What is a facelift?
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure to improve the visible signs of aging of the face and neck. As we age, the skin surrounding the face tends to become less elastic and facial muscles loosen causing lines to appear in the skin and even create folds of skin. A facelift can lift the entire facial appearance or just specific areas. Problematic areas could include sagging in the middle of the face, deep creases below the lower eyelids, a loss of muscle tone which can create jowls. Loose skin and fatty deposits can create the appearance of a double chin.

What is the procedure involved in having a facelift?
A facelift can lift your whole face (full facelift) or just your brows, lower face or neck area. A standard facelift involves tightening the skin around the face and neck from your eyes and ears downwards. The surgeon has to make an incision (a cut) in your hairline, moving down past the front of your ears and then back behind your ears. Further incisions may also me be made in the chin area if the jawline is going to be altered.

Once the incision (s) has been made, the skin will be separated from the underlying tissues and any excess fat will be removed. Muscles may also need to be tightened up and excess skin may need to be removed. The skin is then stitched back to where the original incision was made.

A forehead lift is used to treat deep lines in the forehead. This often involves key hole surgery and small incisions are made behind the hairline. Excess fat and skin is removed, and then the skin is then stitched back into place. Please see our separate section on Browlifts.

A third type of facelift is the deep facelift, which sees the skin on the upper half of the face tightened. Incisions are made in the temple area of the face and in front of the ears. As with the other two types of facelift, excess skin and fat is removed and the skin is stitched back into place.

What are the side effects of having any type of facelift procedure?
All forms of surgery carry some degree of risk. Complications that can affect anyone who has surgery include an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding and risk of infection. There are also a number of complications that are specifically associated with any facelift procedure. These are all recognised risks, but sometimes poor management of these complications can give grounds for a claim for compensation.

Facelift procedure side effects include:

  • Pain, swelling and bruising. This is usually temporary but can sometimes last longer and may look unsightly
  • A loss of feeling in the cheeks and around the ears which can last anything up to one year As the skin is cut, you will be left with scarring
  • Infection
  • Loss of feeling if the facial nerves are damaged
  • Hair loss around the scars

 If you have suffered with any of the above complications you could be entitled to make a claim. If your surgeon has not taken sufficient care and skill during the surgery or has not provided you with proper advice in your consultation before the surgery has taken place, you may also be entitled to make a claim for compensation. You could be entitled to claim for the costs of any further corrective surgery that is required.

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