Dr Timothy Hewitt


Face Lift

Facelift surgery aims to alter the deep tissues of the face so they adopt a more youthful appearance. The deeper tissues are altered rather than pulling on the overlying skin. This gives longer lasting results and a more natural appearance. Aging causes the skin and muscles around the cheeks and neck to loosen producing lax skin and wrinkles. Relaxation of underlying tissues around the face causes the underlying fat to push downward, resulting in a puffy and droopy appearance. Both the skin and muscles are lifted in a facelift.

The techniques used to do this varies from patient to patient. The approaches to facelift surgery are similar to those used in Reconstructive Craniofacial Surgery, with the aim of giving a refreshed appearance to the face. Short scars are used whenever possible.

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Why use Dr. Hewitt for a facelift?

Dr Hewitt is a specialist plastic surgeon and his sub-speciality training centers round cranio-facial reconstruction. Dr Hewitt is an expert at surgical face lifts and his proven track record instils confidence in patients.

The type of Facelift performed by Dr Hewitt is the Short Scar Facelift, otherwise known as a Minimal Access Cranial Surgery (MACS) Facelift. This facelift is designed to rejuvenate the face by manipulating the deeper layers through minimal scars and minimal facial skin undermining and to achieve a natural looking facelift.

By addressing the deeper layer a very natural look can be achieved without extensive undermining of the face or neck and without long unsightly scars. The MACS scar extends under the sideburn to the ear lobe.

Surgical Facelift- the best solution for you?

Good skin condition will have a big bearing on the final result of your facelift. The loose skin of the face can usually be tightened giving a more pleasing appearance. Jowls and drooping areas are lifted back to their youthful position higher on the cheeks.

The MACS Facelift is commonly performed in combination with other procedures to enhance the overall look of the face. These include:

  • Direct brow lift
  • Upper and Lower Eyelid Reductions
  • Fat Injection to the lip or facial creases
  • Dermabrasion (resurfacing) of the upper lip

Your result will change your face to an earlier, more youthful appearance. You will still age at your normal rate and therefore will continue to sag and wrinkle but you will always have some improvement in appearance.

Facelift Scar Management

All attempts to minimise and hide your scars will be made. Scars are placed where they are least conspicuous or easily hidden. In most patients the scars will be red or pigmented for one to two months and gradually fade thereafter until they are not noticeable by four to six months after surgery.

The scars are rarely troublesome. Nevertheless, you should know that all scars are permanent and their width and final colour are not totally predictable. Any previous scar hypertrophy (widening or thickening) that you have may reflect on your final scar.

Facelift Surgical Procedure Details

The MACS Facelift can take anywhere from two to five hours, however the surgical time is dependent on any other procedures performed at the same time. Patients usually require only one to two nights in hospital and facial drains will be removed the day after surgery.

After facelift surgery your hair will be washed in the shower the next morning. Icepacks to the eyes are recommended every 2 hours for 20 minutes for the first 72 hours as this will help to reduce swelling and bruising.

There is usually moderate discomfort post-operation however your Anaesthetist will prescribe you medication that will help you manage your pain after surgery.

As a general rule you will require two weeks off work for a straight MACS procedure, however perhaps longer if combined with other procedures.