What is a one stitch facelift?
One stitch facelift is a minimally invasive facial rejuvenation procedure designed to address early signs of ageing in patients below 50. One stitch facelift surgery can produce results that can last up to 5 years. Compared with a full facelift or a mini facelift, A one stitch facelift is a minimally invasive surgical procedure with much shorter incisions and often involves only one stitch to lift areas of facial sagging. The procedure’s popularity has surged due to the lack of visible scarring, reduced risks and minimal downtime compared with traditional facelift surgery.
A one stitch facelift is designed to rejuvenate the mid-face, which is located just beneath the lower eyelids and involves the cheeks and extends down to the upper lip. Many people often develop early signs of ageing affecting the middle part of the face. Typical signs of ageing in this area include prominent nasolabial folds and sunken cheeks, and loss of volume in the lower eyelids. One stitch facelift can enhance the contour of the cheeks leading to natural-looking results and increased youthfulness. The procedure is commonly combined with other facial cosmetic surgery procedures, including eyelid surgery, neck lift and fat transfer to the face for even more powerful anti-ageing effects. Patients may have developed lower eyelid entropion from previous surgery, and this may be corrected with a mid-facelift to revert the lower eyelid.
The natural ageing process cannot be reversed with any type of facelift procedure, including a one-stitch facelift. However, skilfully undertaken facelift surgery can reduce the need for more extensive surgery further down the line as we continue to age. A one-stitch facelift can be supplemented by a mini or traditional facelift 10 to 15 years later to maintain the anti-ageing benefits of facial rejuvenation surgery. Compared with a non-surgical facelift using dermal fillers, a one-stitch facelift produces longer-lasting results without needing annual top-up treatments.
What are the benefits?
One-stitch facelift surgery is an excellent treatment option for people with early signs of ageing affecting the face. Certain factors may exacerbate facial ageing including poor diet, lack of sleep, smoking, excessive stress and prolonged exposure to the sun. Collagen is a natural protein in the skin that confers elasticity and firmness. With increasing age, the rate of new collagen production begins to decline which leads to a reduction in skin elasticity leading to the formation of lines wrinkles, skin folds and sagging skin. Loose skin can result in the face starting to sag, and patients may develop loss of cheek volume due to atrophy of the fat pads leading to the appearance of flattened cheeks, which may appear sunken in severe cases. Other consequences include the development of a tear trough deformity, and a prominent skin crease between the upper part of the cheek and the lower eyelid. Nasolabial folds are prominent skin folds which extend from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth and become more obvious with increasing age.
Significant signs of ageing can result in reduced self-confidence, which may lead to lower self-esteem. People often feel self-conscious when in the company of others and may avoid certain social situations. A one-stitch facelift can effectively tackle early signs of ageing for a refreshed and useful look while restoring self-confidence.
Premature ageing may occur when people make poor lifestyle choices, including smoking tobacco or spending large amounts of time in the sun. Being constantly stressed and going to bed late can also exacerbate signs of ageing affecting the face. A one-stitch facelift can effectively address typical features such as lines, wrinkles or skin sagging affecting the middle part of the face. One stitch facelift results can be maintained for a longer period of time if you modify your lifestyle, including stopping smoking. Many people find this procedure to be highly attractive due to its short incisions and scars, minimal risks and very short downtime, with most patients back to their normal activities the next day.
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One stitch facelift vs Mini Facelift - which is better?
A mini facelift may be a better option than a one-stitch facelift for several reasons:
- More comprehensive results: A mini facelift typically provides more extensive and longer-lasting results compared to a one-stitch facelift. While both procedures address early signs of ageing, the mini facelift involves more extensive tissue manipulation and skin tightening, leading to a more noticeable improvement in the lower face and jawline.
- Better for moderate sagging: The mini facelift is more suitable for individuals with moderate sagging or laxity in the lower face, as it can provide a more significant lift and tightening effect compared to a one-stitch facelift, which is better suited for very mild sagging.
- Longer-lasting results: Mini facelift results tend to last longer than those of a one-stitch facelift. While a one-stitch facelift can provide subtle improvements, the results may last only 1-2 years, whereas a mini facelift can yield results that last between 5-10 years, depending on individual factors.
