Facelift surgery is considered the most effective technique for producing dramatic facial rejuvenation results. A facelift can correct both loose skin and weakened facial muscles that have lost their elasticity over time. Our expert facelift surgeons are focused on attaining natural-looking results for patients with meticulous surgery that does not lead to an “overdone” look.
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If you have been considering having a facelift procedure and are keen to learn about what the procedure involves, read on to learn about the ins and outs of facelift surgery in London and how to achieve incredible life-changing results.
What are the different types of facelift surgery?
A facelift is also known by its medical name, rhytidectomy. Facelift surgery is designed to tighten the SMAS layer in the face combined with the removal of excess skin. This helps to eliminate deep wrinkles and skin folds located near the mouth and nose. Saggy skin caused by the natural ageing process can be tightened by the removal of excess skin to create a more defined jawline and neck. A facelift at Centre for Surgery in London is uniquely customised to the needs and desires of the individual patient to achieve optimal outcomes.
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Although a facelift can be performed on its own, it is commonly combined with other facial plastic surgery procedures such as eyelid surgery, brow lift or facial fat transfer. There are several different types of facelift procedures, with each one designed to target a particular area of the face. Understanding the different methods of performing facelift surgery before attending your consultation will help you to participate more effectively in the patient-surgeon relationship.
Traditional SMAS facelift
The SMAS facelift is regarded as the most popular method for performing a facelift, with the ability to produce dramatic results even for people with extensive signs of facial ageing. Incisions for a full facelift are located at the front of the ear and extend downwards around the earlobe into the posterior hairline located behind the ear. Your surgeon may also make a small incision beneath the chin to perform a neck lift. Chin and neck liposuction is also often combined with a facelift and neck lift to achieve a contoured chin and jawline. The weakened SMAS muscle is surgically tightened, and any excess skin is surgically removed. Facelift surgery is often combined with facial fat transfer to enhance the volume in other areas of the face, such as the cheeks, lower eyelids or temples.
A mini facelift is an ideal option for people who would prefer less scarring and a quicker recovery period. It is important to bear in mind a mini facelift does not produce as dramatic results when compared with a standard facelift. Most suitable patients for a mini facelift are in their early 40s, with early features of ageing most commonly seen around the lower face and jawline. Mini facelift surgery is ideal for tightening loose skin in the lower part of the face and may often be repeated 5 to 10 years later to maintain the results over time.
One Stitch facelift
A one-stitch facelift is known as a ‘short scar facelift’ or limited incision facelift. This procedure is designed to produce meaningful results without visible scars. The incision for a one-stitch facelift is positioned in front of the ear, both just above and below it. There is no incision located at the front of the ear as with a traditional facelift. Some surgeons may choose to place the incision within the ear, particularly if there is a higher risk of visible scarring. A one-stitch face takes no more than 60 minutes to carry out and involves a rapid recovery period with minimal side effects. To be suitable for this procedure, patients should be developing early signs of ageing and be aged in their 30s or early 40s. Suitability for a short scar facelift will be determined at your consultation.
Can a facelift be combined with fat transfer?
In many cases, a facelift can produce even better results when combined with fat transfer to the face. Many types of facelift procedures involve the removal of fat from the chin and neck to contour and sculpt the lower face. The removal of fat from the lower face and neck can be combined with fat injections to the middle third of the face. Many patients begin to develop signs of ageing affecting the middle part of the face first. Sunken cheeks, hollowed eyes and nasolabial folds are several features which can be improved with facial fat grafting and a mid-facelift.
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Targeted injections of prepared fat removed from another part of the body, such as the inner thighs, can enhance cheek volume and fill out sunken eyes to achieve a more youthful look. Fat that has been injected into the face is rich in stem cells and has powerful regenerative effects that can also contribute to the improvement of overall skin quality.
What does a facelift consultation at Centre for Surgery involve?
The first step towards achieving a useful and refreshed facial appearance is to have an in-person consultation with an expert London facelift Surgeon. The consultation serves as a foundation for learning about your unique needs and desires. The surgeon will carefully listen to what you hope to achieve from the procedure as well as determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure. Having realistic expectations about what facelift surgery can achieve is vital, and your surgeon will also discuss the potential risks and complications associated with a facelift.
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We would recommend you bring photos of people who you like the look of, and you will have the opportunity to view a selection of before and after photos. This will give you an idea of the type of facelift results that can be achieved.
