Facelift

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  • What is a facelift?

    A facelift is a cosmetic surgery in which the excess skin of the face is removed with or without tightening of the underlying soft tissues. Sometimes, it is also necessary to reposition the deeper tissues to give a youthful look. Facelift is a combination of science and art  and needs special skills to achieve good The technical term for facelift is cervicofacial rhytidectomy which means surgical removal of wrinkles from the neck and face. There is not any other cosmetic facial treatment which can produce as good and long lasting as facelift.
  • What is the aim of having a facelift operation?

    Facelift smoothes the loose facial skin and reduces the visible signs of aging and gives you a more youthful appearance. The result of facelift is predictable. Therefore, facelift boost the patients confidence and self-esteem.
  • Is there only one kind of facelift?

    No, there are several types of facelifts; probably around 20 different facelift techiques are in use by surgeons. However, the facelift can be divided into a full facelift or major facelift - which has been outlined in this section but in the recent years there has been a shift towards less invasive facial operations, with varieties of mini facelifts, which are tailored and customised to the facial surgical needs of each individual person. At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, we assess your face and suggest the procedure most suitable for your face. Our aim is to carry out minimum surgical intervention with mini facelift under local anaesthesia with or without sedation. Our plastic surgeon will assess your face and suggest the most appropriate procedure and type of anaesthesia for your unique case.  
  • If you can correct the face with a mini facelift, then why do some surgeons carry out the major facelift operation?

    There are circumstances when a more invasive or full facelift might be necessary. It is also depends on surgeons choice and expertise. However, with the increasing expansion and variety of the less invasive mini facelift procedures, one can argue that there is little need for such extensive facial operations in modern cosmetic surgery practice any longer. It also seems that there are still some cosmetic surgeons who resist changing their practice and continue to carry out the same operations during their entire professional life.
  • What should I expect during my initial consultation for a facelift?

    We arrange a face to face no obligation free consultation with our cosmetic surgeon. Our plastic surgeon will be explored your ideas and expectations, along with reviewing your medical history. The surgeon will ask you about drugs and medications which you might be taking; including over the counter and herbal remedies. The surgeon will examine and supplied with several pages of written information about the procedure and possible side-effects of the operation, after discussing your case. We will ask you to eat or drink nothing for at least six hours before the time of the operation, if general anasthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation was going to be used during your operation. You will be shown around the clinic and we will take you through the process of having an operation in our clinic. The surgeon will supply you with his contact details so that if you need to ask any question after studying the supplied information pack you can directly ask him.
    You will be encouraged to go away and make your mind up and even come back for a further free consultation with our plastic surgeon. Finally, as a routine policy we also ask you to make a deposit payment once you have decided to go ahead with the operation and book a date for your operation. However, it is our policy to refund your entire deposit if you for any reason cancel your operation up to seven days before the date of your operation. If the anaesthetist has been booked, then at least ten days of notice of cancelation is necessary.
    For more information on our consultation process, please click here.
  • How is a facelift done?

    In a facelift, the surgeon makes a long incision to free the skin and lift and tighten the underlying tissues. The cut (incision) extends high from the temporal area on both sides of the head, then passes in front of the ears, then curves behind the ear lobes to the hairline on the top and back of the neck and often another transverse cut under the chin is needed, most facial skin will then be free and sepf the facial tissues will be lifted up, fixed, then the underlying tissues of the skin will be tightened in the deeper layers and the surgeon might release the facial tissues over an area of facial bone and the segment o will be above the facial bones and repositioned, then the skin will be stretched, dressed, re-draped, trimmed and stitched back along the incision line. However, there is no one size surgeons cut which can be used on all patients because each patient and operation ought to be customised specifically for the patient.
  • How does the surgeon decide on the type of facelift operation?

    It depends on many factors, one being the facial areas to be treated and another factor is the individual person's facial features which will heavily influence the surgeon's decision of selecting the surgical techniques which obtains the best outcome for that particular person. The surgeon's experience, skills and preference would also play an important part on the site and extent of the incision and operation as a whole.
  • Is facelift a big operation?

    Generally speaking, in a major facelift the whole section of deep facial tissues will be released over the facial bones and pulled up, repositioned and fixed during the operation but, nowadays, this technique is practised by a minority of surgeons as less invasive operations is carried out according to the patients cosmetic facial needs and with considerable less risks.
  • What are the risks associated with a facelift?

    The risk of any operation depends on your general health including any underlying ill-health problems, the surgeon's skills and environmental factors such as operating room facilities.
    Obviously, at Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic, you will be assessed and you have the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of your operation with your surgeon.
    Generally speaking, the complications also depend on the extent of the operation. There will be some degree of swelling, bruising, skin necrosis, feeling of tightness and numbness over your face and neck and might last several weeks with relatively small and superficial operation but more major and violation of the deep facial tissues might lead to major blood collection (haematoma), nerve and vascular damage apart from complications associated with the general anaesthesia which includes reaction to medication, chest and urinary infections, relatively prolonged duration of recovery from the effect of general anaesthesia and rarely, life threatening events such as formation of blood clots during general anaesthesia (pulmonary embolism) and death.
    It is also known that the skills of the doctor play an important part in the outcome. Bleeding during or immediately after the operation, collection and formation of bleeding at the site of operation (haematoma), damage to nerves and other structures and some degree of asymmetry in the face might be evident.
    It is also known the surgical skill, equipment and environment in which the operation is carried out play an important part in the frequency of occurrence of relatively serious but rare side-effects such as infections and facial nerve damage.
  • How much does having a facelift procedure cost?

