BECOME A YOUNGER YOU WITH
A FACELIFT IN LONDON
Has your facial skin lost its tightness and elasticity? Do you have wrinkles and sagging skin on the cheeks, jawline, chin, and neck? Do you think you look older than your age? Is this affecting you personally or professionally? If such issues are of concern to you, you could consider getting a Facelift.
Facelift, also referred to as Rhytidectomy, is a surgery to tighten loose skin on your face (from your cheek downwards) and neck to reduce visible signs of aging and give you a smoother, younger-looking appearance.
At our state-of-the-art plastic surgery clinic in London, our experienced plastic surgeons use the latest equipment and techniques to provide you with naturally appealing results from your Facelift that can shave years and decades off your looks.
FACTS AT A GLANCE
IV Sedation/ General Anesthesia
WHY CHOOSE HASAN SURGERY & DR. HASAN ALI FOR YOUR FACELIFT IN LONDON?
- Dr. Hasan Ali is among the most experienced plastic surgeons, if not, the best plastic surgeon in London. He has an unparalleled body of work for facial contouring surgeries, including Facelift. The results obtained by his clients and their satisfaction levels are second to none.
- A Facelift is a facial contouring surgery. Great, natural-looking, and long-lasting results from such surgeries requires a plastic surgeon who has an acute grasp of facial anatomy, and also prioritizes your safety. A skilled Facelift surgeon is a facial contouring expert with extensive experience to perform the surgery successfully without it looking unnatural. And in that respect, Dr. Hasan Ali is highly accomplished.
- Dr. Hasan is known for his exceptional skills as a plastic surgeon. He is that rare kind of plastic surgeon who is widely respected and trusted by his patients and fellow doctors alike. He has performed 5,000+ surgeries with outstanding results.
- Dr. Hasan’s clinic – Hasan Surgery –is based in Harley Street, London, UK & Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai, UAE. At our London practice, we perform surgeries at top accredited clinics/ hospitals in London.
- With our special Dubai medical tourism packages, you can also choose to do your surgery at our Dubai clinic with follow-ups at our London clinic. True to Dr. Hasan’s desire for perfection, our Dubai clinic is a unique, highly modern, state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery clinic. It is the 1st AAAASF accredited plastic surgery clinic in Dubai, which is the global gold standard for outpatient surgical facility accreditation, acknowledging our high standards, latest technology, and focus on patient safety. It is also a rare plastic surgery clinic that has been awarded an appreciation letter for scoring 100% on a safety survey – an exemplary achievement and commitment to quality and patient safety.
- Because of his high standing as a top plastic surgeon in London & Dubai, Dr. Hasan Ali is also a renowned trainer of plastic surgeons, surveyor, and examiner.
BEFORE / AFTER GALLERY
As per UK regulations, we are not permitted to show images without written patient consent. The below before/after images are with patient consent. For this procedure, we have a vast collection of before/after images, but those have not been consented to by our patients for public display. We would be delighted to show you our results during your initial consultation. We encourage you to ask our surgeons for the same during the consultation.
What is a Facelift?
Facelift is the gold standard in anti-aging procedures. It is an effective cosmetic surgery that is aimed at smoothening the skin on your cheeks, chin, and neck by by getting rid of wrinkles, fine lines, and jowls. It seeks to restore your face to a more youthful appearance.
Wrinkles on our face are the first signs of aging and also the most obvious. Not only do they make us look older, but they can also affect us emotionally, and in some cases, professionally. By surgically removing these with a Facelift, you can look decades younger and refreshed. The Facelift surgery will leave you with a smoother, tighter face.
It is important to note that a Facelift addresses sagging issues from below the eyes onwards, i.e. from the cheek downwards. Drooping on the eyes and above are addressed via an Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty), Brow Lift, or Forehead Lift.
A Facelift is often combined with a Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery), Brow Lift, Fat Transfer, Neck Lift, and/ or Facial Fillers to achieve a more comprehensive improvement in appearance.
How is Facelift performed?
Facelift is done under Local anesthesia, IV sedation or general anesthesia depending on the type of the procedure. During the surgery, your plastic surgeon will mark your face and make incisions along where the skin is to be lifted.
