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When people look at us, the very first thing they notice is our faces. So, if we’re unhappy with the way our faces look, this can have a huge impact on our self-confidence. As we age we lose muscle tone, which can cause the skin in our face and neck to droop. A facelift is a surgical procedure whereby the skin is tightened to create a firmer, smoother appearance.
Facelifts do not affect the entire face and are typically performed at the same time as another procedure, such as an eyelid lift. During a facelift, the surgeon targets the bottom two thirds of the face – the jowls, cheeks and upper neck. They will remove any excess fat and skin from those areas and then tighten the muscles. The skin will then be pulled taut to remove the appearance of jowls, and then stitched into the original incision along the hairline. A facelift can help significantly reverse the signs of aging with notable, long-lasting results and increased patient self-confidence.
A discussion with your consultant will allow you to determine whether or not a facelift is the right option for you. Suitable patients for facelift surgery will generally have some elasticity left in their skin. Most patients are aged between 40 and 60 years old, though many successful operations are performed on older patients, so long as they are in good health. A good bone structure is also known to improve the results of facelift surgery
How long can I expect to stay in hospital for?
Facelift patients normally stay in for 1-2 nights after their surgery. Your length of stay will depend on the time of day your procedure is carried out. You will have scars, but they will be well-hidden. This is because the incisions are made along the hairline and around the ears, so your hair will cover them up. The majority of patients do experience bruising and swelling following a facelift. However, after a few days, you are able to cover up some of the bruising with a little make-up, should you wish to. You should expect to have the stitches for 7-10 days before they are removed.
It is a good idea to rest for a few days after your procedure to ensure that you are fully recovered, most patients are able to return to work within one week, though many people prefer to stay home until their stitches are removed.