Trifecta Lift – restore, replace, refine

Eyelid Rejuvenation in Sydney with Dr Michael Kernohan

Trifecta Lift is an advanced cosmetic eyelid surgery technique that has garnered significant attention for its ability to rejuvenate the midface area comprehensively. The procedure is an innovative concept of facial rejuvenation (face lifting) that combines lower blepharoplasty, restoring the volume of the middle facial floor and skin restructuring procedures (laser therapy, mesotherapy, vampire therapy, chemical peeling). In situations where we also associate upper blepharoplasty or eyebrow lifting (surgical or non-surgical) we can talk about Quadfecta Lift.

Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Michael Kernohan will explain his signature story the Trifecta Lift, exploring its benefits, procedure, and why it stands out in the realm of cosmetic enhancements.

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What is the Trifecta Lift?

The Trifecta Lift represents a specialised surgical method popularise in the USA, meticulously designed to rejuvenate the lower eyelid region by addressing its three primary ageing elements. This procedure is a testament to the nuanced understanding of the ageing process around the eyes, offering a holistic solution for revitalising this sensitive area. The Trifecta Lift encompasses:

  • Revitalising Lower Eyelid Contours: Central to the Trifecta Lift is the tailored approach to lower eyelid blepharoplasty. This technique is executed through the inner side of the eyelids, ensuring that no external scarring is visible. The focus here is on delicately repositioning the protruded fat pads, which helps in seamlessly smoothing out the tear trough area
  • Enhancing Skin Quality: Addressing the skin’s condition forms a crucial part of the Trifecta Lift. Depending on individual needs, the skin is either resurfaced or tightened to diminish fine lines and enhance texture. This is done with the latest CO2 fractional laser system. While this step significantly improves skin texture and fine lines
  • Restoring Lost Volume: A distinctive aspect of the Trifecta Lift is the strategic restoration of volume in the midface area. Utilising the patient’s own fat, this part of the procedure aims to replenish lost volume, ensuring the midface feels natural and avoids an exaggerated look. This technique, perfected over years, is integral to achieving a balanced and enduring rejuvenation effect

What sets the Trifecta Lift apart is its ability to tailor the procedure to the individual needs of each patient. Every face is unique, and so are the signs of ageing it exhibits. Dr Kernohan’s expertise lies in customising the Trifecta Lift to suit the specific anatomical structure and aesthetic goals of each patient, ensuring results that are not only effective but also appear natural and harmonious with the patient’s overall facial features. It is our opinion that traditional blepharoplasty is more likely look conspicuous and does not age well. A trifecta lift is aimed at restoring, replacing and refining the tissues.

Benefits of the Trifecta Lift

The Trifecta Lift is not just about enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the eyes. The benefits of this procedure extend far beyond the cosmetic, offering even functional advantages.

Aesthetically, the Trifecta Lift can improve the appearance of tired, drooping eyelids and puffy under-eye bags, which are often the first signs of ageing. By addressing these issues, the procedure can help restore a more vibrant appearance. 

Functionally, the Trifecta Lift can improve peripheral vision that might be obscured by drooping eyelids. This not only enhances the visual field but can also make activities such as driving or reading more comfortable.

How Is the Trifecta Lift Performed?

The Trifecta Lift is a meticulously planned and executed procedure, tailored to each patient’s unique facial structure and aesthetic goals. Here’s a general overview of what the procedure entails:

  1. Consultation and Planning: The journey begins with a detailed consultation with Dr Kernohan. During this session, he assesses the patient’s facial anatomy, discusses their aesthetic goals, and explains the procedure in detail. This is also the time when any questions or concerns are addressed
  2. Pre-operative Preparations: Prior to the surgery, patients may be advised to follow specific guidelines to ensure the best possible outcome. This could include avoiding certain medications, arranging for post-operative care, and preparing for a brief recovery period
  3. The Surgery: On the day of the procedure, the Trifecta Lift is usually performed under general anaesthetic, but treatment awae or sedated is sometimes possible depending on the complexity of the case and patient preference. Dr Kernohan meticulously works on each aspect of the eye area, addressing the lower eyelids and surrounding structures. The surgery typically takes a few hours
  4. Recovery: Post-operative care is crucial for a smooth recovery. Patients are given detailed instructions on how to care for their eyes, including the use of cold compresses, medications for pain and swelling, and guidelines on when to resume normal activities. Follow-up appointments are scheduled to monitor the healing process

The entire process, from consultation to recovery, is designed to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible, ensuring that patients feel supported and informed at every step.

