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S-Lift Surgery

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Considering an S-lift? Here you will find everything about the procedure and the post-operative care.

Your face provides the world with a lasting impression of who you are and how you feel. But it doesn’t have to tell your age. For many of our patients, the “wind-tunnel” look caused by overly taut skin following a facelift is no longer acceptable.

They desire a more “natural looking” rejuvenation that does not “scream facelift.” Many patients today are looking for facelifts that allow for faster recovery, involve smaller incisions and no hair loss, and yield non-surgical looking results.

The S-Lift is a hidden-scar facelift procedure designed to rejuvenate the neck, jowls and face. Compared to traditional facelifts, it is a less invasive operation, with fewer complications and faster recovery. The S-Lift is mostly suited for younger and middle-aged people and can make a dramatic change by tightening the skin of the chin, cheeks and neck and sagging muscles. The best candidates for an S-Lift are men and women who:

  • Have firm, elastic skin and are in good health.
  • Are typically between 40 and 70 years of age.
  • Have mild to moderate lower facial and/or neck laxity.
  • Have realistic expectations.
  • Want to look as young as they feel.

What may be helped?

  • Lower face and neck
  • Contour of the chin and neckline
  • Appearance of the cheek and jowls
  • Some lines and wrinkles
  • Deep creases and facial folds

What may not be helped?

  • Forehead and brow position
  • Eyelid appearance
  • Some wrinkles will remain and may return
  • Ageing process

The Procedure

An S-Lift is performed in strict local anaesthesia, using a special anaesthetic solution, which is injected in the area forward of the ears. This fluid lifts the skin from the underlying tissue. Operating on one side of your face at a time, Dr Zurek excise a narrow “S” shaped section of skin from the area forward of your ear. The skin is lifted and tightened. The doctors also reposition the underlying muscles and tissues. Excess fat is removed. The opening is closed using fine sutures. The procedure normally takes less than 2 hours.


After your procedure, you will go home and rest for at least 24 hours. There may be some minor bruising and swelling for several days. You will wear a small bandage over the incision site for the next 2 – 3 days. Mild pain relievers are used. After 2-3 days you may take a shower and wash your hair. Men may shave their face. Sutures will be removed after 6 – 7 days. Direct sun should be avoided for several weeks. Most S-Lift patients resume regular activities after 4 to 5 days.

Expected Results

Following surgery, the normal ageing process resumes. Your lifestyle choices, bone structure, skin type, sun exposure and heredity all play a part in determining how many years can be removed by an S-Lift and for how long. In general, younger patients enjoy longer-lasting results. The real advantage is that patients achieve natural results and look rejuvenated, not operated.