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The facelift: the most effective way to tighten sagging skin.

The contemporary facelift reduces the unmistakable signs of aging with far more natural results than earlier surgical techniques. Volume replacement and the direction of the facelift are more prominent today than simply tightening the skin.

Treatment Overview

Dr. Kelly Vasileiadou explains the facelift in detail in the video.

What is a facelift?

If the process of sagging skin has progressed too far, usually only a surgical facelift can reverse this. The most important thing is that your character and your individual facial expression are preserved and even optimized. The facelift supports your unique beauty.

A facelift is not only about tightening the face, but also about lifting it to the right angle. For optimal treatment results, I favor surgical techniques that treat the deep layers of tissue rather than simply pulling the facial skin taut.

With this approach, the deeper layer of skin and underlying facial muscles are lifted and suspended, requiring less skin resection. The skin is repositioned, rejuvenated, and lost volume can be restored through the use of microfat transfer, giving the face youthful contours. The result is a more beautiful and fresh appearance – without telltale signs of a facelift.

How does the facelift work?

There are many described techniques for performing a facelift: mini, SMAS plication, SMAS flap, short scar, and deep plane. They all differ in the length of the incision and the depth of the lift. When performing two different techniques on similar patients, the results were very comparable, demonstrating that multiple techniques performed by a talented plastic surgeon can result in the same outcome. I believe that much of the outcome depends on the aesthetic sensibilities of the physician and that each procedure must be tailored to the needs of the patient. I want you to look refreshed, youthful, balanced and natural. But I also want to prioritize your safety. It is paramount to balance the best results with the safest way to get there.

The modern facelift is based on a multimodal approach that combines surgery, fat grafting, fillers, Botox, lasers and chemical peels. The goal is not only to remove excess skin, but also to restore volume and rejuvenate the skin. Newer procedures result in shorter scars and shorter recovery times.

Can I combine the facelift with other treatments?

The neck can also suffer from the effects of age and environmental influences. Sagging skin on the neck is often the first sign of aging because the skin on the neck has fewer layers. Generally, a facelift is most effective when performed in combination with a neck lift. And the effect of a facelift is also greatest when nano-fat transfers are also performed.

For me, a facelift is never simply a face lift. I combine it with a holistic approach to skin rejuvenation.

surgical facelift in zug
Surgical facelift: the facial skin is detached and lifted together with the underlying tissue.

How long is the downtime?

The recovery time depends on the extent of the facelift and whether additional procedures are performed. My patients often find the operation less painful than expected and after a few days they only take mild painkillers for the pain. The stitches are removed after ten days. You can do light physical exertion on the first day and should be able to return to work after ten to fourteen days.

Where does the scar run during a facelift?

The scars are kept minimal and are well hidden so that there is no operated appearance.

During a facelift, the center of the face, cheeks, cheekbones and neck are treated through inconspicuous incisions around the ear and under the chin. The extent of the procedure determines the length of the incision. In my younger patients, a mini-facelift may also be performed. In these procedures, the incision can be limited to the area around the ear or directly behind the ear. For surgeries that require more advanced techniques on the neck, the incision is often extended to the hairline. When neck bands, called platysmal bands, are the main problem, an additional incision is made under the chin. I strive to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible, so that you can continue to wear your hair in a ponytail, for example.

Do I have to stay overnight for a facelift?

No, the facelift procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in my practice operating room under anesthesia. After a monitoring period in your private patient room, you can be discharged home under escort. You will be given detailed post-operative instructions and the practice’s 24/7 emergency number to take home with you. For patients who wish, we offer the option of inpatient admission in our private patient rooms for the night after surgery. Here you can get a first impression of the rooms and the care.

 “A good facelift must appear soft and natural and include good aftercare.”

Dr. Kelly Vasileiadou

How long does the facelift last?

The results of a facelift are immediate, but you will see your face continue to improve over the next six months as the puffiness subsides. The results are dramatic and long-term. These results can be enhanced with sun protection and proper skin care.

You could say that the changes after a surgical facelift will last forever. As you age, your face will look better and better than it would have without surgery. But as the years go by, the tightness of your skin will diminish.

Equally important, and too often neglected, is aftercare following a facelift. To that end, I recommend joining our unique Beauty Through The Ages program so that your newly achieved appearance can continue to thrive throughout your life through a carefully selected series of non-surgical treatments and dermatology programs.

Facelift cost

In my practice, your well-being and an optimal result is our top priority. Each patient has an individuality whose needs are the focus of my treatments. Therefore, it is not always possible to give a general estimate of the costs. Therefore, please understand that we cannot quote generally valid prices for surgical facelifting. The costs of each surgical treatment also depend on your personal initial situation and your wishes.

Are you interested in a surgical facelift and would like to know more about the prices?
Write us a message and arrange your consultation! Only in the context of a medical examination can we provide you with a personal and binding cost estimate tailored to you!

Prices for a surgical facelift start from CHF 12,500. A specific offer, tailored to your individual needs, will be provided after a personal consultation with clinical examination.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Kelly® today.

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Dr. Kelly® | Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine
by Dr. Kelly Vasileiadou

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