Facelift is a popular surgical procedure for smoothing sagging facial skin


Facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is not just about tightening facial skin but is actually a multi-component operation that involves tightening the deep muscular layer and redraping the facial skin. The aim is to restore facial shape, volumise the upper midface, tighten the jawline and contour the neck. The youthful female face has a characteristic inverted triangular shape, fullness in the cheeks and soft, bright skin.
There are a variety of facelifts, each characterised by incision length, extent of skin undermining and method by which the deep muscular layer is tightened. There is no such thing as a ‘gold-standard’ facelift and every patient must be assessed on an individual basis to determine which facelift is best for them.

Mr Karri performs a variety of facelifts and can offer the most appropriate one for you. Regardless of the technique, his philosophy is to create a natural, refreshed look that addresses all your concerns.

Combined Procedures

As one part of the face changes, other areas are affected as well. In fact, the upper face usually shows signs of ageing before the lower face. Changes in the upper face can affect the forehead, eyebrows, upper eyelids and lower eyelids. Mr Karri often performs facelift in combination with other facial rejuvenation procedures such as brow lift, eyelid surgery or fat grafting to maintain a harmonious facial appearance. It is important to understand facelift does not remove fine wrinkles, such as those around the eyes and mouth. These are best treated with a skin resurfacing procedure such as laser or chemical peel.


A facelift incision begins in the temporal area above the ear, follows the contour of the ear, curves around the earlobe and continues into the hairline behind the ear. To make the scar inconspicuous as possible, Mr Karri maintains the hairline in the temporal region, sideburn and behind the ear.

For patients with mild jowls and minimal neck laxity the incision can be confined to just in front of the ear, and this is known as a short-scar facelift.

Recovery From Facelift

Recovery following facelift varies from patient to patient and also depends upon the extent of the procedure. As one would expect there is some swelling and bruising. Bruising usually resolves after 7 to 10 days and much of the swelling subsides within the first 2 weeks. The final result however, may not be apparent for several weeks.
Following surgery, most patients spend the first week resting. During the second week, patients resume light activities and during the third week patients often resume work and begin to go out socially. Exercise can be resumed 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.

Facelift Scarring

A good facelift is not only defined by the natural, refreshed look it creates but also by the absence of tell-tale visible scarring. Mr Karri places great emphasis in hiding your facelift scar by hiding the incision within the hair, inside the tragus (the segment of cartilage that covers the ear canal) and behind the ear. This approach reduces the potential risk of unsightly scarring.

The incisions Mr Karri commonly uses for facelift are located;

  • In the hair, just above the ear
  • Directly in front of the ear
  • Behind the ear
  • In the hair behind the ear
  • Under the chin (only if the neck needs to be tightened in the midline)

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Possible Risks

As with any surgery, facelift does have some risks associated with it. These include;

Scars / poor scarring – in the vast majority of patients, the facelift incision heals very well. In some patients however, the scars may become red, raised or asymmetric (appear different on the right and left side of the face).

Bruising and swelling – bruising and swelling is expected but rarely, can persist for several weeks.

Bleeding and haematoma formation – it is possible, though unusual, to experience a bleeding episode during or after surgery. Should post-operative bleeding occur, emergency treatment may be necessary to drain the accumulated blood.

Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary.

Delayed wound healing – delayed wound healing is possible.

Asymmetry – there is always a risk of asymmetry whenever surgery is performed on both sides of the body. It is important to understand that nearly everyone has some pre-existing asymmetry e.g. the right cheekbone may be fuller than the left etc.

Nerve injury – motor and sensory nerves may be injured during a facelift resulting in weakness or loss of facial movements.

Numbness around the ears

Skin necrosis – very rarely, blood supply to the skin may be compromised so as to result in skin necrosis. This risk is higher in smokers.

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

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