What You Need To Know About Facelift in Singapore

by Lilly Wang Medical Journalist

My older patients often ask me whether a facelift is the best way to keep their appearance looking young and vibrant. Facelifts were originally designed to reverse the signs of ageing, but it is crucial to fully understand the procedure before making a decision about whether it is best for you. In this article I am going to address the most common questions I get asked and hopefully give you some insight into the process so you can make an informed decision about whether a facelift is right for you.

What is a facelift?

As we age, our muscles, fat, and even bones change and the structures that support our skin start to lose volume. This leads to drooping mouths, excess fat under the chin and in the neck, and sagging skin. A facelift is a cosmetic procedure that involves tightening skin and moving facial tissue to correct these changes and restore a more youthful appearance.

What kinds of facelifts are available in Singapore?

There are two main types of facelift: surgical and non-surgical.

A surgical facelift involves making an incision, lifting tissue, and repositioning it. This is an invasive operation and can take two to four hours. Patients can get full or mini facelift surgeries. A mini facelift is targeted at the lower face, taking away excess skin around the cheeks and jowls. A full facelift covers the whole face including sagging brows, lines around your nose and mouth, and extra skin on the jowls and neck.

There are many types of non-surgical facelifts in Singapore, including thread-lifts, ultrasound energy (Ultherapy) and radiofrequency energy (Thermage). You can learn more about the latter in this article specifically about this method over at UbiqiHealth - one of the best information portals about medical and beauty procedures in Singapore, they often publish content by doctors and practising experts. These last two are non-invasive and don’t require an incision, so they result in fewer risks and much shorter recovery time.


If you are looking for something a little less invasive than surgery that still yields great results, a thread-lift might be just what you need. In this procedure, your doctor will insert biodegradable polymer threads under your skin using a needle. These threads will dissolve after 6-9 months. There are two types of threads used: anchoring threads and embedded threads. Anchoring threads are either attached to underlying structures or free-floating, and they lift your skin tissue using barbs. Embedded threads are also known as PDO threads and they work by encouraging collagen production around the area where they are inserted.

How much does a facelift cost in Singapore?

Any cosmetic procedure is going to be relatively costly, but a surgical facelift will be more expensive due to the nature of the operation. A mini facelift will cost $10,000 or more, and a full facelift can cost as much as $40,000. A non-surgical facelift will be more affordable, starting around $1,400 and capping around $6,000. A thread-lift would be around $3,500.

Is a facelift the most effective option for me?

Even the best cosmetic doctors who are well trained and highly skilled cannot work magic. A facelift might not be the most effective procedure for you as it works best on skin with certain characteristics. A good candidate for a facelift will have these four attributes:

  1. Good skin elasticity - Facelifts work by tightening the skin, so it will need to adjust to its new shape as it heals. You will have better results if you have flexible and elastic skin.
  2. A strong bone structure – Your bones are what support your skin, so if you have a weaker bone structure you might want to think about getting fillers along with a facelift to achieve better results.
  3. Loose or excess skin around your neck, jaw, or cheeks – The main aim of a facelift is to correct loose or sagging skin. If you don’t have loose skin, you could benefit more from other cosmetic facial treatments.
  4. Non-smoker – Smoking can cause serious complications after a surgical facelift, so potential patients should quit smoking before seeking out a facelift.

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How natural will my facelift look?

In these types of cosmetic procedures, doctors aim to make the changes look as natural as possible. However, depending on your doctor’s skill and training and the severity of your condition, the treatment could either be extremely subtle or very noticeable. If you have severe wrinkles and excess skin, your results will be much more obvious due to the skin tightening effect. While the difference will be noticeable, if you choose a good doctor your appearance will still look natural and authentic.

Can I use dermal fillers or Botox instead of getting a facelift?

Dermal fillers and Botox work differently than a facelift, though they all aim to make your face look younger. Dermal fillers and Botox don’t really “lift” your skin as a facelift does. Rather, they work to fill hollow spaces in your facial structure, which your skin then stretches over and gives the appearance of being lifted. I recommend these options for my younger patients (under 50) and for my patients who do not have severely sagging skin but have lost volume in parts of their face structure.

Hyaluronic acid, which is what dermal fillers are made of, is already naturally present in your skin. When this acid is injected into your skin, it adds to your body’s natural supply and creates volume. Less severe wrinkles will disappear as your skin expands and smoothens out.

Botox is actually a neurotoxin that, when injected into a muscle, blocks signals from your brain to that muscle and effectively freezes it so it can no longer move. This allows overactive facial muscles to relax. Botox injections can last up to 6 months in my experience.

How long will the results of my facelift last?

Depending on how invasive the procedure is, the longevity of the effects varies from a couple of years to over a decade. The more invasive treatments tend to last longer than the less invasive ones. Non-surgical facelifts, like thread-lifts, will only last about two years. A mini facelift could last up to 6 years. A full facelift, which is the most invasive, could last up to twelve years after the initial treatment.

Are there any potential side effects of a surgical facelift?

As with any surgical procedure, there are a few risks involved with facelifts, such as:

  • Hematoma (bleeding under the skin)
  • Necrosis (tissue death leading to a loss of skin)
  • Nerve damage
  • Infection
  • Keloid Scars
  • Loss of hair at the incision site

There will be bruising for several days after the surgery, but this will fade completely within a few weeks.

What about the potential risks of a non-surgical facelift?

In my experience, complications from a non-surgical treatment are rare. But since it is still a medical procedure, there are still some risks involved. For something like a thread-lift these could be:

  • Infection
  • Numbness of treated area
  • Migration of threads – the threads moving out of position under your skin
  • Thread breakage – the threads break at the ends near the incision

What is the recovery period like after a facelift?
For a surgical facelift, you will be able to return to normal activities after two to four weeks. You can begin wearing a light cover of mineral-based makeup after two weeks when some bruising could still be present. The swelling should go down after three or four weeks, but the skin on your face might still feel tight. Swelling, bruising, and different sensations on your skin should diminish gradually, but you might still experience them for up to an entire year after surgery.

With a non-surgical facelift, the recovery period is shorter. My patients typically resume their daily routines a day or two after the procedure. It is normal to experience mild bruising, swelling, and dimpling following a non-surgical treatment, as well as some numbness or pain, but this can be alleviated with pain medication. I recommend eating soft foods for a few days after the procedure to prevent unnecessary pain.

To ensure the best possible results from your treatment here are some aftercare tips to follow:

  • Follow post-procedure instructions provided by your doctor.
  • Always use a high SPF sunscreen and avoid direct sun exposure during peak UV hours.
  • Stay hydrated by using a good moisturizer on your skin and drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid dehydrating liquids like alcohol.
  • Avoid smoking as it ages your skin further.
  • Maintain a healthy, constant weight. Dramatic changes in weight can decrease the elasticity and strength of your skin.

How do I find the best doctor in Singapore for a facelift?

When searching for a doctor for your procedure, look for one with these qualities:

  • Unbiased and open-minded
  • Transparent about pricing (be wary of upselling)
  • Credentials and training, and a reliable practice
  • Examples of their previous work to see if their results are right for you

Always listen to your instincts and take your time researching doctors before you commit. Your safety and comfort are very important in a procedure like this, so do not rush your decision and make sure you have all your questions answered before making a choice.

About Lilly Wang Junior   Medical Journalist

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