What is a face lift?
Nature is a wonderful thing, but the ageing process is something that most of us women could happily do without. Unfortunately, you can’t turn back the clock, but you can choose to have a face lift which is designed to remove heavy, tired features to make you look and even feel younger again. You have three main options with face lifts: a full face lift, a mini face lift and the mid-face lift surgery, and you should explore these options fully with your consultant surgeon to find the one that suits you best.
Why have a face lift?
The desire to look younger is almost universal, which is why many women consider having a face lift at some time in their lives. But, as with all cosmetic surgery, the decision to go ahead with this procedure needs much careful thought. We would strongly encourage you to chat through any doubts you might have with one of our consultant surgeons or a member of our team of friendly advisors before you commit to treatment. These advisors are here to help answer any questions you have, without applying any kind of sales pressure, so that you can be 100% confident with your decision if you do eventually proceed with surgery.
Your face lift operation
With a full face lift, a long cut is made along the hairline. The skin is then lifted and tightened to achieve the desired effect around the neck and face. This is an intricate procedure on quite a large sensitive area and you should expect recovery to take a while.
The MINI facelift is the most common facelift procedure and aims to raise and tighten the loose skin and tissue in the neck, chin, jaw-line and lower cheeks. Your surgeon will need to make a cut on both sides of your face. Then, the skin will be lifted and tightened and excess tissue will be removed.
The mid-face lift may include the use of an endoscope, which is a tiny telescope that can be inserted into the face. This enables the consultant surgeon to lift the cheeks while making much smaller cuts on the outside of your face.
Whichever facelift procedure you decide on, you can expect to stay in hospital for one or two nights after the operation and your face may be wrapped in supporting bandages. Scarring will always occur, but will be hidden as much as possible and will also gradually fade in time.
A full face lift is an intricate procedure on quite a large sensitive area and you should plan at least a week off work, with no strenuous activity for at least eight weeks. Swelling, bruising and tenderness will occur during the first few days but discomfort can be eased with painkillers.
There’s nothing worse than unexpected charges that you don’t find out about until after the event, and that’s why we make sure you know the full cost of your surgery before you make the decision to proceed. Our inclusive packages cover all the hospital charges for your stay, your consultant’s fees for the operation and one-follow-up consultation.