“The recovery period for face lift surgery should be determined considering the surgical effects for each specific area.”

Sagging and reduced skin elasticity in the face are common signs of aging that almost everyone experiences as they get older. As aging progresses, noticeable features like crow’s feet, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds tend to become more prominent. Jawlines may sag, resulting in a double chin, and forehead wrinkles can deepen. While various solutions such as laser treatments and non-surgical face lifts can be tried to improve these symptoms, they often offer temporary results and may not be entirely satisfying. For those seeking more definitive improvements, face lift surgery can be considered.

Face lift surgery can be performed on specific areas of the face, helping to improve skin elasticity by redistributing sagging tissues. It’s an anti-aging procedure that is typically categorized into upper, mid, and lower face lifts, as well as neck lift. The choice of surgical area is customized based on an individual’s degree of sagging and aging, ensuring that the surgery is tailored to their specific needs. This personalized approach often leads to more satisfying results.

Face lift surgery involves designing incision sites along the hairline, in front of the ears, and behind the ears to determine the extent of the incision. Subsequently, the skin and muscle layers are dissected downwards, and then repositioned and secured. Any excess sagging skin is removed and meticulous suturing is performed to achieve a more satisfying result. When performing a face lift, it’s important to ensure that not only the epidermis but also the SMAS layer is repositioned. Proper removal and dissection of the retaining ligaments are necessary to prevent recurrence of sagging or the appearance of wrinkles.

Synergy Plastic Surgery meticulously dissects both the skin and the SMAS layer and also severs and dissects the retaining ligaments to achieve a more satisfying lifting effect. Additionally, their expertise in minimizing bleeding is a particular hallmark, as they do not use a drainage pouch. However, it’s important to note that the approach may vary depending on individual’s recovery rates and condition, so it’s advisable to make decisions through consultation.

Synergy Plastic Surgery, led by Dr. Jeong Kyeong-In, a Seoul National University graduate with 24 years of experience, places a strong emphasis on preserving the surrounding tissues, such as nerves and glands, during face lift surgery. To achieve a natural recovery and satisfaction, post-operative care is crucial. This may include high-frequency treatments, scar injections, laser therapy, and steaming.

If you’re interested in learning more about the recovery period for face lift surgery, what to consider before the procedure, and how to assess the lifting results, please refer to the following article.

Men Undergoing Cosmetic Face Lift Surgery: Are You Worried About Scars?

As looking young is acknowledged as one of the areas of competitiveness in the appearance of middle-aged people, not only women but also men are showing high interest in facial plastic surgery. During various cosmetic procedures, facial surgeries are a way to remove wrinkles and increase elasticity when the skin of the face droops overall due to aging.

Facial elevation is called “Face Lift” in English, and by pulling and fixing the skin on the surface (SMAS layer) as well as the dermis and subcutaneous fat layer in the skin together, the entire face can be lifted. For a successful operation, the ligament supporting the SMAS layer must be cut off and fixed again. This is because the SMAS layer can be pulled up to an ideal position to see the effect of being young when the retention ligament is cut sufficiently.

Nowadays, not only women but also men are increasingly looking for face lift surgery. In order to increase the lifting effect, a process of finely peeling the skin layer and the SMAS layer through the incision is required after cutting the skin, which is more difficult and takes longer for men to peel than for women. Men naturally have thicker skin than women, and their ligaments are tougher, so the difficulty is higher when performing face lift surgery. In addition, if blood vessels are thick and bleeding occurs, more attention should be paid to homoeostasis, and careful care is needed to prevent hematoma.

▲ Director Jeong Kyeong-In (Photo = Provided by Synergy Plastic Surgery)

Those planning face lift surgery have no choice but to worry about scars even if a minimum incision is made. Another area to pay more attention to in male face lift surgery is the scar caused by the incision. Men have shorter hair than women and it is important to preserve their sideburns, so extreme care must be taken in choosing the incision site in order to minimize scars after face lift surgery.

For example, if you are very concerned about the appearance of the scars from the outside, then you should make an incision inside the hairline so that it is as invisible as possible. If you want to preserve the sideburns, a natural incision site along the outline of the sideburns is often used.

“Face lift surgery is often inquired by men and women in their 40s and 50s, and during the procedure, the SMAS layer must be clearly peeled and fixed to increase post-surgery satisfaction of each gender and individual,” said the Director Jeong Kyeong-In of Synergy Plastic Surgery. He also advised, “I hope that you can achieve satisfactory surgical results by choosing an experienced medical staff who can carefully consider different skin thicknesses, degrees of sagging, and harmony with overall facial features.”