Facelift

  • Facelift quick facts:

    • Reference price – THB 105,000-180,000 / USD 2,982-5,113 / AUD 4,113-7,050
    • Overnight stay at the hospital – yes
    • Minimum required stay in Thailand – 7 days

    Aging of the face is inevitable. As the years go by, your skin begins to loosen on your body, face and neck. Crow’s feet, forehead lines, nasolabial folds become more visible, the jaw line softens into jowls, and beneath the chin another chin or vertical folds appear. Usually many men and women go through botulinum toxin injections and various fillers, but sometimes a patient needs surgery. One of the possible ways to stay younger for more years is facelift.


    The Procedure

    Facelift is a very complex surgery but it’s results are accurate and permanent. Depending on a patients’ wish and medical indications the extent of the surgery is chosen individually: forehead, middle-face, lower-face or full face lifts can be performed.

    Many different procedures of face lifting exist. The differences are mostly the type of incision, the invasiveness and the area of the face that is treated. Each surgeon practices multiple different techniques of a facelift surgery. Expectations of the patient, her/his age, possible recovery time and areas to improve are some of the many factors taken in consideration before choosing a technique of the surgery.

    Successful facelift’s result – natural looking face and well rested appearance.

    The traditional facelift goes as following: an incision is made in front of the ear extending up into the hairline. The incision curves around the bottom of the ear and then behind it, usually ending near the hairline on the back of the neck. After the skin incision is made, the skin is separated from the deeper tissues with a scalpel or scissors over the cheeks and neck. At this point, the deeper tissues, including SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System), can be tightened with sutures, with or without removing some of the excess deeper tissues. The skin is then redraped, and the amount of excess skin to be removed is determined by the surgeon’s judgment and experience. The excess skin is then removed, and the skin incisions are closed with sutures and staples.


    Facelift is performed under general anesthesia and requires three to four hours to complete. After the surgery bruising and swelling are expected for 2-3 weeks, numbness could last as long as six months; sutures are removed after 7-14 days following the surgery and depending on wounds, special garments are recommended for approximately one week. Therefore, after facelift surgery it is advised to stay 7-14 days in Lithuania (depending of the extent of the surgery). Scars will remain firm and pink for about six weeks and then begin to fade over several months.

    Before deciding on a facelift, every patient should discuss his/her problems with a plastic surgeon thoroughly. The ideal candidate is a middle-aged woman with a fair or medium body build, a minimal amount of fatty tissue, moderately sagged skin in the jowl and neck regions. The best results may be achieved for an individual with a strong, attractive underlying osseous framework, including prominent zygomata. Conversely, an individual who is overweight with hyperpigmented thick skin does not obtain optimal results. Individuals with ptotic submandibular glands and an inferiorly positioned hyoid have a more obtuse cervicomental angle and obtain less-than-optimal results. As any other surgeries, this surgery is not suitable for all patients. Patients having medical (physical and psychological) problems, cigarette smokers, patients with hypertension and diabetes and those who experience hypersensitivity to anesthesia must be examined thoroughly before taking this step.


    Possible Complications

    The most common potential complications can be necrosis of the skin flaps, infection, hematoma, nerve injury, hair loss, hypertrophic scars, pigmentation changes, prolonged edema, earlobe traction deformity, chronic pain. These complications are very rare, if the patient was indeed suitable for the surgery, if the doctor had required qualifications and if the patient had followed postoperative recommendations.

    Have a look at a simple illustration of the procedure

    The incision curves are made around the bottom of the ear and then behind it, usually ending near the hairline on the back of the neck :

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  • The costs in the table are all-inclusive*, unless stated otherwise. However, they are approximate. The exact price is determined during a free and non-binding consultation with the surgeon (sometimes sending pictures of the treatment areas is enough).

    *includes all the necessary medical costs (anesthesia, hospitalisation, consultations, etc.), value added tax (if applicable), help finding best flight tickets, accommodation booking, meeting at the airport, phone + Local SIM, 24/7 assistance in Thailand in case something is needed, help with after-care.

    Facelift Price in THB Price in USD Price in AUD
    Full Face Lift 180,000 5,113 7,050
    Neck Lift 170,000 4,829 6,658
    Midface Lift 105,000 2,982 4,113
    Midface & Neck Lift 160,000 4,545 6,267

    *Ps. Exchange rate 1 US Dollar = 35.25 ฿, 1 AU Dollar = 25.53 ฿


 

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