney or Canberra clinic today and book your initial consultation to begin the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, facelift surgery is intricate surgery, which deals with the face. General anaesthesia and overnight admissions are the safest way to undertake this surgery
Immediately after surgery, yes, but the incisions are placed in such a way that once healed they will not be visible or noticed. From time to time, scar abnormalities or some skin loss might occur as a result of surgery. These can be managed conservatively, occasionally requiring secondary surgery.
This varies from patient to patient. The majority of swelling resolves within the first 7–10 days. Most patients are out and about by the end of the second week. Any remaining swelling is usually gone within 4 weeks.
Although all humans have some intrinsic asymmetry to their face and body, in adequately trained hands noticeable persistent postoperative asymmetry is rare. Occasionally the facial nerve is bruised during surgery, but this tends to recover within a matter of weeks.
The face is one of the most intricate parts of the body and its importance in projecting our sense of ‘self’ is clear. Performing facelift surgery is often thought of as a subspecialty amongst plastic surgeons and those who are interested seek further training beyond basic plastic surgical qualifications. Dr Farhadieh has an interest in facial surgery and has undertaken two separate clinical fellowships in London, England, focusing on the face from both cosmetic and reconstructive perspectives. You are in the safest and best-trained hands with us.
Dr Farhadieh believes that the relationship between doctor and patient is sacred and privileged. Our practice is based on compassion, honesty, transparency and, above all, patient welfare. We pride ourselves on making sure that you feel supported at all times. We will be available during all stages of your journey and will schedule short-, medium- and long-term follow-up appointments as part of our overall practice.