Face lift

With age or after significant weight loss, the skin and facial muscles slacken. If the age- related changes are significant and you have completed your cosmetic treatments, surgery is inevitable. A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, A facelift procedure aims to rejuvenate the appearance of the facial area and restore a more youthful and rejuvenated facial appearance. The procedure involves tightening both the covering skin and the underlying muscle, called the platysma, and removing surplus skin from around the ears. We commonly combine this lifting with the volumizing treatments such as fat grafting to the chin, jawline, lips, cheeks and temples.

Procedural facts

Anaesthesia:General anaesthesia.
Length:Several hours.
Treatment:Treatment requires an overnight stay at the Bellefontaine Clinic.
Work:Depends on the type of work.
Sport:After 6 weeks.
Aftercare:You wear a bandage around your head for 3 days. Prophylactic antibiotic for 3 days and pain medication for 7 days.
Risks:Local swelling, bruising, hematoma, infection, and pathological scars. Vessel or nerve damage, asymmetry.
Costs:We will be happy to provide you with a non-binding offer. Please fill out the contact form or call us.

General information

What happens during the aging process? The skin relaxes, muscles weaken and ligaments lose their tone. The face lift is a common operation in plastic and aesthetic surgery. The contours of the face are restored by removing excess skin and adding tone to the underlying tissues. This procedure is often combined with a facelift of the eyelids, eyebrows and/or neck. Depending on the surgical technique, a facelift can result in a rejuvenation of approximately 8 to 10 years. Depending on the skin, the connective tissue and your age, the result is stable for approximately 10 to 15 years after the procedure.

Treatment procedure
At the Bellefontaine Clinic

Before the procedure

During the first consultation, we make sure that you will benefit from a facelift. To this end, we clarify questions about your general state of health. We measure the various skin parameters and analyse whether other areas such as the forehead, eyebrows, neck or eyelids need to be corrected as well. Smoking should ideally be stopped 3 weeks before and 3 weeks after the operation. Some medications that increase the risk of bleeding, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and some vitamin medications, must also be stopped 3 weeks before surgery. You will receive detailed instructions from us prior to surgery.

During the procedure

On the day of the operation, we take pictures of the face in a standing position. An experienced anaesthetist will inform you about the planned general anaesthesia. Fine incisions are made along the hairline and around the ear. A face lift allows for a tightening of the facial features, an improvement of the oval of the face and thus a rejuvenation of the appearance with hardly visible scars behind the ears and at the temples. Excess skin is removed and muscles and connective tissue are tightened. The procedure takes several hours. At the end of the operation, a special head bandage with compression is applied. An overnight stay in the clinic is standard.

After the procedure

Immediately after the procedure, you will wear a bandage around your head. You must take antibiotics for 4 days after the procedure. After the procedure, you should rest for two weeks. From the second day you can wash your hair thoroughly again. The stitches will be removed after two weeks. Unpleasant side effects such as a feeling of tension, swelling and bruising usually disappear after 10 to 14 days. Mild physical activities can be resumed after only a few days. After 6 weeks, you can start exercising again. To make the scar as invisible as possible, scar treatment must be started three weeks after the operation. Special scar ointments are suitable for this purpose and must be applied three times a day to the appropriate areas. A massage promotes the absorption of the cream. As long as the scar is red or pink, you must protect it from the sun.

Risks and side effects

In principle, every operation carries certain risks - for example, an infection or a haematoma. The sensitivity of the skin to touch may also be reduced after the operation. Bruising, redness and slight swelling frequently occur after the operation. Sometimes there may be scarring problems due to mechanical stress, skin problems and a lack of elasticity in the area of the skin.


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