With age, facial skin, muscles and fat tend to relax and sag. The aim of a facelift is to return these elements to their original state in order to look younger while at the same time remaining natural.
Types of facelift
There are three principal types of facelifts: frontotemporal (for the upper part of the face), centrofacial (for the cheekbone area) and the most frequent, cervico-facial (which tautens the neck and jowls). However, a cervico-facial facelift does not correct small skin imperfections (minor wrinkles), in particular those around the lips which will require an additional aesthetic procedure (chemical peel, injections).
The operation takes approximately three hours, under general anesthesia and with 24 hours of hospitalization. Facelift procedures are done at our Phnom Penh clinic in BKK1.
Following an incision concealed in the scalp and around the ear, the surgeon undermines the skin in order to retighten it as well as the deep muscles. If requested, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), liposuction in the neck or facial fat injection can be associated.
The stitches will be removed after 1-2 weeks but the patient will have to wait 2-3 weeks to be presentable owing to edema and bruising.