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Facelift in London
Expert facelift combining US & EU techniques.
The natural ageing process can take its toll on your face. Collagen, which makes our skin plump and smooth, begins to decrease and elastin fibres, which provide our skin with its stretch and bounce, start to wear away. All this combined with lifestyle factors, such as sun exposure, smoking and drinking, all make our face prone to sagging and wrinkles.
Your face doesn’t always have to reveal your actual age. While a good skincare regime and a healthy lifestyle will help keep your skin looking brighter and more radiant, a facelift is one procedure which can help transform your face and leave you looking more youthful and refreshed.
Take your time considering a Facelift
How long will the procedure take?
A facelift can take approximately three hours. The procedure is under general anaesthetic. We require you to stay overnight in the hospital.
What does the recovery involve?
Even though newer techniques may help reduce post-operative discomforts, you may experience some pain. For a few days after your facelift, you are likely to feel tired and sore. You should arrange time off work and plan to take it easy for at least a week after surgery.
Where are the incisions made?
The incision usually begins just above the hairline at the temples, extends in a natural line from the front of the ear, or just inside the cartilage and continues behind the earlobe to the lower scalp. If the neck also requires work, he can make a small incision under the chin.
This is ideal for patients in their thirties, forties or early fifties who are looking for a treatment to provide a rejuvenated and more youthful complexion. The difference between this procedure and a full face lift is the mini face lift leaves a significantly smaller scar line. We eliminate scarring by placing it in the crease behind the ear and the hairline.
Ideal for patients who need to combine a few traditional treatments. During this single procedure, Dr Alexandrides draws upon his vast experience as a maxillofacial surgeon and is able to rejuvenate the face and neck, whilst improving the contour of the jawline. The Y Face Lift earns its name because of the shape of the position of steps undertaken.
What to look for in a surgeon
Dr Alexandrides MD FACS is a facial specialist and expert in craniofacial surgery. He is able to perform multiple procedures during the same operation, such as a dual face and brow lift. By combining procedures Dr Alexandrides is able to deliver the maximum transformation with the minimum possible recovery time.
It’s important that you thoroughly research the procedure and choose the right surgeon for your operation. This is not a procedure you should rush into. We recommend you take the time to make a careful decision after fully understanding the risks and benefits associated. You should only consider surgeons who have the highest levels of surgical training and expertise. While a facelift cannot delay the signs of ageing, it can give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance. If you don’t feel ready for surgery yet, you can learn more about our non-surgical face tightening treatments here.
During the procedure
In general, the surgeon separates the skin from the fat and muscle below. We can remove fat from around the neck and chin to improve the contour of the jawline. The underlying muscle and membrane will be tightened, the skin will be pulled back and any excess will be removed. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions, metal clips on the scalp.
Following surgery, a small thin tube will be temporarily placed under the skin behind your ear to drain any blood that may collect there. Your head will be wrapped straight after surgery to minimise bruising and swelling.
Post surgery advice
You should try to keep your head elevated and as still as possible for a couple of days after surgery. We remove your bandages after two to five days. The stitches and clips then follow within the first week to fourteen days after surgery depending on how you are healing. Bear in mind it may take you weeks, or months to recover fully.
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Cosmetic Surgery Disclaimer
BEFORE & AFTER photos are NOT guarantees that your results will be the same or even similar: your results will likely vary significantly — because you are a unique person. Results also vary depending on a number of factors such as: genetics, lifestyle, bone structure, facial and body proportions, and rate of recovery. Our Plastic Surgeons take great pride in their patient care ethics, precise surgical measurements, custom planning & their advanced surgical techniques.