When describing facelift surgery, plastic surgeons use a range of terms to explain the procedures as there isn’t one name for all. There isn’t a single term in cosmetic surgery that will truly apply to everyone because when it comes to facelifts, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” technique.
Dr Turner’s Facelifts are uniquely tailored for each individual patient. Each patient will receive a unique lift based on their needs, wants and what is achievable. Some patients may have significant facial ageing in the cheek, jowls and neck, in which case would benefit from a more comprehensive face and neck lift, others may just want to rejuvenate their upper face and require a more minimally invasive procedure like a ponytail facelift.
A ponytail lift usually involves incisions made near the temples – in the temporal region, either within the hair or just in front of the hairline. The ponytail lift differs from a conventional full face and neck lift in the incisions do not have to extend around the full hairline, earlobe, onto the back of the ear & neck, and don’t require an incision under the chin.
The above makes it much easier to hide incision marks, however, please be mindful that choosing an experienced plastic surgeon is always essential for the success of your procedure.
A talented and experienced plastic surgeon understands how to perform the intervention to make sure you get the best possible results in the safest environment possible.
You may be wondering what a ponytail facelift can do for you or you like the idea of rejuvenating sagging skin. But is a ponytail facelift appropriate for everyone?
A ponytail facelift is most effective for younger women – patients in their 20’s to late 30’s who are wanting to improve and augment the eyebrow and check region, and suitable for those with early signs of upper facial ageing. For women in their 50’s to 70’s that are concerned about jowls and sagging skin in the lower face and neck region a ponytail facelift is usually inadequate, and they may require a more traditional face and neck lift procedure.
As the incisions for a ponytail facelift are limited, access to the deeper tissues is therefore also restricted. This procedure allows elevation of the lateral eyebrow region and only the upper part of the cheek, however no correction to the lower cheek or jowl can be corrected via this method nor restoring a saggy neckline. To achieve a more comprehensive correction of those cheeks, jowl and restore a tight neckline a formal deep plane facelift and extended platysmaplasty neck lift is recommended.
A ponytail facelift has a shorter recovery time compared to a full facelift. The average recovery time is of one week. After this, you may return to work if approved by your surgeon.
The procedure is done under general anaesthesia in a private hospital. Most patients don’t experience significant pain or discomfort during the recovery period. Dr Turner will prescribe medication to alleviate any discomfort you may experience, and our team are always available to take your call for any questions following your surgery. After the surgery, you should avoid all strenuous physical exercises for up to 4-6 weeks.
The recovery period for a Ponytail Facelift differs from one patient to the other. Dr Turner will discuss your specific post-operative instructions curing your consultations, as well as after your surgery. Keep in mind that it is essential to avoid sun exposure during recovery. A balanced and healthy diet is essential to speed up the recovery. Keep hydrated and get enough sleep. Avoid smoking and nicotine.
A ponytail facelift is a surgical procedure. And just like any type of surgery, adverse reactions could be expected. Such as pain, bruising, and swelling. However, severe complications like extreme bleeding are rare. Dr Turner will discuss the risks associated with surgery during your consultation.
During your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss your goals, and provide an in-depth explanation of your desired surgery and what that means for you. He can also discuss different surgical techniques, benefits, and risks of procedures available.
Most importantly, however, this is the time for you to have all of your questions answered and to be completely listened to and understood by your surgeon. We ask that you please come prepared with any questions you may have for Dr Turner, and look forward to discussing your individualised plan.
Ensure you have done your research, both on your desired surgery, as well as your surgeon.
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Due to the natural ageing process and the effects of gravity. Facial ageing will unfortunately continue. With that being said, your face will always look younger than it did if you had never had a facelift done. Overall, this procedure tends to reset the clock, leading to a 10+ year advantage over individuals of the same age. If, over time, you would like an additional facelift, it is generally not as comprehensive as the initial surgery.