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.Back to face Surgery
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.
- 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.