- More predictable outcomes: Mini facelifts are performed by experienced plastic surgeons using well-established surgical techniques. This can result in more predictable and consistent outcomes compared to one-stitch facelifts, which rely on the placement and tension of threads to achieve the desired lift.
- Customisable approach: A mini facelift can be more easily customised to address specific concerns or areas of the face, allowing the surgeon to tailor the procedure to the individual patient’s needs.
Am I suitable?
One stitch facelift, also known as a “lunchtime lift” is an appropriate treatment for patients aged below the age of 50 with early signs of ageing affecting the face. Patients not keen on the idea of more invasive surgery and looking for subtle improvements may find a one-stitch facelift to be the ideal procedure.
Consultant plastic surgeons at Centre for Surgery will take the following factors into account when determining suitability for surgery including:
- Patients in a good state of physical and mental health with no chronic medical conditions.
- Have early signs of ageing affecting the middle part of the face.
- Are keen to explore a less invasive option compared with a full facelift.
- Have realistic expectations of what the procedure can achieve and are committed to following the surgeon’s post-operative instructions in full.
- Below the age of 50
What is the difference between one stitch facelift and more invasive types of facelift surgery?
A one stitch facelift is often preferred by many younger patients due to being less surgically invasive compared with a mini facelift or a full facelift. Both a full facelift and mini facelift involve making incisions in front of and behind the ear extending into the hairline. There is only one incision required for a one-stitch facelift which is barely noticeable three months after the procedure. Patients below the age of 50 are ideally suited to having a one-stitch facelift, especially if they have early signs of ageing. Mini facelift surgery is suitable for those with moderate features of ageing and is aged above 45. A traditional full facelift, also known as a rhytidectomy, is designed for much older patients over 55 with extensive signs of facial ageing, often due to smoking and excessive sun exposure. Modern cosmetic treatments undertaken earlier with zero downtime have often reduced or eliminated the need for a full facelift in later life.
Compared with a mini and full facelift, A one-stitch facelift is designed to tackle signs of ageing affecting the middle part of the face, and this is where signs of ageing often first appear. Mini facelift surgery is ideal for treating the lower part of the face to get rid of loose skin and sagging jowls for a better-defined jawline. The beauty of one-stitch facelift surgery involves its ability to be combined with other types of facial treatments, including blepharoplasty, facial fat transfer, neck lift and browlift. Non-surgical treatments can also be combined, including dermal fillers, Morpheus8 and laser resurfacing.
What does a one stitch facelift involve?
One stitch facelift is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery treatment that is easily carried out under a local anaesthetic often combined with tablets sedation. If you prefer, the procedure may be undertaken under a general anaesthetic. In most cases, the procedure takes no more than 45 minutes to carry out, and you can go home once the procedure is complete. Once you are lying comfortably on the operating table, the surgeon will clean and drape the area before carrying out a series of measurements followed by the marking of the area. A local anaesthetic will then be injected to numb the areas. An incision will then be made no more than 2 cm in length, followed by gentle mobilisation of the underlying soft tissues of the face. Sagging skin is lifted before being secured with a stitch. The skin is then closed with dissolvable stitches. Any scarring is virtually invisible, and patients can look forward to achieving natural-looking results with little or no downtime. Pain and discomfort are not typically associated with a one-stitch facelift. Bruising and swelling are minor and will resolve fully after one week. It’s important to bear in mind that surgery cannot prevent the natural ageing process from occurring. Many patients choose to combine a one-stitch facelift with fat transfer to the face to enhance areas that have lost volume, including flattened or sunken cheeks.
Facial fat transfer involves removing fat with liposuction from the upper thighs or lower abdomen. This fat is then purified before being injected into the cheeks, chin, temples or lips for enhancement of the facial features and restoration of soft tissue volume. Our surgeons are trained in using nano fat for the improvement of skin quality and optimising the appearance of facial scars. Recovery after a one-stitch facelift is much quicker compared with a mini or full facelift, with most patients back to their normal activities the next day.
How much does a one stitch facelift cost?
