FACELIFT SURGERY

The hands and face are often where ageing becomes first visible, wrinkles and similar signs of ageing become more noticeable. This is largely attributed to the constant movement of the hands and face.

However, sun damage is a huge contributor to this. A person’s skin is almost always uncovered, meaning it is always receiving exposure to the sun, even when there appears to be no sun. Religiously using sunscreen at all times is just not possible or practical, so heavy ageing of the face is likely to affect almost everyone at some point in their lives, and that’s when many people decide to undergo cosmetic facelift surgery.

Popular with all genders, a facelift significantly reduces the look of wrinkles, tightens the skin and leaves the person with a younger-looking face. Results can be incredible when coupled with treatments such as blepharoplasty or chemical face peels. A Facelift surgery might be the solution to the following issues: deep wrinkles anywhere on the face, fine lines or skin creases, loss of a clear jawline, or sagging skin and excess fat in the neck.

Why facelifts are the best option?

In most cases, a person’s first reaction to the visible signs of ageing is to try to combat them using anti-ageing creams.

Unfortunately, these do not provide an effective solution for several reasons, including but not limited to the fact that:

They are often ineffective. We advise you to always take note of the fine print so that you can have clear expectations and are aware of what to expect. Even the highest end and most clinically effective creams are limited in what they can achieve. Facelifts, however, will always deliver immediate and lasting results. With Vectra 3D imaging technology, your surgeon can clearly show what you can achieve with a facelift treatment.

They are significantly more expensive than a facelift. Some of the higher-end face creams can cost hundreds of pounds each, and even mid-range creams can be unaffordable. They are also an item that one will need to continually purchase, and as they cannot guarantee to make you look younger, do not, in our opinion, provide value for money. Facelifts, however, are a once in a lifetime expense that medically guarantees permanent results every time.

They come with side effects. There are numerous reports of people reacting badly to face creams, due to their complex and widely varied ingredients lists mean it is not unusual for you to discover allergies of which you were previously unaware. The likelihood of this happening is small, but it does occur and affects people hundreds of times a year.

Facelifts, however, are recognised and supported by extensive safety checks, with complete analysis of an individual’s medical history and any allergies they may have.

What are the types of face-lift procedures?

There are numerous kinds of face-lift procedures, such as lower facelift, neck lift, forehead lift, midface lift, temporal lift, mini facelift and total facelift. One or more of these techniques can be used depending on the patient’s needs. Over 50 years of age, total facelifts addressing all levels are generally preferred.

COMMON CONCERNS

RECOVERY from a facelift

Most patients will stay overnight in the hospital so their initial recovery can be monitored. Immediately following your surgery, you may experience bruising and swelling. Drains will be placed to minimise excess swelling. You will see a nurse daily until your drains are removed. Most patients return to work within two weeks of the procedure once the swelling has begun to subside. You can resume your regular physical activities after four weeks. Almost all major swelling should subside within six weeks.

SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS

You will be advised to sleep on a flat pillow or no pillow to avoid flexing your neck. You will be requested to keep talking to a minimum to aid in recovery of your face and neck. You will be advised to avoid chewing gum and avoid eating hot and spicy foods for five days.

SCARS

All incisions are created in the hairline or around the ears, which masks most of the scarring that can develop. However, each individual heals differently, and it is possible for some scarring to develop. However, any visible scarring is likely to fade over time.

COSTS

The exact cost of your facelift will be determined during your consultation. Prices vary depending on the patient’s extent of correction needed. Other factors such as location, hospital fees, surgical fees, and anaesthesia fees can all affect the ultimate cost of your facelift. Before Other factors. A combined neck lift, eyelid surgery and brow lift will also affect the cost of the surgery.

PAIN

Minor discomfort and tenderness is common following a facelift. Medication is used to control any associated pain.

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