Facelift surgery has many variations: "S" lift, neck lift, midface lift, all tailored to meet the varying needs of individuals.
Typical facial age change accelerates in the late 40's with the development of loose skin and banding in the neck and a double chin, laxity of the jawline with jowl formation and heaviness of the cheek folds between the nose and corner of the mouth.
At a preoperative consultation, your needs and expectations will be discussed. An assessment of the problem made and a solution suggested.
The process of the surgery will be carefully described and any medical or surgical conditions which may affect the surgical outcome evaluated.
We carry out most facelift surgery using local anaesthetic supplemented by intravenous sedation given by a qualified anaesthetist.
Typically a facelift will take about four hours, and you would remain in our day stay surgical facility at rest with suitable analgesia for the remainder of the day.
Absolute rest for two days is a requirement. Surprisingly, postoperative pain is rarely a significant problem and easily controlled. Swelling and bruising are usually minimal, most patients are able to return to normal activities after three or four days, and many go to work at a week, just after the stitches are removed.
Good results in suitable candidates are expected, but cannot be guaranteed.
All surgical procedures have hazards which will be carefully discussed with you, and put into perspective.
Costs will be detailed in the preoperative consultation, but vary because procedures are different and designed to suit the individual's case.