In need of a lift?


Consultant Mr Roger Smith looks at some of the options available if you are considering a face lift.

Should we grow old gracefully or use some of the latest advancements in surgical procedure, to help halt the visible signs for as long as possible? Whatever you are considering, it is worth finding out as much information as possible and discussing what you hope to achieve with some of the best surgeons here in the South East.

There are several main visible signs of ageing which can be seen on the face such as lines, wrinkles, patchy brown spots and the skin will generally become more loose and saggy. This is especially frustrating when you don’t feel like you have aged significantly, but a closer look in the mirror tells a different story.

Face lift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy is one of the most common aesthetic procedures for both men and women. Those that have undergone the surgery list a number of benefits, not just to the overall appearance of the face and skin, but in helping to boost their self confidence as well as making them feel and look younger.

A similar type of surgical procedure may be used in reconstructive surgery after an accident, burns or an illness which has caused facial disfigurement. All of our consultants are leading experts in this field and are highly experienced in carrying out these procedures.

There are many different types of facelift but the operation is usually carried out under a general anaesthetic and takes approximately two or three hours. The most common procedure is for the surgeon to make a cut along your hairline, then following the natural creases of the skin around the ear. The tissue can then be tightened, and any excess fat removed from the neck and the underlying tissues in the face can also be tightened up.

Minimal access cranial suspension is similar to a traditional face lift, but uses smaller incisions.

There are also procedures involving key hole surgery which are more commonly used for brow lifts and upper face lifts and there is a shorter recovery period with less scarring. Your consultant will be able to discuss a full range of options and the pros and cons of each with you, to ensure you find the best solution for your individual needs.

After the operation you will return to your room.  It is normal for your face to have some bruising and swelling, but you may be able to return home on the same day as having the operation although, if more extensive surgery is necessary, a stay in hospital of one or even two nights following surgery is often advised.  Techniques vary between surgeons as to whether bandaging is employed, but if it is they are usually retained for around one week.

You won’t be able to drive or operate machinery for at least 24 hours after your operation, and it is really important to make sure you follow the instructions of the KIMS team regarding your recovery.  

You should also avoid any strenuous activity or bending forward for two weeks, after which time it is likely you will be able to return to work, depending on your occupation.

It is usual to take a few weeks for the swelling to do down and for the skin to look natural, and your consultant will arrange a follow up appointment to check your progress.

For a consultation, call us on 01622 237727 or email