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Luckily, plastic surgery techniques have improved substantially over the last few years, with facelifts now looking far more natural, and far more appealing.


We’re all familiar with the cliché idea of plastic surgery from the 80s – the ‘wind tunnel’ face, the swollen lips, the eyes that seem to have migrated all the way to the sides of the head. Fortunately, plastic surgery techniques nowadays create far more natural results.

There are many reasons why you could benefit from facelift surgery. Ageing leads to thin, papery skin that is prone to wrinkling, while weight loss (or gain!) can change the shape of your face. Fat deposits can shift over time, while the natural tug of gravity can leave you with hollow cheeks or droopy jowls. If you’re starting to notice some wear and tear, or are simply unhappy with what you see in the mirror, facelift surgery may be a good option for you.


Selecting Your Surgeon

There are so many options when it comes to facelift surgery. Therefore, it’s important to choose your surgeon with care. A good plastic surgeon will fully examine your personal problem area and develop a unique strategy for surgery based on your needs.

For example, Dr. Sophie Ricketts often performs additional complementary surgeries along with traditional facelifts, such as cheek implants or fat transfer to increase facial volume, based on the needs and desires of her patients. It is essential to feel both comfortable and reassured by your surgeon—be sure to go with someone who will listen to each of your queries and fully answer all your questions.

What Can a Facelift Do For Me?

Simply put, a good facelift will leave you looking naturally younger. It will aid in restoring your youthful appearance by mitigating various signs of ageing – you can expect firmer skin, along with fewer wrinkles and creases. Additionally, if you were starting to see some sag, a facelift will tighten all that skin right up for you. Let’s take a closer look at the areas that can be specifically targeted by your surgeon:

Forehead and Brows

The forehead is one of the first areas of the face to get truly noticeable lines and wrinkles. As you get older, the muscles in your forehead must work harder to keep your brows from drooping down. Eventually, this can lead not only to wrinkles but also to a heavy, hooded appearance above your eyes. A brow lift will target this area, mitigating forehead wrinkles and lifting the brows to ‘open’ up the eyes. Scarring from this kind of procedure is minimal, as all the necessary incisions are done beneath the hairline, leaving your face free from any post-surgery blemishes.

Cheeks, Nose, and Lips

The cheeks can be a problem area for many different reasons. Some people find that as they age, their skin starts to sag and they are left with unsightly ‘hollows’ in their cheeks, while others have the opposite problem and wish for a slimmer contour and a less ‘round’ look. This is where additional surgeries such as cheek implants or fat transfers can be beneficial.

Cheek implants can fill out those hollows, while fat transfers can help you get the contours you dream of. Additionally, the areas around the nose and above the lips are prone to developing deep creases and wrinkles – a facelift targeting these areas will help to smooth out those lines, leaving you looking younger and more rejuvenated.

Chin and Neck

The dreaded “turkey neck” is one of the more common issues that plastic surgeons deal with. As you age, skin loses elasticity, which means more sag. More sag means less definition around your jaw, which impacts your facial shape, as well as changes your appearance. A neck lift will enhance your natural jaw line through tightening the skin along the front of the neck and around the jaw.

How Can We Help?

Dr. Sophie Ricketts is a highly qualified plastic surgeon and provides a wide range of cosmetic surgery treatments. Whether you wish to tighten up some saggy skin, get rid of some wrinkles, or enhance and define your natural features, Dr. Ricketts will assist you every step of the way. From in-depth consultations before surgery through to your final check-up, Dr. Ricketts will be on hand to help reverse the signs of ageing and rejuvenate your appearance.

To find out more about face lifts, please have a look here.

To book a consultation with Dr Sophie Ricketts, please call (03) 9829 1307, or contact us today.