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Facelift

Why do patients request a facelift?

With the passage of time the ligaments that hold the skin of the face in position stretch and there is also a decrease in the natural fat that is present in the tissues. As a result of this, the skin on the face, the brow and the neck begins to sag. Patients do not like the appearance of jowls, deep creases in the cheeks, wrinkles and bands in the neck as these are recognisable signs of ageing. This is a common reason for consultations for facelifts and neck lifts.

Are there any reasons for a patient to not have a facelift?

Patients who are actively smoking or on blood thinning medication such as aspirin and warfarin are at a high risk of complications such as bleeding or wound infections and delayed wound healing. It is advisable not to consume nicotine in any form for six weeks before a facelift and to stop medication such as aspirin or warfarin (if this is not for an essential or life-threatening condition) at the appropriate time before surgery.

What does a facelift involve?

A facelift or neck lift is carried out under general anaesthesia and involves one or two nights in hospital. Following the operation there is a large padded bandage around the neck and face along with a tube drain underneath the skin to remove any blood or fluid that may collect following surgery. The drain is normally removed the day after surgery and so is the dressing around the face and neck. Patients are usually able to shower before discharge from hospital with fresh dressings and an elasticated support for the neck and cheeks. An outpatient appointment is arranged for a few days after surgery for removal of sutures.

How long does bruising and swelling last following the operation?

Bruising and swelling following surgery normally resolves within ten to fourteen days after the operation.

How much time do I need off work?

Most patients are able to return to work and to social activities within two to three weeks of their operation.

How long does the effect of a facelift last?

The effects of a facelift can last up to five to ten years following surgery. A facelift does not stop the process of ageing but can make the effect of the ageing process less obvious.

What are the complications of this procedure?

A small percentage of patients undergoing a facelift can have complications just like any other surgical procedure which include bleeding, haematoma (blood clot under the skin), infection, delayed healing of the wound, asymmetry and scars which are visible in the early post-operative stage but which normally fade over a period of months. There can also be a loss of function or injury to the branches of the facial nerve which is responsible for movements of the muscles of expression in the face. Very occasionally patients may need a small revision procedure.

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Just to thank you once again for my face lift, I am really pleased with the result.

SW

Facelift

“Just to thank you once again for my facelift, I am really pleased with the result.

When I first came to you for a consultation, I pointed out what I would like and you then fully went through the procedures you would need to achieve the desired result. You also pointed out that if there was anything I’d like to discuss prior to actually having the operation, I could just make an appointment to see you and you would once again go through it. I took you up on this offer and afterwards felt completely reassured.

Prior to my operation, I attended the hospital to have blood tests and an ECG to ensure that I was in good health.

I was admitted at 11am on the morning of the operation and was visited by you and the anaesthetist, both of whom told me in detail what would be happening. Once again, I felt completely reassured and relaxed. At around 9pm on the day of the operation – much to my surprise – I was sitting up and enjoying soup and a sandwich.

I was discharged at around 11am the following morning and although my face was obviously swollen, I could see the results of my facelift and was extremely pleased. I was told to wear face protection for a while and also asked to come to the hospital in five days’ time to have the stitches around my ear removed. Amazingly, this was all the stitching I had.

Nine days after the operation, I came to see you again. By this time I still had a limited amount of swelling, but this did not amount to much. One week later the swelling had gone down and I am thrilled to bits with the result. Many thanks.”

SW

Just to thank you once again for my face lift, I am really pleased with the result.

SW

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