Once we reach a certain age, gravity takes its toll and things begin to sag – including the skin on our face. Wrinkles also begin set in, and our once youthful appearance can seem to fade in front of our eyes.
For many people, this can zap self-confidence and even cause depression.
The good news is that for those seeking cosmetic surgery in Bristol, there is an option open to you: a facelift.
This is an extremely safe procedure – and it isn’t as invasive as many people think. For the right surgeon with plenty of specialist experience, facelifts offer patients the chance to wind back the clock and restore their vitality and happiness.
How does it work?
Every person’s face is different, so every facelift surgery is slightly different. Facelifts are always performed at a hospital and under general anaesthetic.
Typically, a surgeon will make an incision close to the hairline from the temple to the lower ear. An incision can also be made under the chin to tighten sagging skin on the neck.
Once the skin is pulled back into place, the excess skin is removed and liposuction can be used to remove excess fat. Stitches, sutures or a special kind of ‘glue’ are used to close the incisions – and your hair can usually hide this.
This is a basic outline of a typical procedure. I offer personalised care to all my cosmetic surgery Bristol patients, and the procedure can vary. Don’t worry – you will be given a complete understanding of what will take place during your consultation.
How long will it take to recover from a facelift procedure?
Your recovery will depend on the extent of the surgery and on how quickly you heal. Most patients are up and about after just a few days, though it will generally take longer for you to feel completely back to normal. You may experience some swelling, bruising and mild discomfort. I advise my cosmetic surgery Bristol patients to expect to be ‘presentable’ within 10-14 days after surgery.
Who is it suitable for?
Most of the cosmetic surgery Bristol patients who come to me for a facelift are aged between 40 and 60. This is when signs of ageing, stress and sun damage have begun to show – but there is still some elasticity in the skin, which can help offer the best results. Having said that, facelifts aren’t out of the question for patients in their 70s and 80s either.
If you’re wondering if a facelift might be right for you, we’d be happy to answer any questions. Just get in touch.