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Face Lift

Aging is a natural and an unavoidable process. Who can escape it? Not even your favorite celebrities! As one ages, the face is the most prominent and visible proof of the process as the skin loses its elasticity and firmness. This might bring down one’s confidence as a youthful appearance is lost with wrinkles and loose skin.

Although we don’t have a solution to stop ageing, we do have an alternative to stop ageing in its tracks and have a taut, firm and contoured face.

Dr Santosh Bhatia of Vanity Cosmetic Clinic gives us a solution to acquire a youthful appearance with a face-lift.


Facelift Information Capsule:

Synopsis of the surgery Facelift helps to get rid of the sagging and droopy features of the face to have a taut and youthful looking face.
Length of process Two to three hours (variable)
Anaesthesia General or local anaesthesia along with intravenous sedation
Recovery 2 week to recover.  4 to 6 weeks to start heavy exercising.
Alternative name Rhytidectomy

What Is

A Facelift?

Also referred to as rhytidectomy, a face lift aims at literally lifting the sagging and droopy features of the face affected due to ageing and helps to acquire a taut and firm appearance.

A face lift can successfully correct the following issues:

  1. Excessive and droopy skin at the jowls (lower jawline)
  2. Sagging cheeks
  3. Deep skin folds extending from the ends of nose to the mouth.

What Are The

Different Methods Of Facelift surgery?

A face-lift surgery is generally customized according to a patient’s needs and desire. Here are some of the common face-lift surgeries

Traditional Facelift

 In this particular face-lift, the incision begins near the temples then taken down and around the front of the ear. This incision ends behind the ear. This face lift addresses all the issues right from sagging cheeks to droopiness near the jowls. The results of this face lift are more drastic. It is also often performed along with a neck lift for best results.

Mini facelift

 The incisions of this face lift are smaller. This type of face lift is for those who do not have excessively sagging cheeks or jowls. The incision begins at the hairline, goes down and around the front ear but stops there unlike the traditional face lift where the incisions goes behind the ear near the lower scalp.

The type of the face lift required is generally decided during the consultation with Dr Santosh Bhatia where he analyzes the facial structure and understands the patient’s needs and desires.

Who Is

An Ideal Candidate For face Lift?

Dimpleplasty is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery that can be performed on patients who fit into the following criteria:

  • You are a non-smoker, or ready to quit smoking for the period prescribed by Dr Santosh Bhatia
  • You are physically healthy.
  • You are unhappy with the appearance of the face.

If you fit into the above list, you are an ideal candidate for a facelift.

It is important to note that a facelift takes care of sagging and drooping skin of the face, not the superficial wrinkles, pigmentation, creases, etc.


Consultation With Dr Santosh Bhatia?

Generally, when a patient comes to the office for a face lift, Dr Santosh Bhatia guides them through the entire process. The methodology is decided upon taking into consideration the patient’s unique case. 

Vanity Cosmetic Clinic prides itself on transparency. Hence Dr Santosh Bhatia explains the achievable result to the patient beforehand. He listens to the patient’s needs, desires and goals from the surgery. 

Dr Santosh Bhatia’s primary focus lies on the safety of the patient and their needs and desires regarding the final outcome. He gives utmost importance to the consultation so as to analyse every aspect and issue to deliver the best results as his ultimate priority lies in the satisfaction of the patient. 

Dr. Santosh Bhatia
DR. SANTOSH BHATIA, MS, MCh.(Plastic Surgery)


The Process Of Facelift?

Before the process and after the consultation, the type of method is decided upon: standard face lift or mini face lift. Dr Santosh Bhatia will need to know the entirety of the medical history and the cosmetic procedures that you underwent, if any, in the past in order to carry out the process smoothly and without any complications. The doctor will also ask you to undergo a few blood tests in order to check for any impending issues.

Also, the doctor will click a few pictures to analyze the difference in result after the process is complete.

How Is A

Facelift Performed At Vanity Cosmetic Clinic?

