Facelift surgery helps to improve the imperfections caused by the ageing of the skin of the face and neck. Successful cervicofacial lifts are those that have the most natural results. The facial expressions are respected and the person can be recognised. The person looks the same, but has visibly rejuvenated features.
A cervicofacial lift treats sagging skin on the face and neck and removes the resulting excess skin.
Some women start to think about having facelift surgery when they are between thirty and forty years old. They have had too much sun or smoked too much, and the facial contours start to loosen in a very visible way. In this specific case, a mini facelift is recommended rather than a full cervicofacial lift.
From the age of fifty years, significant melting of volumes of fat marks the features. The ageing is focused on the lower face. The skin's support structures, collagen and elastin, decrease. The contours of the face are less clear and jowls weigh down the chin.
Beyond the age of sixty-five years, ageing attacks all the areas of the face. The contours of the face are very loose with large jowls, the neck is encircled by large horizontal wrinkles and very loose vertical strings, which give a very unsightly turkey neck look.
The motivation may be for sentimental, family or professional reasons. The most common argument for resorting to this procedure is when people say: "I feel very active inside and what I show on the outside isn't me". Those who wish can also benefit from the "Holilift" programme, a customised support which helps your mind to adjust to your new look.
How the procedure works
Facelift surgery is done under general anaesthetic, with one night in hospital and lasts between one and two hours.
The aim is to treat the sagging and loosening of the skin and muscles on the face and neck. In general, the surgeon performs a facelift as a whole, but nothing prevents him from targeting a specific area such as the forehead, temples or cheekbones.
The surgeon hides the incisions in the hair, at the level of the temples or as high up as possible in the neck, as well as in the ear. From the incisions, he peels back the skin and removes the excess skin. The skin is then redraped over the new curves.
At the end of the procedure, he puts a compressive bandage around the head, which the patient will wear during the night in the clinic.
For a full rejuvenation, the surgeon can offer blepharoplasty as an additional procedure to correct droopy eyelids.
After the procedure
Once the bandage has been removed, oedema and bruising appear for up to two weeks. It varies greatly from one person to another.
A facelift is a painless procedure. The patient feels torticolis, especially behind the ears and around the neck. For the first few days, it is advisable to rest as much as possible, avoid over exertion and eat foods that are easy to chew.
With makeup, the patient is presentable within the first week. However, it is advisable to wait for ten days to be in top shape before returning to work.
After the first month, a certain amount of numbness may persist in the detached areas. One or two extra months are usually needed to regain normal sensations.
A facelift dramatically improves the appearance of the face. Restoring the tension of the various anatomical structures (skin, muscle, fat) of the face and neck allows the patient to regain the look that they had about ten years ago.
After two to three months, the mirror already gives a good picture of what the final result will be like. The scars are still a bit pink and fade in the sixth month. The face looks rested, relaxed and refreshed.
The result must be visible yet discreet with well disguised scars, ears with the lobes intact, harmonious replacement of the skin without any wrinkles and above all, no aesthetic inconsistencies that attract attention like a fish-shaped mouth.
A facelift usually lasts for ten to twelve years. A second procedure may be performed after this time, but this is not necessary in most cases.
Facelift surgery prices
|Intervention||Anaesthetic||Stay||Prices Including VAT*|
|Facelift surgery||General||1 night||€5500 to €10000|
|Other fees||Prices Including VAT*|
|Consultation with the surgeon||€50|
|Consultation with the anaesthetist||€100|
* 20% VAT