The visible signs of ageing such as lines and wrinkles, loose skin and brown spots, no longer have to be an inevitable part of getting old, and many people choose to reverse these signs with the help of face lift surgery and other surgical and non-surgical procedures. Facelift surgery can be followed by non surgical treatments such as peels and Botox in order to further enhance the results.
Are you suitable for Facelift surgery?
The best candidate is one whose face and neck has begun to sag, but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined. Most patients are in their 40’s to 60’s, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their 70’s or 80’s. Men as well as women can have a facelift and redo operations are also carried out by Mr Jallali. Smoking can delay the healing process and Mr Jallali recommends quitting cigarettes at least 6 weeks before the surgery. Patients with hypertension must ensure that their blood pressure is well controlled prior to the procedure and anticoagulants such as Aspirin must be stopped 10 days before the surgery.
The surgery is carried out under a General anaesthetic. There are lots of different types of facelift and the most appropriate technique will be decided following your consultation with Mr Jallali. The procedure can be combined with fat grafting in order to restore volume to the face. Patients commonly have their eyes bags removed at the same procedure (blepharoplasty). The operation lasts 3-5 hours and you will stay one night in Hospital. Mr Jallali uses minimal dressing and you will leave the Hospital with no bandages. We generally recommend taking one week off work. The stitches are removed between day 5-7.
The benefits of Facelift surgery
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
- Looking younger
- Feeling rejuvenated and fresher
- Ability to wear clothes with lower necklines – no longer the need to hide behind a scarf / high-necked top
- Easier application of make-up
How long does a Facelift last?
A facelift does not stop the clock, but it does put the clock back. The effect of the facelift is likely to always be there, in that you will not look as old as you would have done if it had not been carried out. It is extremely rare to have redo eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). Fat grafting is a very important adjuvant to facelifting and following initial loss of 20-30%, the rest of the volume is retained, which is better than artificial fillers.