70-year-old Sandy came home to Australia from her surgical holiday as if from a time machine!
Sick and tired of looking worn out and drained, she embarked on a surgical journey that would take years off her face. Looking for international health care solutions she contacted the care team at Taqtik, who connected her with the right surgeon, destination and accommodation for her budget and surgical goals.
After her consultation Sandy choose to undergo multiple procedures- a full face lift, an upper and lower blepharoplasty and a sub-mental lipectomy with great results.
We asked Sandy to share her experience, and this is her story.
” Arriving at the huge airport I was met by a lovely man named Augustine. He was so very helpful to both my partner and I. He was an absolute gem of a man. He was really like a tour guide, explaining what everything was that we observed on our long journey to the Hotel.
He was always on time to pick me up for appointments at the hospital. He even took us on a tour of KL, to Vatu Caves, a site I really wanted to see.
If I lived in KL I’d want to have him as my personal driver. Such a pleasant man.
The Client Service Manager, Kumari, I just loved this lady. She was such a calming influence on me when I was admitted, and she was by my side when I was absolutely terrified of having the staples removed.
She was constantly in touch with me every day ensuring my wounds were healing and that all my needs were met. Another gem on your team. I will consider her a friend for life. She is such an empathic, caring lady and a very good nurse.
The staff at Beverley Wilshire hospital were amazing and very gentle people. They cared for me very well. As for Dr Nasir, well what a gentleman. I loved him, and I’m so very happy with the results of my facelift. I don’t feel like a 70-year-old anymore.
I would highly recommend Gorgeous Getaways to anyone wanting cosmetic surgery.
I would also recommend Lanson Place Ambassador Row where we stayed. My second time there. It was so well maintained, the food was great, the staff were very helpful and it was CHEAP! “
Why a face lift?
As we age, our facial skin loosens, and wrinkles and the muscles of the neck may weaken as well. Anything that can cause the skin to lose elasticity will hasten the ageing process, including sun exposure, weight fluctuations and heredity.
While a face lift cannot stop the aging process, it can often make a person appear to be a decade younger than their actual age.
Face lift Cosmetic Surgery can address these problems by firming and tightening the skin of the face and neck all in one step. It is most effective for the lower face (jowls and neck). A double chin can also be improved at the same time by a surgical procedure called submental lipectomy.
To get the best results for a facial rejuvenation, face lifts are frequently done in conjunction with other procedures such as upper eyelid blepharoplasty and lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Your surgeon may also recommend injections of cosmetic fillers for reducing fine lines, deep creases in your forehead or frown lines between your eyebrows.
Will a Face lift improve skin tone?
Contrary to popular opinion, the texture of the skin will not be changed by a face lift. Acne scars, age spots, fine lines and smoker’s creases will soon return to their original texture, no matter how tight the skin is pulled.
A face lift will not give someone beautiful skin unless they have beautiful skin to begin with. If you have a skin issue that you would like to improve, it may be worth considering a skin treatment such as laser resurfacing in combination with a facelift to improve the texture of the skin and smooth skin wrinkles.
Best candidates for a face lift
Both men and women have face lifts, with the best candidates being those whose face and neck has excess fat, lines and has begun to sag. The average age for patients is 40-50 years, but older patients have also had successful face lifts. In general, the best candidates for face lift are:
• People with good facial skin elasticity
• In good physical health
• Psychologically stable
• Wanting to improve the appearance of their face and neck
• Well informed in regard to the procedure’s outcome
• Having realistic expectations
And generally, have:
• A deep line, or fold, running from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth.
• Jowls, or loss of a well-defined jaw line associated with youthfulness.
• Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging of the “highlight” areas of the cheekbones.
• Loose skin, wrinkles, vertical “cords” or excess fatty tissue in the neck.
Preparation for a face lift
Before you undergo a face lift, it is important for you to discuss any medical conditions that you have and tell your surgeon about any medications that you are taking. If your surgeon decides that you can have a face lift, discuss the procedure thoroughly with them before deciding if you want to go through with the procedure. You may still change your mind even after discussing the procedure with your surgeon.
Your consultation with the surgeon will give you a detailed understanding of the treatment – the extent of surgery, your health evaluation, your expectations and exactly where the areas of the face will be treated. When you are happy with what has been discussed, you will sign a booking form for the operation.
Your surgeon should be able to answer any questions that you have about face lifts including questions about what to expect during and after a face lift and the complications or problems that sometimes occur with face lifts. You may also take information from this website to your appointment to discuss with him.
You will have a physical evaluation of the areas to be treated. At this appointment you and your surgeon will discuss your goals, and last queries you have and finalize the plan for surgery. From this examination, he can determine the best procedure to use, and then explain it to you in detail, including the benefits and limitations. The surgeon may also recommend a combination of the face lift with eyelid blepharoplasty, browlift or submental liposuction, for a better facial profile.
It is important to stress the importance of not smoking before a face lift procedure. Smoking can cause problems with circulation and make complications more likely, including post-operative chest procedures.
The classic facelift, or SMAS, is recommended by the surgeons. This is performed by making an incision at the temples behind the hairline. The incision typically extends downward, along the natural creases in the skin, in front or on the edge of the ear, in the crease of the ear lobe, and behind the ear. Making the incision in the natural creases helps hide scarring after surgery. The surgeon then separates the skin and muscles of the face from the deeper facial tissues.
In some cases, the skin is removed, in others the skin and muscle tissues are reshaped. The underlying muscle may be tightened with the skin, or separately. After the tightening or removal of excess skin, the skin is re-draped and sutured.
Recovery and Post-op care
After surgery, patients may experience moderate swelling of the eyelids and other facial areas. Immediately after surgery a large dressing is usually applied, but this will depend on which surgeon is doing the surgery as they all work differently. It is removed typically within 2 days after surgery and may be replaced with an elastic wrap. Any stitches will be removed after 6 days unless you have dissolving sutures. There is normally some discomfort following face lift surgery, which can be managed with medications.
You will be moving around in a couple of days, but we advise you to relax for a week or so. Strenuous activity should be avoided until the bruising and swelling has subsided. This can take four to six weeks; however, within two weeks the swelling should be reduced enough to engage in some social activities. Many patients prefer to delay significant social activities for four weeks after surgery.
The medical facilitator you choose through Taqtik will provide excellent post-care support, with follow-up visits and programs to assist your recovery. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know and we will schedule an appointment with the surgeon.