A facelift, medically known as a rhytidectomy, is a procedure that tightens and lifts the muscles and skin on your face. The surgery is performed to give you a more youthful appearance and is a very popular procedure for men and women.
Aging and lifestyle factors such as sun exposure, smoking and weight loss are all factors which can take a toll on your face. Facelift surgery can help treat concerns you may have about your changing facial appearance, from lines and wrinkles, loose skin, to a lack of muscle tone.
A facelift can be used to restore definition and smooth out deep lines. You can may choose to focus on the whole face, or perhaps you might only want to refine the appearance of your lower face, including the jaw and neckline. Facelift surgery is not intended to remove wrinkles and fine lines around your lips and eyes, but we have a full range of non-surgical options which can be used to treat them.
As you age, your skin may begin to droop and tends to lose elasticity as your facial muscles slacken. You might also start to look older as the natural fat under your skin also sags. Exposure to the sun, along with the usual day to day stresses, can affect your face. Losing a lot of weight quickly can also age the face.
After facelift surgery, you should be benefit from feeling rejuvenated and fresher, looking younger, and enjoy increased confidence. You may also find it easier to put on makeup because of your tighter skin. You can also enjoy showing off your new look in clothes with lower necklines, if you had been hiding behind high-necked tops or scarves.
All surgical procedures pose a potential risk, and it is important know what these are before you go ahead so that you can weigh them up against the benefits your procedure could bring. During your consultations you will talk through these potential complications and you can ask any questions that you have about them.
As a guide, they may include temporary bruising and numbness, pain, infection and bleeding.
You might feel that the face you see in the mirror is not the one you should have. You might also have found that the rate your face has aged does not necessarily reflect the rate the rest of your body or mind is ageing.
A facelift gives the best results if your face and neck have begun to sag, but your bone structure is still strong and well defined with good elasticity in your skin. Generally, people will be in their 40s to 60s when they have this procedure, but it can still be performed successfully on older patients.
A facelift is major surgery, and so it is a procedure which should be considered carefully. At The Hospital Group, we offer free consultations so that you can discuss with our specialists the reasons you are considering facelift surgery, the costs and likely results.
The Hospital Group is a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, so we understand that each procedure is different and tailored to your requirements and individual needs. At your free consultation, your surgeon assistant will be able to discuss the surgery with you and let you know the cost.
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Your journey step by step
Your first appointment
Your journey with The Hospital Group begins with a free telephone consultation with our friendly surgeon assistants. During this conversation you can talk through why you are interested in surgery, how much it costs, how much recovery time you will need, and potential surgery dates. Whenever you decide to book a surgery date, you can secure it for a minimum refundable deposit of £500.
If you would like to proceed, we will book your surgical consultation.
Your surgical consultation
During this consultation you will talk about your goals for surgery and go through your medical history to ascertain whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure. You will also discuss the results you might expect, as well as the possible risks and complications of surgery. Our specialist surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, so they can answer any questions you might have.
If you feel you would like to go ahead, you will then be referred to a clinic nurse for pre-operative assessments and tests.
You will see your surgeon on the day of your surgery so that you can talk through any final questions and read through the consent form. The whole surgical team will be introduced to you before heading into theatre for the procedure.
The specifics of the surgery will be discussed prior to the day – you will find out how long it will take, the types of anaesthetics used, and they will talk you through the procedure itself.
The surgeon will let you know whether you will need to stay in the hospital overnight. You might feel swollen and tender for a while, but this is completely normal and should settle fairly quickly. We’ll provide any pain relief you need whilst you’re in hospital.
Your nurse will call you once you get home to make sure you feel okay and book you in for your post-operative review in the clinic when needed. We’ll also give you our 24/7 patient helpline number so that you can speak to a member of the clinical team at any time.
At The Hospital Group, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our cosmetic surgery procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: unlimited post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team whenever you need them, surgical cover for 2 years – revision surgery where clinically indicated, additional days’ stay in hospital when needed, additional medication and dressings at no extra cost, and emergency telephone support which you can use at any time.
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