A person’s charm and impression
on others is substantially determined
by their face and appearance.
„A good facelift is invisible!“
Over the course of life, however, age leaves its marks on the face. Emotions, facial expressions as well as external factors such as environmental influences, UV radiation or smoking can take their toll.
My new look:
Younger, refreshed, rested.
Sagging cheeks disappear, the chin line is straightened, loose skin in the face and neck becomes tight again. Wrinkles are smoothened and the contours of the face appear younger. This is achieved primarily by lifting the soft tissue of the face underneath the skin and by tightening the skin itself.
A face, cheek or neck lift should not be readily identifiable as such, even if the person looks younger. Rather, a facelift performed at our practice in Munich should create the impression that the person has just returned from a holiday, looking refreshed and rested.
If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about a specific procedure, feel free to email us or arrange for us to call you back or make an appointment for a comprehensive personal consultation at our plastic surgery practice.
How is a facelift performed?
A facelift has many different variants, which are selected according to the individual needs of the specific patient. It is important to maintain the characteristic features and naturalness of the face, without looking mask-like. A good facelift is invisible! It makes you appear refreshed, rested and thus younger, but it should by no means make you look “lifted”.
The incision usually begins at the temple, continues along the front of the ear, around the earlobe and then back to the top behind the ear up into the hairy scalp.
Thereafter, the skin of the face as well as deeper structures, such as what is referred to as the SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System), a tissue layer extending underneath the subcutaneous fatty tissue, are lifted and smoothened by pulling them in different directions. Excess tissue is removed. The simultaneous injection of autologous fat (lipostructure) can be reasonable to round unsightly edges and fill up flattened or sunken areas of the face. A double chin can be eliminated by liposuction carried out as an additional or stand-alone treatment in Munich.
Frequently asked questions about facelift
Will I need to stay at the hospital?
After general anaesthesia, you should stay at the hospital until you have mostly recovered. The time needed to recover varies greatly from patient to patient. Some leave the hospital after only one day, while others take a bit longer. We recommend that you stay at the hospital for two nights.
How long will the result last?
There is no definite answer to this question, since various factors, such as the patient’s age and lifestyle, external influences, the employed surgical technique, etc. play a role.
Put simply, it can be said that the rejuvenating effect of a facelift will make you look about 10 years younger and that you will keep this advantage for life.
- Intense pain after a facelift occurs relatively rarely; by contrast, a feeling of tension in the face is more common.
- Your face may be swollen directly after the surgery. The visible swelling will subside within 2 to 4 days. The hardly noticeable residual swelling will take somewhat longer to disappear, which is why the final result will only become visible after a few months. Any bruises will disappear after about 10 to 20 days.
- Your face may temporarily feel numb or fuzzy, which may last for half a year or even longer in extreme cases.
What happens after the surgery?
You will receive a sort of “timetable” for the further procedure, in addition to scheduling appointments for follow-up examinations and discussing special rules of conduct, among other things.
The dressing will be removed after a few days. Drains will be removed after one or two days, sutures after 5 to 10 days.
In the beginning, the follow-up examinations take place more frequently. Later on, an interval of several months is sufficient. We maintain long-term contact with our patients and ask them to come to our practice for a follow-up examination even years later.
What type of anaesthesia is used?
A facelift is commonly performed under general anaesthesia, which means that you are put into a medically induced sleep by an anaesthetist. Less commonly, the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia, which means that your face is made numb by injecting analgesics. This method is often combined with the administration of a sedative substance that reduces anxiety and fear of the procedure while additionally inducing a twilight sleep. This is also done by the anaesthetist.
At what age can I have a facelift done?
Most facelifts are performed at the age of 50 to 70 years, but younger women and men also increasingly decide to undergo this procedure.
The reason for this may be the increasing awareness of our body and appearance. Another major factor is the growing realization that, in younger patients, optimum results can be achieved with comparatively little surgical effort due to their favourable physiological tissue conditions, such as greater elasticity and tension of the skin.
However, the decision in favour of a facelift should be made based on the patient’s specific needs rather than age. Excessive weight loss can lead to premature ageing of the face even in young persons, when the previously strongly stretched skin is unable to contract to a sufficient extent, leaving excess skin behind.
What risks are associated with the procedure?
After a facelift, varying degrees of swelling and bruising are to be expected, which will, however, completely subside after a few days in most cases. Postoperative bleeding may occur as well, but surgical intervention is only required in rare cases. Injuries of essential anatomical structures, such as the facial nerve (Nervus facialis), involving temporary failure of the mimetic muscles as well as circulatory disorders of the skin (occurs more often in smokers), are very rare complications of a facelift. The scar in front of the ear will fade a few weeks after the surgery and is then hardly visible.
- Lie and sleep on your back with your chest in elevated position and cool your face and eyes.
- Avoid any physical effort. Speak as little as possible and avoid exaggerated facial expressions. Eat liquid or soft foods.
- • Wash your face carefully. During the first few days, only use clear water or mild shampoos for washing your hair.
- Avoid direct sunlight and sun beds for at least 3 months.
- Take at least 2 weeks before returning to work.
- Avoid any sporting activities, sauna and strenuous activities for 8 weeks after the surgery.
- Avoid medications that increase the tendency to bleed (e.g. medicines containing acetylsalicylic acid, such as aspirin or ASS) 15 days prior to the surgery.
- • Stop smoking 2 weeks prior to the surgery! Smoking contributes to circulatory disorders and poor wound healing!
- If the surgery is performed on an outpatient basis, arrange for someone to pick you up at the hospital or practice after the surgery and to stay with you at home.
- Get a cooling mask or cold packs for use after the surgery.
- Wash your hair shortly before the surgery.
How long does the procedure take and how much does it cost?
The surgery takes about 3 to 4.5 hours. Depending on the scope of the procedure, the fees range between about EUR 5,000 and EUR 8,000 incl. anaesthesia and two days of inpatient stay.
We will be happy to find the optimum financing option for you together with our partner MEDIPAY.
Am I eligible for a cheek lift?
A cheek lift involves in particular smoothening the nasolabial fold and lifting the cheek contour. This procedure is particularly suitable if no excess skin needs to be removed.
Am I eligible for a facelift?
This procedure is particularly suitable in the case of sagging excess skin or fatty tissue hanging down the chin, the corners of the mouth and the neck.
A facelift is not suitable to remove small wrinkles around the mouth. In this case, a laser treatment, exfoliation or dermabrasion can be helpful (for further information, see wrinkle treatment).