Facelifts have come a long way in recent years and results are now much more natural.
Previously, facelifts just stretched skin, which could lead to that wind-tunnel look. Now muscle and fat are also repositioned to give younger, softer results.
The improvement in techniques has also led to a greater variety in the types of facelifts available and much shorter recovery times.
Some facelifts can even be performed as day procedures using local anaesthetic. And, with advances in minimal, keyhole surgery, you could be back at work in just a few days.
The mini lift
The mini lift improves the appearance of jowls and loose neck skin. This procedure is often performed under local anaesthetic and is also known as the weekend facelift because it can be possible to have the procedure on a Friday and return to work on a Monday.
During a one to two hour procedure the cosmetic surgeon makes an S-shaped incision around the ear, tightens tissue beneath the skin and removes excess skin.
In this video, patient Karen has had a mini lift in a procedure that only required a local anaesthetic.
Great for tightening sagging faces. The cosmetic surgeon makes tiny incisions in the hairline above the ear, and inside the mouth. Fat pads in the cheek are pulled up over the cheekbone to lift and tighten the area.
A full facelift will address the whole face and gives the greatest lifting. An incision is made along the hairline, from the temples to below the ears and back up, finishing at the lower scalp.
The surgeon then sculpts or redistributes fat from the face, jowls and neck and repositions underlying tissue. Deeper muscles are also lifted before skin is repositioned over the new facial contours.
In this video, patient Maggie has a full facelift – and the difference is incredible. Caution – some graphic content.
If you are not yet ready for a surgical facelift, you may find that one of the non-surgical options suit your needs.
At Medcare we use Exilis Elite radiofrequency as in our opinion, and that of many top aesthetics doctors, it is by far the best device and achieves outstanding results.
Radiofrequency delivers heat to exactly the right temperature and depth to stimulate collagen production and tighten skin. As skin is tightened, it has a lifting and smoothing effect on the face and neck.
The new generation of volumising fillers can do far more than just fill individual wrinkles. In skilled hands, fillers can be used to shape and contour the face. By adding volume to the correct parts of the face, a lifting effect is achieved.