As the only surgeon in Australia specialising in both Maxillofacial and Cosmetic Surgery, Dr John McHugh is uniquely qualified to deliver an aesthetically beautiful result.
Typical face lifts stretch skin tighter over the face, which can give a tight, pinched appearance. Dr McHugh’s complementary specialisation in Maxillofacial surgery means that he works with the deeper facial planes and muscular structure. This type of facelift is known as a Deep Plane Facelift and is considered the ‘gold standard’ of face lifts.
View our Frequently Asked Questions below to find out more about facelifts.
Frequently Asked Questions
A personal consultation with your surgeon is the first step for any patient considering cosmetic surgery. Dr McHugh will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during consultation with Dr McHugh include:
– All medical conditions, both past and present
– Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
– Past surgeries
– Other treatments you have received
Because significant weight loss after surgery can affect your surgical results, it is also important to discuss any weight loss goals with Dr McHugh during consultation.
Your physical evaluation with Dr McHugh will include an assessment of your bone structure and underlying facial tissues, as well as the thickness, texture and elasticity of your skin and the severity of the wrinkles and folds being addressed. Your hairline will be carefully examined as well to create a plan for discreet incision placement.
For a more complete rejuvenation, Dr McHugh may discuss additional procedures that can be performed along with face lift surgery. Patients frequently combine facelift surgery with:
– Eyelid surgery, to address upper eyelid droop or bags beneath the eyes
– Brow lift, to smooth forehead lines or furrows
– Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
– Skin treatments, such as laser and dermabrasion, to improve skin tone and minimise fine wrinkles
It is important to follow Dr McHugh’s instructions when preparing for surgery to ensure the best possible results. Those instructions may include:
– Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
– Avoiding certain medications
– Arranging for help following surgery, such as a ride home and in-home care for the first 24 hours
– Growing your hair to cover your incisions as they heal
Directly after surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area. A bandage may be used around your face to control swelling, and small drainage tubes may be placed beneath the skin to prevent the accumulation of fluids. Though post-surgical discomfort is typically minimal, your pain can be controlled with medication.
Though everyone heals at a different pace, the following is typical of recovery from a brow lift:
The day of face lift surgery
– You can expect to experience some bruising and swelling which can be reduced by keeping your head elevated
The first week
– Bandages will be removed
– Bathing and showering will be permitted
– Stitches will be removed or dissolve
– Applying makeup to hide bruising and discoloration
– Swelling will reach its peak, then begin to subside
– Light activity will be permitted
– Sleeping with elevated head will continue to aid in the reduction of swelling
Within two weeks
– Most bruising will subside
– Normal activities and non-strenuous work will be permitted
After several weeks
– Swelling will continue to subside
– Numbness will diminish greatly; though some may persist for several months
– Exercise may be resumed
Direct sunlight should be avoided throughout the entire healing process. Sunblock should be used long-term to protect your skin.