What to expect from a facelift (meloplasty)

Aug 1, 2019 | Face and Nose, Face Lift (Meloplasty) and Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)

During facelift (meloplasty) surgery, the facial skin is lifted and tightened to improve one’s overall appearance.

If you have noticed some of the visible signs of ageing, such as sagging skin and deep creases, you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to restore a more youthful appearance. A facelift (meloplasty) procedure involves the repositioning and tightening of the facial skin, as well as some of the structures and muscles in the face. Read on to find out how a facelift (meloplasty) works and if it’s right for you…

What is a facelift (meloplasty), exactly?

It is common for skin to lose its elasticity as we age, and most people will begin to notice sagging and wrinkles as they get older. A facelift (meloplasty) is a procedure, which is performed in order to improve the visible signs of ageing, such as sagging skin, lines and folds between the nose and mouth, loss of volume, loose skin and excess fat that has developed around the chin area.  During the procedure, Mr David Morgan uses leading surgical techniques to reposition the fat and tissue under the facial skin to smooth out creases and lift the structures of the face. A facelift (meloplasty) procedure focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face, and in many cases, includes the neck as well.

What kind of results can you expect?

While facelift (meloplasty) surgery cannot put a stop to the natural ageing process, it can greatly improve the overall appearance of the face, as well as the jawline and the shape and contour of the neck. When excess skin is removed and the facial structures are elevated, one can enjoy a more youthful-looking appearance. In order to make the best of your results, it is important that you take good care of your skin after surgery by protecting it from the sun and moisturising daily.

What does the procedure involve?

Surgical techniques vary according to the kinds of results you want, as well as your particular areas of concern. In most cases, however, Mr David Morgan will make an incision in the hairline, close to the temples. The incision generally extends in front of the ear and to the lower scalp behind the ears. During surgery, Mr David Morgan will remove excess skin and fat from the face, as well as tighten and redistribute the connective tissue and underlying facial muscles. In the case of a neck lift (platysmaplasty), excess skin and fat is also removed from the neck and the skin is pulled upwards for a tighter appearance.

What is the recovery period like?

After surgery, you can expect your face to be bandaged, and you may have a drainage tube placed to get rid of any excess fluid and blood. Mr David Morgan will prescribe any relevant pain medication to help manage any discomfort you may experience. It is normal to experience some bruising and swelling following a facelift (meloplasty) procedure, both of which will resolve over time. As soon as your swelling goes down, you will be able to see the results of your procedure. Mr David Morgan generally recommends that you avoid strenuous exercise for around four weeks following surgery, although each patient’s recovery time varies. When you come in for a follow-up appointment, Mr David Morgan will assess your progress and let you know when you can resume all of your normal activities.

If you would like to find out more about facelift (meloplasty) surgery, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to arrange a consultation. Mr David Morgan is a specialist plastic surgeon with considerable experience in the industry. Find out about his qualifications and special interests here.