Facial Procedures


Facelift Surgery

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A face-lift (Rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic surgical procedure to create a younger appearance in your face. The procedure can reduce the sagging or folds of skin on the cheeks and jawline and other changes in the shape of your face that occur with age.

A face lift is a surgical procedure typically used to give a more youthful appearance to the face. This is achieved by removing excess facial skin and reshaping the face. It is often combined with fat transfer to plump out hollows in the face.

The face ages in many ways and we must consider all of them before deciding on the most appropriate treatment. We offer the unique Facelift Surgery, we are having a full range of specialists in various surgical and non-surgical techniques who come from different specialities (plastic surgery, dermatology, aesthetics) who work together to provide your most effective and cost-effective treatment.

The face ages in many ways, we are most aware of the skin surface, which becomes dull, with red capillaries, brown patches, small cysts, lumps and crusts. Fortunately, there are now many non-surgical procedures to alleviate and reverse these problems.

The skin itself loses elasticity and droops from where it is fixed around the orbit, the ears, nose and mouth. The soft tissues comprising of fat and muscle, and the bone itself resorb, deflating the firmness of youth. The earlobes and nose tip lengthen, and the lips become thin. We are now moving into a more surgical area and can restore the tone of youth with fat grafting and fillers, earlobes are reduced in length and plumped out in volume, and the skin lifted with the modern forms of the facelift, which we are familiar with.

In this procedure it is not just the skin, but also the underlying muscle of the skin, called the platysma, are put back to proper levels with surplus skin removed from around the ears. We commonly combine this lifting with the filling out of fat grafting, of the chin, jawline, lips, cheeks and temples.

We aim to have our patients looking alert, youthful and toned, with no tell-tale signs of intervention. In addition, we are very much aware that patients do not want long downtime. All our cases are carried out as day case procedures. You can walk out of the clinic 2 hours after several hours of surgery. Bruising and complications are minimal. Gone are the days of the deep plane facelift, where all the tissues of the face are lifted from the level of the bone, giving nice results but with much pain and a three months recovery. It just isn’t worth it.


Face Lift FAQ’s

1) Will i have any scarring after a facelift?

Scars of the face are the best in the whole body, even those patients who produce keloids can consider having a face lift, even though they will require scar treatment. The scars are short and hidden around the front of the ear, under the earlobe and in the crease behind the ear. Most will be hidden by the hair from day one, and make-up can be applied immediately after the sutures have been removed.

2) How should i prepare for facelift surgery?

Your surgeon will give you detailed advice which may include preparation of the skin by applications for a few weeks prior to surgery. The most important advice is for smokers to stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks, but four weeks or longer, if possible. They should not recommence until the wounds are well healed, two weeks after surgery. Haematomas or haemorrhage under the skin was common in the past but now with our more refined techniques, is rare. You do need however, to avoid drugs such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as these all increase the risk of bleeding. High blood pressure is another risk and should be well-controlled at the time of surgery. Bathe and wash your hair the night before surgery, and stop eating 6 hours prior to the operation. You may drink water up until 2 hours before surgery. Arrange for a responsible person to collect you from the clinic and stay with you overnight. You will need to return to the clinic for a dressing the next morning. If you live at a distance, it may be wise to book into our local hotel, via our advisors to obtain preferential rates. If you are nervous, we can arrange for a nurse from the clinic to stay with you.

3) Do I need downtime after my facelift?

A facelift is not painful, and it is unlikely that you will need anything stronger than paracetamol, if that. There are dressings overnight and you will need to return the next morning to have the wounds checked and dressings reduced or removed. Healing is better and swelling reduced if activity is kept to a minimum. For the first few days keeping the head higher than the heart, also reduces pressure in the vessels and reduces bruising. Add a few extra pillows for the first night.

The visible stitches are removed a week after surgery, and a few more behind the ear later. During that first week, you will be perfectly able to work from a computer, but avoid the commute into work.The stitches are easily hidden, but once they are removed, you will look perfectly good, indeed much better than before surgery, but still a little puffy. It is the smokers that may have slower and less satisfactory healing. It will be wise to avoid the gym for four weeks.

Make-up will hide the early pink and well-hidden scars and the post-operative scar treatment will be helpful for those that have had difficulty with scars in the past, or are anxious to get the earliest possible resolution. For most people however, the pink scars become pale and mature within a month or two.

4) Do I need a general anaesthetic?

It is perfectly possible to carry out a facelift under a local anaesthetic, but most of our patients prefer the type of general anaesthesia we give at the Personiks Clinic, which is Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (T.I.V.A.). Oxygen is the only gas you receive, and the anaesthetic is given intravenously using a computerised pump. You are kept only just asleep with a modified encephalogram monitoring your consciousness so that you are kept unaware and only lightly asleep. There is no sickness after the procedure and you wake up immediately after the procedure is finished. This allows you to go home an hour or two after the surgery is completed, even if the surgery has taken several hours.

Your anaesthetist will see your medical history when the operation is booked and may ask for blood tests, an electrocardiogram or respiratory tests. All being well, you will not see your anaesthetist until the day of the operation when he/she will discuss any medical problems. If you do have particular issues you can meet your anaesthetist earlier.

5) How long do the results of a facelift last?

You will always retain the benefits from your facelift surgery. You put the clock back and start again. However, you are up against the continued ageing process. It would be fair to say that, if a facelift makes you appear 10 years younger, you will always retain that 10-year advantage. The trick, of course, is to delay the effects of ageing with aesthetic treatments, which are non-surgical.

