What is modern facelift surgery?

For many, the word ‘facelift’ conjures up unfortunate images; stretched and unnatural looking faces, people desperately trying to look young.

We need to put these images firmly aside when we consider modern facelifts.

The quality modern facelift uses totally different techniques to the past, designed for those who simply want to look good for their age; natural and fresh, without any sign of surgery.

Most people who consider a facelift live busy, productive lives but are disappointed that their face doesn’t reflect that vitality. In the mirror they see a ‘tired’ face, which is the classic look of middle age, and they know that others are also seeing a tired looking person.

This is a significant mismatch, which leads to increasing self-consciousness about how they look, and naturally erodes their feelings of confidence as they go about daily life and interactions. Understandably, they want to enjoy their lives again, freed of the tired image their face projects.

It’s natural to be reluctant about facelift surgery. But when people realise that modern facelift surgery can reduce the look of tiredness and sagging without looking ‘operated on’, they intuitively know the positive effect this would have on their enjoyment of life.

How does modern facelift surgery work?

Gently removing the tired appearance of ageing requires more complex surgery than simpler techniques of the past. When you look at what is involved, the reason becomes obvious.

In the days of ‘stretched faces’ (and they’re still around today), surgeons would simply pull the facial skin tight. In time the skin weakened under the un-natural tension (because that’s what skin does) and so the procedure would need to be repeated …. which meant more skin stretching. No wonder these unfortunate people were described as looking ‘windswept’.

The modern technique does not operate on the skin, but on the support layer beneath. As we now know, this is where facial ageing actually occurs. It might look like your skin has sagged, but really it’s sitting on top of a sagging support layer – and that is where the correction needs to take place.

During surgery, this support layer is gently restored to its former position (before it sagged) which brings the skin above it naturally into position. Nothing is stretched, and the procedure subtly brings back the youthful shape of the face, restoring attractive fullness over the cheekbones, tidier contours along the jaw and upper neck and adding lustre to the eyes.

The appearance of tiredness is gone and the result is natural. In addition, the benefit is lasting because it is not reliant upon skin tension. It even slows the rate at which your face will age into the future.

To help you understand more about the modern face lift we have produced a booklet on The Facelift, and a set of patient notes, What to Look for in a Facelift.