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Face Lift

A facelift, which is also known by the technical terms rhytidectomy and rhytoplasty, improves the visible signs of ageing by removing excess fat, tightening underlying muscles and redraping the skin of the face and neck. The procedure can be carried out alone or in conjunction with complementary surgeries such as a brow lift, forehead lift, eyelift surgery, stem cell injection, nose reshaping or liposuction.

Why choose a facelift or neck lift?

The effects of ageing are frequently most pronounced on the face, where the impact of sun exposure and other stresses can be seen in the form of creases and lines around the eyes, nose and mouth. Folds of fat may appear around your neck as the jaw line slackens. A facelift seeks to address these changes, making you appear more youthful by giving definition back to the face and neck.

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What can a face or neck lift achieve?

  • Enhance features, regaining definition
  • Minimise jowls and reduce appearance of fat folds
  • Correct displacement of muscles, fat and skin that have altered through age

What are the alternatives to a facelift or neck lift?

There are a number of cosmetic procedures that work alongside a facelift or neck lift to give you a rejuvenated appearance or address particular problems. Your surgeon will be able to advise which procedure or procedures will allow you to best target a specific area.

Before your facelift or neck lift procedure

Whether you choose to have a single procedure or a combination, feeling relaxed and comfortable about your surgery starts with good communication between yourself and the surgeon. This should begin in your consultation.

During you consultation you will:

  • Have the opportunity to discuss your reasons for surgery
  • Be given time to pose questions to Dr Cotrufo
  • Be given a health evaluation
  • Have your face, neck and skin condition assessed
  • Discuss the facial surgery options open to you
  • Spend time talking through the benefits and potential risks of surgery
  • Talk about what will happen before, during and after your facelift or neck lift

As your facelift or neck surgery approaches, you may be asked to make minor changes to your lifestyle and in particular to avoid some medications and activities.

This may include:

  • Taking a blood test or other medical tests
  • Stopping smoking
  • Adjusting or taking certain medications
  • Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Refraining from drinking alcohol
  • Avoiding sun overexposure
  • Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet

Those undergoing general anaesthetic will be given fasting instructions to follow.

The face lift or neck lift procedure

  • A facelift or neck lift will usually take several hours, though it will last longer if you’ve decided to have multiple procedures
  • The time of the surgery will also be impacted by the type of anaesthesia and the technique used
  • Incisions are made above the hairline and extend beyond the front of the ear, moving behind the earlobe to the lower scalp
  • If the neck is also being lifted, a small incision may also be made under the chin
  • Fatty tissue may be removed from around the neck or chin
  • The skin is secured back in place with clips and sutures
  • A small thin tube may be placed under the skin behind your skin to drain any blood and your head will be wrapped to minimise swelling and bruising

After your face lift or neck lift

It is likely that you will stay in the clinic for 1-2 nights after surgery, during which time you may have a drip fitted to your arm to help keep you hydrated. It’s also common to have some fluid tubes to draw any fluid away. When you are ready to leave, we recommend a friend or relative drives you home and assists you with your facelift recovery.

After that:

  • Take around 1 week off work after surgery and take things easy
  • Keep your head elevated and as still as possible for the first few days
  • Remove bandages after 1-5 days
  • On the second day after your operation you should be able to shower with slightly warm water
  • Walk around as soon as possible
  • After 7-14 days the stitches and clips are removed
  • Bruising and swelling should start to subside after 7-14 days
  • Not use a hairdryer or colour, pull or wrap your hair
  • Avoid steam baths, saunas and sunbathing for 1-3 months
  • Avoid strenuous activity of any kind for 1 month
  • The appearance of scars may take a year to settle
  • Use camouflage makeup to mask bruising while it fades if you wish
  • You will attend scheduled aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo who will monitor your progress

Still have questions about facelift or neck lifts?

Facelift and neck lift surgeries are very personal procedures. Ensure you’re happy with the course of treatment you decide upon by fully discussing the options available to you. The clinic’s surgeon, Dr Cotrufo, is an expert in cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery and specialises in carrying out surgeries to the face. If you would like to discuss your face and neck surgery options and their cost or the aftercare you can expect to receive should you choose to have a facelift or neck lift at our clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to organise a consultation.

