If you are looking for a fresher look and wish to improve the appearance of your neck and jowls, then a face lift may be an option for you
A facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to deal with the effects of ageing on the neck and lower face. It involves the tightening and removal of loose skin from the neck and cheek areas whilst at the same time tightening the muscles underneath. There are many ways of performing facelift surgery and the exact method chosen depends on the pattern of ageing. Facial ageing is a complex process that usually begins in our 40s. Some people age faster than others and this is related to our genetic makeup as well as factors such as smoking, sun exposure and life stresses.
As we age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic and we start to see wrinkles which are there all of the time (static wrinkles). Additionally, the effects of gravity cause our soft tissues (ligaments, muscles and fat) to sag and this can show itself in the form of excess skin and folds, such as jowls around the jaw line. It is these changes that facelift surgery is designed to counter.
Types of facelift
There are many different facelift procedures and the terminology can be confusing. The most common and effective facelift procedure is the lower face/ neck lift. This works on the jaw line and neck. It involves cuts in front of the ears that extend behind the ears and into the hairline (see photos below). The skin of the lower face is lifted up and tightened along with the underlying muscles (SMAS lift). Once the skin has been tightened the excess skin is removed. The aim is to produce a natural, freshened look.
Short scar or mini facelift
You may be suitable for a short scar facelift if your main concern is your jaw line and you do not have much loose skin affecting your neck. It is important that you understand that a “mini face lift” still leaves scars in the visible areas in front of the ears. When surgery is performed correctly, these scars are very well hidden.
A facelift is often combined with other procedures depending on your needs. These procedures include liposuction to the neck, fat injection to the cheeks (to give fullness to the cheeks), lower and upper eyelid surgery and a brow lift to address ageing to the upper part of the face. Laser resurfacing can also be carried out at the same time to treat fine wrinkles/ sun spots.
Lower face/ neck lift £7000
All inclusive costs for 1 year following surgery
Finance is available (subject to application and vetting) by Zebra Health Finance (formerly First Medical Loans). They offer interest free loans up to a certain value. They can usually provide a decision online within 15 minutes.