As you begin to age, the skin starts to loose its elasticity and natural bounce and as a result your skin can become dull and saggy and visible signs of ageing, such as lines, wrinkles and brown spots can affect our confidence and how we feel about ourselves as we age. A Face Lift or Rhytidectomy, can help to reverse the signs of ageing around the eyes, mouth and jaw line and smooth smooth the skin, reduce wrinkles and lines and rejuvenate a dull and tired looking appearance. There are 3 main types of face lift; the traditional face lift, the MACS (Minimal access cranial suspension) and keyhole surgery. Your surgeon will be able to advise you on which face lift technique is most suitable for you and which will give you the best results.
How long does the Procedure take?
Depending on which Face Lift you choose to have, surgery can take anything up to 6 hours.
What Anaesthetic is available?
A Face Lift can be performed either under General Anaesthetic or Local Anaesthetic with IV Sedation. You can discuss which Anaesthetic options are most suitable for you at your initial consultation with the surgeon.
Following a Facelift, the majority of patients find that they look on average 10 years younger with their skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Some patients opt to have to some non-surgical injections such as Dermal Fillers, to further enhance their new youthful appearance. The scars from surgery are permanent, although they are generally hidden by your hair and like all scars, they will fade over time.
Factors to Consider
Make sure that you know what to expect from Face Lift surgery, as whilst a Face Lift should make you look younger, it will not remove deep frown lines in the forehead, change the look or structure of your upper or lower eyelids, remove wrinkles around the mouth, nor will it raise sagging eyebrows. It is possible to use a variety of different techniques and procedures combined with a Face lift, such as Fat Transfer/Grafting (using your own fat from another part of your body), a Browlift and also non-surgical injections such as Dermal Fillers in order to achieve a more pleasing and youthful result.
What is the Recovery Period?
It is recommended that you take 2 weeks off to rest, but please discuss this with your surgeon at your initial consultation. You will experience both swelling and bruising, which are both part of the normal healing process. Any pain can be managed by prescription painkillers which you can continue to take at home. You should be able to resume normal activities such as work and socialising after 2 weeks. It is important to avoid bending or lifting heavy objects for at least the first 2 weeks. Your surgeon will be able to give you a detailed aftercare breakdown at your initial consultation.