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A facelift, which has the medical name rhytidectomy, is a procedure that lifts and tightens the skin and muscles on your face. This gives a more youthful appearance. It is a highly popular procedure with both men and women.
There are many things which can take a toll on your skin, including aging and lifestyle factors such as sun exposure, smoking and weight loss. Facelift surgery can help treat concerns you may have about your changing facial appearance, from loose skin, lines and wrinkles to a lack of muscle tone.
A facelift can be used to tighten the facial muscles and skin to restore definition and smooth out deep lines. You can choose to refine the appearance of your lower face, including the jaw and neckline, or lift your jaw and neck areas only. Facelift surgery is not intended to remove fine lines and wrinkles around your lips and eyes, though - we offer a full range of line and wrinkle smoothing treatments that can help tackle these areas.
As you age, your skin tends to lose elasticity and may begin to droop as your facial muscles slacken. The natural fat under your skin also sags, leading to you looking older. The usual day to day stresses, along with exposure to the sun, can affect your face. Losing a lot of weight quickly can also age the face.
After facelift surgery, you should be benefit from looking younger, feeling rejuvenated and fresher, and enjoy increased confidence. You may also find it easier to put on makeup because of your tighter skin. If you’ve been hiding behind high-necked tops or scarves, you can also enjoy showing off your new look in clothes with lower necklines.
As with every surgical procedure, it’s important that you are aware of any potential risks that a facelift may pose, however small. This means that you can weigh these up against the benefits that surgery can bring.
Your surgeon assistant and surgeon will be happy to discuss any possible complications and give you detailed information, but, as a guide, they may include temporary bruising and numbness, pain, infection and bleeding.
You might have found that the rate your face has aged doesn’t necessarily reflect the rate the rest of your body or mind is ageing. You might also feel that the face you see in the mirror is not the one you should have. If this is the case, you could be considering a facelift.
A facelift gives the best results if your face and neck have begun to sag, but your bone structure is still strong and well defined with good elasticity in your skin. Generally, people will be in their 40s to 60s when they have this procedure, but it can still be performed successfully on older patients.
A facelift is major surgery, and so it’s a procedure which should be considered carefully. At Transform, we offer free consultations so that you can discuss with our specialists the reasons you’re considering facelift surgery, the costs and likely results.
As a responsible provider of cosmetic surgery, we understand that each individual’s procedure is different, so our treatment plans are tailored specifically around your own unique needs. Because of this, the facelift cost can vary, depending on the area/s you’re having treated. We place a great deal of importance on our free face to face, no obligation consultations, during which you can discuss your requirements with your surgeon assistant. They’ll provide a detailed overview of the facelift cost and the various payment plans we have available. As well as being able to pay for your procedure outright, you can choose to spread the cost over several years via our flexible finance plans. Please view our pricing and finance page to read more about these.
And if you join our Membership programme, Transform Me, you’ll have access to exclusive discounts and offers relating to your treatments with us.
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Behind the scenes care, to help you take centre stage
Your first appointment
The first step is to talk to your surgeon assistant over the phone. You’ll be able to talk to them about why you’re considering facelift surgery, the likely costs and finance options, how much time you’ll probably need to take off work, and when you’d like to have the surgery. If you feel ready, we’ll then book you in for your free consultation with one of our surgeons.
Your surgical consultation
At your free consultation, your surgeon will ask you about the results you want to achieve from the surgery. You can discuss every aspect of your facelift, from the areas of the face that can be tightened, the surgical method and recovery time, to the benefits and risks, with no obligation to go ahead. This surgical consultation can be carried out either over video chat or in person at your local clinic. Our surgeons are extremely knowledgeable, and happy to answer any questions you have. Your general health will also be assessed and the surgeon will recommend the best course of treatment for you.
If you feel ready to go ahead and book your surgery, they’ll then refer you to a clinic nurse who’ll perform some pre-op tests and procedures.
Facelift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, meaning that you’ll need to stay in hospital for 1-2 days following the procedure. On the day, you’ll meet with your surgeon so you can go through the consent form and ask any last-minute questions. Your surgeon will put marks on your face to show where the planned incisions will be made. You’ll be introduced to the rest of your surgical team before going into theatre.
Your surgery will generally take up to two hours. Your expert surgeon will make an incision on the scalp behind your ears and/or under your chin (depending on the type of procedure being carried out). They will very carefully separate the skin from the underlying tissue on the face, before repositioning excess fat and tightening your facial muscles. Your skin will then be lifted back and stitched in place, with any excess skin removed. Because of the careful precision performed, your scarring will be hidden within your hair and the natural creases of your face. These scars tend to fade quickly, though, until they’re barely visible.
We’ll be here throughout the recovery process after your facial surgery to help you recuperate quickly and safely. Your face will be wrapped in bandages, which you may need for a few days. It’s better to keep your head up wherever possible in order to reduce swelling, and it’s particularly helpful to sleep with extra pillows to keep your head raised for the first few days after surgery.
It is completely normal to experience some bruising and swelling of the face and neck, but rest assured that these symptoms will subside very quickly if your aftercare advice is followed. Of course, we’ll provide pain relief in hospital and keep you comfortable until you’re ready to go home.
We’ll give you our 24/7 patient helpline number in case you feel you need to speak to a member of our clinical team, day or night.
Providing the highest quality aftercare is just as important as the surgery itself, so we’re on hand to support you. Your surgeon will help you decide how much time to take off work so that you can fully recover before returning to your usual everyday life. We’d recommend leaving it several weeks before doing any lifting or driving. You should also avoid smoking while you recover, as it slows down the healing process. Your bruises should fade after two weeks, and after this you should begin to see the results of your facelift.
You’ll have a further post-op appointment so we can check that you’re healing well and are happy with the results. Any scarring should be neat and hidden under the hairline and, although all surgery leaves scars, these should fade over time. If you’ve got any questions or concerns at all, you can contact our 24/7 helpline. For your peace of mind, all cosmetic surgery patients have access to our two-year aftercare programme.