The history of facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, dates back to the early 20th century. The procedure has evolved over time, with advances in technology and techniques leading to more natural-looking and long-lasting results.
What is a facelift?
A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve the appearance of the face by addressing signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, sagging skin, and loss of definition in the cheeks, jawline, and neck. The procedure typically involves making incisions along the hairline and behind the ears and then removing excess skin, and tightening the underlying facial tissue. The result is a more youthful, rested appearance. Different types of facelift procedures target specific areas of the face, such as the mid-face, lower face, or neck. They can also be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lift, or neck lift. It is important to note that facelift surgery is a major procedure that requires general anaesthesia and a recovery period of several weeks to months.
The first recorded facelift surgery was performed in 1901 by a German surgeon named Eugen Hollander. Hollander’s technique involved removing skin from the face and pulling it back to reduce wrinkles and sagging skin. However, this method resulted in a tight, unnatural appearance.
The Golden Era of Facelift Surgery
During the 1920s and 1930s, facelift surgery experienced a “golden era” with the introduction of new techniques and technologies. American plastic surgeon Dr. Gus G. Wendell, who was known as the “father of modern facelift,” developed a technique that involved making incisions in the hairline, pulling the skin back, and removing excess skin. This technique resulted in a more natural-looking appearance and reduced the risk of complications.
In the 1950s and 1960s, facelift surgery continued to evolve with the introduction of new techniques such as the “SMAS lift” (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) and the “deep-plane facelift.” These techniques involved repositioning the underlying facial muscles and tissues to create a more youthful appearance.
During the 1980s and 1990s, facelift surgery became more popular and widely available. New techniques such as the “mini facelift” and “lifestyle lift” were developed to address specific areas of the face, such as the lower face and neck. These procedures were less invasive and required less recovery time.
Recent Advances in facelift surgery
In recent years, facelift surgery has continued to evolve with the introduction of new technologies such as ultrasound and laser therapy. These advances have led to more precise and less invasive procedures, resulting in faster recovery times and less scarring. Additionally, the use of fillers and neuromodulators such as Botox has become more popular as a non-surgical alternative to facelift surgery.
The Deep Plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift is a type of facelift procedure that addresses deeper layers of the face and neck, rather than just the skin. It is designed to address issues such as sagging in the mid-face, jowls, and loss of definition in the jawline and neck. The procedure typically involves repositioning and tightening deeper layers of the facial tissue, as well as removing excess skin. Deep plane facelifts are generally considered to be more invasive than traditional facelift procedures and have a longer recovery time, but they can also provide more dramatic results.
Facelift Surgery at Centre for Surgery
Facelift surgery has a long history dating back to the early 20th century. It has evolved over time, with advances in technology and techniques leading to more natural-looking and long-lasting results. Today, facelift surgery is a popular and widely available procedure that offers a variety of options to address specific areas of the face and achieve a more youthful appearance.
Centre for Surgery is regarded as one of the leading plastic surgery clinics in the UK and is home to some of the best facelift surgeons in London. We carry out over 50 facelift and neck lift procedures each year at our state-of-the-art Baker street clinic in Marylebone. The types of facelifts performed range from mini facelifts with a shorter recovery period to more extensive, deep plane facelifts often combined with facial fat grafting to achieve comprehensive facial rejuvenation. Call us today on 020 7993 4849 or complete the contact form below to schedule a face-to-face consultation with an expert consultant Plastic Surgeon