There are three types of face lift; full face lift, mid face lift and mini facelift.

A full face lift involves a long incision along the hairline; the skin is then lifted and tightened as required. A mid facelift is used for upper face lifts and brow lifts, the benefits of this type of facelift is there is less scarring and shorter recovery time. This is because a mid-facelift is performed endoscopically, the surgeon makes smaller incisions and the surgery is performed as ‘keyhole’ surgery. A mini facelift is used to remove and tighten excess loose and sagging skin in the neck, chin, lower cheeks and jaw line. This involves an incision on both sides of the face, excess tissue is removed and the remaining skin is lifted and tightened.

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This procedure is also known as a lower facelift and aims to correct the skin laxity in the neck, submental excess and any neck bands. It also recontours the jawline. The procedure is undertaken via an incision that runs around the front of the ear, down under the earlobe, around the back of the ear and extends into the hairline behind the ears. The skin is elevated off the soft tissues and the muscles of the neck are elevated and repositioned. In some cases an additional incision is made in the submental region and further tightening of the muscles plus/minus liposuction is undertaken.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wear glasses/contact lenses after the procedure?

Contact lenses should be avoided for the first week after the procedure. Glasses can be worn immediately but care must be taken.

When can I wear make up?

Light make up can be worn after one week and normal make up after 2 weeks. Hair can be washed after discharge.

How long do I have to wait before I can exercise?

You can return to normal activity and exercise 4-6 weeks after the procedure. Strenuous exercise and sport should be avoided for 6-8 weeks.

When can I return to work?

We recommend taking 2-3 weeks off work to recover and regular pain killers to keep the pain levels minor. Driving should be avoided for 1-2 weeks.

Further information

For more detailed information regarding this procedure, please click here to read the patient information brochures written by our Cosmetic Surgeons.

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