Many people find that having facelift surgery abroad is an attractive option for them. Surgery candidates feel that being away from their regular environment is an excellent way to rejuvenate both body and mind. Besides that, having facelift surgery abroad offers notable cost savings with a favourable exchange rate. Surgery that corrects excess facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin often requires removing fat and tightening muscles and skin. The most popular reason for this surgery is to look more attractive and youthful. It is most common amongst women and men over 40. A general procedure can be combined with eyelid surgery, liposuction of the chin area and an endoscopic forehead lift.


Procedure: Improves sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and re-draping the skin. Is most widely done on women over 40. Facelift surgery can be combined with eyelid surgery, liposuction of the chin and endoscopic forehead lift.


Duration of Procedure: The operation period is generally about 3-4 hours with additional recovery time.


Anaesthetic: Patients can expect local Anaesthesia with sedation, or a general Anaesthetic (administered by a board certified Anaesthetist).


In/Out Patient: The procedure is usually an outpatient procedure although more extensive surgery may require an overnight stay (arrangements are made for this at Dr. Jedeikin’s Recovery Retreat).


Postoperative: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of the skin.


Recovery: Return to work after 10 – 14 days with more strenuous activity after 2 weeks or more.


Bruising: Visible for 2 – 3 weeks during which time patients are required to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.


Results: An improved jawline and profile, removal of excess skin around the jowls, greatly improved facial definition. The effects can be expected to last for 7 – 10 years.


Before/after illustrations: Should you wish to see before and after photographs kindly contact: ingrid@plasticsurgerysa.co.za


Face and neck lift surgery abroad

Although there is always a marked improvement in overall appearance with surgery, it has certain limitations and is always done with safety top of mind. The surgeon will remove only as much skin as the body can safely allow. It is important to understand that it is not actually the skin that suspends the jowls and the neck but the underlying fascia known as the SMAS. Before undergoing face and neck lift abroad, Dr Jedeikin will discuss everything in detail. A full explanation can be done via email or during an online consultation on Skype.

In some cases, additional procedures can be done at the same time as face and neck lift surgery. This may include eyelid surgery, a brow lift, neck surgery, and laser skin resurfacing in targeted areas. These options are assessed and discussed in detail during the consultation.


Benefits of Facelift Surgery:

  • Overall youthful appearance.
  • Tightens sagging and loose skin as well as facial muscles.
  • Improves facial shape.
  • Helps patients improve their self-image and greatly boosts confidence.
  • Lifting and tightening of neck with removal of excess fat if necessary.


Healing during the recovery period:

During the healing process there is likely to be swelling, pain, bruising, bleeding, scarring and tenderness. Pain management and rapid recovery options are administered to enhance healing and to create optimal comfort for face and neck lift candidates.


Things to Consider Before Having Facelift Surgery:

  • A number of days needed to have facelift surgery abroad. This includes travel time and recovery time.
  • An adjustment in activity level, only very low-level exercise is allowed until healing is effected.
  • Dietary adjustments: you may be required to adjust your diet for a time period.
  • Because a supportive bandage is recommended, patients often prefer to recover in a monitored or more private environment.


Some of the most frequently asked questions about facelifts follow below:

Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?

Individuals who want to improve their skin tone and remove excess skin around the face and jowls. Those who seek to restore facial muscle tone; reduce visible fatty areas; saggy jowls or skin. In addition, those who want to remove the appearance of a double chin. Facelift surgery abroad is also available to those wanting to look more youthful.

Is major surgery required?

A facelift is a major surgical procedure, taking about three hours. It may be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, or general anaesthetic. To minimise swelling, drain tubes are inserted after the operation and are removed about 24 – 48 hours later. Postoperatively, there’ll be swelling of the face/neck and possible bruising on the eyelids. Bruising will be most apparent on the second and third days, and subsides from between one and six weeks after surgery, depending on your age, type of skin and healing ability.

When can I resume normal activities?

You may go home on the same day of the operation, if fully awake, or you may overnight in hospital. You must not drive, so please arrange that someone fetches you. It will also be necessary to have a responsible adult spend the first 24 – 72 hours with you at home after the surgery. Alternatively, stay for this period at a medical recuperation facility. Dr Jedeikin has a Recovery Retreat where most of his patients recover for 2-4 nights after facial surgery. The option of this facility will be made available for patients from abroad as well as local patients.

Social activity should be limited for about 10 – 20 days. Avoid strenuous activity for 2 – 6 weeks or when all bruises have faded and there is no discomfort; but it is best to avoid any physical activity. You can shower by the second day (after drains have been removed) but be careful not to apply any strain to the wounds and not to ‘fiddle’ with them. Most patients can return to work and normal activities wearing light make-up, after about seven to ten days.

How long does a facelift last?

This time period is usually between 7 to 10 years.

Can complications occur?

Clients often ask about the possible risks of facelift surgery. Although there are always risks involved with every surgery, patients can be assured every precaution is taken to minimize potential risks on every level.

Will there be visible scars?

In most cases, there is little to no scarring visible.

What costs are involved?

Depending on the extent of the surgery the costs will vary, the administrative team will give you a detailed quote before proceeding. Surgery abroad, especially in South Africa, can have substantial cost saving benefits because of favourable exchange rates.

How should I prepare for the operation?

Candidates should not smoke before, during and after the surgery. The clinic will issue guidelines for preparation beforehand.

What postoperative care is necessary?

A facelift is a delicate and extensive procedure. The fine suturing of the deep muscle layer must be protected from tearing in the first two weeks. Sudden jerks or movements may cause the innermost stitches to pull free and so compromise the long-term result. The following restrictions must be observed after the operation:

  • Report tight bandages and excessive swelling immediately.
  • Do not remove any bandages yourself.
  • Do not turn your head from side to side.
  • Do not sleep flat.
  • The head of your bed should be elevated to ensure that you sleep comfortably (use 3 pillows).
  • Avoid strenuous activity, getting overheated, and sun-bathing for at least two to three weeks.
  • Keep away from pets during the early stages of healing as their hairs can contaminate your scars and cause infection.
  • Be careful when drying your hair; use the lowest heat setting for the first two months to avoid the possibility of damage to the skin or hair.

If you have any further questions, I’ll be glad to answer them.