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Our faces are our main features and are therefore a large factor in determining self-confidence in the way we look. However, as we age the skin on our face and neck loses muscle tone, which causes it to droop. What a facelift does is tighten the skin on the face to create an all-round smoother and firmer appearance.
Facelifts do not affect the entire face and are commonly performed alongside other cosmetic procedures, such as eyelid surgery. Facelift procedures typically target the bottom two thirds of the face, including the cheeks, jowls and upper neck.
During a Facelift procedure, any excess fat and skin is removed and the muscles are tightened. To remove jowls, skin from the lower face is pulled taut, which gives the jawline enhanced definition. This skin is stitched to the original incision made along the hairline.
Facial cosmetic surgery certainly won’t stop the ageing process, but it can reverse it significantly. A Facelift can bring outstanding and long-lasting results for the patient, giving them the self-confidence they truly deserve.
How long you stay in hospital will depend on what time of day you undergo surgery. Most patients, however, are kept in for one or two nights following their procedure.
Incisions are made around the ears and along the hairline, meaning that all scars will be hidden by your hair.
Facelifts normally result in some swelling and bruising. However, this will start to ease after a couple of days. You will also be able to apply a little make up after a few days.
Stiches are typically removed 7-10 days following the procedure.
It’s always a good idea to rest for a few days following an operation that is carried out under general anaesthetic. Though most people feel well enough to return to work after one week, you may want to wait until your stitches have been removed.
This really depends on the individual. While the majority of patients are aged between 40 and 60, many successful Facelift procedures have been performed on people in their 70s who are in good health.
Preferably, people considering a Facelift need to have some elasticity left in their skin, even if it is drooping, and a good bone structure also helps. A discussion with your consultant will enable you to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this type of procedure.