Your face is your most prominent feature and one of the first things people notice about you. Feeling unhappy about your features can result in misery and insecurity. Fortunately, although facial surgery – also known as a rhytidectomy or a facelift – cannot halt the ageing process, it can help reverse the signs of ageing.
The effects of gravity and the skin’s natural ageing process can cause your skin to lose elasticity or become thinner, resulting in unappealing folds and wrinkles, a loss of volume and a gaunt appearance. Environmental and lifestyle factors such as smoking, exposure to the sun, stress or losing weight can add to the effect.
A facelift effectively redrapes the skin of your face and neck and in doing so softens the effects of ageing. The result: a more youthful, fresh and even youthful look that “turns back the clock”. A slack jaw line, “turkey neck”, laughter lines and cheekbones that have flattened over the years can all be addressed by surgery.
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The latest surgical techniques, catering for individual desires and requirements, are far in advance of those of yesteryear, which often resulted in the classic telltale “stretched” look. We now carefully manipulate the deeper facial tissues to redrape the skin and create a fresher, natural, more youthful appearance.
Other techniques may be used alongside the standard facelift to boost your natural looks and create a pleasing result. For example, we can restore volume to your cheekbones by injecting fat taken from your thighs or abdomen, or perform a brow or forehead lift to give a fuller, more youthful appearance.
Of course, the effects of ageing are not the only target of a rhytidectomy. You may feel self-conscious about a facial feature, such as your nose or chin, which you feel makes your face look unbalanced, and facial surgery can help correct this.
Whatever the procedure and for whatever reasons, facial surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic and, depending on the range of procedures, can take several hours. Some surgeons schedule separate sessions for different procedures. At the Royal Free, our surgeons are among the most experienced facial surgeons in the world, with hundreds, often thousands of successful procedures to their credit. You should be up and about in a day or two, but should expect to take it easy for a week or more after surgery.
Having a facelift may turn the clock back, but doesn’t stop it. Your face will continue to age, and you may feel you need further surgery later in life. That said, at whatever age, you will look better than if you had never opted for a facelift in the first place.