A face lift is a surgical procedure designed to tighten and lift the loose skin of your face below the eyes, while a neck lift tightens and lifts the skin of the neck. The upper part of the face and temple may also be tightened as needed.
As everyone’s skin and requirements are unique, a detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon is essential prior to undergoing any surgical procedure. During the consultation, your surgeon will take this opportunity to discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all) and expected outcomes.
There are many different types of face and neck lift and careful evaluation of your face and discussion of your needs is essential in selecting the most appropriate technique.
With a surgical face lift, the deeper tissues of the face are lifted and tightened and several centimetres of skin are removed. The different types of face lift will give different results and it is therefore essential to appreciate what each procedure will and, more importantly, what it won’t do.
The principles of a full face & neck lift surgery are very similar to that of the Vr Face Lift. In addition to the incisions being placed just in front of the ear, they are extended in the skin crease behind the ear and into the temple hairline.
The procedure involves undermining the skin down into the neck and cheek allowing tightening of the underlying tissue and neck muscles. Occasionally, a small incision is needed beneath the chin to address the neck bands. The redundant skin is then lifted in an upwards and backwards direction and tightened to restore your face to a natural fresher appearance.
This surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic and takes around 3-4 hours in theatre. During your stay, you will be looked after by our highly experienced and caring medical team throughout.
Following the face lift and neck lift procedure, you should expect a natural, fresher appearance to be restored.
Scarring is as discreet as possible, with the surgical incision having been placed within the natural creases of the skin.
Surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic to ensure your total comfort for the duration of the procedure.
Recovery is fairly quick with most patients experiencing only minor discomfort and bruising.
It is recommended that the day after surgery is treated as a rest day and advisable to refrain from exercise for 7-14 days post-procedure. With bruising likely for around one week post procedure, it is quite common for some patients to prefer to take this time off work but this is down to personal preference.
The sutures are gently removed after one week and advice given on further care. The true results of the procedure should be visible at the point the sutures are removed.
We are governed by CQC guidelines which state a consultation must be carried out prior to any surgical appointment being booked. The consultation must be conducted at least 2 weeks, but not more than 4 months prior to the surgery.
Contact lenses should be removed prior to arrival at the clinic.
Patients should not drive for 24 hours post-procedure, therefore arrangements for a taxi or driver should be made.
Male facial surgery presents the surgeon with several challenges. The hairline tends to be higher, with the hair being shorter and thinner. This makes placing scars more difficult and can compromise the vector of pull. The hairline may not be stable, and with advancing years the hairline may recede. The beard may help or hinder scar placement. Conventional techniques may be used, with scars being placed around the ears and within the hairline.
At consultation, the various options for scar placement will be discussed with you; with the pros and cons of each approach made clear. The principles of surgery are the same as for the female facelift discussed above.
Another option for a man who is more concerned about the neck area is a Z Plasty Neck Lift.
Surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic to ensure the client’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure
The skin down into the neck and cheek is undermined, allowing lifting and tightening of the underlying tissue and neck muscles
Once sutures are removed one week after the procedure, Patients should expect skin to appear tighter restoring the face to a more natural, fresh appearance
Patients are advised to treat day 1 post-op as a rest day, refraining from exercise for 14 days. Bruising should be expected for around 7 days after the procedure.
Excess skin is permanently removed