    We are offering affordable competitive prices, most probably among the lowest in the United Kingdom because we are a relatively small clinic with low running costs and expenditures. Therefore, we have been able to pass a considerable discount to our customers. If you are able to find a lower price anywhere in the UK offered by any doctor, please let us know and we will be more than happy to match it.
    Our pricing is transparent with no hidden extras and includes garments, antibiotics, painkiller medications and post-operative follow-up appointments, when it is applicable. However, it does not include treatment of any complication which might need hospital admission or treatment and involvement of other professionals outside our clinic.
    The price range for a facelift is between 2000 to 5000. Depending on your facial cosmetic needs. We can combined your facelift with other cosmetic treatment and give you a very reasonable price.
    Our price is inclusive of a garment which you might need to wear after the treatment and we also normally supply you with a course of antibiotics and if you need any painkillers for the postoperative period.
    For more information on our price policy click here.
  • How do you compare facelift risks with mini facelift side-effects?

    Both facelift and mini face lift are safe procedures. However, the side-effects of mini facelift are relatively non-invasive in comparison with the major full facelift. The extent of the operation and other factors play a part in occurrence of complications of the mini facelift. However, the mini facelift is usually carried out under local anaesthesia and after a mini facelift there might be some swelling and bruising and feeling of tightness with or without some degree of numbness over the face and neck for several weeks. Serious but rare side-effects such as infection and facial nerve damage are rare. Therefore, the mini facelift has a speedy recovery with almost no down time. Facelift is usually need general anaesthesia which also has its own risks.
  • How long does a facelift operation last?

    A facelift alone usually lasts about two to four hours in duration.
  • Does the facelift procedure hurt?

    Pain is a subjective unpleasant feeling and we have policies and procedures in place to keep you almost pain free. We will supply you with a course of antibiotics and some pain killers but most patients feel tightness and soreness along the jawline and near the ears.  At Doctors Makeover, our cosmetic surgery clinic we use local anaesthesia with or without sedation when an anaesthetist will be present during the entire operation time to help with pain control and induce light sleep with help of sedative medications. Therefore, apart from pain control during the operation there is no pain immediately after the surgery. Some people need general anaesthesia and when your decision to have a more invasive facelift becomes apparent at the time of consultation with the surgeon, then arrangements will be made to have your operation under general anaesthesia.  
  • How long after a facelift procedure could I resume my daily routine activities?

    You may return to work 3 to 4 days after the operation but your face will still show some swelling and bruising and stitched wound. However, by a week after the facelift surgery the bruising and swelling almost will be subsided and you may wear make-up and increase your activities according to your needs. Recovery from any surgery depends on a number of factors, however by the end of the second post-operative week, most your facial bruising would be undetectable.
  • What is your aftercare plan for a facelift procedure?

    We will supply you with the personal telephone number of your surgeon and your surgeon will contact you later on the day of operation and see you on the following day to check on your progress and make sure there is no early post operative complications. We remove the stitches on the fifth post-operative day and further appointments will then be made to see you about two weeks later, at three months and six months post-operative.

    Despite preservation of skin elasticity with well-defined and strong bone structure, as we age, our face and neck begin to sag. A facelift can make one look younger and fresher which enhances ones confidence.

    At our cosmetic surgery day unit, Doctors Makeover, the operation is carried out under local anaesthesia. There are a wide range of procedures, depending on each individual's circumstances. Facial cosmetic surgery is suitable for clients who wish to improve their appearance including getting rid of sagging jawline and double chins. At our cosmetic surgery clinic we use Smartlipo which is a revolutionary fat melting and skin tightening device.

    Planning a facelift is very important as it needs a personalised approach to each individual person. At the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate the face and discuss desired goals and deal with any unrealistic expectations. The surgeon also shares your ideas and expectations and addresses any concerns and answers your queries.

    During this pre-operative consultation, we will take medical history and give specific guidelines on eating, drinking, smoking and taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications.

    There are different ways of doing a face lift but at Doctors Makeover we perform mini facelifts under local anaesthesia with good results. This means it is safer, affordable and one is able to walk away straight after the procedure.

    The facelift operation lasts approximately 2 hours and one might feel discomfort, bruising and some swelling which lasts up to about a week or two, at the site of the operation. Bruising can be disguised with special camouflage makeup.

    A facelift is a clean surgery operation and the complications are very rare but one needs to be aware of them and the surgeon will discuss the risks at the consultation and answer any questions.

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