What is a facelift (rhytidectomy)?

A rhytidectomy or facelift is a procedure to tighten and lift the skin of the lower face.

What happens to the face when we age?

As we age a number of changes take place with our face. The face, in particular the cheeks, begin to lose volume. The main bulk of the cheek volume also moves downwards with gravity. The skin loses its elasticity and so becomes more loose and sags more. Consequently, the nasolablial folds (nose to mouth lines), marionette lines (angle of mouth lines), and jowls begin to appear.

Who would benefit from this procedure?

Most patients undergoing this procedure will be between 40 to 60 years of age. They will have started to experience sagging of the skin around the lower face and neck.

How long does the effect of it last?

There is a popular phrase amongst plastic surgeons that ‘it will turn back the clock but will not stop it ticking.’ This means that although the effects will be longstanding for several years the ageing process will continue.

What are the different types of facelift?

There are a number of different types that have been described. These include the one-stitch lift; puppet lift; liquid facelift; mini-facelift; SMAS lift; and, MACS lift to name a few. The one-stitch, thread and puppet lift procedures are regarded as minimally invasive options that involve placing threads underneath the skin to lift it. These are generally performed in clinic under local anaesthetic. The effects of this type of procedure may last up to 2 years. The liquid facelift refers to the use of fillers to replace volume and help provide some lift to the sagging skin. This again has a relatively short term effect lasting up to 12 to 18 months.

What is the Mini Facelift?

The mini procedure involves removal of skin from the face and tightening of the underlying tissues. The extent of a mini procedure is much less than a full one. This means that not all patients may be suitable for this and the results will be more subtle. The mini facelift can be performed under local anaesthesia and as a day case procedure. The full lift procedure will require a general anaesthetic.

What is a Facelift?

A full facelift is a procedure that involves raising the skin of the face and tightening the underlying SMAS layer. The skin is then redraped and any excess skin trimmed. The scars of a facelift are usually well hidden in the hairline and around the ear.

How do I find out more about this?

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