Lines and creases form between the nose and mouth and around the cheeks and eyes. Loose skin and fat deposits start to develop into jowls. As the smile and frown lines deepen and the jawline slackens, many people turn to a facelift to tighten the skin and reduce the impact of ageing by softening facial contours and lines. The precision nature of the procedure means that, with a skilled consultant, the face has a younger, more structured appearance without compromising the balance of the face.
Facelifts can be tailored to specific requirements which are discussed in consultations between the patient and surgeon. Several different types are available to give a long-lasting effect. The procedure itself involves raising and repositioning the skin and soft tissue of the face via well-positioned incisions in front of the ear, into the hair line and behind the earlobe so that they follow the body’s crease lines. The skin is lifted and underlying muscles tightened before the skin is placed in its new position with any excess skin is trimmed and sealed with dissolvable stitches. Fat tissue can be redistributed as part of the procedure. If required, a small cut under the chin can be made to tighten the skin on the neck but that can be performed separately as a necklift.
The operation normally lasts two to three hours and is performed under general anaesthetic with a one-night hospital stay before a two to three-week recovery protocol. The final results will be visible after six to nine months.