Dr. De Fazio Plastic Surgeon :: Procedures :: Face :: Soft face lift

Soft facelift

estetica_viso_soft_liftingSoft facelift is a minimally invasive procedure to quickly improve the appearance of your face. 
This procedure is performed using very thin sutures and leaves no visible scars.

30 mins.
not necessary (outpatient procedure)
The procedure

Soft facelift is performed under local anesthesia and it allows lifting the third mid-facial region and the cheekbones area. The patient will feel no pain during the operation. 
The procedure length is about 30 minutes.
The procedure is performed using suspension sutures, which allow lifting and, therefore, rejuvenating the relaxed areas of the face and the neck, without detaching or removing skin. 
The suspension sutures used are invisible and the patient cannot feel them. At the end of the procedure, no bandages or stitches are necessary.

Preoperative Preparation

The patient will be asked to stop taking aspirin, or other medications containing it, 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after surgery. Aspirin can cause bleeding and, as a consequence, increase the risk of complications.

It is recommended to apply Antibacterial Shampoo the night before and the morning of the surgery day.
Hair color can be used until 3 days before the procedure.

Post-operative care

No bandage is applied and, starting from the third day after surgery, the patient can gently wash his/her hair.
The patient will look presentable already on the day of surgery, even though a little swelling might persist for a week.

After the procedure

After surgery, some edema (swelling) will occur, together with erythema (redness) and ecchymosis (bruises), but normally there will be no or very little pain and discomfort.

Possible complications

Specific risks related to this procedure are limited and, as a rule, rare. The most common complication consists of infections, which, however, respond very quickly to antibiotics therapy (normally prescribed as a preventive therapy) Edema (swelling) and ecchymosis might occur, but they will disappear within 3-4 days and, furthermore, they can easily be hidden with make-up.

Recovery time (back to social life)

Direct sun exposure must be limited for one month, by using proper sunscreen lotions. Heat on the face, such as warm compress and massage, must also be limited.