Last fact-checked: 4 November 2019
Ever thought about going abroad for a facelift? In Malaysia, you can find top-quality surgeons that perform this procedure for thousands less than back home, taking years off your face without completely wiping out your savings!
You can take care of your skin all you want using expensive skincare products on a daily basis, but sooner or later, the ravages of time will show on your face. Combined with other factors like stress, pollution and smoking, wrinkles, lines, furrows appear on the face. Minimally invasive procedures like the use of Botox and fillers work on minor problem areas, but facelift surgery is the go-to option if you want a more dramatic, longer-lasting result.
Facelift surgery is often combined with other treatments such as eye bag removal, forehead lift and neck lift for the rejuvenation of the entire face (as a simple facelift surgery does have its some limitations). However, it is an effective option for:
Malaysia is a top tourist destination and a great place for a holiday. It is possible to combine your facelift surgery with a holiday for a two-for-one experience... but remember that you won't be very active after surgery. Malaysia is also easily accessible from all over the world, particularly Australia, with major airlines flying into Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You also have the benefit of being in a temperate climate, with the chance to enjoy traditional Malaysian hospitality and stay in reasonably priced hotels.
You can time your holiday before the surgery as afterwards you will need rest, though you can also recuperate for some time in Malaysia before flying home. You can enjoy the many tourist attractions here including great food, shopping, clubbing and visiting local sites.
Though you can book on your own, the internet has many horror stories of patients facing post-surgical problems and subsequently getting stuck in different parts of the world. In many of these extreme cases, patients have booked directly through an unlicensed clinic or used an unreliable third-party agent. It's simply don’t not worth the gamble with your face by not checking out the credentials of your surgeon or clinic. You should do your own research; for example, is your surgeon a member of or affiliated with a professional organization? How many procedures have they performed over their career? Can you see photos of their work? Are there any previous patients you can talk to? These are all valid ways to assess their credentials.
When you book through Medical Departures, we ensure that you will have a great surgical experience. That is because we check out the qualifications and accreditations of the doctors, visit clinics personally and collect real patient reviews to publish on our site.
Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy as it is clinically known, is a major yet fairly standardized procedure. After a consultation and planning, the surgeon first makes incisions at the hairline till the front of the ears and skin is then pulled and tightened and redraped and sutured. If required, fat may be removed or added for better contouring.
The procedure involves local or general anesthetics with the option of sedatives, too. The surgery time varies from two to five hours. More complex procedures require an overnight hospital stay, though a mini-facelift that does not involve muscles and tissues may be done on an outpatient basis.
Your face will be bandaged with cotton compression dressings. You will also have to keep your face in an elevated position for as long as recommended by the doctor (this may involve sleeping on a recliner or with more pillows for a few days as well). It will take between 10-15 days for recovery though complete healing will take a few months.
In Malaysia, at a state-of-the-art medical facility, you can expect to pay a starting rate of AUD 5,000, around one-third of the cost in countries like Australia (roughly AUD 15,000).
Please note that these are approximate, averages prices collated at the time of writing. For exact prices, as well as clinic photos, surgeon profiles, patient reviews and other useful information, check out these three leading facilities in Malaysia for facelifts:
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25 Best Things to Do in Malaysia. The Crazy Tourist. Website accessed: 4 November 2019.
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