When anti-ageing products aren’t enough, a facelift or mini facelift can be used to give a younger, more contoured face by removing fat and tightening facial muscles and skin. A facelift is an effective way to treat lines and wrinkles as well as droopy skin around the face and neck. For younger patients who require only a subtle rejuvenation, a mini-facelift may be an option.
At Refresh Cosmetic Surgery, our specialist facial aesthetic surgeons will be able to advise you on the most appropriate procedure for you. As with all Refresh surgery, the aim is to look rejuvenated and refreshed rather than ‘windswept’.
At Refresh Cosmetic Surgery, most of our facelifts are performed entirely under local anaesthetic, though general anaesthesia is available for those who wish it. Incisions are made in discreet places such as the hairline or the folds of the ears or face to reduce the effects of scarring. Most patients can expect to look between 5 and 10 years younger afterwards.
The technique used during a facelift is dependent on the patient’s facial features and conditions. Our Refresh Cosmetic Surgery surgeons will always aim for the less invasive technique, but some patient cases are severe and will require internal tissues, fat and skin to be manipulated. Patients must also understand the procedure in detail, including the level of invasiveness, placement of incisions, what layers of tissues will be corrected, and what risks may be associated with the surgery before moving forward.
The Refresh SMAS Facelift
SMAS is the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system, which is a muscle complex that is primarily active when it comes to facial expression. With normal wear-and-tear due to age, gravity and personal habits, muscle tissue loses its form and becomes displaced significantly for those over 50. This particular facelift is considered the standard when it comes to this cosmetic procedure. With discrete incisions on the side of the face, from the temple to the lower hairline behind the ear, the skin will be peeled and lifted to reshape the SMAS contours. If there is excess fat and skin, these will also be removed.
The Refresh MACS Facelift
The Refresh MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) facelift involves a smaller incision reducing any scarring behind the ear. Your surgeon will tighten the SMAS layer with special suspension stitches to avoid cutting underneath it. The MACS facelift involves less surgery and hence a quicker recovery.
The Refresh Mini-lift
The Refresh Mini-lift is a quick treatment that corrects the middle and lower face. It involves a short-scar along the crease where the face meets the ear and sometimes extends into the hairline. It is an excellent option for those wanting a subtle, gentle rejuvenation with minimal downtime.