What is a facelift procedure and how is it performed?
A facelift procedure can help men and women to overcome the visual effects of gravity, sun exposure and the signs of ageing on the face and jowl area.
A facelift is one of the most commonly performed facial cosmetic procedures and is often performed as a result of a patient feeling self conscious about his or her ageing facial appearance. This procedure can be performed singularly or in combination with other procedures such as laser resurfacing, brow lift surgery or blepharoplasty (eye bag removal procedures). The ultimate objective is for the surgeon to create a natural, youthful, fresh facial and jowl appearance by removing slack skin, tightening up loose facial muscle and removing unwanted fatty deposits.
How is a facelift procedure performed?
A facelift procedure involves the surgical refining of ageing facial features by placing an incision above the hairline at the temple region, which extends down in front or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear, and then runs behind the earlobe and up into the hairline on the lower scalp area.
These incisions allow the surgeon access to the facial muscle and its fibrous attachments, which are sutured (stitched) tightly in front and behind the ear, to create a firm sling under the chin and around the jowl area. Slack skin is then precisely and meticulously removed, and if necessary, unwanted fat is also removed from under the chin area with a minor liposuction technique. The remaining skin is then re-draped over the newly defined features and carefully sutured back into place.
This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic and will commonly involve one or occasionally two nights stay in hospital. Under normal conditions a typical facelift procedure will take around 2 hours to perform.
What kind of men and women request this procedure?
- Middle aged and older men and women who are unhappy with their general ageing appearance
- Younger men and women who suffer from premature lines and wrinkles caused by excessive sun exposure, smoking and hereditary factors
What are the results of a facelift like?
This procedure can provide excellent results. Excess, loose and wrinkled skin will be removed and the profile and general appearance of the remaining underlying tissue, facial skin and contours will look more youthful, smoother and firmer.
This advanced corrective procedure is very precise and reasonably lengthy and should only be performed by a Consultant Plastic Surgeon who is fully qualified and well experienced to skilfully perform this type of surgery.
Improved results will take place almost immediately following surgery, but will be obscured by the inevitable neck and facial bruising and swelling which typically follow any facial surgery. It can take up to 14 days for this initial swelling and bruising to settle to an acceptable appearance. After initial swelling has settled down, subtle improvements to the contour of the newly shaped face and neck area will take place for up to six months following surgery.
How will you feel after a facelift procedure and what is the recovery period like?
Following a facelift procedure incision areas are often quite tender for several weeks following surgery.
Analgesic tablets (pain killers) are always provided for any discomfort and patients are encouraged to stay as upright as possible during their early recovery stage and to use cold compresses to help diminish residual swelling. Patients usually describe the way they feel as “tight and uncomfortable” rather than experiencing specific pain.
Any post-operative discomfort tends to diminish rapidly after clips and sutures are removed (typically after 7-14 days following surgery). Most surgeons firmly bandage the face and jaw area for the first 48 hours following surgery to minimise the development of swelling and to help reduce facial discomfort.
Patients will be advised to take a specific amount of recovery time away from work, dependent on the type of work they perform, but it is usual to take at least a fortnight off to rest and recover at home. Patients are also asked to totally avoid direct sunbathing on the facial area for 12 months following surgery.
You can’t usually use your private medical insurance for cosmetic surgery but you can pay directly for your Facelift Surgery treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you able to use your health insurance please do contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Hatfield Hospital.
Why One Healthcare
- Modern purpose-built hospital opened in March 2016 (Ashford) December 2017 (Hatfield)
- Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, Xray and Ultrasound
- Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
- Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
- Little or no waiting time
- ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
- Freshly prepared food
- Calm, dignified experience
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