A facelift is a customised plastic surgery procedure typically well-suited for addressing skin laxity, jowls, and deep creasing throughout the lower face. The aim of a facelift is to restore youthful shape and balance to an ageing face. In order to avoid unnatural-looking results, it is important to go beyond simply removing excess skin, which is why consultant plastic surgeon William Townley uses techniques that help rejuvenate the face by rebalancing facial volume and elevating drooping areas of tissue. Facelift surgery is frequently performed in combination with additional facial plastic surgery procedures, such as a neck lift or facial fat transfers, to achieve results that look natural and refreshed.
Combining Fat Transfer with Facelift (‘Lift & Fill Facelift’)
For patients who require additional volume to restore and enhance facial contours during a facelift, Mr Townley routinely performs a fat transfer. Also known as fat injections or fat grafting, fat transfers involve the harvesting of excess fatty tissue from one region of the body and the reinjection of purified, healthy fat cells into areas of the face with depleted volume to achieve soft, subtle augmentation. When performed properly, the results achieved with facial fat transfers can outlast dermal fillers and deliver a smooth, natural-looking appearance—beautifully complementing the rejuvenating effects of facelift surgery.
What Happens During Facelift Surgery?
Facelift surgery is typically performed under general anaesthesia and can take up to four hours to complete. In some situations, where a less-invasive approach is used (e.g. mini-facelift), the procedure may be performed as a daycase under local anaesthetic with or without sedation. During the procedure, Mr Townley smooths loose skin, repositions the deep connective tissue in a more elevated position, and trims away any excess. If facial contours are to be enhanced through fat transfer, excess fatty tissue is harvested through liposuction from elsewhere on the body, filtered, purified, and then re-injected into the pre-designated area(s) of the face. After surgery is complete, an overnight stay in the hospital is usually recommended.
What is Facelift Recovery Like?
After facelift surgery you can expect to experience some temporary swelling, soreness, and bruising. Keeping yourself upright, using cold compresses as directed, and taking prescribed pain relief medication can help keep you comfortable in the early days of healing. Most patients plan to take at least two weeks off from work to rest and recover. During surgery, Mr Townley is mindful of keeping incisions as hidden as possible to minimise the visibility of any scarring. While scar tissue may appear reddish and raised at first, it should fade and flatten considerably as it continues to mature.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
The average price range for a facelift performed by Mr Townley is usually between £12,500 and £17,500. The cost of a facelift varies according to several factors, including the degree of enhancement desired, the techniques used, and any additional procedures performed in combination during the surgery. Following a consultation with Mr Townley to discuss your goals and develop a customised treatment plan, you will receive an accurate estimate for the cost of your facelift. Payment options and scheduling can be discussed at this time as well.
Do you have questions about facelift surgery? Contact our practice to learn more about this procedure.