The Concise Guide to Facelifts in Singapore

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One of the more popular cosmetic procedures in Singapore is the facelift, and there are several reasons why someone would want one. The skin produces collagen, which is the most abundant protein in the human body and is responsible for keeping the structure of your skin. As people age, the rate of collagen production slows down, which causes the skin, particularly in the face, to lose structure and start to sag and become loose. This results in several issues, including a sagging face, loose skin, a droopy mouth, and fat buildup around the neck and under the chin.

In order to fix these skin problems, one solution is by undergoing a facelift procedure. But what exactly is a facelift, and how does it work?

What exactly is a facelift procedure?

A facelift, or a rhytidectomy (from the Greek words for ‘wrinkle excision’), is a catch-all term for several cosmetic procedures whose aim is to give the face a younger and tighter appearance. There are two main options for facelifts, either a surgical or a non-surgical one. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, and it is important for patients to understand the differences between them before deciding on a procedure.

What surgical facelifts that are available in Singapore?

Surgical Facelift

A surgical facelift is an invasive procedure that involves the making of an incision in the skin. After the incision, the surgeon will then lift and reposition your skin tissue. A surgical facelift can take around 2 to 4 hours to finish depending on the complexity of the operation.

There are two types of surgical facelifts:

  1. A mini facelift is a minimally invasive procedure where the surgeon makes a small s-shaped incision around the ear area. This facelift procedure is focused on lifting the skin in the lower part of the face, which in turn improves the appearance of the patient’s cheeks and jowls.
  2. A full facelift, on the other hand, aims to improve the appearance of the whole face, including the brows and neck. It can fix problems such as droopy eyebrows and deep lines, that cannot be fixed by a mini facelift.

Since surgical facelifts are invasive procedures, there are a few risks and side effects to them. Some of the possible complications resulting from a surgical facelift include:

  • Hair loss near the incision area
  • Hematoma
  • Bruising on the operated area
  • Redness or swelling
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Fever
  • Infection

Generally, these complications stem from improper aftercare by the patient. It is important that the patient follow the aftercare instructions given by the doctor after the procedure. If any of these complications do happen, talk to your doctor immediately to remedy the situation.

One advantage of surgical facelifts is that the results are longer-lasting, with mini facelift results lasting from 2 to 6 years, while full facelift results lasting up to 12 years after the procedure.

What non-surgical facelifts that are available in Singapore?

Non-surgical facelifts are facelift procedures that do not require the making of an incision on the skin. According to Cambridge Medical Group, A lot of patients are uncomfortable undergoing surgery, including the possible risks associated with it. Non-surgical facelifts can give patients the results you can expect from surgical facelifts without these risks. Patients have several non-surgical facelift options, each with their own pros and cons:

  • Kinetic Jet Facelift Treatment is a new FULL facelift procedure in Singapore that is MINIMALLY invasive and it uses Kinetic energy to tighten and rejuvenate.
  • A thread lift is a non-surgical facelift that works by inserting biodegradable threads into the skin which stimulates collagen production and in turn rejuvenates the skin. These threads will dissolve naturally about 6 months after insertion so there is no need for a follow-up procedure to remove them.
  • Another option for patients is micro-needling with radiofrequency (RF). This non-surgical facelift works by combining two proven skin rejuvenation methods in micro-needling and RF. Using small, insulated needles, radiofrequency is applied deep into the skin which triggers elastin and collagen production. As a result, skin texture is improved and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
  • Laser skin resurfacing is another facelift procedure that doesn’t require surgery. Using a special laser, the procedure removes skin layers with absolute precision and will target specific areas on the face where wrinkles and other skin problems occur. This is a resurfacing procedure, which means that the outer skin layer is gradually replaced by the underlying one, for a more youthful, beautiful appearance. Some peeling and dryness will occur and is perfectly normal for the procedure. After a few more weeks, your skin should look like new.
  • For longer-lasting effects, a patient may opt for a high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) A special machine is used that delivers ultrasound energy to the skin, which penetrates even the deeper layers. This, in turn, triggers the elastin and collagen production of the skin and will eventually result in tighter and better-looking skin. Effects of a HIFU procedure can last for 1 to 2 years.
  • Facial fillers can also be used for facelifts. The most common facial fillers utilize hyaluronic acid (HA), which stimulates collagen production and can make your skin appear smoother and toned. These fillers can also improve the appearance of patients’ cheeks and jawlines. After the injection, some redness and swelling may occur naturally, but this will disappear gradually during recovery.

Facial fillers can also be used for facelifts

Given the multiple options for non-surgical facelifts, one clear disadvantage all of them have is that their effects typically last for a shorter amount of time compared to surgery. This is balanced by the fact that these non-surgical options have very minimal downtime, with some options having none at all. Patients can go back to their usual activities sooner and is ideal for working professionals who can’t afford to take a recovery break.

Which is the best option for facelifts?

Ultimately, the best facelift procedure depends on the patients’ needs and preferences. Surgical facelifts usually have similar costs with some non-surgical options but with the added benefit of a longer-lasting effect. Unfortunately, the long downtime from facelift surgery is a deal-breaker to some patients who want to go back to work or school after the procedure. It is best to consult with a trusted doctor on which option is the best for the patient, as well as to know whether or not the he/she is suitable for certain treatments.