A face lift gives a more rested and youthful appearance, without any dramatic changes to one's appearance. The elastic nature of the skin weakens with age, resulting in sagging, drooping and wrinkled skin of the face and neck. Face lifts reduce the appearance of deep facial lines and wrinkles and sagging facial skin.
Suitable patients
Patients undergoing any cosmetic surgery procedure should be healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in their expectations.
Patients suitable for face lift surgery are normally between 35 and 65 with visible signs of aging of the face.
Face lifts address:
  • sagging in the midface
  • deep creases along the nose, extending to the corner of the mouth (naso-labial folds)
  • loss of muscle tone in the lower face, creating jowls
  • loose skin and excess fatty deposits, resulting in a double chin
  • Fat deposits or folds around the neck (“turkey neck”)
  • Sagging of the face and/or neck
Older patients can successfully undergo face lift surgery, but cannot expect the same result as younger patients.
Patients should be near or close to their ideal weight, as weight loss or weight gain is apparent in the face and will influence the result of surgery.
The following cannot be corrected/removed or improved by a face lift:
  • Textural changes of the skin
  • Pigmentation of the skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead or around the eyes
  • Lines around the mouth (referred to as smoker’s lines)
These conditions can be corrected by resurfacing techniques such as laser, chemical peels, microneedling and microdermabrasion.
Fundamental appearance changes are not possible.
The result of a face lift can be enhanced by using dermal fillers, Botox, fat grafting, resurfacing techniques such as laser, chemical peels, microneedling and microdermabrasion.
Facial aging continues normally after a face lift and is also influenced by weight loss or weight gain, sun exposure, pregnancy, menopause and other circumstances unrelated to face lift surgery. The results are therefore not permanent, but typically last between 5 and 10 years.