  • The doctor will first ask you to clean the face and scalp properly with germicide soap or shampoo. This ensures that the face and scalp are clean from any germs that might cause infection later.
  • Then anesthesia is administered. Generally, local anaesthesia with intravenous sedation is preferred. However, in certain cases one might even require general anesthesia. This ensures that the patient does not face any discomfort or pain during the process.
  • Incisions are made according to the type of facelift decided during the consultation. Also, additional incisions are made depending on whether a neck lift is involved.
  • Once the preferred incision is made, the skin is undermined (separating the overlying skin from the underlying tissues and muscles). The skin separates; then it is possible to tighten it and re-drape it.
  • Depending upon the situation, the skin is either only re-draped or there can be an inclusion of soft tissue fillers, re-draping of skin and tightening of deeper facial tissues.
  • The underlying connective tissue (SMAS) can be repositioned, the excess skin if any is excised and sutured in place. Drains may be placed if needed.
  • Face lift can involve only the facial part or it also includes the neck and neck lift can be performed in combination. Liposuction or facial implants may also be performed if required.

How Is

The Recovery After A Facelift?

The incisions are bandaged after the procedure to provide light pressure on the site in order to accelerate the healing process. 

Step 1

Generally patients can resume their daily activities after 2 weeks of the procedure. 

Step 2

The swelling and pain which is common after the surgery can be alleviated with the help of medications prescribed by Dr Santosh Bhatia. These must be taken as prescribed in order to have a comfortable healing time.

Step 3

Patients are advised to avoid strenuous physical activity for at least 4 to 6 weeks.

Step 4

The results of the surgery are immediately visible after the swelling comes down.

Step 5

Routine follow ups must be mandatorily taken with Dr Santosh Bhatia in order to keep a track of the healing process along with analysis of the result.

Timely follow-ups must be taken with Dr Santosh Bhatia in order to ensure the recovery and the healing process are on the right track.

what are

Risks Associated With Facelift?

Here is a list of very rare risks associated with a facelift:

  • Damage to underlying tissue.
  • Hematoma
  • Seroma 
  • Chances of infection
  • Change in sensation and a feeling of numbness which is generally temporary.
  • Undesirable results.

These risks are very rare and utmost care must be taken at all times in order to ensure that these risks do not turn into a reality.

If you are wondering whether or not you are an ideal candidate for face lift, we invite you for a consultation with Dr Santosh Bhatia at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic in Mumbai where he will provide you with his expert guidance.


Book Appointment for a Consultation

Start here, by booking an appointment with Dr. Santosh Bhatia. Dr Bhatia is available for consultations at two convenient locations in Andheri (West) and South Bombay. Please select your preferred location to see Dr. Bhatia’s availability and book your appointment online. If you prefer to book your appointment on the phone please call Vanity Cosmetic Clinic at +917043477777.

Click the button below to Book Appointment at your preferred location.

Your consultation includes:

  • 30 min 1-1 session with Dr. Bhatia.
  • Discuss your concerns and surgical goals in a completely non-pressured environment.
  • Dr. Bhatia will in turn explain the options available to you, likely outcomes, any risks or potential complications, and recommend a course of treatment with the associated cost.
Dr. Santosh Bhatia
DR. SANTOSH BHATIA, MS, MCh.(Plastic Surgery)

Meet the Doctor

Dr. Santosh Bhatia

Dr Santosh Bhatia is Mumbai’s most-sought-after Plastic Surgeon. Founder and Director at Vanity Cosmetic Clinic, Dr Bhatia is also associated with some of the best hospitals in Mumbai such as Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital. 

Dr Bhatia has a vast global experience working with Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery hospitals in New York, Toronto, London, Chicago, Miami, Pune, and Mumbai. 

Dr Santosh Bhatia’s focus lies in performing minimally invasive, state-of-the-art plastic surgeries that yield natural-looking and gorgeous results. He is a cosmetic surgeon with the vision of an artist. Dr Bhatia pays keen attention to details which makes the patient’s transformation graceful and aesthetically pleasing. 

Dr Santosh Bhatia has happy patients including celebrities, socialites, and everyday women from all over the world. His surgical skills, experience and high-regard for safety has earned him a reputation not only in Mumbai but all over the world.

“Surgeon’s skill and experience, quality of care, infrastructure and facilities, and your comfort with the surgeon are just as important as the final cost of the surgery"

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