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Facelift FAQs

Facelift FAQs

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Are you considering a facelift (Rhytidectomy) procedure, but are you left with some unanswered questions? Read on to uncover frequently asked questions about the facelift below. Still cannot find an answer to your question after reading this overview? Feel free to contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic for more information.

Could I Be Eligible for a Facelift?

To be eligible for a rhytidectomy, the patient must be in general good health and cannot suffer from any medical conditions that could cause problems during the healing process.

There are also some poor lifestyle choices that may affect the results you obtain from a rhytidectomy. One of these poor lifestyle choices is smoking, since smoking is known to cause premature ageing of the skin. Smoking can also interfere with the healing process, since smokers have a higher chance of developing an infection, or they may heal slower than a non-smoker. Therefore, surgeons may refuse a patient if the patient smokes, since smokers have a higher risk of complications.


Are There Different Types of Facelifts?

There are different types of rhytidectomies, which is why patients need to be evaluated thoroughly to determine which rhytidectomy procedure is best for them.

The traditional rhytidectomy is currently the best-known type of facelift. During a traditional rhytidectomy, the surgeon removes or sculpts excess fat to contour the face. The surgeon may also lift the muscle of the face, since these muscles can start to sag due to the natural ageing process.

Having a rhytidectomy, no matter which type, also means the surgeon must make an incision to get access to the fat and muscles underneath the skin. The size and the noticeability of the incision depends on the rhytidectomy procedure, but also on other factors, including the experience of the surgeon. Therefore, it is important to choose a surgeon you are comfortable with, but also a surgeon with enough experience.

How to Prepare for a Rhytidectomy?

The preparation for a rhytidectomy procedure is different for everyone, because each patient has unique needs or could be taken certain medications that need to be evaluated before the procedure takes place. To ensure you are properly prepared for a rhytidectomy, it is extremely important to acquire all the information you need from the cosmetic surgery facility before the rhytidectomy surgery commences.

During your consultation with the surgeon, the surgeon may recommend some spa treatments that may aid the recovery process after a rhytidectomy. Be sure to take note of these treatments, since they might prove beneficial after your surgery.

Discover Rhytidectomy Advantages!

An increasingly large amount of patients now opt for Rhytidectomy procedures. A rhytidectomy can be combined with other rejuvenating procedures as well, depending on the aesthetic needs of the patient in questions; this includes neck lifts, brow lifts, blepharoplasty and similar procedures.

If you’re looking to remove fat from the face, get a free consultation at Melbourne Mini Face Lift clinic with Dr Lanzer.

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What Are the Effects of a Rhytidectomy?

The main purpose of a rhytidectomy is the rejuvenation of the face. It is often chosen by patients who experience sagging of the facial muscles, giving them an overall more fatigued and older look.

A rhytidectomy is a complex procedure that carries some degree of risk. Therefore, it is important to choose an experienced surgeon who has performed this procedure numerous times before. Even though this does not guarantee the absence of complications, it does reduce some of the risks patients encounter with an unexperienced surgeon.

Dr Lanzer is a licensed cosmetic surgeon and dermatologist with more than thirty years of experience. He has performed multiple rhytidectomies over the years as well, so patients choosing the Dr Lanzer will be in capable hands.

How Long Does It Take to Recover from a Rhytidectomy?

Recovery time after a rhytidectomy is not the same for everybody, because every patient heals in their own tempo. Consequently, it is hard to give someone an estimate where recovery is concerned. Nevertheless, patients should consider that they will experience swelling and bruising shortly after the procedure. The face may also appear red for a certain time, which is also a result of the surgery. Even though these symptoms dissipate over time, patients must monitor their side-effects over time to rule out any complications. The patient must also visit their cosmetic surgery facility for a follow-up appointment after their procedure; this to exclude any problems that could occur after surgery.


How Should I Choose My Cosmetic Surgeon?

When you choose a surgeon to execute a rhytidectomy, it is essential to look at some of the procedures they have performed in the past. Good surgeons will have a website that includes some before and after photographs, which you can use to evaluate the results other patients have obtained through rhytidectomy.

Before you choose your cosmetic surgeon, it is also essential to verify if your surgeon is certified. Good surgeons must go through intensive and specific training to become certified; this to reduce some of the complications that could come from inexperience and a lack of knowledge. Fortunately, there are many online websites where you can check the credentials of your surgeon.

Do I Have to Wait with a Rhytidectomy If I Want to Lose Weight?

Cosmetic surgeons recommend that patients are in the best shape before they have cosmetic surgery. If you intend on losing a considerable amount of weight, it is best to postpone your cosmetic procedure until you have reached your goal weight. However, if you only have a kilogram to lose, there will not be much difference in the result of the procedure, so in this case having your rhytidectomy is not a problem.

Are the Effects of a Facelift Long Term?

The results of a rhytidectomy can last for many years, but are subject to other factors such as the quality of your skin, weight fluctuations and environmental factors such as excessive sun bathing. Therefore, to make sure you can enjoy the effects of a rhytidectomy for a long time, it is essential to take good care of your skin and live a healthy lifestyle.

Where Can I Go with More Questions?

Do you have more questions about rhytidectomy or other cosmetic surgery procedures at the Dr Lanzer Clinic? For more information, please refer to the additional information pages on the website, or contact our friendly receptionists to request the information you are looking for.

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Let us know the procedure(s) you are considering and your details and we will get back to you with a time and day to suit you.

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