Depending on the type of Facelift (mid/ mini/ neck/ full) being performed and the technique used to perform the Facelift, the incision may be just along the hairline and behind the ear, or going across the temple, around the ear, and under the chin. Through the incisions, the surgeon lifts the underlying skin and tissue, removes excess tissue and skin, and pulls the remaining skin back and upwards in position. Facial fat redistribution or fat transfer to face may also be involved as an option. The incisions are then closed. The result is tighter, smoother skin on your face which makes you look more youthful and rejuvenated.
Who is an ideal candidate for Facelift?
Facelift is indicated for adult men or women whose faces are showing wrinkles along the cheeks, nasolabial folds, lower jawline, chin, and neck. People who have jowls, marionette lines, and double chin can also benefit from a Facelift.
The ideal candidate should be a generally healthy person. He or she should not have any medical condition that could interfere with the healing of the wound.
Prior to ensuring your candidature for the Facelift, your plastic surgeon will review your medical history and past and present health condition. You will have to discuss the medication you are on, including any herbal supplements.
As a possible Facelift candidate, you must have realistic expectations about your resultant appearance after the procedure. You must stop smoking prior to the surgery and after the surgery, as tobacco can slow down the blood flow to the skin and thereby slow down the healing process.
The surgery will show desirable results only on people who are generally healthy and do not have any previous history of having cardiac issues, pulmonary emboli, excessive bleeding, seizures, immunodeficiency disorders, or deep vein thrombosis. People with such conditions are discouraged from undergoing this procedure due to a higher risk of surgical complications.
People who are on certain anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant drugs are also discouraged from undergoing a Facelift surgery.
What are the different types of Facelift?
Depending on the area of the face that is corrected, the different types of Facelift are:
Traditional or Full Facelift: This is the most extensive Facelift and corrects drooping of cheeks, jowls, jawline, and upper neck – i.e. it addresses the bottom two-thirds of the face – and is a combination of Mid Facelift and Lower Facelift. It gives best results to the overall facial appearance when combined with an Upper Facelift (Brow/ Forehead Lift) too. It can reduce your age by 10-15 years and results will also last for the longest time compared to other types of Facelift – almost 10 to 15 years.
Incision: The incision for the Full Facelift is the largest as it is the most comprehensive procedure. The cut runs from the temple, around the ear and earlobe, and under the chin.
Candidates: The Full Facelift is indicated for people who have extensive sagging across the cheek, lower jaw, chin, and neck. Candidates also need to have good skin elasticity. Typically, adults above the age of 50 opt for this surgery.
Pros: Most comprehensive facial anti-aging surgery; results last a long time.
Cons: Most incisive surgery with biggest scar; longer recovery time.
Upper Facelift: What is commonly referred to by many people as an Upper Facelift, is actually a Brow Lift or Forehead Lift, and strictly speaking, not part of the clinical usage of the term Facelift, which refers to surgery for the bottom two-thirds of the face. For details of Brow/ Forehead Lift, please click here.
Mid Facelift/ Cheek Lift: This addresses the center of the face – from just below the eyelids – from the cheekbones to the upper lip. It addresses the cheek, nasolabial folds, and jowls, but not the neck. The objective of a Mid Facelift is to lift and accentuate the cheekbones and to improve the harmony between the eyelids and the cheeks. For this reason, it is also referred to as a Cheek Lift.
Incision: The incision for the Mid Facelift or Cheek Lift is usually from the temple, around the ear and earlobe.
Candidates: The Mid Facelift is indicated for people who have sagging across the cheek, making their cheeks look flatter and nasolabial folds look deeper. It may also be an option for people with significant lower eyelid sagging due to a prior erroneous lower eyelid blepharoplasty. Typically, adults between the ages of 40-50 opt for this surgery.
Pros: Helps elevate the malar (cheek) fat pads and define the cheek structure better; creates better facial symmetry between upper and mid-face; corrects nasolabial folds and minor jowls.
Cons: Does not address the neck, lower jaw, or crows feet; results are not as extensive or long-lasting as a Full Facelift.
Mini Facelift: This is a less extensive version of a Full Facelift and corrects minor drooping of cheeks, jowls, and jawline, but not the neck.
Incision: Small incisions are made at the hairline above the temple and around the ear.
Candidates: People who have mild, initial signs of sagging across the cheek and lower jaw – typically 35-45 years of age. Also recommended as a touch-up surgery after a few years for people who have previously had a full facelift – 50+ years of age.
