With age, there are changes in the face and neck that represent the normal aging process. Many authors believe that as a result of many factors (genetic, the effect of sunlight, etc.), the skin, which is affected by the forces of gravity, relaxes. Many surgical techniques that were based only on facial suspension were based on this data, and the name “Facelifting” itself came from this, which means lifting the face – rejuvenation of the face.

A facelift can restore pleasing contours to the face and neck, which can help the patient look and feel much younger than their years. It can be combined with eyelid correction, dermabrasion or liposuction to get the best possible aesthetic result.

Preoperative preparation

The most ideal patient for a face lift is a person between 45 and 55 years of age of normal weight who has firm skin, good bone structure, a thin neck and a deep cervicomental angle.

Checking the general state of health and basic laboratory analyzes is mandatory for all patients. It would be desirable to stop smoking and taking medicines and preparations that affect blood coagulation.

During the preoperative preparation, photo documentation is made, which is supplemented with photos during and after the operation, as well as during dressing.


  • Anesthesia: The operation is performed under general endotracheal anesthesia.
  • Duration: The duration depends on the technique used and is on average 3-4 hours.

Face and neck rejuvenation is most often performed together. The location and length of the surgical incision depend on what the procedure aims to achieve and is individually adapted to the needs and condition of the patient. It is mostly done with a hidden surgical incision in the scalp, and in front of and behind the ear. By lifting the skin, the inner layer is tightened and soft tissues are strengthened with stitches. Excess skin is removed with adequate incisions, if necessary also under the chin.

Postoperative course

After the operation, you will need to rest until the effects of the anesthesia wear off. You may need pain relievers to help with the discomfort as the anesthesia wears off. Immediately after the procedure, your face will look a little swollen, which is a normal reaction of the body, and you may have a strange and stiff feeling. During the first 24 hours, only a mild analgesic is usually sufficient. After that, some patients do well without pain medication, while others take milder forms of pain medication during the first week at home. Bandages are removed a day or two after the procedure. Stitches are removed after 7 days.


Facelifting, like any other surgical procedure, carries certain risks. A few potential risks to consider when considering a facelift concern the standard risks.

There is a risk of infection at the surgical site. Antibiotics help to reduce this risk. Bleeding can be a complication during or after surgery. There is a small risk of nerve damage during surgery, which can lead to temporary or permanent problems with facial sensation or movement. Although the surgeons of Our Small Clinic are very skilled and expert in placing the incisions in such a way that the scars are as little visible as possible, there are chances that scars may form that may be visible. As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of reactions to the anesthesia.

The recommendation is to stop smoking for the sake of microcirculation conditions. It is also necessary to stop taking blood thinners and pain relievers from the group of nonsteroidal antirheumatic drugs that contain acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin, Andol, Acisal).

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