Once you have had a consultation, you will be seen by your dedicated patient coordinator, and you will receive a detailed quotation. Your quotation will also contain important information, including how to pay a deposit to secure a date for surgery. Your patient coordinator will be available via a dedicated mobile phone number for any questions or queries you may have. We also offer a full range of finance options, including 0% finance for eligible patients.
If you still have further questions after your consultation, please get in contact with us and our friendly and experienced patient coordinator team will be available to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, we would be more than happy to arrange a follow-up consultation with your surgeon to ensure you are comfortable with all aspects of the procedure. Having a facelift is a major decision, and we understand it can be a fairly nerve-wracking time. This is why we strive to make the process as smooth as possible and empower you with all the information needed to make an informed decision on surgery.
What can I expect on the day of facelift surgery?
The day of surgery has arrived, and our preoperative team will have carried out a detailed preoperative assessment to make sure you are medically fit for Surgery. You should make sure you nominate a responsible adult escort to drop you off at our Baker Street clinic at your booked time. Your adult caregiver needs to be available for you on surgery day. We would advise them to keep their phone on continuously and be able to come to the clinic within 30 minutes once our recovery nurses have called them.
Once your identity has been verified, our admission nurses will be able to answer any last-minute questions you may have and will also confirm your adult escort will be available to collect you after the procedure. You will be asked to change into a patient gown and will have your blood pressure and other vital signs checked. Your anaesthetist will then come to assess you to make sure you are fit for the procedure and will prescribe oral pre-medication for you to take before surgery. These medications help you to relax. Although it can be a hugely exciting day, it is normal to feel slightly anxious. Our expert nursing team is on hand to assist you at all stages of your patient journey.
Once you have been seen by the anaesthetist, your surgeon will meet with you to discuss the procedure plan and to mark the areas to be treated during surgery. Once the theatre team is ready, you will be walked through to the operating room and asked to lie on the OR table. You will then be put to sleep by your anaesthetist. Facelift surgery takes between 2 to 4 hours depending on the extent of surgical correction required and whether it is combined with other procedures, including facial fat transfer, eyelid surgery or brow lift.
What happens once the procedure is complete?
Once the procedure is complete, your anaesthetist will begin the process of waking you up from anaesthesia. You will then be transferred to the dedicated recovery suite, where you will be closely monitored by a specialist team of recovery nurses. Once you are almost fit for discharge, your recovery nurse will contact your adult escort to give them an estimated time to come and collect you. Once you are medically fit for discharge, they will be contacted again to confirm they are on their way to collect you. Your adult escort will be given detailed post-operative care instructions, and you will also be given the 24-hour nurse contact number if you have any concerns during the recovery period out of hours. We will also book a postoperative appointment for you to have any wound dressings removed the following day and a dressing change appointment approximately 7 to 10 days later. It is normal to experience a certain amount of bruising and swelling after a facelift. However, if you are concerned about excessive swelling or bleeding, you should contact us immediately to arrange an urgent clinical assessment.
It is very important to attend your post-operative review appointments as per your surgeon’s instructions. This helps to ensure your healing and recovery are progressing as intended. Getting the best facelift results means actively engaging with our clinical team, and you will receive ongoing advice and support during recovery after a facelift.
How long does it take to recover after a facelift?
We would recommend taking one week off work and avoiding any vigorous physical activities for at least four weeks after a facelift. Depending on the type of work you do, after two weeks may be required off work. Bruising and swelling after a facelift takes time to settle down, and you should take plenty of time to rest and relax to ensure proper healing with minimal risk of complications. You should feel free to spend time reading a book or watching TV, as this will help your body to heal and recover for the best results.
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Light exercise is allowed after two weeks postop. Strenuous physical exercise, including going to the gym or lifting heavy weights, can only be considered after four weeks. Speak to our clinical support team for customised recommendations on when to start certain activities safely. Any mild discomfort can be easily controlled with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol. Most patients find they can cover up any residual bruising with concealer makeup after two weeks. This will allow them to feel comfortable going out in public.
Why choose Centre for Surgery for facelift surgery?
Centre for Surgery is considered to be the leading cosmetic surgery clinic in London, and our facelift surgeons are recognised as some of the best in the UK. Our friendly and experienced clinical team are here to assist you at every step of your patient journey with us. Once you are ready to make the first step towards achieving a youthful and refreshed you, call us today on 020 7993 4849 or complete the contact form below.
Our state-of-the-art Baker Street clinic in London is ideally located to all the major transport hubs, and we regularly receive patients from across the UK and internationally.