Pros: Quick and effective procedure for adults with mild jowling and sagging of cheeks; shorter recovery time; smaller incisions
Cons: Does not address the neck and full jawline; results are not as extensive or long-lasting as a Full Facelift.
Lower Facelift: The Lower Facelift corrects the jowls and the upper neck, but does not address any sagging of the cheeks or the lower neck. It addresses the bottom one-third of the face. It adds definition to the lower jaw and chin. It includes tightening of the upper segment of the platysmal muscles around the chin.
Incision: The Lowe Facelift incision goes from the hairline at the temple to the front of the ear.
Candidates: The Lower Facelift is indicated for people whose main concern is nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Typically, adults in the age of 40-60 opt for this surgery.
Pros: Helps with the jaw-chin definition adding dimension to facial contours
Cons: Does not correct hanging cheeks or the lower neck
Neck Lift: The Neck Lift, clinically referred to as Platysmaplasty, corrects loose skin on the neck, but does not address any sagging of the cheeks and jowls. It addresses the bottom of the face down to the neckline. It adds definition to the neck, jawline, and chin. It includes tightening of the platysmal muscles from the chin to the collar bone. A complete Neck Lift is a strong and recommended complement to a Full Facelift. While a Full Facelift tightens the face up to the jawline and the upper neck, the Neck Lift addresses the neck area down to the collarbone.
Incision: The Neck Lift incision may be around the ear and earlobe, or under the chin.
Candidates: The Neck Lift is indicated for people who have sagging skin on the neck; double chin; or a poorly defined jawline. It is also recommended for those who have had a previous Facelift and just want a touch-up surgery to address concerns on the neck. Typically, adults in the age of 40-60 opt for this surgery.
Pros: Helps with the jaw-chin-neck definition adding dimension to facial contours
Cons: Does not correct hanging cheeks or jowls
The type of Facelift needed for you will be determined by your Facelift surgeon depending on your facial anatomy, aesthetic considerations, skin elasticity, age, and other relevant factors.
What are the different techniques of Facelift?
There are various techniques for performing all the above variations of a Facelift. The techniques vary with regards to incision patterns, tools used, and the procedure methodology. These include:
SMAS Facelift: This is the most widely used modern Facelift technique. SMAS or Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System is the system of your facial muscles. It is when these muscles droop that we see the signs of aging. The SMAS Facelift addresses the two top layers of skin and the deeper facial muscles, allows tightening of the facial muscles in multiple directions, thus providing more comprehensive and natural-looking results.
Giving great results with your SMAS Facelift is indeed a marriage of art and science, and a skilled plastic surgeon can do wonders to your looks.
Deep Plane Facelift: This is an even more comprehensive and long-lasting Facelift technique than the SMAS Facelift, as the Facelift surgeon also addresses layers of tissue below the SMAS layer. Because it goes deeper than the SMAS Facelift, the Deep Plane Facelift works exceptionally well for correcting deep nasolabial folds and the mid-face.
Since it is a relatively advanced procedure, not all plastic surgeons are adept at this technique. Our founder, Dr. Hasan Ali is one of the few Facelift surgeons in Dubai who has honed this technique.
Subperiosteal Facelift: This is THE most comprehensive and long-lasting Facelift technique than even the Deep Plane Facelift, as the Facelift surgeon goes to the deeper layers of tissues, right above the facial bones. The technique addresses the entire foundation of your face and so gives the most lasting results.
While only few surgeons offer a Deep Plane facelift, even fewer Facelift surgeons perform a Subperiosteal Facelift, as it is an extremely advanced facial contouring surgery.
Endoscopic Facelift : This involves inserting an endoscope – a microspic camera – through an incision which allows the surgeon to see the underlying structures. Through other small incisions, the surgeon lifts the muscles and removes extra tissue. It is useful for Mid Facelifts for people who do not have significant excess drooping skin.
S-Lift : The S-Lift is a limited type of Facelift and so called because the incision looks like the letter “S” – from the hairline to the ear. It is typically used to treat the bottom one-third of the face. Men or women who are in the early stages of jowling, have a strong bone structure, and no concerns with neck sagging may benefit from an S-Lift. Being a type of mini Facelift, it has a shorter recovery time, and is colloquially referred to as a “weekend lift” or “weekend facelift”.
