Facelift Surgery

1. Overview

As part of the ageing process many people experience drooping of the cheeks with formation of "jowls" and loss of a smooth jawline. This is often accompanied by excess skin in the neck and bands of skin in the neck. Facelift surgery is designed to lift and re-position the cheeks and jowls leading to a more natural and youthful appearance. Mr Jones carries out a range of different facelift procedures which are tailored to the precise needs of each individual patient. A formal facelift involves cuts in the hairline and both in front of and behind the ears. Some patients are suitable for a "short scar facelift" where lifting of the cheeks and jowls only is required when there is no significant problem in the neck skin.

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2. What Does The Surgery Involve?

Facelift surgery is carried out under a general anaesthetic and generally requires a one night stay in hospital. Sometimes small surgical drains are required which are removed on the morning after surgery. All the stitches used in facelift surgery are dissolving and will fall out by themselves.

3. What Is The Down-Time?

Most patients after facelift surgery require two weeks off for recovery and healing. It is normal to feel a little tired after surgery and the face may feel stretched and sore for the first week or ten days. Some bruising on the skin of the cheeks and in the neck is normal but this usually is gone by two weeks.

4. What Are The Risks?

Mr Jones will discuss all the risks and complications relevant to you at your consultation. Such risks may include bleeding with a collection of blood under the facelifted skin. This is known as a haematoma and may require further surgery to drain but fortunately is very unusual. Scarring is inevitable after this kind of surgery but most scarring can be carefully sited so that it is not cosmetically obtrusive. Naturally some patients make better scars than others.

Injury to the nerves of the face but can rarely cause weakness of movement of the face in the post-operative phase. Such weakness is usually temporary.

Infection and skin death can occur and Mr Jones would always advise smokers to give up or temporarily stop smoking in the time around the surgery as it has been shown that this greatly reduces the risks of complications.