One of the most common procedures carried out on both men and women is facelift surgery. As the natural ageing process causes the skin on the face to lose its elasticity, sagging starts to appear around the eyes, mouth and jaw along with lines and wrinkles. Facelift surgery relieves these signs of ageing and improves the appearance of the skin on the face.
Prior to your surgery you will have a consultation with your surgeon to explore the reasons behind your wish for facelift surgery and to discuss your expected aesthetic outcome. Your surgeon will then decide on the best method of performing your facelift and explain to you how it is done and why it is the chosen method. You may also wish to combine this surgery with another procedure to get the best results.
Your facelift surgery will be typically be performed using one of three methods depending on the required outcome and which is most suitable for you. The first method is to make an incision along your hairline finishing behind your ears. The skin is then separated from your tissue, facial muscles are tightened and fat repositioned if necessary. The excess skin is then removed and the incision stitched. The second method uses smaller incisions but otherwise is the same as the first method although this can’t always be used depending on the extent of the surgery needed. The final method is to use keyhole surgery. This is where very small incisions are made on the face and an endoscope inserted to allow your surgeon to then carry out the procedure. Keyhole surgery is only suitable for certain types of facelifts and you will be advised which method will be used for yours at your consultation.
This type of surgery usually lasts between 2 and 4 hours and requires a general anaesthetic and an overnight stay in hospital. We recommend you take at least 2 weeks off from work and to get plenty of rest during the first week to allow your body to recover from the surgery. At your first aftercare appointment your bandage and drains will be removed if they were not removed before you left the hospital. The majority of the swelling and bruising on your face will subside in week 2 and the quality of your skin and incision areas will begin to improve. After 4 weeks you can begin to resume normal activities and more strenuous activities following week 6. It can take up to a year for the full effect of your facelift to become apparent.
The price of your facelift is dependent on numerous factors including the method needed to carry out the procedure, whether any additional procedures are going to be performed at the same time and the length of stay in hospital.
As with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications. These will be discussed with you before any surgery takes place, along with your medical history and you will be provided with comprehensive information in relation to your specific procedure that you can take away and reflect over after your consultation. Don’t forget our friendly team are here to answer any questions you may have.