What is a facelift?

A facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgical procedure to improve signs of aging in your face and/or neck. The surgery includes repositioning or removing skin, fat and muscle in your face. 

These signs of aging can include:

  • Saggy skin on your face
  • Deep crease/fold lines between your nose and the corners of your mouth
  • Jowls (or excess skin on your lower jawline)
  • Loose skin or fat on your neck that looks like a double chin

Why do you need a facelift?

A facelift can help give your face and neck a more youthful, supple appearance. However, results are not permanent – on average, a facelift can be expected to last 10 years.

What can you expect when undergoing a facelift?

Preparing for a Facelift

During the consultation with your surgeon, it is important to discuss your expectations for the facelift surgery and what the surgery can and cannot address. You should also highlight any medical conditions, allergies or history of medical treatments you have undergone, as well as give your surgeon a list of the medications you regularly take. 

Your surgeon will be taking photos of your face to determine your bone structure, face shape, fat distribution and skin quality in order to narrow down the best options for your facelift surgery.

During a Facelift

A facelift generally takes 2 to 4 hours and the type of incision used depends on the surgical technique used and your preferences. After the incision is made, the flap of skin on each side of your face is pulled back, with the underlying tissues and muscles tightened. Fat in your face may be surgically sculpted, removed or redistributed. The skin is then draped over the new contours of your face, excess skin is removed, and the wound then sutured closed. 

Similarly, a neck lift where fat and sagging skin on the neck is removed, is also regularly done as part of a facelift.

After a Facelift

After facelift surgery, you will experience swelling, bruising, numbness and mild to moderate pain. Your incisions will be bandaged, and a small drainage tube will be placed under your skin behind one or both of your ears to drain excess blood or fluid. 

Cool packs will be provided to ease the pain and reduce swelling in your face. 

You will need to return to your surgeon for follow-up appointments to remove the drainage tube, change bandages, and for stitch removal.

Why choose Novena Surgery for a facelift?

Doctors who choose to perform a facelift at Novena Surgery will perform the procedure in one of four modular operating theaters with cable-less pendant systems, allowing doctors to operate free of stray wiring obstruction.

Post-procedure, patients can choose to recover in one of Novena Surgery’s comfortable private suites, or in our 12-bed recovery unit under the care of well-trained nursing staff.

Waiting times are also shortened as patients need only turn up half-an-hour before their surgery, and be checked into the ward within 10 minutes of arrival. 

Patients’ companions have the option of patronising Velocity, Square and Square 2 shopping malls that are seamlessly integrated with Novena Medical Centre, the building housing Novena Surgery.

I want to undergo a facelift in Novena Surgery but I do not have a specialist doctor in mind yet.

This list consists of specialists who commonly perform facelifts at Novena Surgery – contact us at +65-6254 9331 or admin@novenasurgery.com.sg and we will help you book a consultation appointment with a specialist doctor from the list.

Name of Specialist ClinicName of Specialist DoctorSpecialist Clinic AddressSpecialist Clinic Opening Hours
W Aesthetics Plastic SurgeryDr Wong Chin Ho06-28/29, Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Center, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563Mon -Fri: 9am -5pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
Picasso Plastic SurgeryDr Matthew Yeo#11-53, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563Mon -Fri: 9am -5pm
Sat: 9am – 12pm