Your face is an incredibly important part of how the world sees you, and how you see yourself. Over your lifetime, your face will inevitably change.
Unavoidably as we age, fat pads found under our facial skin diminish, and we experience some bone loss in our facial skeleton. This causes the skin to ‘hang’ or become looser as these support structures change. Consequently, the shape of the face can change, affecting its firm, ‘youthful’ appearance. Genetics, sun exposure and how you care for your skin will also greatly affect how your face will age. Some environmental and lifestyle factors, such as sleep cycles and smoking, can contribute to the ageing process as well.
A face lift procedure will create smoother, more pleasing contours to your face and neck as the loose skin is lifted. Its intention is not to make your face look fuller, but rather give a ‘refreshed’ appearance. Face lift surgery can be performed in combination with dermal filler treatment and wrinkle relaxers to give an enhanced, rejuvenated result.
The muscles of the lower face and neck slacken with age, leading to changes in the contours of the jaw, chin and neck. Common concerns are the appearance of a ‘double chin’, jowls and a poorly defined jawline.
This is a very delicate area, and the key to effective facial and neck rejuvenation surgery is ensuring a careful and expert evaluation. Your consultation with Dr Timms will begin with a thorough assessment of your face and neck. He will guide you through an in-depth discussion of how the procedure is performed, and your post-operative expectations. Based on your consultation, he will devise a tailored surgical and care plan for you.
Alternatively, if the loss of volume to your face is not significant, or if you prefer a non-surgical option, we may recommend procedures such as dermal fillers, wrinkle relaxers, or chin fat/double chin treatments.
You will wake after your surgery with dressings over your surgical site/s. Depending on the nature of the procedure you may also wake up with drainage tubes coming from your surgical site. These are removed with little discomfort when Dr Timms feels they are ready to be removed after your surgery. Nurses looking after you are trained to ensure that your recovery is smooth and that you are as comfortable as possible postoperatively. Our clinic nurse is always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have whether you are recovering at home or within the hospital setting.
Dr Timms undertakes regular ward rounds, so he will be monitoring you very closely postoperatively.
Your anaesthetist will have prescribed medication for you to keep you comfortable – you will have pain relief medication prescribed for you for discharge also.
An appointment will be made for you to be reviewed by Dr Timms nurse in the rooms 7-10 days after your surgery. This appointment is usually arranged for you at your consultation appointment with Dr Timms. Sometimes it is arranged by the nursing staff that discharge you from hospital. This depends on the nature of your procedure and the duration of your stay in hospital.
A soft surgical grade compression garment is usually indicated for breast, body and some facial procedures. These garments are to be worn for 24/7 for six weeks and can be removed for showering. These are specialised garments and we will advise you where to purchase these garments, how to wear the garments and what type you require when you book your procedure with Dr Timms. Many garments are claimable via your private health insurance depending on your level of cover and whether your procedure is medical or cosmetic.
You will need to be prepared to avoid driving for a period of anywhere between 1-3 weeks post surgery. The duration of this time depends on the nature of your surgery, medications you are taking for pain relief and your level of confidence behind the wheel post-surgery. It is advisable that you refrain from heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for 6 weeks.
Most activities can be recommenced after your 6 week review with Dr Timms.