Most people who come to our clinic to learn more about having a facelift at Manchester Plastic Surgery want to halt the signs of ageing. But what is it that causes the face to look older, and how does a facelift help? There are three key problems which a facelift can help to address:
Tired eyes and crow’s feet
When you have a facelift, the skin at the edges of your eyes will be moderately tightened, giving you a brighter, fresh-faced look. This in itself can make a huge difference to the youthful appearance of your face.
The amount of tightening for this area of the face will vary from patient to patient depending on the results you wish to achieve, however, we always advise that a natural appearance is best, so the extent of the tightening will be appropriate to your face shape, the condition of your skin and the results you wish to achieve.
Please note that a facelift will not solve overhanging eyelids or severe under eye bags – you would need a separate procedure known as blepharoplasty for that.
2. Slack jawline
Over the years, the skin tends to lose its plumpness and elasticity, giving way to gravity and causing the face to sag. For some people, the problem is heightened by loose, saggy skin at the chin and jawline which tends to age the face further still.
When you have a facelift, this area will be lifted and tightened to improve the contour of the jawline. Again, the extent of the lift will depend on the results you wish to achieve, and the condition of your skin.
3. Ingrained lines between the nose and mouth
Another problem that facelift surgery can solve is to smooth out the ingrained lines between the nose and the mouth, known as the nasolabial folds. The good news is that these lines are often caused by laughter and smiling, though they can affect the self-esteem when they no longer disappear with your smile.
Because a facelift will tighten the cheeks, this will help to smooth out the nasolabial folds. If the lines are not too ingrained, this may be sufficient treatment, however, if the lines are long-established and quite deep, a more extensive procedure may be required.
Exploring your options
There are a number of options when it comes to our facelift surgery in Manchester and the right approach will depend on your age, the condition of your skin, your underlying bone structure and the results you wish to achieve.
We are seeing an increasing number of younger patients in their late 20s and early 30s, and would point out that earlier intervention (before lines, wrinkles, and sagging become established) does help to give better results.
For younger patients in their late 20s and early 30s, a mini facelift may be sufficient. For those in their 40s, a full facelift will often give the best results, while people in their mid-40s and onwards may wish to consider a brow lift and sometimes a neck lift too.
Want to find out more?
Tired, saggy skin can add years to your biological age and does nothing for the self-esteem.
Whether you’re on the cusp of middle age or well into your later years, looking and feeling your best really does help you make the most of your life. A facelift will provide an overall rejuvenation and help you live every day with greater confidence.
Please get in touch to arrange an initial consultation where one of our experienced surgeons will be able to talk to you in more detail and give you a good idea of the results that could be achieved.
If you’re not yet ready for surgery, please feel free to explore our non-surgical treatment options, including dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.