Good Candidates for the Trifecta Lift

The Trifecta Lift is an excellent option for individuals seeking a rejuvenated appearance around their eyes, but it’s not suitable for everyone. Good candidates for this procedure include:

  • Age Factor: While there’s no specific age limit, the Trifecta Lift is most commonly performed on individuals in their 30s to 50s who experience signs of ageing around the eyes
  • Health Considerations: Good candidates are generally in good overall health, do not have serious eye conditions, and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery
  • Specific Concerns: Those who benefit most from the Trifecta Lift are individuals with tired looking eyes, under-eye bags, and fine lines / wrinkles around the eyes 
  • Lifestyle Factors: Non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking for a period before and after the surgery are ideal, as smoking can affect the healing process

It’s important to note that the Trifecta Lift is not a one-size-fits-all solution. During the initial consultation, Dr Kernohan thoroughly evaluates each patient’s unique facial structure, skin quality, and individual concerns to determine if the Trifecta Lift is the most suitable procedure for them.

Comparing Trifecta Lift with Other Procedures (Quadfecta Lift, etc.)

While the Trifecta Lift is a comprehensive solution for rejuvenating the eye area, it’s one of several advanced procedures available. Understanding how it compares to others, such as the Quadfecta Lift, can help patients make informed decisions.

  • Trifecta Lift: Focuses on the lower eyelids and the surrounding area, addressing three key aspects – excess skin, muscle laxity, and fat bulges. It’s ideal for those looking for a significant yet natural-looking rejuvenation around the eyes
  • Quadfecta Lift: This procedure goes a step further by including a fourth element – the brow lift. It’s suitable for individuals who not only have concerns around their eyes but also have significantly drooping eyebrows that contribute to a tired appearance

The choice between these procedures depends on the individual’s specific concerns and desired outcomes. Dr Kernohan works closely with each patient to recommend the best approach, ensuring that the results align with their aesthetic goals and lifestyle.

Risks Associated with Trifecta Lift

Like any surgical procedure, the Trifecta Lift involves certain risks and considerations. However, when performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr Kernohan, these risks are significantly minimised. It’s important for patients to be aware of these aspects to make an informed decision.

  • General Safety: The Trifecta Lift is considered a safe procedure, especially when performed by a qualified surgeon. Dr Kernohan’s extensive experience and meticulous technique further enhance the safety profile of this surgery
  • Potential Risks: While rare, potential risks can include infection, bleeding, scarring, and asymmetry. There may also be temporary side effects such as swelling, bruising, and discomfort
  • Risk Mitigation: To minimise risks, patients are carefully screened during the consultation process. Detailed pre- and post-operative care instructions are provided to ensure a smooth recovery. Dr Kernohan and his team are also readily available to address any concerns or complications that may arise
  • Informed Consent: Prior to the surgery, patients are given a comprehensive overview of the procedure, including potential risks, to ensure they can give informed consent

It’s crucial for patients to follow all pre- and post-operative instructions and attend all follow-up appointments to ensure the best possible outcomes.


Why Choose Dr Kernohan for Your Trifecta Lift

Choosing the right surgeon is paramount for a successful Trifecta Lift, and Dr Michael Kernohan stands out for several reasons:

  • Expertise and Experience: With years of experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr Kernohan possesses the skill and artistry required for complex procedures like the Trifecta Lift
  • Personalised Care: Dr Kernohan is known for his patient-centric approach. He takes the time to understand each patient’s unique needs and tailors the procedure to achieve the best possible results
  • Quality of Care: From the initial consultation to post-operative follow-ups, patients receive the highest standard of care. Dr Kernohan and his team ensure that patients feel supported and informed throughout their journey

FAQs about Trifecta Lift

How long does the recovery process take after a Trifecta Lift?

  • The recovery time can vary depending on the individual, but most patients can expect to return to normal activities within 1-2 weeks. Complete healing and the final results may take a few months to fully manifest. It’s important to follow all post-operative care instructions for the best outcome.

Will there be visible scars after the Trifecta Lift?

  • Dr Kernohan takes great care to make incisions in discreet locations, such as the natural creases of the eyelids, to minimise visible scarring. Any scarring that does occur is typically well-concealed and fades significantly over time.

Can the Trifecta Lift be combined with other facial cosmetic procedures?

  • Yes, the Trifecta Lift can be combined with other procedures such as a facelift or brow lift for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation including laser treatment and surgery. Dr Kernohan will discuss the possibilities and recommend the best approach based on your aesthetic goals during the consultation.

How long do the results of the Trifecta Lift last?

  • The results of the Trifecta Lift are long-lasting, but it’s important to remember that the procedure does not halt the ageing process. Most patients enjoy the benefits for several years. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and proper skincare can help prolong the results.

Is there an ideal age to undergo the Trifecta Lift?

  • There is no specific ‘ideal’ age for the Trifecta Lift, as it depends on individual concerns and conditions. The procedure is typically performed on adults who experience ageing signs around their eyes, which can vary widely in onset. Dr Kernohan evaluates each patient’s suitability based on their unique facial characteristics and health, rather than age alone.

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