There are other factors that determine how long a facelift will last, such as age of the patient and the condition of the patient’s skin. Darker skin that is in a healthy condition will respond better at the time of the surgery, as opposed to fairer skin that has sun damage or is thinner. However, patients who are under the age of 60 typically have the longest lasting results. Most will not need another.

The skill of the surgeon and the technique used are also an important factor in the longevity of a facelift. The natural ageing process will continue after a facelift, but with a skilled surgeon and with the proper maintenance you can expect to stay looking 10 years younger than your current age for a minimum of 5 years following the procedure. There are a lucky few who retain all the benefit and never seem to age again.

The Personiks Clinic has a full range of advice available from not only our surgeons, but also our dermatologists and aestheticians. Most patients will only need one facelift in their lives and there are some who 10 years later look as fresh as immediately after their facelift feeling fresh and youthful. A facelift repositions the skin and soft tissues. We have lasers, peels, botox and fillers to enhance the skin quality. The latest and possibly the best adjunct is Stem cell treatment.

Helpful tips to make your facelift last longer!

Don’t smoke! Smoking ages you, accelerating the ageing process dramatically.

Drink less alcohol! Alcohol dehydrates your skin and we want your skin to remain firm and supple in order for results to be long-lasting.

Keep a healthy weight! Significant weight fluctuations can change the shape and elasticity of the skin on your face. To remain that vibrant, youthful look following your facelift, avoid or cut back on alcohol.

Drink lots of water! Water hydrates your skin, it keeps the face looking full and fabulous.

Always wear sunscreen! Every day- no exceptions. The sun damages your skin, causes wrinkles and advanced ageing.

Take care of your skin! Following the instructions laid out to you by your surgeon for proper aftercare are of the utmost importance. It’s also important to use high-quality skin creams, serums and to continue having professional treatments such as peels, fillers or Botox to continue to support your desired aesthetic.

6) How long does it take to recover from a facelift?

Times have changed! Recovery from a Personiks facelift is quick, as you will not feel ill or be in pain. You will need to avoid exercise for a few weeks, but you will be able to back in front of a computer as soon as the next day. There will be some swelling and bruising at the incision areas, which is normal and will fade in time and heal over the next week or so.

All our patients are treated as a day case. If you live far away, it may be wise to book into one of our local hotels, via our patient advisor, who can obtain preferential rates. We will need to see you the day after surgery to change or remove dressings, so ensure you will have an easy way to get back to the clinic the day after surgery.

If there is any pain, it will be minor. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with a prescription for pain medication, or you can treat the pain with over the counter medication such as paracetamol. To ensure a good recovery, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions. Don’t worry if you have more swelling on one area of your face than the other, it is normal.

7) Differences between a non-surgical facelift and a surgical facelift?

Non-surgical facelifts are being touted as a viable alternative to a surgical facelift, but is it a better option? What are the main differences?

Plastic surgeons tend to be sceptical of non-surgical treatments. However, at the Personiks Clinic we have been monitoring developments and are now highly impressed with non-surgical treatments and heartily recommend them particularly for younger patients.

For non-surgical facelifts, dermatologists and aestheticians at the Personiks Clinic will recommend maintenance and anti-ageing creams as a routine. There are various laser treatments for red blood vessels, brown patches and wrinkles, chemical peels and the skin tightening Ultherapy. These treatments can be sufficient for some patients, depending entirely on the condition of the skin.

We should not forget that non-surgical treatments can help to maintain the good effects of surgery.

With a surgical facelift, you can be sure that you will have incredible, lasting results. When it comes to drooping, sagging skin and deeply set wrinkles on the face, a facelift is the best option. Nowadays our cosmetic surgeons often suggest fat transplants for a fuller, more youthful face. This fat containing stem cells also improves skin quality.

Most patients never need to have another facelift after their first treatment. The results will be a natural, youthful look of 10-15 years younger. If you are an actress playing Juliette, you may need a second lift to keep the part.

The treatments available for non-surgical facelifts will delay the effects of ageing to a certain superficial level, but the emptiness of the face and folds of loose skin will require surgery. There are many different versions of surgery, which would be tailored to your condition.

8) What risks are associated with a facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery as carried out at the Personiks Clinic is relatively risk free, we do not carry out the deep plane surgery, which is associated with medium term pain and swelling.

Bleeding haematoma, or bleeding under the skin is a risk and we therefore ask patients to avoid any drugs that might increase this tendency. This would include the usual anti-coagulants, aspirin, anti-inflammatories and certain herbal remedies.

We keep scars to a minimum and scars of the face are better than elsewhere in the body. Patients who tend to get hypertrophic or keloid scars need to be very carefully advised and treated with our Personiks scar treatments post-operatively. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you very carefully.

9) How does a facelift work?

As we age our skin loses its elasticity, and the underlying tissues lose their volume, as well as bone losing its structure. A facelift works by repositioning the soft tissues and skin to its former level and plumping out the soft tissues to give the refreshed look of natural youth.

A facelift is regularly done as a Day Case procedure, under local or TIVA, our gentler version of general anaesthesia. The procedure may take several hours, but you, the patient, will be able to go home to rest on the day of the surgery.

These days we generally use fat grafting in association with non-surgical procedures to help fill in concaves in the face that occur with age. There are numerous types of facelifts, depending on the results you’re looking for, and the condition of your skin, your surgeon will decide what is best for you and make recommendations.

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