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Facelift

A facelift is a surgical procedure aimed to improve the effects of ageing on the face and neck. * This includes the sagging of the skin in the middle of your face, the deep creases below your lower eyelids, the loss of fat in your face, the development of jowls (loose skin in the jaw line) and the excess skin and fatty deposits under the chin and in the neck.

Facelift Plastic Surgery Durban

Facelift

A facelift is a surgical procedure aimed to improve the effects of ageing on the face and neck. This includes the sagging of the skin in the mid face, the deep creases below your lower eyelids, loss of fat in your face, development of jowls and the excess skin and fatty deposits under the chin and neck.

Facelift Surgery Durban

Eligibility Criteria

The ageing process varies from person to person depending on your genes, environmental condition, stress and smoking. A facelift aims to rejuvenate your face and I can perform it together with an eyelid/browlift and fat transfer.

A facelift cannot change your fundamental appearance. An ideal candidate for a facelift is one who is in general good health, a non-smoker with a positive disposition and realistic expectations of what the surgery can achieve.

A Facelift is done as a day procedure under sedation with local anaesthetic.

It takes between 3 and 4 hours depending on what needs to be done.

Most commonly the eyelids, mid face, jowls and neck are operated on.

Patient’s go home with a big bandage around the head with antibiotics, painkillers and instructions on ice to the face.  

Please pay careful consideration to the following:

  • You must avoid consuming alcohol for a week prior to the procedure.
  • You must not take anything that may thin your blood in the two weeks prior to the procedure.
  • You must not eat or drink the night before the procedure.

This includes the following:

  • Anything with aspirin such as Grandpa, Anadin, Dispirin, some cold and flu medications and combination pain killers. You may take Panado.
  • All multi vitamins, vitamin supplements, omegas, fish oils and green tea.
  • Anything from a health shop.

The above is to ensure that your blood clots normally.

After the procedure, you are taken back to the ward.

  • The next day, in the rooms the compression bandage is removed and replaced with a more convenient elasticated face garment and further instructions on cleaning.
  • The patient needs to use the ice packs almost continuously for the first 5 days as this significantly reduces the swelling.
  • There will be bruising and some pain and discomfort.
  • The average downtime is around 10-14 days.*
Facelift Surgery Safety

RISKS

Don’t be shy about discussing your concerns at your consultation. It is important that you feel comfortable talking to me.

  • As with all operations there is a small risk of wound healing problems, skin necrosis and injury to facial nerves.*

Disclaimer:

There is no guarantee of specific results and the results can vary from person to person. Safety concerns will be discussed during your consultation. Please refer to my concise disclaimer for more information.

For so many reasons, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Dr McGarr was thorough in his explanation of my procedure and he has the best bedside manner of any doctor I have ever known-making me feel like I was the only patient he cared about!

This kind, gentle, unassuming doctor showed sincere interest in my progress and made certain that I was well cared for in the hospital and post-op at home.

I only wish Dr McGarr was a dentist, a GP, a psychologist etc so I could go to him for everything!

Kim Fraser

* Disclaimer: These are our patient stories and experiences. Your results may vary.

– Facelift Patient

In September 2004 I was diagnosed with Asthesioneuroblastoma. After this was surgically removed I underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Two years later I developed necrotic (dead) bone in my forehead. Dr McGarr removed the necrotic bone. I was left with a dip in the area.

Dr McGarr suggested filling the area with fat. This was a slow and meticulous procedure every 6 weeks. Dr McGarr persevered and the procedure was repeated 36 times until it was eventually completed six years later.

During this time we came to know Dr McGarr as an outstanding plastic surgeon with a passion and love for his work. I am most grateful to Dr McGarr for returning my life to normal. For not giving up and persevering for so many years.

Leonie Slabbert

* Disclaimer: These are our patient stories and experiences. Your results may vary.

– Structural Fat Graft Patient

From my first meeting with Dr McGarr he made me feel most welcome and at ease. In fact it felt as if I had known him for years. His explanation of the procedures was clear, as well as advising me of the possible risks with such procedures.

My face left operation was not painful but certainly I felt a little uncomfortable. Two weeks post the operation I was able to resume work.

I wish to express my sincerest gratitude to Dr Mc Garr for a very successful face lift that has enhanced my self-confidence and self-esteem immensely. I feel on top of the world and I would not hesitate to recommend him.
 
Monica Walker

* Disclaimer: These are our patient stories and experiences. Your results may vary.

– Facelift Patient

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