A facelift (clinically known as rhytidoplasty) is a surgical procedure that can dramatically help improve the appearance of visible signs of aging but cannot stop the aging process.

If you have clear signs of aging visible on your face and are bothered by them then facelift surgery may be right for you.

General anaesthetic is used during the procedure and the operation will take between 2 – 3 hours, followed by 2 nights in hospital before returning home. The pain and discomfort experienced during recuperation will depend on your body’s natural healing rate but should subside after 3 days, however, could take up to 7 days – common risks involved with this type of surgery include bruising, swelling and temporary numbness of the face area. Follow-up appointments will occur 1 week after surgery, 4 weeks after and then 3 months after where Dr Russo will assess the healing process and ensure treatment has been successful. You will be required to take 2 – 4 weeks off work and refrain from doing sport for 2 weeks, and walking fast for 4 weeks after surgery. It will take a minimum of 4 weeks until final results are visible, and scars will continue to improve over 18 months.

Uncommon risks relating to facelift surgery include infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, numbness and nerve damage.

Other Cosmetic Procedures

Procedure Time 2-3 hours
Back to Work 2-4 weeks
Anaesthetic General
Nights in Hospital 2
Pain & Discomfort 3-7 days
Follow up Surgery 1 week, 4 weeks, 3 months
Results 4 weeks until final result. Scars continue to improve over 18 months
Sports 2 weeks walking, 4 fast walking
Risks & Complications Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, numbness, nerve damage

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the operation time?
2-3 hours.

What type of Anaesthesia is used?
General.

How long is the stay in hospital?
2 nights.

What, if any, are the common risks?
Common bruising, swelling, temporary numbness.

What, if any, are the uncommon risks?
Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, numbness, nerve damage.

How long will there be pain and discomfort?
3-7 days.

How long after surgery will a follow-up appointment occur?
1 week after, 4 weeks after and finally 3 months after.

How much time off work will I need?
2-4 weeks.

When will I be able to do normal activities again?
2 weeks before walking, 4 weeks before fast walking.

When can I expect the final results to show?
4 weeks until final result, scars continue to improve over 18 months.