Face Lift Surgery in South Korea

Face lift is a cosmetic surgical procedure to create a more youthful appearance. In this procedure, the loose or sagging skin on the side of the cheeks and jawline is reduced along with other changes that occur in the skin due to aging. It involves pulling back the flap of the skin on each side of the face, removing the excess skin and altering the tissues below the skin to contour the shape of the face. Often, neck lift is also done as a part of face lift to reduce fat deposits and sagging skin on the neck.

Symptoms to undergo this Face Lift Surgery

As you age, the external age-related changes such as loose skin, sagging cheeks, and fat deposits start to occur in some parts of your face more than others. Below are the symptoms that would help you evaluate if you should be considering Face Lift procedure:

  • Sagging cheeks
  • Excess skin at the lower jawline
  • Deepening of the fold of skin from the side of your nose to the corner of your mouth
  • Excess fat in the neck if the procedure also includes a neck lift

Factors Influencing the Cost of Face Lift Surgery

  • Reputation and expertise of the surgeon
  • Type of facelift
  • Fees of the Anesthesiologist
  • Location or destination for the surgery
  • Hospital fee
  • Combining other procedures
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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 Korea / Why should opt for South Korea as a destination for your medical treatment?
South Korea is recognized for its strict rules and regulations which have kept the country in strict discipline. As an upside, the country has well-maintained regulations for every process and impressive medical healthcare facilities which have garnered thousands of visitors from across the world. The reason for opting for hospitals in South Korea is the astounding treatment options available at a very cost-effective price range, which is undoubtedly more affordable than most of the developed countries across the world. Besides the well-planned infrastructure, the treatment in South Korea and the alternatives offered are tempting enough. Apart from that, the country also flaunts high success rates and has thus been able to cure some of the most complex diseases in the world.
What are the conditions of the hospitals in South Korea? Are they JCI certified? What is the quality of the support staff in the hospitals?
The Joint Commission International (JCI) is a global leader in health care accreditation. JCI accreditation is considered a gold standard in worldwide health care. It provides the most skilled and experienced healthcare professionals in the medical industry, as evaluators of the rigorous international standards in healthcare quality and patient safety. YUHS Severance Hospital + Gangnam Severance Hospital is a JCI certified hospital in South Korea.
Are the doctors/surgeons in South Korea of the best quality?
The doctors and surgeons providing treatments in South Korea are globally recognized for their service in the medical field. Furnished with degrees from reputed universities and decades of training and experience, the doctors have earned high success rates throughout their professional careers. The doctors have to undergo rigorous training to keep up with the strict protocol and measures of hospitals in South Korea. Hence, quality is maintained.
What is the process for obtaining a medical visa in South Korea?
The Korean embassy follows a strict protocol for obtaining a visa for traveling to the country. The necessary documents (photocopies and original) have been listed on their official website and should be strictly adhered to. The candidate also has to produce necessary papers stating the medical cause and referral certificate signed by the registered medical practitioner. Although these need to be taken care of by the candidate, the rest of the procedures and further visa assistance is managed by the sponsors in most cases. A Medical Dependent Visa is granted to those who are accompanying a patient traveling to Sount Korea for medical treatment on a Medical Visa. This visa can be given to a close relative/family member or a friend of the patient. Please note that relevant letters/documents explaining details of the treatment, signed and stamped by the concerned hospitals/doctors, a declaration from the patient or an immediate family member is also required confirming the escort travel along with the patient.
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Which are the best cities in South Korea for medical treatment?
Treatment in South Korea is affordable. Seoul is the capital of South Korea and one of the main cities for healthcare. Seoul and Daegu have some of the best hospitals in South Korea. Busan, Incheon, and Ulsan also have developing healthcare facilities.

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