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Facelift Surgery London

 The first signs of ageing are usually most visible on our faces. Our jawlines slacken, the skin around our eyes wrinkle and our smile lines deepen. Here at The McIndoe Centre, more and more people from London are walking through our clinic doors because of our excellent service and skill of our surgeons.

The most important part of your facelift process begins with a consultation with one of our facelift specialists. In this consultation, any questions or concerns you may have will be addressed and your chosen surgeon will advise you on your best course of treatment.

What is a facelift (Rhytidectomy)?

A facelift procedure (clinically known as rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure used to enhance the appearance of a person’s face by reducing tell-tale signs of ageing, such as wrinkles, crow’s feet and sagging jawlines.

What does a facelift involve?

The procedure can be performed in several ways depending on the patient’s individual requirements. The most common type of facelift is called an SMAS, a procedure in which an incision is made around the ear so that the surrounding skin can be lifted slightly and tightened. Additionally, the surrounding muscles and tissue can either be removed or manipulated in order to achieve the desired look.

There are several different techniques used by our consultants at The McIndoe Centre to perform a facelift. The most common type of facelift is called an SMAS. During this procedure, your surgeon will make an incision around the ear. From there, the skin can be lifted slightly and tightened. Muscles and tissue can be removed or manipulated to achieve the desired effect.

Usually, a hospital stay between two to three nights is required. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and will take between two and three hours.

Can a facelift be combined with any other procedures?

At McIndoe, there are various other procedures your facelift can be combined with. For optimal results surgeon will likely combine with brow lifts and eye lifts. However, this is entirely up to the patient.

What are the benefits of having a facelift?

The main reason people undergo facelift procedures is to enhance or restore a sense of youth and beauty. There are many advantages to having a facelift and they differ depending on the patient’s personal reasons. However, here are a few of the most common reasons:

  • You should appear more youthful
  • Restored definition of your jaw from the front and side
  • Boosted self-esteem
  • Feeling more comfortable in your skin

 When it’s time for you to leave hospital, you will invited back for a follow-up appointment with your consultant and a date for any stitches that need to be removed. You should feel more like yourself after four weeks.

  • Your face will feel puffy and there is usually some bruising on the face and neck.
  • You should be able to return to work after two weeks, depending on your type of work.
  • Do not do anything strenuous like vacuuming for three weeks.
  • Sleep with extra pillows to keep your head raised.
  • Do not drive until you feel confident, always check with your insurance policy and doctor.
  • Regular exercise helps you to return back to normal activities, but always ask your consultant for advice.  return back to normal activities, but always ask your consultant for advice.

Who is offered a facelift procedure?

Despite facelifts being a purely cosmetic procedure, this does not mean everyone will be suited for surgery just because they want to look a certain way.

The best facelift candidates are the ones who understand the process, have taken time to raise any points or concerns, and lastly, are realistic about their expectations both before and after surgery. Of course, age is an important factor to consider and most surgeons will not operate on a patient who is too young, or simply does not require surgery.

Alternatives to facelifts

As many are aware, there will always be alternatives to surgical treatment. However, it is important to understand that, while alternatives to surgery may be cheaper and less invasive, it is unlikely they will be able to achieve or replicate the results of professional surgery over a sustained period of time.

There is a vast array of facelift alternatives on the market. From eye creams all the way to laser skin resurfacing, the facelift alternatives are almost endless. If you’d like to see what non-surgical treatments we offer at McIndoe, you can have a look here.

However, it is ultimately up to the patient as to what they want to change about their appearance. For example, while wrinkle creams may work for some, others may want a longer-lasting treatment, which is where surgery is seen as the preferred option.

Recovery after a facelift procedure

As mentioned previously, it is likely you will stay in hospital for up to 3 nights both as a safety precaution and to monitor your recovery process. Other than the initial 3 days, the recovery process is simple. You may experience some swelling and bruising, however this usually subsides within 7-10 days. Full recovery from swelling and any little bumps should be completely gone within 3-6 months, however this varies from patient to patient.

Choosing your facelift surgeon

Choosing a specialist couldn’t be easier at The McIndoe Centre. Our dedicated surgeons offer a 1-to-1 consultation in which they discuss your medical past, your expectations and the surgical process, alongside aftercare treatment and any other questions or concerns that you may have.

 Contact us today

If you have any concerns about the surgery, or who will be performing it, you can always call The McIndoe Centre Helpline on 0800 917 4922. Or, if you’d like a consultation with one of our top surgeons, feel free to fill out our contact form and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.


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