Professor Ashton is a Melbourne based plastic surgeon who specialises in face lift procedures. He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery, Honorary Professor of Anatomy at the University of Melbourne, and chair of Plastic Surgery at Epworth Freemasons Hospital. He is the former Head of Plastic Surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital (2001 – 2016) and Royal Women’s Hospital (2000 – 2016).
What is Face Lift Surgery?
Facelift Surgery to improve the shape and contour of your neck, chin and lower face has undergone a significant refinement and development in the last 10 to 15 years, and the aggressive and quite invasive techniques which were previously employed are now often no longer necessary.
What is involved with face lift surgery?
It is now possible to achieve the same, or better results through a small incision around the front and lower part of the ear, extending directly up behind the sulcus at the back of the ear, but without the extension back onto the hair line or the neck. These incisions in the past were particularly troublesome and prone to excessive or obvious scarring, and often resulted in numbness in the posterior aspect of the scalp.
The surgery usually takes somewhere between 120 -180 minutes and would involve you having a general anaesthetic at Epworth Freemasons Private Hospital in East Melbourne.
All patients are admitted to Epworth Freemasons Hospital overnight and would be able to be discharged home the following morning. It may be that we need to insert two drain tubes into the wound to drain any fluid which may collect, and if these were inserted at the time of surgery, they would be removed prior to discharge home.
The small incisions around your ear are sutured with very fine nylon sutures which need to be removed at one week postoperatively, and prior to discharge from hospital you will be given an appointment date and time for these to be removed by our nurse here in the rooms.
Recovery From Facelift Surgery
It is important in the early postoperative period that you allow sufficient time for your body to rest and recover and that you refrain from heavy exercise, excessive work or physical contact sports and so forth. You should allow a minimum of a week to ten days at home away from work to give your body time to rest and recover.
Additional procedures such as liposuction or extension of the lifting procedure on to the mid face may be also added to the neck and lower face lift. If these are required, this would be discussed with you by Professor Ashton at the time of your initial consultation.
One of the biggest predictors of a good result following surgery is accurate and clear communication between you and your surgeon to ensure that your ideal result is clearly communicated with your surgeon. To help this, many techniques have been employed and we find that one of the most useful is for you to find photographs that must accurately and clearly represent your ideal postoperative result and that you bring these photographs along to your consultation so that you can explain exactly the look for which you are aiming.
Prof Ashton will then be able to discuss the various operations and techniques which may be employed and will be able to give you a realistic expectation as to whether this result can be achieved and what techniques would be needed to achieve it.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding your preoperative appointment, or if, following your initial consultation you have any areas or questions which need clarification.
If you would like to make an appointment with Prof Mark Ashton to discuss face lift surgery please call our rooms.