Face Lift Procedure

Face Lift in Sydney – Procedures

What happens during a face lift in Sydney?

When you book your appointment to discuss a face lift in Sydney, you will be sent a Patient Information Form. Completing this and returning it prior to your appointment will streamline your appointment.

Consultation appointments prior to your face lift in Sydney

At your first appointment to discuss having a face lift in Sydney, you should expect to spend about an hour with Dr Gavin Sandercoe. During this time he will take a thorough history and examination. Your main points of concern, and the quality & thickness of overlying tissue, will help plan which is the most appropriate surgical technique for you. Digital photographs are taken to assist with planning and explaining any asymmetries or limitations.

Dr Gavin Sandercoe is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with training and experience in many techniques of face lift. He does not favour one particular technique – instead, he will help you understand which procedure will best suit your face and your recovery needs, to plan your personalised face lift in Sydney.

Dr Gavin Sandercoe will discuss what you wish to achieve from your procedure. The risks and expectations of the procedure are then discussed and you are given a take home information package to review before your second consultation.

You are offered a second consultation free of charge to give you the opportunity to ask more questions that may have arisen after reading your information package, and to confirm your aims and choices for your face lift in Sydney.

The day of your face lift in Sydney

Dr Gavin Sandercoe only performs face lifts in Sydney in accredited hospitals and day surgeries, ensuring that your safety is paramount. Prior to your operation, you will have planning marks drawn on you and a digital photograph taken.

You are put to sleep by a specialist anaesthetist (general anaesthetic), and pain relief and antibiotics are given through a drip before the operation is started. The antibiotic helps to prevent an infection from developing in the incisions, keeping you healthy and helping to improve your results.

The procedure begins with any required liposuction (usually of the neck). The incisions are made and the facial skin is lifted up to allow manipulation of the underlying tissues into a more youthful position. Small drains are usually placed just in front of the ears. Any excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed and dressings applied. A surgical compression garment will be fitted before you wake up & go to the recovery room.

Most face lift procedures are performed as an inpatient procedure, so you should expect to stay overnight in hospital. Many patients feel well enough to leave the morning after the operation, but there is no rush to get home if you do not feel up to it. Dr Gavin Sandercoe will monitor you to ensure your safety during and after your face lift in Sydney.

Learn more about the procedure for a face lift in Sydney

If you’re interested in more detail about what the face lift procedure entails, here’s an animated video created by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons showing the procedure. Dr Sandercoe would also be happy to discuss the surgical process with you in detail and answer your questions about it during your consultation appointments.

Watch ASPS 3D Animation: Facelift

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