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Top 12 facial cosmetic surgeries

31 August 2018

Are you thinking about having facial cosmetic surgery but worry about what it will entail?

We asked two of our plastic surgery consultants, Mr Rana Das-Gupta and Mr Samuel Mattine, to talk to us about the top 12 facial cosmetic surgery’s people are currently having.

1. Eyelift surgery

 Eyelift surgery, or blepharoplasty as it is medically known, is a procedure which removes excess skin from around the eyelids to give a more youthful appearance. It can also be used to improve vision if the excess skin causes a hood over the eye.

This technique rejuvenates your eyelids and has a dramatic effect on your looks.

Some patients get bruising for a few days after surgery and wear dark glasses. The recovery from an upper blepharoplasty is around a week, a lower blepharoplasty takes a little longer.

2. Facelift

A facelift involves tightening the skin and tissue around the face and neck area. The surgery is tailored to each individual with most patients seeking a more youthful appearance. Most patients are female, but there has been an increase of male patients in the past few years.

The procedure itself is carried out under general anaesthetic and takes about three hours. It can be combined with an eyelift.

Post-surgery, you may be required to wear a bandage around your head to reduce bruising and swelling.

Smoking increases the risks of complications associated with facelift surgery. It is preferred that you have completely stopped smoking for at least 10 weeks prior to facelift surgery to reduce risks.

3. Mid-face Lift:

The mid-face lift is a very specific in that it involves the cheek area below the eyelids and the area adjacent to the nose and nose to mouth lines. With aging skin, fat and muscle in this region moves downwards. Loss of volume and the dropping of the fat pad in this area cause deeper nasolabial folds - ‘laughter lines’ - and orbital hollowing, or ‘eye bags’ that accentuate under eyelid puffiness.

This procedure effectively lifts the middle segment of the face and restores volume to the cheeks. It can be performed in isolation - to address individual area - or in combination to address the whole face.

4. Facial implants

A facial implant, such as a chin implant or cheek implant can balance features.  The desired effect can actually be mimicked with a filler to make sure the patient likes the effect before committing to a silicone implant.

5. Neck lift

Most patients, except the very young, who have a facelift also require a classical neck lift to correct platysmal bands (the two strips of muscle that run up your neck) and loose skin. Any scarring is minimal and well hidden behind the ears.

6. Anti-wrinkle and Fillers

Fillers are not an alternative to a facelift but perform other functions in facial rejuvenation that can complement facial aesthetic surgery.

7. Peels

A facelift will reposition sagging skin, facial muscles and ligaments, but will not etch away fine lines. Peels, can be used to make the skin smoother as an adjunct to a facelift (but cannot be safely performed at the same time).

8. Forehead lift/Brow lift

This surgical procedure smooths the skin wrinkles or ‘worry likes’ in the forehead in a more permanent and long lasting way. This can also lift the low/drooping eyebrows and improve the appearance of the forehead, brows and eye area giving a more youthful appearance.

A brow lift can also be offered in isolation. Both these procedures can be carried out without any visible scars.

9. Forehead reduction/ shortening:

Forehead reduction is a procedure to shorten a long forehead by surgically repositioning the hairline downwards. This can be done in combination with a forehead and brow lift to improve the appearance of the entire forehead.

10. Lip lift:

A lip lift modifies the appearance of the lips by reshaping and adding volume to thin or aging lips. This has a permanent and more pronounced effect compared to lip fillers but can also be augmented with lip fillers. The surgery can be done under local anaesthetic and is ideal for patients who cannot achieve their desired lip form through fillers.

11. Forehead plasty:

This effectively reduces the prominent appearance of the forehead, particularly in individuals with frontal bossing (protruding forehead). The intention is to give a smoother or more feminine appearance to the forehead. In severe cases the entire forehead can be recontoured.

12. Jaw angle reduction

Some may consider wide and sharp jaw angles as masculine and unattractive. With this surgery you can reduce the facial width and change a square face to an oval one, thus narrowing and softening the appearance of the lower face.  The procedure is carried out through the mouth, leaving no facial scars.

Q: How quickly could I have a consultation, and how much would it cost?

A: It depends on the availability of the consultant you wanted to see, but we pride ourselves on getting you fast access to diagnosis and you can often get a consultation within 24/48 hours.

Mr Das-Gupta offers free mini consultations and holds clinics on Saturday mornings.

Mr Mattine offers free mini consultations and holds clinics on Thursday evenings.

To book a free mini consultation, submit an enquiry here

Q: If I need surgery, how quickly could I have it?

A: We have no waiting lists at Spire Parkway Hospital, but again it depends on the availability of the consultant you wanted, but as a guide, and subject to your pre-operation assessment, between one and two weeks.

Q: Do you have finance options?

A: Yes. Our self-pay team can talk you through this and explain the finance options that are available, should you wish to explore them. Click here to submit an enquiry online.

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