We all want to age gracefully but what happens when we see signs of ageing on our face and around our eyes? Facelift surgery and blepharoplasty (eye) surgery can help treat the signs of ageing on the face, but how do you know what you really need? A facelift? A blepharoplasty? Maybe you might need both. We chatted to Dr Mark Edinburg, Plastic Surgeon based in Sydney NSW to talk us through it.
Who are the best candidates for Facelift Surgery?
Dr Edinburg says the best candidates for facelift surgery are those whose facial skin has sagged and who has sagging of the jowls and neck. “Your appearance may be a result of ageing in general or if you’ve experienced significant weight loss, either naturally or via Bariatric/Gastric Bypass Surgery. Facelift Surgery can help to restore a more firm-looking complexion by tightening the loose, draping skin and underlying structures that have all been affected.”
Any good surgeon will tell you that no two facelifts are the same. Dr Edinburg says it’s important to remember, “A facelift is not an ‘off the shelf’ surgery. Realising that you are an individual, I tailor your surgery according to what you specifically require in order to address your unique concerns specific needs. Your consultation will give us time to explore and discuss all your options. I am able to devise, alter, modify and adapt my surgical technique to best suit you. Each technique has advantages and disadvantages and may be indicated for a specific reason,”
There are different types of facelift surgeries that Plastic Surgeons use, including the traditional facelift surgery and the SMAS facelift. Dr Edinburg tells us, “I tend to prefer using the SMAS Facelift because it targets all the layers of the face, neck and brow, and not just the skin. While a SMAS Facelift does require an overnight hospital stay, the results will be longer-lasting due to the underlying structural facial rejuvenation. It’s also important to find a surgeon who understands the concept of aesthetic facial balancing. This refers to adopting a holistic approach to facial rejuvenation and may include surgical and non-surgical options. It also applies to Facelift Surgery being tailored to each patient and not being a specific product. For example, you may benefit from Eyelid Surgery, Brow Lift Surgery, or Neck Lift Surgery as part of your facelift.”
When will “just” a Blepharoplasty do the trick?
Dr Edinburg says while eyelid surgery is often combined with a facelift or brow lift surgery it is also extremely effective as a standalone procedure to treat ageing around the eye and upper face area. “We often also combine blepharoplasty with non-surgical treatments such as Laser Resurfacing, Medical-grade Peels, Wrinkle Relaxer Injections and Dermal Fillers, to improve lines in the lid area. Depending on the patient, eyelid surgery can provide a well-rested and refreshed appearance.
“Eyelid surgery is performed along with a Facelift when the lower face, jowls and/or neck are also affected by sagging and ageing. However, if it’s “just” your brow that has fallen, I may also recommend brow lift surgery, which will further help rejuvenate your face and may eliminate the need for full facelift surgery. Again, each patient should be approached as an individual with unique needs. For example, some patients need the under-eye fat pockets removed, while for others, removing them would result in a hollowed-out look, so a different approach is needed.”
Dr Edinburg shared some of his facelift and blepharoplasty patient photos to show the different outcomes afforded by each different procedure. Dr Edinburg specialises in completely natural looking results. If you’d like to arrange an appointment with him click here, or if you’d like to read more about him and read real patient stories on Dr Edinburg check out the blog below.