Face lift

Our Clinical Practice in Face lift Surgery

In our practice, we require a routine pre-operative health check-up to exclude serious underlying medical illness that may cause some complications during or after the operation. In your initial consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your face including skin and underlying bone and discuss your goals for the surgery. Medical conditions that could cause problems during or after surgery such as high blood pressure or blood clotting problems should be controlled before the operation.

Facelift surgery can’t stop the aging process; however, it helps to improve the most visible signs of aging by removing fat, tightening underlying muscles and re-draping the skin of your face and neck; thus, restoring a younger look that is suitable to your age. A facelift can be done alone or with nose re-shaping, a forehead lift or eyelid surgery. You must know that face lift surgery doesn’t help much with eliminating very fine lines of the face. The best candidate for a facelift is a person whose face and neck have begun to sag with some skin elasticity and strong, ill-defined bone structure.

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The Surgery: Face lift surgery is a major cosmetic surgery done under general anesthetics in our affiliated hospitals in Phuket, not at the clinic. You will be admitted in the hospital’s private room and operated on the same day with 2 nights of hospitalization.

The Incision Site: Your plastic surgeon makes the incision above the hairline at the temples, behind the ear lobes to the lower scalp. When the neck needs work, a small incision may also be made under the chin. The surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. Then, your plastic surgeon tightens the underlying muscle, pulls the skin back and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layer and close the incisions; metal clips may be used on the scalp.

Get Ready For The Big Day (Before, During & After)

Before Operation

2 Weeks Before: Stop smoking well in advance of surgery. Stop taking Aspirin, Herbal or diet supplements and certain anti-inflammatory drugs as taking these substances can cause increase bleeding.

On Consultation Day: Prepare for medical check up, physical exam and discuss expectations, your medical history such as any drug or food allergies, underlying medical conditions and on-going medical treatments to the plastic surgeon. The surgeon may take photographs before and after surgery and keep the photos in your medical record.

24 hours and 12 hours Before: Wash neck and face with anti-bacterial soap and let it lather for 10 minutes before rinsing on the night before and in the morning of your surgery.

8 hours Before Operation: No food or drink, take off jewelries, nail colors on hand & feet

During Operation:

  • The face lift surgery usually takes 2-3 hours however you will be observed for an hour until stable.
  • A small, thin drainage tube is occasionally placed under the skin behind the ears to drain any blood that might collect there and removed the day after.
  • The head is wrapped loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
  • After your face lift surgery, you will be given a potent intravenous painkiller continuously. Some patients are sensitive to the painkiller and might develop nausea so please inform our nursing staff once you wake up feeling sick in the room.

After Operation

24 - 48 hours after Operation: The head is elevated on two pillows (or at a 30 degree angle) for a couple of days after surgery to keep the swelling down. Swellings are soothed with cooling pads in the first 24-48 hours. Usually, there is not much discomfort after surgery and pain medication can relieve it. Some numbness of the skin is normal and will disappear in a few weeks or months.

On the 3rd Day: Your wound will be dressed, bandage and drains will be taken out and you will be discharged from the hospital when you are feeling well.

On Discharge: You will be given a written instruction on when to take your antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and analgesic pills and you’ll be advised on the date of your follow-up visit.

5 - 7 days After: Your follow-up visit and removal of stitches/metal clips. You are expected to stay in Phuket for at least 7 – 10 days to recuperate well.

1st – 2nd Week After: You will be asked to avoid swimming and only light exercise. Pain may vary however can be controlled by medications. Do not wear earrings for at least 2 weeks.

4 – 6 weeks After: Temporary discomfort, swelling, pain, bruise, numbness and skin tenderness. For face lifts incisions needs to be protected from direct sunlight for 3 months.

The Face Lift Surgery Package THB

Full payment of the operating expenses must be paid in full before the operation. This package is applicable for elective, uncomplicated patients only.

Package Includes:
Doctor’s fee, anesthetics, operating theater charges, medical supplies and special equipments, hospital private room accommodation for 2 nights and routine in-patient medications related to the procedure, regular food menu, nursing and room services, basic preoperative check-up (routine blood test, EKG, Chest X ray), home medications and doctor’s fee on follow-up visit.

Package Excludes:
Charges for in-patient stays in excess of 2 nights, charges for intensive care, when necessary, outpatient expenses incurred before admission, telephone charges and guest meals, any other charges for laboratory profiles and medications not related to the procedure, other specialist consultation and charges related to underlying condition such as Diabetes, Asthma, Hypertension, Drug Allergy, Heart Disease.

The Long Term Result of Face Lift Operation

In good candidates, excellent result after face lift is visible within 6 - 8 weeks when most of the swelling subsided and the effect will last for more than 5 years, depending on predisposing factors and your lifestyle. However like any surgical procedure, face lift surgery is also associated with certain number of risks and complications despite maximum care.

Facial nerves injury and major tissue loss are also uncommon, infection, Blood collection and asymmetric changes in hairline may also occur. Our team takes every precaution possible to prevent and minimize the risks of surgery. However, much of the responsibility for risk avoidance rests with you as well.

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