Q: Do you feel that there is a place for younger women having face lift surgery as almost a preventative procedure?
Dr Moss: I believe that the ideal time to do a face lift is when the changes are present but early – when they first begin to show. This helps a person maintain their appearance rather than trying to recapture it when skin and healing quality have diminished.
I do not believe that patients should feel they must ‘earn’ a face lift by waiting until advanced signs of ageing such as folds of excess skin and deeper wrinkles have become established. Maintenance Facelift surgery is not about prevention of ageing but rather about maintaining a fit and optimal-looking appearance, which many realise is often equated with ability and effectiveness socially and at work.
Advantages with an earlier maintenance face lift strategy include the fact that younger patients are healthier, have better skin quality and heal faster. Therefore results can be more complete, healing is quicker and complications are fewer. Importantly for the patient, the surgery delivers the benefits of their face lift at a time in life which gives them the most value both professionally and personally.
Q:Do the latest face lift techniques result in a shorter downtime?
Dr Moss: There is a vast array of procedures on offer today and recovery times vary widely depending on the techniques. In my practice I appreciate that, while results are the priority, recovery times must be predictable and quick enough to make this surgery a viable option for many. When modern state-of-the-art SMAS face lift techniques are performed with meticulous care and skill the recovery and social down times of this advanced surgery are now usually very predictable and significantly shorter than the older less optimal techniques. This is a major benefit for patients who are time poor and must schedule their surgery and recovery time into the amount of time they can comfortably take out of work or other commitments.
After my High SMAS Facelift patients can have some swelling for around 1-2 weeks, however there is usually minimal discomfort and they are functionally up and about. Social downtime is usually around 2 weeks by which time most of my patients say they can already see they are looking younger than before. Continuing rest and patience with your activities in recovery will deliver extra benefit.
Q:How long does a good face lift last?
Dr Moss: This depends on the skill of the surgeon, the technique used and the individual patient.
SMAS Face lift including Mid-Cheek, Lower Face and Lateral Neck. Result at 6 weeks. Smoker. No front of neck lift performed.
The most important factor in determining the longevity of a face lift is the effectiveness of the support provided by the surgeon to the deep facial tissues. The high SMAS face lift that I use usually delivers around 10 to 15 years of benefit. This is the most consistent and long lasting of all techniques that I have ever used or found in my extensive research.
The quality of your skin before your facial rejuvenation procedure will also affect the duration of results. Patients who have surgery in their mid 40’s or 50’s have longer lasting results than those in their 60’s. Taking care of your skin and health after surgery significantly helps maintain a rejuvenated appearance.
But while face lift surgery sets back the clock, it will not stop the ageing clock from ticking. The ageing process is slowed, but it will nevertheless continue. Non-surgical techniques for skin and volume maintenance are provided at our adjacent Liberty Belle Skin Centre and these are highly effective at helping maintain and enhance benefits for the long term.