Project Description

As we age, gravity tugs at the skin and vital tissues break down, causing a once-youthful face to appear drawn and deflated.

Dr. John Flood can restore a naturally firm, uplifted look with customised techniques for facelift surgery at his Sydney practice.

Facial aging manifests differently in each person. Dr. Flood carefully evaluates each patient in order to choose the proper operative technique so that he can best address the areas that are of most concern to you.

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Facelift Surgery Sydney

There are several ways to perform face lift surgery. Sydney plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. John Flood, uses three approaches based on the degree of ageing present in each case.

A short scar facelift is often best suited for patients in their 40s and 50s who have some level of skin sagging along the jawline or “parentheses” (smile lines) around the mouth. Dr. Flood corrects this issue using short incisions placed along the natural creases in front of and just behind the ear. He then tightens the underlying tissues for a firmer facial appearance. Fat grafting may also be used to enhance facial contours.
Men and women concerned with sagging of the cheeks or hollowing under the eyes can benefit from a mid-facelift. This procedure is typically appropriate for younger individuals who want to improve the contour of the cheeks. Dr. Flood places incisions inside the mouth and scalp and elevates the facial fat pads to restore volume to sunken areas.
A significant amount of skin laxity or facial fat loss is corrected with an extended facelift. Usually, this technique involves a neck lift and requires an overnight hospital stay. Dr. Flood may also recommend facial implants to restore the contour of the chin or cheek. Individuals in their 60s or older who have a substantial amount of sagging skin around the neck and mid-face benefit most from this procedure.

What To Expect

Facelift surgery is a highly-individualised procedure that requires a unique approach to treatment. You can trust that Dr. Flood will take the time to educate you about the risks and benefits of each procedure.

Dr. Flood will thoroughly assess the brows, eyelids, face, and neck when determining the best approach to your surgery. He will look for issues such as facial atrophy (fat loss), ptosis (droopiness), and sun damage. Based on these factors, Dr. Flood will then suggest a short scar, mid-, or extended facelift. He may also recommend eyelid surgery or a brow lift to improve the upper face.

Dr. Flood has expert training in facial anatomy and provides each patient with a comprehensive analysis to treat not only skin problems, but structural problems as well. In order to get the most attractive results possible from facelift surgery, he may also suggest cheek implants or a fat grafting procedure to restore symmetry and enhance youthful contours.

You will receive either local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation or general anaesthetic depending on your procedure and preferences. Incisions are precisely planned and hidden within natural anatomic lines or inside the mouth or scalp in order to conceal scarring. Dr. Flood will use several techniques that may involve tightening the muscles, removing skin, and repositioning fat tissue to produce a natural look.
Downtime from facelift surgery will vary with each technique. Usually, short scar or mid-facelifts require about 1 week of downtime before the patient can resume work or normal activities. An extended facelift may take 10 days to 2 weeks and generally creates more swelling than the short scar or mid-facelifts. Other temporary effects may include different degrees of bruising and tenderness that should improve over the course of several weeks.

The results of facelift surgery are fully present after 1 to 4 months. Most patients enjoy a renewed appearance with less excess skin, better skin contours, and firmer skin tone. The effects are permanent and long-lasting and may be visible for 5 to 10 years after surgery. For best results, Dr. Flood may recommend fat grafting 6 months after your procedure or anti-wrinkle injections to soften wrinkles. Additional improvements in the look of sun damage and uneven skin tone can be achieved with laser skin resurfacing.