The composite facelift is an advanced surgical procedure that tightens and lifts the face in a natural way, without giving it the stretched appearance commonly associated with some traditional facelifts. So if you’re over the wrinkles and the saggy cheeks, read what DR WONG CHIN HO of W Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, a specialist in this area, has to say.
Who is the composite facelift recommended for?
Also known as the deep plane facelift, the composite facelift is recommended for those who are looking to address sagging and laxity of the face due to ageing. Common areas of concern include droopy cheeks and jowls, marionette or nasolabial lines, and loose skin on the neck. The procedure is generally beneficial for people over the age of 40, but younger people suffering from sagging and laxity due to significant weight loss may also find it helpful.
What makes this a breakthrough treatment?
The composite facelift is different from traditional facelifts because it achieves lifting by tightening the support layer of the face – the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS). Surgery is performed at a deeper level, which explains why it’s also called the deep plane facelift. Because tightening occurs directly on the support layer of the face, the result is more natural and lasting than traditional skin-tightening facelifts.
What does the procedure entail and how does it work?
The procedure is usually done under general anaesthesia as a day surgery. Incisions are discreetly hidden in front of and behind the ears, and generally heal with minimal scarring. A light dressing is placed over the treated areas for one day. Thereafter, a light compression is applied and left on for about a week. After seven days, the stitches are removed. Expect a total downtime of two to three weeks before you can return to your social and other activities.
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