Facelift Surgery after Major Weight Loss or Gastric Surgery:
Facial Rejuvenation Surgery for Patients with Excess Skin and Big Jowls
When it comes to performing a facelift, there are plenty of ways that it can be performed. The crucial factor is to be sure it’s done by a fully-qualified and experienced Plastic Surgeon (not a discount overseas option) – because you will face the results every day in the mirror. And not everything can be fixed.
Fully qualified Plastic Surgeons are often adept at performing cosmetic surgery for facial rejuvenation.
The top facial rejuvenation surgery procedures are typically:
- a lower face lift
- eyelid lift
- brow lift
- upper face lift
- mid-face lift
And within those types there are several methods, such as SMAS or Round Block approaches.
The approach YOUR selected Specialist Plastic Surgeon takes will depend upon their preferred method, and an assessment of whether or not that method will get YOU the best results for your facial ageing concerns.
A great Plastic Surgeon will fully customise the procedure to suit YOUR facial anatomy, skin collagen levels or skin laxity, and wrinkle or line concerns (for a lower facelift, for example, it’s often to remove the appearance of sagging jowls).
It really depends on the needs of each individual patient and the best surgical approach that will allow the Surgeon to meet those needs.
A good Plastic Surgeon will fully assess your situation in extensive detail, to determine the best way to go about performing your facelift procedure.
As no two patients are ever fully alike, and as facial ageing is so individualised and dependent on a number of genetic and lifestyle factors (such as sun exposure and collagen strength), no two facelifts will ever really be performed in an exactly identical way – even if both facelifts are SMAS or Round Block, for example.
Facelift surgery is best when adapted by the Plastic Surgeon to the patient’s specific needs and skin health (collagen levels or laxity).
If you feel you have:
- deep forehead furrows
- noticeably sagging jowls (lax jawline)
- problematic neckline or a “double chin” or “turkey wobble”
- wrinkles and sagging in the cheek bone region of the face
Then the facelift surgery technique can be specifically adapted to your unique facial anatomy and skin ageing concerns.
Three Techniques for Rejuvenating Facial Appearance in Patients with Excess Facial Skin & Jowls after Massive Weight Loss
The Traditional Facelift – for the middle portion of the face
This surgery targets the middle portion of the face.
Incisions are often hidden in the hairline near the temples but this can vary somewhat, including the size of the incision for your facelift procedure and the exact location. Sometimes the incision will remain visible but often it is aimed to be hidden in the hairline whenever possible.
Not all incisions ARE able to be hairline-only or behind the ear, but ‘skinny’ incisions can usually readily be hidden with good quality makeup after your Facelift Procedure.
These incisions allow the Plastic Surgeon to carefully adjust your underlying facial structures whilst tightening your facial skin and restoring more firm, youthful features.
In fact, studies show that the average age reduction of a facelift surgery is the appearance of being 7 to 8 years younger. Hence it has a high satisfaction rate per consumer forums.
Upper FaceLift Surgery (Brow Lift Cosmetic Surgery)
The next Plastic Surgery facelift technique we’d like to discuss is the cosmetic procedure known as an UPPER facelift. It is also more commonly known as a “brow lift.”
The brow lift procedure targets the forehead area. It aims to remove furrows or deep creases in the brow area along with some of the deeper forehead lines. During the Brow Lift surgery, an incision will typically be made along the scalp area, to allow for surgical adjustment and enhance of the overall appearance of an ageing forehead.
This surgery has a very rejuvenating effect on the upper face and brow area, and is usually enhanced by skin treatments (lasers, microneedling or skin peels along with low level light therapies (LLLT such as Healite II Treatments). Facial fillers (dermal volumisers) and anti-wrinkle injections can also help to more fully rejuvenate the face and reduce the appearance of wrinkles, sun damage and ageing.
There are quire a few approaches to a brow lift surgery these days, and newer methods have emerged that involve smaller incisions which allow for possible faster healing times, potentially less sensation impingement after brow surgery, and typically more minimal scars.
Lower FaceLift Surgery
Finally, there is the lower facelift, which aims to improve the appearance of the lower face, jowls and neckline area.
A lower facelift is a particularly good surgery option to consider if you have:
- excess skin the in neck
- drooping jowls
- sagging lower facial skin
Incisions for Lower Facelift techniques tend to be made behind the ears and under the chin area of the face.
As with the other results-driven facelift options, behind the ear and under the chin incisions allow your Plastic Surgeon to adjust the overall contours of your face and remove the redundant skin, as well as re-position the remaining skin firmly on the facial features in the areas that it belong – without looking ‘done’, ‘over-done’ or the dreaded windblown look of an over-zealous Surgeon who has not taken into account the facial anatomy and options for a more natural effect after a facelift.
For more information about facial plastic surgery, send us an enquiry form, and we’ll forward you general information about the procedure.