Anti-Aging Plastic Surgery
- Thread lift (much less invasive than facial surgery)
- Face lift (Rhytidectomy)
- Mini face lift (short scar face lift or S face lift)
- Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal)
- Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)
A thread lift is less expensive and much less invasive than facial surgery. Thin needles are used to insert clear polypropilane threads – surgical threads that have tiny barbs attached – under the skin that are then pulled tight to lift sagging skin and tissue on the face and neck. Unlike a conventional face lift – no skin is removed – so the procedure relies on the tightening effect of the threads to create a younger looking face. Threads like these have been used internally for years in surgical procedures and they are totally compatible with body tissues and unlikely to be rejected. Thread lift can be performed in less than an hour with ‘down time’ just 72 hours, compared to traditional face lift’s overnight stay in hospital and several weeks recovery time. Effects could last around 3-5 years However, you almost certainly will be sore and possibly bruised and hurting afterwards. The procedure does little in reducing wrinkle, only lifting the sagging tissue.
It has become very clear that a thread lift is certainly not pain free and involves more downtime than you might think. Of all the facial treatments – there do seem to be more problems and disappointments around thread lifts than any other. For example, sometimes threads move or break and have to be replaced. So buyer beware – go carefully. Much of the comment on thread lift from skin care forums and skin care sites is negative and the thread lift ranks low. Do your research and read the reviews on the net.
Face lift (Rhytidectomy)
Facelift surgery known as rhytidectomy (surgical removal of wrinkles), is the procedure commonly perceived as the one that challenges the most visible signs of aging. It removes and smoothes the loose skin on your face and neck and tightens underlying tissue. As a result, your face will appear firmer and fresher making you look younger. Under general anaesthetic, excess facial skin from the neck, chin and cheek areas are skillfully removed. The operation can take between two and three hours and usually requires a 1-2 day hospital stay. Recovery is normally between two to three weeks, The results of any facelift should be lasting.
Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal)
Blepharoplasty (Eye Bag Removal)is a popular procedure that can restore a youthful look through the removal of fat along with excess skin and muscle from the upper and lower eyelids. Eyelid surgery can lift drooping upper eyelids and reduce the puffy eye bags that form below your eyes. This procedure can be done alone or in conjunction with other plastic facial surgery procedures such as a facelift. The operation usually takes 1.5 to 3 hours using general anaesthetic and normally includes an overnight stay at the hospital. In certain circumstances it is performed as a day case. Recovery is between 7-10 days. During recovery period, the surgeon will probably lubricate your eyes with ointment and may apply a bandage. Some bruising and swelling will be experienced during the first and second weeks, however the majority of the swelling usually subsides after the first 10 days. Your eyelids may feel dry at first, but eye drops can help with this. Any sutures are usually removed after 5 days. Scars will form as a result of the surgery. Overall these scars heal relatively well, but will differ in each individual patient.
Mini face lift (Short Scar Face lift or S face lift)
The Mini face lift surgery procedure, also known as Short Scar Facelift and S-Lift, is a relatively recent development in order to limit the scarring. The Mini Facelift is gaining in popularity due to the fact that scarring from this operation is minimal, and the desired effect is often as impressive as a full facelift. A short-scar facelift is a lift that repositions the skin and soft tissues of the face that have been affected by the aging process. The principle difference between a short-scar lift and other types of facelift is that the short-scar lift features a significantly reduced scar burden. The scarring in the crease behind the ear and in the hairline behind the ear is largely or completely eliminated. It is particularly suitable on younger patients in their thirties, forties and sometimes fifties. It can be combined with liposuction in the neck area or blepharoplasty to give a remarkable overall improvement. Recovery time is about a day or two. At the beginning, your face may look and feel rather strange. Your features may be a little swollen and your facial movements may be slightly stiff. Some bruising may persist for two or three weeks. By the third week, you’ll look and feel much better.
Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)
The neck is an area of the human body that ages quickly, most often resulting in sagging skin that can even detract from signs of aging in the face. Neck Lift takes around two hours and an overnight stay at the cosmetic surgery clinic is usual.
Liposuction is a fat removal procedure that aims to eradicate excessive stubborn fat from chin, chest, stomach, sides, back and thighs where Fat deposits which cannot be removed by diet or exercise. Liposuction is also known as fat graft that takes fat from one part of the body and places it in the area to be worked upon, such as the cheeks or chin, a procedure in which localized deposits of fat are removed to raconteur one or more areas of the body. Through a tiny incision, a narrow tube (cannula) is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them out by a vacuum pump or a large syringe. The procedure may require repeat treatments in order to maintain the desired effect, which each visit lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Patients may have to stay in hospital for a day or two. Recovery takes 12-14 days. Bruising and swelling can be present for 2-4 weeks.