Give yourself a more youthful look
What is facelift?
Facelift is a procedure to lift and tighten the skin and soft tissue of your face to give you a fresher, more youthful look. Research shows that facial cosmetic surgery increases body confidence and self-esteem.
What does a facelift involve?
There are a number of different types of facelift and we will discuss these and help you decide which you need. Your choice depends on you and your face, the result you want to achieve and the type of procedure you want. Facelift involves making an incision that runs around your ear. The soft tissues of the face are lifted (SMAS lift) and then the skin is redraped to give a rejuvenated look, a smooth jawline and improved neck shape. If you have creases and excess skein and fat in the neck then you need a face and neck lift. Excess skin can be removed using liposuction or via a short incision under your chin. Facelift is usually done with you asleep takes about 2-4 hours depending on the procedure.
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation
Early changes in the face can be treated without surgery. Botox is used to smooth facial lines and wrinkles, particularly the frown lines, forehead creases and crows feet. Soft tissue fillers (such as Juvederm and Restylane) are used to fill creases, such as those around the mouth, and add volume to your lips and cheeks. LASER is great for creases around the mouth and other fine lines.
Thread lift is a type of non-surgical facelift that involves using barbed sutures (stitches with hooks) to lift the soft tissue of the face. This tends to produce a small improvement for a short period of time but can be a good solution for some people.
Face lift and neck lift are surgical procedures that improve the signs of ageing in your face and neck. They generally produce a significant improvement that lasts many years.
There are different types of face and neck lift, depending on you and your anatomy. We have the expertise to discuss your options and help you choose the right one for you:
Mini-facelift is a day-case procedure that can be done with you awake (under local anaesthetic). It takes around 60-90 mins and you can go home afterwards. Mini-facelift is suitable for people with early age-related changes who want to avoid more invasive treatment. It produces a small improvement for a short period of time.
Short scar facelift
Short scar facelift involves using a short incision around your ear to do the facelift. This works well in younger people without too much excess or lax skin. All of our face and neck lifts leave the shortest scars possible to achieve the best result.
MACS lift stands for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension lift. This type of facelift can be done through a short scar around the ear and uses stitches to suspend the soft tissue of the face to gain the lift. MACS lift is an effective technique in the right patient.
SMAS face lift
The SMAS layer (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) invests the muscles of the face and supports the overlying soft tissue. Lifting this layer provides the rejuvenating effect of facelift surgery. SMAS-ectomy involves precise excision of a strip of the SMAS to achieve the lift. SMAS plication overlaps the SMAS. These techniques produce significant long-lasting suspension. SMAS lifting provides the basis for modern long lasting face and neck lift.
Mid face lift
This type of facelift focusses mainly on the front of your face under your eyes. It is often done at the same time as lower eyelid surgery (lower blepharoplasty) via the same incision under the eyelashes. Aa alternative approach is via a hairline incision, using a ribbon for fixation.
Subperiosteal face lift
This radical approach was popularised in the 1990s by American surgeon Sam Hamra. It involves lifting the face off the underlying bone and can produce a dramatic change in facial appearance. It has a limited role in a modern facelift practice.
How long will my face lift last?
This is a good question and the answer is it depends! The main determinant is the procedure you choose. A mini skin-only facelift will not provide the lift and support of a SMAS facelift. Many of our patients choose a SMAS lift because there is good evidence that the result lasts around 10 years.