The cost of a one-stitch facelift will be determined once you have had a face-to-face consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon at Centre for Surgery in London. Your patient coordinator will give you a detailed quotation immediately after your consultation and we would recommend reflecting on all aspects of the consultation for the next two weeks.
One stitch facelift prices at Centre for Surgery are considered very competitive compared with other hospitals and clinics in London.
Your treatment includes:
- In-depth consultation with a specialist plastic surgeon
- 0% finance available for eligible applicants
- Your treatment will be carried out at our state-of-the-art Baker Street clinic in Marylebone
- Your own dedicated patient coordinator to act as a personal point of contact throughout your journey with us at Centre for Surgery
- Our post-operative after-care has been described as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.
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Alternatives to a one stitch facelift
There are several alternatives to a one-stitch facelift that can help address early signs of ageing and provide subtle facial rejuvenation. Some of these options include:
- Mini facelift: A mini facelift is a less invasive surgical procedure that targets the lower half of the face, focusing on areas such as the cheeks, jawline, and jowls. It involves smaller incisions and less extensive dissection compared to a traditional facelift, resulting in a shorter recovery time and reduced scarring.
- Dermal fillers: Injectable fillers can add volume and lift to specific areas of the face, such as the cheeks, temples, or nasolabial folds, providing a non-surgical alternative to a one-stitch facelift.
- Wrinkle relaxing injections: This injectable treatment can help relax facial muscles, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and providing a subtle lift in certain areas of the face.
- Morpheus8: This non-invasive procedure uses radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen production, tightening and lifting the skin over time. Morpheus8 can be an alternative to a one-stitch facelift for patients who prefer a non-surgical approach.
- Radiofrequency treatments: These treatments use radiofrequency energy to heat the skin’s deeper layers, promoting collagen production and resulting in a tighter, more youthful appearance.
- Microneedling: This procedure involves creating micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production and improving skin texture and firmness.
What is a micro facelift?A micro facelift, also known as a short-scar facelift, is a minimally invasive cosmetic surgery procedure that aims to address early signs of facial ageing. It focuses on tightening and lifting the skin in the lower half of the face, targeting areas such as the cheeks, jawline, and jowls.
The micro facelift involves smaller incisions and less extensive dissection than a traditional facelift, resulting in a shorter recovery time and reduced scarring. This procedure is best suited for individuals with mild to moderate sagging and laxity in the lower face, who are seeking subtle, natural-looking rejuvenation rather than dramatic changes.
While a micro facelift can provide noticeable improvements, it is important to note that its results may not be as long-lasting or comprehensive as those achieved with a full facelift. Additionally, the micro facelift does not specifically address issues such as significant neck sagging or deep wrinkles. In such cases, a full facelift or other complementary procedures might be recommended.
Why have a one stitch facelift?Many people choose to have a one-stitch facelift due to its many advantages compared with more invasive mini or full facelift surgery, including:
- one stitch facelift is easily carried out under local anaesthetic without the risks of a general anaesthetic
- the procedure takes no more than 60 minutes to carry out
- incisions are very short, and scarring is virtually invisible
- healing and recovery after surgery are very quick
- one stitch facelift can be combined with facial fat grafting for enhancement of soft tissue volume in the cheeks and other facial areas
- results of the procedure can last up to 5 years
- risks and complications are much less compared with a traditional facelift
Will a one stitch facelift affect facial expressions?A1 stitch facelift effectively raises sagging parts of the face to a more lifted position and does not interfere with the ability to smile or frown. Natural-looking results are achieved with a one-stitch facelift for increased youthfulness.
How is a one stitch facelift carried out?The procedure involves making a small incision just behind the ear followed by gentle elevation of the underlying soft tissues to a higher position before securing them in place with a stitch. The procedure is well tolerated with little or no discomfort and can produce natural-looking results with virtually invisible scarring.
Which medications should I stop prior to a one stitch facelift?You will need to tell your surgeon what medication you are taking at your consultation. Your surgeon may recommend stopping certain medications to reduce the risk of bleeding and they should occur at least two weeks prior to surgery. Do not stop any medications unless under the instruction of your GP or consultant.
