If you are bothered by the signs of ageing in your face, a facelift may be right for you. Also known as rhytidectomy, a facelift is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of ageing in the face and neck. As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the ageing process.
A facelift is performed under general anaesthesia. Preoperative examinations (blood work, in some cases ECG may be required) and a medical evaluation are essential prior to surgery.
The technique depends on the degree of change you’d like to see. From deep plane lifts to feather lifts, almost any variation and extent of surgery is available to meet the needs of your facial improvement goals. A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. The underlying tissue is repositioned. Usually, the deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away.
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history. This will include information about any medical conditions, drug allergies, medical treatments you have received, previous surgeries and medications that you currently take. It is important for you to provide complete information. Be prepared to discuss in the consultationwhy you want the surgery, your expectations and desired outcome. We will also discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment and talk about the likely outcomes of facelift and any risks or potential complications. In addition we take photographs for your medical record. We will provide you with additional pre – and postoperative instructions.
Once you know that facelift is right for you, you may schedule surgery several days or weeks from the time of your consultation to assure you have had enough time to understand and accept all aspects of the operation.
The surgery is performed as an inpatient in Estonia´s finest private hospital which provides round the clock care. (There is a 24 hours duty at the hospital. )Our patients have full board and rooms with all comforts (toilet, shower, TV, alarm clock). We offer our customers a complete package. We arrange the round-trip ticket between Helsinki and Tallinn, transport from the ferry port to the hospital and back. The price also includes 1 night at the hospital,, complete care, anesthesia, surgery, medications and aftercare services at the Helsinki office, such as counseling, removal of sutures and follow-up care.
You will meet your surgeon at the hospital. Your surgeon also will evaluate the amount of excess skin. The operation takes place shortly after your discussion with the surgeon. It is very important not to eat or drink anything (not even water, gum or mints) for a minimum of 6 hours prior to surgery. A general anesthetic is administered, so that you will be asleep throughout the procedure. The surgery takes 2-4 hours to complete. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. When your procedure is completed, a bandage could gently be placed around your face to minimize swelling and bruising.
You will be provided with effective medication for postoperative discomfort and pain. Usually patients spend one (1) night under observation. On the first postoperative day the plastic surgeon will check the operated area.
You will notice swelling and bruising, which is to be expected. The visible improvements of a facelift appear as swelling and bruising subside. However, it may be months before all swelling subsides and you see the final result of your facelift. You will be given specific instructions on how to care for the surgical site, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing, specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health, and when to attend follow-up visits.
It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself.
You may also notice some numbness over portions of the abdominal area, and this may persist for several months. It is important to realize that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals. Depending on the extent of your bruises and swelling, you may be able to return to non-strenuous work anywhere from 2-4 weeks after surgery. In many instances, you can resume most of your normal activities, including some form of mild exercise, after a few weeks.
Generally, stitches will be removed in approximately 10 days. You will return to our Helsinki office for follow-up visit 6 months postoperative. If you have questions or concerns during your recovery, or need additional information at a later time, you should contact us.
Our co-operation partners offer our patients safe postoperative care, such as suture removal, counseling and follow-up appointments.
As with any surgery, facelift does have some risks and complications associated with it. The complications are rare, but for safety reasons, all our patients get a mobile phone number, from where our patients can reach us anytime. In Helsinki we have a co-operating surgeon, who is able to provide additional do extra check-ups if needed and to prescribe any additional medication if so required.
A Facelift costs 4 050 – 5 550 €.
The price includes everything except the examinations that are required prior the operation.