Dr Haertsch has performed scores of facelifts over 30 years and goes to great lengths to ensure a successful outcome. This involves a proper understanding of the patient's expectations, because perfection is not an option in surgery - improvement is. The operative incisions will be discussed at length with each patient, and options given with respect to placement of the scars.
As for the soft tissues of the face, Dr Haertsch is a proponent of the volumetric school which involves repositioning, rather than excision of soft tissues. The surgery is also associated with readjustment of the sagging platysma muscle, thereby improving the chin/neck angle.
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy (surgical removal of wrinkles) involves the removal of excess facial skin and the redraping of the skin on the patient's face and neck. It sometimes involves tightening of underlying tissues as well. Surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic and you are in hospital some 2-3 days. Recovery period is in the vicinity of 3-4 weeks.
No surgery is risk free. A rhytidectomy, like any elective cosmetic procedure, carries the risk of complications. If you would like to know more, please contact us on (02) 9868 5155 to arrange an appointment or e-mail any enquiries to Dr Peter Haertsch.