Mr. Stephen Gilbert is accredited with being New Zealand’s most experienced facelift surgeon. Known medically as a Rhytidectomy, a face lift was one of the most popular forms of treatment during the initial growth of plastic surgery. While there are now other treatments with a wider customer base, a facelift is still one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery, worldwide.

About Facelift Surgery

Facial rejuvenation surgery can encompass a number of different forms of treatment as different regions of the face require special attention in order to have their needs addressed. Nowadays, Mr. Stephen Gilbert prefers to refer to this treatment as ‘facial restoration.’ This is because the process involves sculpting a new shape with a patient’s fatty tissue, smoothing their skin flawlessly, without signs of stretching.

The popularity of facial surgery is largely a result of facial skin’s tendency to age and correspondingly decrease in collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for keeping your skin taught and elastic. In addition, muscle and other bodily tissues will inevitably age over time and impact upon the appearance of overlying skin.

Who is eligible?

Most patient’s concerned with the degrading quality of their skin will be eligible for a facelift. Treatment is not generally performed on younger patients, however it is within a patient’s best interest to undergo facial surgery before 50 years of age, with studies noticing less facelift recipient satisfaction after this time. While Mr.Stephen Gilbert’s skills are impressive it is an unfortunate fact that a facelift will be less effective at concealing the signs of aging the more that they become apparent.

Who is eligible?

Types of facial rejuvenation surgery will require different approaches of the surgeon depending on the desired results. This choice is best made in consultation with a medical professional, as the choice of treatment must be made on a balance of desired outcomes, potential risks and the time available for recovery following the facial surgery. Another important consideration is the frequency with which a patient is willing to undergo additional surgery to maintain their new appearance.

The Facelift Process

Standard facelift surgery will begin with a general anesthetic or sedation and local anesthetic, following which the surgeon will make an incision between the ear and hairline. From this opening the surgeon will then be able to separate the skin from the muscle and other tissue lying beneath the face. Depending on the type of facial rejuvenation surgery being performed, some of these tissues may be removed or tightened before the skin is repositioned on the face. Any excess skin that now exists due to this repositioning will then be removed and the incisions closed, allowing the healing process to begin.

Before and After Care

It is important not to expect immediate beauty following a surgical facelift, with the full results best viewed after the healing process is complete. Swelling and bruising is almost unavoidable but should completely retreat within one week to a month. Correct care and attention after facial surgery can significantly improve upon this healing time.

Following surgery a patient’s head will be bandaged to reduce bruising and swelling. It is important that these bandages apply even pressure, as inconsistent application can adversely effect the healing process. These are usually removed within 24 hours of surgery.

There is little more required of the patient following this step, aside from monitoring the incision sites to ensure infection does not take place. Tightness and numbness may also be experienced around the treatment area, and this can persist for up to several months as your body acclimatises to your new face.