Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

All of us undergo the ageing process, and part of it leads to a reduced elasticity in the skin and relaxing of the muscles. There are several factors that contribute to ageing, some of which can be lessened or even eliminated to slow this process down, however our genes play a large role as well.

The skin can manifest these signs by developing wrinkles around the lips, at the corners of the eyes and the forehead, the jaw line becomes less defined and the skin of the neck becomes more lax. Not to forget mentioning, a drastic weight loss can also contribute to these signs and not necessarily in relation to the ageing process.

WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE MY OPERATION?

The first meeting with your surgeon constitutes a consultation where you will be asked about your medical history, previous operations and any medications that you might take. Your surgeon will ascertain why you desire to undergo this procedure and what your main aesthetic goals are to ensure that any other possibly more suitable treatments have been considered.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

A facelift involves the skin being cut in certain areas near the hairline. The excess skin will be removed and sutures applied. The sutures will enable a lift and tightening of the underlying soft tissues. The scars will be situated at natural lines in the skin, which are discreet and eventually disappear with time.

IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO BEFORE MY OPERATION TO ENSURE THE BEST OUTCOME?

As with any operation it is important to be healthy and lead a lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise. Our dietitian can help you review your diet and help advising a good diet plan before your operation.

If you are aiming to loose weight then it is best done before the operation to enable the surgeon to achieve even better results. We will give you a checklist with all the dos and don’ts and also advise you to see your GP if that is required to review any regular medications that might have an influence on your operation.

We suggest an overall healthy lifestyle and if you do smoke we advise stopping as this will help reduce the risk of complications.

ARE THERE ANY ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS?

During your consultation it is important that you express your goals with this procedure as there might be alternative or complementary treatments that would suit better or optimize your results.

Treatments such as antiwrinkle injections, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, liposuction or fat grafting may help or in some cases be advised to reach the best outcomes.

WHAT POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS ARE THERE?

All operations have risks, however it is important to remember that they will vary depending on your general medical state. During your consultation the surgeon will discuss any particular complications in detail so that you understand them and make an informed decision. Overall the risks are unlikely and some are even negligible but ensure that you do speak about any concerns that you might have.

The more common complications are bruising, swelling and sore ness. The more uncommon risks include bleeding, permanent numbness, infection and damage to deeper structures.

At Hvit Clinic we keep a close eye on all our clients and you will be monitored to make sure the healing process is progressing well and that any potential complications are detected sooner.

WHAT IF I AM NOT COMPLETELY SATISFIED?

In some rare circumstances some clients might not be entirely pleased with their results. It is important to remember that it takes some time for the final results to be evident due to swelling and potential bruising.

Make sure that you discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon as your expectations can then be addressed and planned for better. Another essential point is that the ageing process is ongoing and you might have to consider further procedures to maintain your rejuvenated look.

WHERE WILL MY OPERATION TAKE PLACE?

You will be admitted to a private hospital in London on the day of your surgery and discharged home the following morning.

WHAT ANAESTHETIC WILL I HAVE?

For this surgery you will have a general anaesthetic and therefore you will be asleep during the whole procedure. Your anesthetist will meet you and discuss any concerns or requests you may have.

HOW LONG DOES THE SURGERY TAKE?

The operation might take a couple of hours and sometimes longer, it depends on the amount of work that is needed. Your surgeon will discuss this with you in detail.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER THE SURGERY?

After the operation you might experience some discomfort, however you will be given medication to lessen or even eliminate this. Your face will have a degree a swelling, for which you are advised to keep your head elevated. Your bandages will be removed after a few days and you might find that the skin is a bit bruised and pale.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO HEAL?

You will be able to gently walk on the same day of your surgery. We suggest that you take it easy for one week and avoid any strenuous activities for two weeks. It may take up to three weeks for you to feel better and for the swelling to settle. Please take the advise of your surgeon in regards to when you can resume exercising.

We will provide you with an aftercare pack and keep you under monitoring even after discharge home to ensure you are healing well and that we are addressing any questions you might have.

All of us undergo the ageing process, and part of it leads to a reduced elasticity in the skin and relaxing of the muscles. There are several factors that contribute to ageing, some of which can be lessened or even eliminated to slow this process down, however our genes play a large role as well.

The skin can manifest these signs by developing wrinkles around the lips, at the corners of the eyes and the forehead, the jaw line becomes less defined and the skin of the neck becomes more lax. Not to forget mentioning, a drastic weight loss can also contribute to these signs and not necessarily in relation to the ageing process.

The first meeting with your surgeon constitutes a consultation where you will be asked about your medical history, previous operations and any medications that you might take. Your surgeon will ascertain why you desire to undergo this procedure and what your main aesthetic goals are to ensure that any other possibly more suitable treatments have been considered.

A facelift involves the skin being cut in certain areas near the hairline. The excess skin will be removed and sutures applied. The sutures will enable a lift and tightening of the underlying soft tissues. The scars will be situated at natural lines in the skin, which are discreet and eventually disappear with time.

As with any operation it is important to be healthy and lead a lifestyle with a good diet and regular exercise. Our dietitian can help you review your diet and help advising a good diet plan before your operation.

If you are aiming to loose weight then it is best done before the operation to enable the surgeon to achieve even better results. We will give you a checklist with all the dos and don’ts and also advise you to see your GP if that is required to review any regular medications that might have an influence on your operation.

We suggest an overall healthy lifestyle and if you do smoke we advise stopping as this will help reduce the risk of complications.

During your consultation it is important that you express your goals with this procedure as there might be alternative or complementary treatments that would suit better or optimize your results.

Treatments such as antiwrinkle injections, dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, liposuction or fat grafting may help or in some cases be advised to reach the best outcomes.

All operations have risks, however it is important to remember that they will vary depending on your general medical state. During your consultation the surgeon will discuss any particular complications in detail so that you understand them and make an informed decision. Overall the risks are unlikely and some are even negligible but ensure that you do speak about any concerns that you might have.

The more common complications are bruising, swelling and sore ness. The more uncommon risks include bleeding, permanent numbness, infection and damage to deeper structures.

At Hvit Clinic we keep a close eye on all our clients and you will be monitored to make sure the healing process is progressing well and that any potential complications are detected sooner.

In some rare circumstances some clients might not be entirely pleased with their results. It is important to remember that it takes some time for the final results to be evident due to swelling and potential bruising.

Make sure that you discuss your aesthetic goals with your surgeon as your expectations can then be addressed and planned for better. Another essential point is that the ageing process is ongoing and you might have to consider further procedures to maintain your rejuvenated look.

You will be admitted to a private hospital in London on the day of your surgery and discharged home the following morning.

For this surgery you will have a general anaesthetic and therefore you will be asleep during the whole procedure. Your anesthetist will meet you and discuss any concerns or requests you may have.

The operation might take a couple of hours and sometimes longer, it depends on the amount of work that is needed. Your surgeon will discuss this with you in detail.

After the operation you might experience some discomfort, however you will be given medication to lessen or even eliminate this. Your face will have a degree a swelling, for which you are advised to keep your head elevated. Your bandages will be removed after a few days and you might find that the skin is a bit bruised and pale.

You will be able to gently walk on the same day of your surgery. We suggest that you take it easy for one week and avoid any strenuous activities for two weeks. It may take up to three weeks for you to feel better and for the swelling to settle. Please take the advise of your surgeon in regards to when you can resume exercising.

We will provide you with an aftercare pack and keep you under monitoring even after discharge home to ensure you are healing well and that we are addressing any questions you might have.