Face Lift Surgery in South Africa

Facelift Surgery in South Africa

Medical tourism in South Africa is booming. Thanks to its access to modern treatment procedures and country’s welcoming culture, the rate of medical tourists visiting South Africa is increasing year-on-year. South Africa is an excellent destination for medical tourism because the cost of facelift surgery is low in South Africa as compared to many other countries. Further, the currency of South Africa is favorable as compared to the USA and UK that may also help in attracting medical tourists from developed countries. The availability of hospitals with enormous infrastructure, modern technology, and technology at par with International standards have fueled the medical tourism industry of South Africa. Highly educated and experienced doctors and surgeons also played a vital role in achieving the desired growth in this industry. Apart from this, many hospitals in South Africa for facelift surgery are part of an international chain of hospitals implying more easy access to modern technology. 

Facelift surgery also called rhytidectomy is a surgical process that removes the wrinkles from the face and neck by tightening the skin. That process improves the visible aging lines from the jawline and mid-face which is done by general anesthesia. 

Hospitals and clinics in South Africa are well equipped to perform facelift surgery with extreme accuracy and precision along with high success rates. The post-surgical care and care during follow-up visits are critical for desired results and are available in South Africa with the standards equivalent to developed countries. Almost all the techniques available international are performed in South Africa with good results.

Treatment and Cost

7

Total Days
In Country

2 No. Travelers

3 Day in Hospital

4 Days Outside Hospital

Treatment cost starts from

USD 7500

Hospitals

About the Face Lift (Face and Neck)

Aging is a natural process and the skin of the face and neck undergo some amount of loosening with time. With the sagging comes creasing of the skin, which makes deep folds and lines. But everyone is interested to hold back the youthful days. This is the reason why face lifting or rhytidectomy has increasingly gained popularity in the United States and other countries as well.

The facial skeleton gets highly affected with the age-related changes that a person experiences. The sagging of the forehead and the facial skin is observed due to slow loss of mass of bony structures of frontal bones, maxilla, and the mandibles. Due to this, an impression of sagging neckline is observed and jowling occurs along the mandible, which deletes the delineation between the neck and the jawline.

Exposure to the sun also leads to changes observed in the facial skin. The epidermis that gets damaged due to exposure to sunlight shows a reduction in the fundamental elements that can slowly cause wrinkles. Disorganization and thickening of the elastic fibers below the skin are noted, which is known as a process called elastosis and degeneration of the dermal collagen appears as well.

In order to get a youthful appearance of the face, a facelift surgery is performed. In this kind of surgery, reshaping occurs in the lower one-third of the face by facilitating removal of the sagging facial skin. Tightening of the underlying tissue is also done in some of the facelift surgeries. The face surgery or lower facelift can be combined with neck lift, or an eyelid surgery, cheeks, brows or forehead surgeries.

Types of Facelift Surgery

There are many types of facelift procedures. Some of the most popular procedures include the following:

  • The deep plane lift:  This method is considered as the golden standard and involves the lifting of the muscles and the skin. It aims at releasing and repositioning the SMAS or the superficial musculoaponeurotic system. This kind of surgery is promising as it requires fewer revisions and the effects observed are long-lasting in nature.
  • The SMAS lift: In this kind of a procedure, deeper tissues of the face and neck are treated along with the superficial top layers of the skin. The deeper tissues grow loose with age and start sagging. This procedure shows results for individuals suffering from a mild amount of laxity and a little bit of face sagging and jowls.
  • Short scar lifts:  This is used as an umbrella term for various facelift procedures that are required for abbreviated scars. One such short scar lifts involve an S-shaped incision at the front of the ear or at the temple. In another kind of a short scar lift, the incision will stop right at the earlobe and this kind of a technique is usually called MACS or minimal access cranial suspension lift.
  • Endoscopic facelift: With the help of a pencil-shaped probe and a minuscule camera attached to the probe (an endoscope), the surgeon performs an endoscopic facelift procedure. The video images of the internal facial structures are transmitted via this to a monitor placed in the operating room. This endoscope is usually inserted via two or three small incisions that do not measure more than an inch and can be hidden easily.
  • Mid-face surgery or cheek lift: This kind of a surgery mainly targets the middle of the face. The surgeon usually lifts and repositions the fatty layer spread over the cheekbones. This procedure shows effective results for improving nose to mouth line and sagging cheeks are also improved. However, this area can be treated with SMAS or deep plane lift as well. This surgery can be teamed up with eyelid surgery or can be done in an isolated way endoscopically.