The technique of Facelift used for you will be determined by your surgeon taking into consideration your facial anatomy, the type and extent of correction needed, aesthetic considerations, and other relevant factors.
What is the cost of Facelift in London?
The cost of Facelift in London depends on the following factors:
- Skill and experience of the plastic surgeon
- Standard of the clinic/ hospital where the surgery will be performed
- The technique used for the surgery
- Extent of correction needed – full/ mid/ mini/ lower/ neck
- Whether the procedure is combined with other facial contouring surgeries or procedures
It is advised to get an initial consultation from a specialist plastic surgeon to know the cost applicable to your case and your eligibility for the procedure.
What anesthesia is usually given for Facelift?
Depending on the technique used, we mostly perform Facelifts under local anesthesia or IV sedation at our accredited plastic surgery clinic in London. The Deep Plane and Subperiosteal Facelifts are usually performed under general anesthesia at an accredited hospital in London.
When can I resume normal activities after my Facelift?
Most people are able to resume normal activities within 7-14 days, depending on the type and technique of Facelift performed. We recommend you schedule at least 1-2 weeks off from work after your Facelift surgery. The complete healing and recovery after the surgery will need more time.
Take note that even after 2 weeks off, you might be required to avoid specific activities until you are fully recovered. Light exercises can be started after 3 weeks. For people whose work involves strenuous physical activities, you’ll need to wait 4-6 weeks before resuming your normal activities.
What are the possible risks and side effects of Facelift?
Facelift is a delicate procedure and must be performed only with an experienced plastic surgeon. In the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, the procedure is safe, but the following complications may be seen:
Infection Pain Asymmetry Scarring Swelling Temporary or permanent numbness of the face Hematoma (fluid accumulation under the skin) Temporary or permanent nerve damage Tightness or tingling on the face Altered hairline due to hair loss along the incision Contour irregularities Possibility of revision surgery
What recovery and post-operative precautions are needed after a Facelift?
Most patients experience pain and discomfort after the surgery when anesthesia effects diminish. You will start to feel comfortable after 2-3 days.
Immediately after the Facelift, the incision locations will look red, bruised, uneven, swollen, or discolored, and scarring will also be visible. It is normal to feel some loss of sensation in the treated areas after the Facelift. This temporary numbness usually goes away once the part is completely healed.
You will be prescribed antibiotics to avoid infection. During your first week of recovery, you can expect issues with pain and bruising. The pain is managed with prescribed medications and the bruising through cold compresses. You should get plenty of rest during this time.
After the first week of recovery, it is necessary to do a follow-up visit with your plastic surgeon to monitor your progres and to check the incision sites.
You should sleep with your head elevated until the swelling subsides. For the first 4 weeks, avoid driving, stretching, bending, lifting, excessive facial movements, sun exposure, or makeup.
After this period, you will have recovered enough to return to your normal routine as long as it does not involve strenuous physical activity. Pain and and major bruising will have subsided.
It is advised to stay away from all intense physical and athletic activities for at least 4-6 weeks after the surgery.
It is still best to do follow-up visits with your plastic surgeon for continuing post-surgical care.
When will the results of my Facelift surgery be visible?
Post-surgery, there will be an immediate visible improvement in the shape and appearance of your treated area, though there will be bruising and swelling that may last for 4-6 weeks, though it will sufficiently reduce within 10-14 days to allow you to resume normal activities. The final results from your Facelift will typically be visible around 2-3 months after the procedure.
How can I maintain the results of my Facelift surgery?
Full SMAS, Deep Plane, and Periosteal Facelifts results are typically long-lasting – the results can last up to 10 to 15 years. The Mini Facelift or S-Lift results last for up to 5 years.
The aging process, weight changes, injury or illness can change your treated features in the future. Protecting yourself from sun exposure, following a proper skincare routine, and maintaining a healthy weight are recommended to maintain your results longer.
For best results, strictly follow the care instructions of your plastic surgeon, prior to, and in the aftermath of the surgery.
*Disclaimer: Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery Results Can Vary Significantly Between Patients. In terms of results and expectations, there are numerous variables with every patient, surgery, recovery, and healing period. For more information, please read our Full Disclaimer.
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