For some patients, non-surgical treatments are not long-lasting or effective enough to treat the signs of ageing. This is where a surgical facelift may be the solution. Dr Medispa is committed to offering the most comprehensive portfolio of treatments for their patients so that every solution is considered.
As we age, the skin becomes lax and weak. The more this happens, the less we can rely on non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and Botox to correct it. When skin laxity develops past a certain point, we can offer a minimally-invasive facelift with a resident surgeon, here at Dr MediSpa in Marylebone, London and Loughton in Essex.
What is facelift surgery?
Our minimally-invasive facelift technique is a surgical procedure to restore the tight and toned contours of your face and neck, which have suffered due to the ageing process. Known as rhytidectomy, a modern facelifting procedure will remodel facial skin and tissue with minimal scarring and reduced downtime, compared to some traditional methods.
A facelift will address loose and sagging skin and can reverse the signs of ageing around the mouth, jawline and the eyes. The procedure will also stimulate new collagen production, leading to healthier skin with improved volume.
Any incisions made are hidden within the hairline. A modern facelift can take ten years off your appearance without the world knowing you have had a procedure. Facelift surgery is suitable for both men and women.
Am I suitable for a facelift?
You would be considered the right candidate for a facelift if you have significant skin ageing, such as sagging and drooping skin around your mouth, eyes or jawline and if you feel you are looking tired or aged. You will always need to attend at least one no-obligation consultation with a surgeon at Dr MediSpa. We can assess your concerns, check your medical history and ensure you have positive but realistic expectations of the outcome of your procedure. If you are at a stable weight, are in good health and are a non-smoker, the likelihood of being suitable for this procedure is high.
Face Surgery FAQs
What happens during facelift surgery?
In a traditional facelift, the surgeon will make surgical incisions that begin at the front of the ears and which extend up and behind. These incisions remain within the hairline and will easily be concealed. The skin will be lifted, and excess fat will be repositioned. The facial muscles will also be tightened to restore long-lasting support of the facial contours.
Once the desired look has been achieved, the excess skin is removed, and the incisions are closed with fine sutures. No scarring is visible following a traditional facelift.
MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) surgery involves using smaller incisions than the traditional facelift. These small incisions will be made at the front of the ear. However, they will then only extend as far back as the earlobe. The surgeon will then tighten facial muscles and remove excess skin as well as addressing any excess fat. This method is an excellent option for those patients with earlier signs of facial ageing and a moderate amount of healthy skin laxity.
Keyhole surgery is performed using even smaller incisions of the skin. The surgeon will use an endoscope, which displays on a monitor, a live feed of the internal areas treated. The endoscope is used to tighten the muscles and access the unwanted fat whilst minimising trauma to the facial tissues. This technique offers a much shorter recovery time and little-to-no scarring. Keyhole surgery is perfect for brow lifts and upper facelifts. Your candidacy for this method will be decided in your pre-procedure consultation.
Does facelift surgery hurt?
During the surgery you will be under a general anaesthetic, so will feel nothing. When you come round, you will have been administered pain relief and will be given pain killers to take home with you. You might be sore, swollen, bruised and tender in the days that follow, but as long as you rest well and adhere to the aftercare instructions offered to you by the surgeon, any discomfort should be minimal.
What is the right age to have a facelift?
Every patient is different, from their unique facial features, genetics and lifestyles to how they see themselves in the mirror. Face lift surgery can be performed on patients as young as in their thirties to well into their sixties.
When will I see results of my facelift?
As the procedure involves tightening facial muscles, removing excess skin and taking away unwanted fat from the face, the results are immediate. However, you should take into account that there will be a period of recovery and for your face to settle, which can take some weeks. Optimum results will be experienced around 1 to 2 months following your surgery, depending on the extent of work, the techniques used and how you take care of yourself, following your procedure.
Are the results permanent?
In short, yes. However, facelift surgery will not stop the ageing process, and you will continue to age, but in a more flattering way. As facelift surgery helps to restore collagen within the skin tissues, you will notice you have a tighter, healthier skin quality and this can be assisted with a healthy lifestyle and the use of excellent quality skin cosmeceuticals.