How is Face Lift (Face and Neck) performed?

Facelift surgery is usually carried out on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes around two to four hours to complete, depending on the extent of the area that requires treatment. The facelift procedure is performed under the influence of local and general anesthesia.

Sometimes, additional procedures may be conducted at the time of facelift surgery. These may include the placement of facial implants, wrinkle reduction through facial fillers, and facial resurfacing for improved skin toning and texture.

The following steps are performed during a typical facelift procedure:

  • Depending on the approach of facelift used and the type of procedure that the patient is undergoing, the surgeon makes incisions beginning at the target area – near the temples, in front of the ear lobe, under the chin, or any other location.
  • The fat is either sculpted or redistributed and the underlying tissues are repositioned.
  • The deeper layers of the skin are lifted, in addition to the muscles.
  • The excess skin is draped again and the extra skin is trimmed away.
  • In case of neck contouring, a cut may be made in the chin to improve its appearance by removing the extra fat.
  • All the incisions are closed with the help of skin adhesives and sutures.

 

Recovery from Face Lift (Face and Neck)

Patients may experience minimal pain after the procedure, which is managed with the help of painkillers. Swelling and bruising are common but patients are advised to use a cold compress to avoid the discomfort.

The dressing is removed within two days of the surgery and physical activity should be limited as much as possible after the procedure. The head should be kept in an elevated position.

A drainage tube may be inserted, which can be removed after a day of the surgery. Facelift recovery time stretches from two to three weeks. The scars and lines gradually grow invisible with time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the health care infrastructure of South Africa / Why should opt for South Africa as a destination for your medical treatment?
Like most countries, hospitals in South Africa are based upon public and private healthcare systems. There are three main levels of healthcare based upon the payment method of the patient.
  • The full paying patients are those who usually prefer to be treated by a doctor working in the private sector. They can also be funded by an external source. Many non-South African citizens also prefer this treatment service.
  • Fully subsidized patients are those who have been referred from a Primary Healthcare Service Hospital.
  • Partially subsidized patients are patients whose costs are subsidized based on the amount of their income.
The public healthcare system has three main centers for health under its wing:
  • Clinics - These are run by trained professionals and nurses. They can serve as the first point of contact for a patient.
  • Community Healthcare Centre - This is a bigger setup, complete with full-fledged services and doctors and nurses.
  • Hospital - A patient usually gets here after a referral from a clinic or community health center. One can also go in for emergencies. A hospital provides various services like performing surgery and treating chronic illnesses.
Hospitals in South Africa are gearing up to tackle major illnesses and to provide better treatment options. The South African government is also working to introduce policies and towards accommodating more patients from all across the world. It is a great country to find affordable treatment options.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Africa? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals
The Joint Commission International (JCI) accredits and certifies most health care organizations and programs all around the world. Joint Commission International Accreditation and Certification is recognized as the global leader for health care quality of care and patient safety.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Africa of the best quality?
Doctors associated with Medigence are of the best quality. We hope to give our patients a pleasant experience and the best doctors we can find. Since South Africa has a lot of requirements in the field of healthcare, the country attracts doctors from all over the world to contribute their services. This can help to ensure that even you receive the best quality of doctors.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Africa?
One can apply for a visa to South Africa for a period of 90 days. The High Commission of India can then help one decide for how long a visa can be extended. This usually differs from person to person. The Medical Visa allows a person to stay for a maximum of six months with a valid visa. After this, one can go to the FRO office ( Foreigner’s Registration Office ) or FRRO (Foreigner's Regional Registration Office) and request for an extension. Do note that the validity of a visa begins on the day it is issued by the High Commission of India and not on the date of departure. Applications for visas will not be accepted more than 30 days prior to departure.
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Which are the best cities in South Africa for medical treatment?
While many cities are striving to create some of the best hospitals in South Africa, Durban, Lenasia, and Cape Town already have some very good hospitals for treatment in South Africa. Located in Durban, Ethekwini Hospital and Heart Centre is a reasonable and affordable hospital in South Africa. Life Kingsbury Hospital in Capetown provides a holistic healing environment for patients. One can also opt for the Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital in Lenasia. This hospital has been running for nearly 30 years now and various medical facilities can be availed from here.

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