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Ivan Foo

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MBBS (London), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCS(Plast).

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Face lift

Cosmetic facial surgery, rhytidectomy, anti-aging

The ageing process affects all the layers of the face - skin, fat and subcutaneous tissue, facial muscles and the skeleton. As skin losses its elasticity, creases and wrinkles appear. These are more noticeable along the lines of facial expression (e.g. when smiling and frowning), and around the mouth. Skin laxity is also seen as jowls along the jaw line and in the neck.

The soft tissue layer under the skin (SMAS) is also affected in the same way and contribute to the appearance of heaviness in the face.

How you age depends of many factors including your genes, skin type, bone structure and lifestyle factors. Smoking and sun damage accelerates the ageing process.

What are the aims an benefits of performing a Facelift?

The facelift operation is designed to reverse some of the features of ageing. The tight overstretched result (wind tunnel effect) is no longer desirable and the emphasis is on a more natural, "fresh" appearance.

Why is Facelift surgery performed?

One of the main aims of a Facelift is to improve the profile and appearance of the lower face, the jowls and the neck. Wrinkles on the face cannot be "stretched out" and may require additional procedures such as fillers to a facial rejuvenation programme.

How is Facelift Surgery Performed?

There are a number of different techniques used to perform a Facelift, dependant on an individual's appearance and requirements.
Facelift procedures treating only the skin is rarely performed. In most candidates, the ageing process also affects the deeper soft tissues of the face and require a repositioning of the SMAS layer (the soft tissue, fat & muscle layer under the skin). There are a number of different ways to treat the SMAS layer and the most suitable will be discussed in detail at your consultation.

This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic and takes around 3 hours to perform dependant on the extent of the work involved.

A Facelift will always involve incisions and related scars, however scars are mainly hidden within the temple hairline, around the natural margin of the ear and down the hairline at the back or the scalp. Following tightening of the SMAS layer, the skin is then re-draped over the soft tissue, removing the excess (avoiding an over stretched look).

Facelift patients will be asked to wear an elastic support/light bandage for one to two weeks and sutures are removed between 5 - 10 days.

Important advice to follow before surgery

Are there any risks or complications associated with FaceLift surgery?

Although every care is taken to minimise complications, these can occur. This list is not exhaustive and will be discussed in more detail at your consultation. Most scars heal well and are easily covered by the hair and cosmetic make-up. The final appearance of the scar and the result will vary between individuals. There is a small risk of poor wound healing.

Minor complications:

More serious complications (rare):

Guide to recovery after Facelift:

             Activity                                      Timescale

          Make up                                        1 week

     Return to work                                   2-3 weeks

          Driving                                          2 weeks

   Aerobics & sport                                    6 weeks

       Swimming                                         6 weeks

    Massage scars                                    2-3 weeks

      Hair colour                                         6 weeks

         Flights                                           6 weeks

A Facelift can also be carried out in conjunction with:

Special note to all patients considering Facelift surgery

This is a general description of Facelift surgery and its typical recovery.

However, recovery times and risks will vary between individuals and Mr Foo will discuss this in more detail with you at consultation