Full Facelift - Quick facts about Full Facelift in Korea - Seoul Guide Medical

Full Facelift surgeries are widespread and common in today’s time, especially with people who are in their forties and older. A lot of people who are coming into their midlife or later years, whether they are a celebrity or not, are into the trend of defying the aging process.

The more you can maintain a smooth, rejuvenated appearance and continue to embody youthfulness despite your age, the more you are into the trend. There are countless shelves of anti-aging skincare on the market. Still, no matter what anti-aging skincare you use, nothing can match the results that anti-aging plastic surgery procedures, like a full facelift, can offer. This procedure is capable of working wonders not only on top of the skin but into the deepest layers. 

What is a Full Facelift?

A full facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can eliminate or reduce wrinkles, sagging, and folds, as well as lack of muscle tone, brought about by the aging process. The surgery is responsible for lifting the skin to redefine the contours of the face and give a smoother and younger appearance to a person.

More often than not, a neck lift, also called a platysmaplasty, is done in conjunction with a facelift also to reduce sagging in the neck and match it with the smoothness of the face. You may also undergo an eyebrow lift together with a full facelift to enhance your forehead area since a facelift concentrates more on the mid and lower part of the face.                   

Full Facelift procedure

A board-certified plastic surgeon should be the one performing a complete facelift procedure to ensure the safety and success of the surgery. The whole process can take 3-4 hours to finish depending on a case to case basis. However, it may take longer if the facelift is done inconjunct with another plastic surgery procedure. The steps during a full facelift procedure are as follows: 

  • Anesthesia 

To make sure that you are relaxed while your plastic surgeon is performing the procedure, they will administer anesthesia, which will help you dose off during the duration of the surgery. The two choices are general anesthesia and local anesthesia with IV sedation. You and your doctor will decide on this in advance during your consultation

  • Incisions

– Since a full facelift is considered as the traditional facelift, the incisions made also follows a decades-old way. After the doctor administers the anesthesia, they create an incision that starts at the hairline in the temples and continues until the ear, ending in the lower scalp area. 

If you decide to have a neck lift together with your facelift, the doctor will make an additional incision below your chin to improve your neck area and balance it with the results in the face.

  • Lifting, repositioning, and removal

Through the incisions made, they will start repositioning the underlying facial tissues. The muscles are also lifted to improve muscle tone in the face. The skin is then redraped and lifted while the excess is removed. 

  • Closing of incisions

Once your doctor has finished tightening the tissues and removing the excess skin, they will suture the incisions with either a dissolvable suture or the kind that should be removed after a few days. Since the incisions are hidden in the creases of the ear and within the hairline scars will not be visible. 

Full Facelift Recovery

The recovery from a full facelift may take weeks because of the size of the incisions, as well as the amount of manipulation done to the tissues and muscle in the face. Typically, it takes two to three weeks for the initial recovery to take place. During this time, you may experience swelling and pain in your face, but your doctor will prescribe you with oral medication that can help in easing the discomfort.

If your doctor used sutures that do not dissolve on their own, they would remove it within a week or two from the day of the surgery. After the initial recovery period, you may slowly resume your daily activities based on the approval of the doctor. The swelling will gradually fade as the days go by, and you will see the final results of your full facelift after six months. 

Full Facelift Before and After

The outcome of a full facelift is more visible and noteworthy for people who are in their 40s or older because they are the ones who show the most visible signs of facial aging. As seen on the before and after images below, a full facelift procedure has produced dramatic and significant results on the face of the patients. The lines, sagging, and folds have either been decreased or eliminated, making their faces smoother and more youthful despite their age. In the second picture, it shows that when a full facelift is paired with a neck lift, the results make the face and neck more balanced. 

In summary, a full facelift is ideal for individuals who are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s because they show the most apparent signs of aging in the face area. Through this procedure, the face is improved significantly through the lifting, repositioning, and removal of the facial skin, tissues, and muscles. Since a full facelift is more focused on the middle and lower areas of the face, it is advised that you pair it with a neck lift as well as eyebrow lift to attain optimum results. 

The procedure has four steps, namely, anesthesia administration, creation of the incision, repositioning, removal and lifting, and closing of the incision, which takes a couple of hours depending on the patient’s case. When it comes to the recovery, it may take weeks because of the length of the incisions, as well as the amount of manipulation done to the deeper layers of the dermis. 

Now that you know more about a full facelift, and you have seen the promising result it brings as shown on the before and after images, you may be thinking about where to have a safe and successful procedure in Korea. You do not have to worry about looking for the best clinic because we at Seoul Guide Medical can provide you with that and more. All you have to do is to book an appointment through our website, and we will guide you on your journey in bringing back youth to that precious face. 


How would I know if I need a Full Facelift surgery?

As we grow older, our face shows visible signs of aging that can only be treated with plastic surgery procedures. Some of the signs that could tell you to get a facelift are:
jowls on the lower face
deep wrinkles and folds
loose skin on the neck
sagging skin on the face
the impression that you look older than you are when you experience a negative effect because of the appearance of your skin when it comes to psychological aspects, relationships, and career

Is a Full Facelift surgery permanent?

The results of a facelift are not considered permanent. This is because the aging process will continue even though you had the procedure.

How long until I can see the results after a Full Facelift surgery?

With proper skincare, diet, and weight management, the results of your facelift can last for five to ten years. Once aging becomes visible again, you may have another facelift procedure as long as your doctor approves it.

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