Facelift

For a fresher, younger looking face

A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy (surgical removal of wrinkles), can reduce some of the more visible signs of ageing.

A facelift smoothes the loose skin on your face and neck and tightens underlying tissue. As a result, your face will appear firmer and fresher making you look younger. People in generally good health who wish to remove signs of ageing can benefit enormously from facelift surgery.

What is the procedure?

Facelift involves the skilful removal of excess facial skin from the neck, chin and cheek areas under general anaesthetic.

Starting high in the temple area the hair at the incision courses down following the curves in front of the ear round the earlobe and up behind the ear before curving gently back into the hair again.

It may be necessary to add an incision under the chin which is also well hidden. Using these incisions on both sides, the skin and deep tissues are remodelled and re-draped. Stitches secure layers of tissue and incisions and metal clips may be used on the scalp. The scars will be hidden around your ears or in your hairline and will usually fade over 3 to 6 months.

Could I be a suitable candidate for a facelift?

The best candidates for facelifts share certain important traits:

  • Skin elasticity - An optimal candidate will have skin that retains some flexibility. This is important because facelifts stretch the facial skin to remove wrinkles. Successful healing with maximum results depends on having skin that is still fairly supple.
  • Loose skin on the face or neck - An optimal candidate often wants to remove excess skin from the face or neck, tightening skin and removing wrinkles simultaneously. The surgeon trims the loose skin during the procedure.
  • Strong bone structure - An optimal candidate will have a well-defined underlying bone structure to provide support and contribute to satisfying results. Patients with weak features may benefit from facial implants as an alternative or an addition to a facelift.

Can men have a facelift?

Yes. Sagging in the cheeks and around the neck and jawline, which contributes to a heavy, congested look is something most men find undesirable. It should be noted that because men possess more blood cells in their face than women there is also a greater possibility that they will experience blood clotting after surgery.

Is there an optimal age for a facelift?

No. Men and women who undergo a facelift are between the ages of 40 and 70 years old. However, people older than 70 can benefit from the surgery as well.

Will I really look and feel better after a facelift?

Face lift surgery, or rhytidectomy, can create a younger appearance and improve one's self-confidence.

The aim of a facelift is to get a well-rested fresh appearance from forehead to neck and to maintain a normal facial expression as well. By removing excess skin, the procedure can result in significant wrinkle reduction. The effects of sun and wind damage can also be diminished through face lift surgery.

The facelift results can last for up to ten years. The lower half of the face is best suitable for this kind of procedure.

We have listed below a couple of the main facelift benefits:

  • A rejuvenated, fresh look
  • A smooth jaw line without jowls
  • Wrinkle reduction
  • Excess fat removal
  • Tightening underlying muscles
  • Improving one's self-esteem

How long does a facelift last?

Your expectations need to be realistic. For most patients the effects of facelifts last well so that even years later they'll continue to look and feel younger. The results of any facelift should be lasting but remember the procedure cannot stop the ageing process.

Talk to a cosmetic surgeon about a facelift

Every year, thousands of people throughout the UK benefit enormously from facelift surgery, but only through an in-depth discussion with your surgeon will you be able to truly understand the benefits, risks and expected outcomes of this procedure.

You will find further information on face lift surgery in our cosmetic surgery guide