Is a one stitch facelift painful?One stitch facelift is not considered to be a painful procedure. An experienced surgeon at Centre for Surgery is trained in delicate surgical techniques to minimise bruising and swelling and hence any discomfort. You may be slightly sore behind the ears for the first couple of days after surgery. Any discomfort can be easily controlled with over-the-counter painkillers and will settle down after 3 to 4 days.
Can a one stitch facelift be combined with other procedures?One stitch facelift surgery is commonly combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures including eyelid surgery, fat injections or a neck lift. Your surgeon will provide customised recommendations on optimal treatment combinations after taking a medical history and examining you at the consultation. The results of a mini facelift can be enhanced when combined with these complimentary treatments.
What To Expect
The consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon serves as a foundation for determining suitability for treatment and determining the most appropriate treatment option. the consultation will help you to form realistic expectations of what can be achieved with a one-stitch facelift. Possible limitations of the procedure will also be discussed which will take into account your facial features and degree of ageing. If you have severe signs of skin laxity, your surgeon may recommend a mini or facelift.
The risks of surgery will also be discussed including what to expect in the post-operative recovery period. It is important to give a full account of any medicines you may be taking and any medical conditions you may have including previous surgery. This information will be used to determine your medical fitness for surgery. If you are deemed to be suitable for surgery, we would recommend reflecting on all aspects of the procedure during the two-week cooling-off period after your consultation.
You can come in for a follow-up consultation as many times as you like after your first consultation if you are unsure about any aspects of the procedure.
Once you have decided to have a one stitch face lift, you will undergo a preoperative assessment by a member of our nursing team to make sure you are fully prepared for Surgery. You may be advised to stop certain medications before surgery and the following points should be followed to minimise risks of surgery:
- smoking should be stopped at least four weeks before the procedure as there is an increased risk of wound breakdown and delayed healing in those who actively smoke up to the time of surgery.
- you should stop taking aspirin or any medicines containing aspirin to reduce the risk of bleeding during and after the procedure.
- preoperative fasting guidelines apply and you should avoid having food for six hours before the procedure. Clear fluids are allowed up to 2 hours before the procedure and this includes still water or black tea or coffee.
We invite you to arrive on the day of surgery in a timely fashion approximately one hour before the procedure scheduled. You will be admitted by our nursing team where your blood pressure and pulse will be checked. You will then be reviewed by the anaesthetist to confirm your fitness for Surgery. Your surgeon will then see you complete the consent form and Mark you up for surgery. One stitch face lip surgery is most commonly carried out under a local anaesthetic and involves making a small incision located behind the ear followed by surgical repositioning of the underlying sagging tissues. Once the facial tissues and correctly positioned, a stitch will be used to secure them in position. The procedure takes no more than 45 minutes to carry out depending on the extent of surgical correction required and the amount of loose skin present.
After the procedure, you'll be taken to our day ward to continue your recovery. Once you are deemed medically fit for discharge, our nurse will discuss the post-operative instructions with you and your adult caregiver. You will then be allowed to return home with an adult escort who you must look after you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
Healing and recovery
Once the procedure is complete, you'll be able to go home once you are fully recovered. One stitch face lift surgery is a day case procedure which means you will be admitted and discharged on the same day. Common side-effects of surgery include bruising and swelling and this will settle after one week. You are allowed to wash the face and apply moisturiser 48 hours after surgery.
Most stations are back to their normal activities approximately 72 hours after surgery with full healing taking place after two weeks. Any bruising or swelling will disappear after 4-5 days and you can return to your normal daily activities thereafter.
We would advise avoiding strenuous types of work for at least one week and you should avoid direct exposure to sunlight for four weeks to minimise the risk of prominent scarring. You should avoid applying any topical agents that have not been approved by your surgeon during the early phase after surgery. Take it easy after the procedure and avoid doing too much too soon to get quick and smooth healing.
You will be reviewed one week after the procedure by one of our nurses to inspect your incision site and give you postoperative advice. If you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of your recovery, please give us a call on the 24-hour helpline number given to you on your discharge summary.
After six weeks, you should begin to notice the final results from your one stitch face lift. Sometimes results may take longer to appear particularly in those who smoke. Results of Surgery will continue to improve over the first 3 to 6 months. You will be reviewed by your surgeon six weeks after your procedure to assess the results of surgery.