Neck Lift

If you want to revitalize the look of the skin on your neck, a neck lift procedure could help you achieve this goal. Also called a platysmaplasty, this surgical procedure involves removing loose skin around the jaw and neck to create a wrinkle-free, smooth and youthful appearance.

The signs of aging that affect the face and neck are often the most noticeable, and as such, they can be a source of great insecurity. The visible signs of aging on the neck can make you feel uneasy, and impact your choices of clothing and the activities you choose to enjoy. If you want to look and feel younger, having a neck lift could be the perfect place to start.

Why have a Neck Lift?

As we age, the skin on our neck can start to sag and develop wrinkles over time. It can also be the case that dramatic weight loss has resulted in loose and unsightly excess skin gathering around the neck, or that sun damage has resulted in wrinkles developing. All of this can make you feel self-conscious, and it is in cases like these that having a neck lift can be extremely beneficial.

If you are insecure about sagging or old-looking skin, you can find yourself choosing higher necklines or refraining from wearing necklaces that could draw attention to this area. By undergoing a platysmaplasty, you can restore your youthful looks and feel great in whatever you choose to wear. Looking younger can help you feel younger too, so by having a neck lift, you can feel refreshed, confident and ready for anything.

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What happens during a Neck Lift?

A neck lift can completely transform your appearance, and is a popular type of cosmetic surgery.

During the procedure, excess and loose fat and skin from around the area is removed, and the remaining skin is then tightened to create a smooth and wrinkle-free appearance.

Benefits and results

Your self-confidence will be increased straight away, as the visible results after having neck lift surgery are highly noticeable.

You can say goodbye to hiding behind scarves and high necklines, and wear the things that make you really feel good. You may even find yourself ready to experiment with new looks and new make-up as your self-esteem receives an instant kick-start! A neck lift really is a transformative procedure, but perhaps especially so when carried out in conjunction with a facelift. These surgeries together can make you instantly feel younger and more confident, enabling you to enjoy your new slender and smooth appearance.

Dr. Cotrufo is a highly-respected cosmetic surgeon who can help you achieve optimal results through a neck lift. Using years of experience, he can provide you with the youthful, natural look you want to feel your best self.

Neck Lift with Vaser Liposuction

If you want to refine, contour and tighten your neck area but have reservations about undergoing neck lift surgery, a Neck Lift with Vaser Liposuction could be the perfect solution.

Having excess skin around your neck area can make you feel incredibly self-conscious, to the point where you might not want to wear certain clothes or partake in activities where your neck is exposed. If you want to feel younger, more confident and able to do the things you love without feeling insecure, undergoing a Neck Lift with Vaser Liposuction can help you achieve your goals. This neck contouring procedure uses a minimally-invasive form of liposuction, so there is no need to undergo surgery, and the results will leave you feeling absolutely fantastic!

Why have a Neck Lift with Vaser Liposuction?

Neck contouring can instantly restore your self-esteem, and rid you of troublesome excess sagging skin and fat.

The neck is one of the most common places for hard-to-get-rid-of fat to accumulate, and it is often the case that no amount of diet and exercise alone can make this area trim. Having a slender, wrinkle-free neck can give you confidence to wear and do the things you enjoy, and luckily you don’t have to undergo a full neck lift in order to achieve the desired results. With vaser lipo, your surgeon can break down fatty deposits, giving you noticeable results straight away.

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Benefits and results

Bid goodbye to double chins, and say hello to a smooth and contoured neckline you can’t wait to show off!

Vaser liposuction is a highly effective alternative to a neck lift, and so without having any surgery, you can completely revitalise and change the look of this area. These dramatic results will instantly boost your sense of self worth as the neck appears tighter, smoother, and wrinkle-free. Best still, there’s no problematic fat to worry about, so you can feel confident about your profile when people look at you from any angle.

Dr Cotrufo is an expert when it comes to attaining natural results and helping clients look and feel absolutely incredible. Using this state of the art technique, he can help restore your confidence and help you feel proud of your neck and jawline. Every care is taken to ensure the treatment is best suited to the individual for an effortless, natural-looking result.