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Facial Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic Surgery

There are many reasons why someone would want to undergo facial plastic surgery. You may want to look more youthful , or perhaps change the shape of the nose or pin back your ears. Whatever your reasoning, you’re in capable hands with me and my team.

Not only do we have compassion towards our patients, but we also exercise the utmost discretion.

What’s New in Facial Rejuvenation?
The face and neck are parts of the body most exposed to the elements and are therefore most affected by the ageing process. Until recently, the conventional facelift was the only treatment of choice to improve the signs of ageing. However, many people have been put off the typical Hollywood, tight, wind tunnel faces. Patients however, find that today’s options are more varied.

Recent studies in facial cosmetic surgery indicate that more patients are requesting cosmetic surgery to remain competitive in the workplace. Due to the economic downturn however, patients are more educated in the options in cosmetic surgery and more are making use of less invasive procedures to delay surgical procedures.

My patients are requesting more natural results with shorter recovery times to return back to their work and lifestyles. The most common non-surgical procedures for both men and women still remains Botulinum Toxin. However, the use of the “liquid face lift” to rejuvenate the face is fast becoming very popular. The procedure is designed to bring back youthful features through the volumetric replacement of soft tissues lost with the process of ageing.

The procedure is performed in the office where a natural gel, Voluma (Juvederm) or Sub Q (Perlane) is injected in specific regions of the face to restore the 3D structure of the area. I use a “5 point” injection technique to painlessly support the deeper facial soft tissues and lift the face. Patients can expect minimal down time and the “rested” or “lifted” look can last 12-24 months.

For patients who require more extensive volume replacement to achieve a more youthful appearance, I would suggest that they consider a Stem Cell Face Lift. Unlike a normal facelift, in which the flaccid skin is excised to create an artificial firmness, a Stem Cell Face Lift is performed solely by injection. The procedure involves harvesting fat from a part of the body with abundant fat deposits, this is then purified and precisely injected back into the part
of your face that needs filling and contouring. By replacing the fat that has been lost due to ageing you get an uplifting effect. The procedure is performed under local anesthetic in the day clinic. The amount of fat reinjected is always 30 – 40 % more than needed, as a percentage fat will be absorbed into the body. Patients are therefore more swollen and bruised than they would be if they underwent the simpler liquid facelift. The advantage is that the results are more permanent and the stem cells in the fat have regenerative potential.

However, for patients with more than just volume loss, who also show signs of sagging of the lower face, simple volumizing techniques will not be sufficient. These patients will require some form of skin tightening. Thread Lifts are indicated in these patients with minimal skin laxity requiring facial remodeling/ lifting without scars. The ideal patient for this treatment is a younger patient who does not want or need an extensive lift. It is also useful in patients trying to buy time while waiting to embark on more aggressive procedures later in life.

Thread lifts can also be an alternative for heavy smokers too, as it is one of the few procedures for which heavy smoking is not contraindicated.

It is important to remember that when patients are older and show more loose skin around the neck and jowls then the less invasive procedures will not achieve adequate rejuvenating results. Surgical skin excision procedures are indicated in these patients. Today however, plastic surgeons all over the world understand the importance of minimally invasive procedures and that patients are demanding less visible scars. The “MACS” (minimal access cranial suspension) lift or “S- lift” is a procedure I use commonly in my practice when patients require more extensive lifting and refreshing of the lower 2/3 of the face and neck.

The classic face lift is the more extensive invasive technique for facial lifting. This still remains an excellent choice for older patients with more sagging skin of the face and neck. A new trend is that younger patients 35-45 years are seeking facelifts. This too has been one of the rapidly increasing requests in my practice. Patients today definitely want to bypass the typical stages of ageing i.e. jowls and loose necks. The availability of a variety of
face lifting techniques has revolutionized the anti aging practices of most modern plastic surgeons.

Depending on the type of facial procedure you undergo, you can expect to see different results. But, the one commonality between all of them is that patient’s report a massive boost in self confidence. And part of living a happy life is being able to love yourself.
Undergoing any surgery can incur certain risks. However, choosing an internationally trained surgeon with access cutting edge technology can garner less risk. However, it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with your chosen procedure, even though the chances of a mishap are rare.

I take it upon myself to discuss any potential complications with you during your consultations.

As we mature, signs of ageing start to show and mar the appearance of our faces, and often, this can affect how we see ourselves. I’m a promoter of self love and doing what you can to ensure you’re happy with the way you look. And, one of the ways you can achieve this is through facial plastic surgery.

Anyone who’s unhappy with their facial features is an optimal candidate for a surgical procedure. However, it works to your advantage if you’re in good health, as this serves you during your recovery.

The Procedure

During your meeting with her, depending on your chosen procedure, I examine you accordingly. It’s vital that you’re honest with me about your medical history, medication that you’re on, and your expectations. Once I know what you expect out of your procedure, I’ll advises you on the options available to you and the risks and benefits of each one.

Depending on the required surgery, I may need to see you on more than one occasion before we book your surgery date.

I offer a host of facial cosmetic surgery procedures, namely:

Brow lifts – This procedure is used for wrinkles on the forehead caused by stress, laughter, or age. Patients can achieve a more youthful, relaxed look by undergoing a brow lift.

Ears – Some people are unhappy with their ears. This can easily be corrected by having them pinned back through an incision behind the ear and the reshaping of cartilage.

Eyelids – Also known as blepharoplasty, this simple procedure creates more relaxed looking eyes. Fat deposits under the eyes and excess skin are removed.

Facelifts – The overall appearance of the face can be improved by a facelift. Incisions are made around the earlobes towards the hairline, then excess skin and fat are removed.

Neck improvement surgery – Excess fat, loose skin, and wrinkles in the neck area can be combatted by this procedure. Trained specialists remove excess skin and tighten the neck area to achieve the look you’re after.

Rhinoplasty – If you struggle to breathe or you simply don’t like the shape of your nose, rhinoplasty might be for you. It can change the look of your whole face and also assist in opening up your airways.

Your recovery largely depends on the type of facial plastic surgery you undertake. These details are discussed with you during your consultations. However, you can consult my general recovery page as a resource, to arm yourself with information on recuperation.
From answering questions about your surgery to looking after you during recovery, I offer a comprehensive service. Whether you’re looking for non-invasive surgery or a major procedure, my team helps you achieve the results you’re hoping for.

I’ve trained for 18 years in plastic surgery. This makes me a frontrunner in my chosen field of expertise and one of the most renowned facial plastic surgeons in South Africa.

Contact me today to book your appointment for facial plastic surgery.

Testimonials
I must also express in writing that I really appreciate the way Dr Wilkinson has advised me and done her procedures and treatments over the years, from the way she makes an assessment of the face each visit together with an evaluation of the concerns, till a follow up procedure, and all according to a “bigger plan”. So far, this has worked very well for me, the results are excellent and very satisfactory and I experience her way of working to be extremely pleasant besides professional.
R.K
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