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Goodbye Turtlenecks, Hello Definition: How the Neck Lift Became a Celebrity Favorite

November 8, 2018

The neck is one of the first areas to show signs of aging as skin sags and begins to wrinkle. In the past, celebrities would get creative on how to cover up their necks. They’d wear chunky necklaces or cover the area with turtlenecks or scarves. Thankfully, continuing advancement in cosmetic surgery has lead to modern approaches that give celebrity clients what they want – safe, natural looking results with minimal risks and virtually no downtime.

Located in London on the World Famous Harley Street, The Centre for Advanced Facial, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery has long been known as a hub for aesthetic excellence. Lead by board certified and internationally renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr. Julian De Silva, the Center for Advanced Facial, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery prides itself on pioneering state of the art aesthetic procedures. Their commitment to giving all clients a safe, world-class experience is what makes them popular among London’s elite. Word of mouth remains Dr. De Silva’s best advantage over other clinics in the area and his growing celebrity clientele is proof of his skill and service.

One of the clinic’s most popular procedures is the neck lift. As a neck specialist, Dr. De Silva understands the importance of pulling the skin in the right direction to produce a naturally lifted neck. This way, a smooth transition between the jaw and the neck can be created. This exact result is what celebrities are looking for.

In some cases, pulling the skin in the wrong direction or pulling it too tight can result in disturbances in the way the neck moves. Furthermore, it can also lead to an unnaturally taught neck. This is the reason why celebrities seek the help of a neck specialist such as Dr. De Silva. At The Centre, the custom built facility for Facial Plastic Surgery has a private entrance for A-list celebrities, by appointment only.

During the planning stage, Dr. De Silva will discuss his strategy to sculpt your neck to perfection. His one on one consultation makes it possible for him to plan a client’s procedure down to the very last detail. He understands that each client is different and therefore may also require the use of adjunct treatments such as liposuction or implants.

What should you look for in a neck lift?

A distinct jaw line along the mandibular bone and a sharp angle to the neck are the hallmarks of a well-executed neck lift. Furthermore, incisions should be almost invisible and placed in areas that blend well into the natural folds of the skin. Pain and discomfort are kept at a minimum and are managed by anesthesia. Dr. De Silva applies his experience in microsurgery to take additional care in each procedure, using a signature triple stitch technique to hide scars in natural curves, utilising 3-D telescopes to aid recovery and the latest in Bio-therapy to heal faster.

Another advantage of working with Dr. De Silva is that you’ll get his A+ team as well. You’ll be given pre and post-op information, as well as the chance to ask questions about the all the steps of your neck lift procedure.

Book an appointment with Dr. Julian De Silva at the Center for Advanced Facial, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, located in the West London area, to learn more about how you can say good bye to turtlenecks for good!

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Common Procedures for Men in their 50’s

January 17, 2018

As recently as 10-20 years ago, plastic surgery for men was typically limited to reconstructive surgery that focused on repairing damage caused by deformities or trauma. Cosmetic surgeries tended to be dominated by women, and the industry reflected that by catering primarily to treatments that were female-centric.

With the advent and popularization of the internet and social media, cultural values have begun to shift towards greater acceptance of these treatments in men. In addition, medical advances in technology have drastically decreased the costs, recovery time, while improving the aesthetics of the end result. So, whereas a cultural taboo may have once been a socially acceptable deterrent at one time, many men, especially those over 50, don’t feel the societal pressure that they once did. Many still wish to keep the rugged male look, but opt for the removal of some lines and a more relaxed look.

There are a number of specialist facial treatments available that enhance and rejuvenate the male face some of the more popular procedures available to men who are over 50 are discussed below:


Blepharoplasty (Eyelid surgery) is a corrective surgery that adds or removes excess skin and fatty tissue from the eyelids. As we age, our skin loses elasticity, and gravity causes the eyelids to sag downwards. In addition, fat stores can accumulate in the eyelid, increasing a baggy look, and potentially hindering vision. Typically, this involves reshaping and rejuvenation both upper and lower eyelids.
Male blepharoplasty is more challenging than female blepharoplasty as it is key to be conservative to provide a natural looking result. Often male celebrities (e.g. Tom Jones, Mickey Rourke) who look very different to when they were younger have had upper blepharoplasty that has opened up their eyelids changing their appearance, key is conservative surgery and attention to fine detail to achieve a natural looking result (e.g. George Clooney).

Recovery following surgery, may include minor bruising and swelling that can last one to two weeks, and any scars that form slowly fade over subsequent weeks. Dr. De Silva utilises state-of-the art modern technology including bio-technology to enhance recovery and speed up healing. The overall result is a more rested and youthful look.

Neck and Chin Lift

Neck and chin lifts typically involve an incision under the chin and/or behind the ears in order to deal directly with sagging skin or a weakened platysma muscle that becomes increasingly more likely as we age. This typically falls under cervicoplasty (for sagging skin) or platysmaplasty (to strengthen the neck). Dr. De Silva utilises state-of-the art modern technology including bio-technology and sedation anaesthesia to enhance recovery and speed up healing.

Recovery time generally lasts for 3-weeks depending on the surgery involved, but patients should expect to return to their normal day-to-day activities within two weeks. Swelling and bruising, given the nature of the treatment are the most common side effects of the procedure. Results are often dramatic in nature, and patients should expect a much more streamlined throat, a more youthful look over the long-term.

Chin Implants

Chin deficiency is usually apparent on looking at a person’s side profile, where the chin should align with a vertical line drawn through the philtrum (junction between nose and upper lip). In a man the chin is one of the features of sexual dimorphism and makes a male face more masculine and attractive. Chin augmentation is a surgery designed to address a weak chin. Different techniques can be employed, including chin implants. Although Chin surgery, traditionally involved making cuts into the jaw (mentoplasty) and resetting of the position of the jaw. This involved substantial surgery with realignment of the jaw there was a longer recovery time; Chin implants provided a very safe way of avoiding mentoplasty, while restoring natural proportions to the face.

Why the Centre for Advanced Facial Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Julian De Silva is a certified plastic surgeon with multiple board certifications in both the US and UK, specializing in cosmetic procedures in the greater London area. Call us to schedule a consultation today, and we can discuss in further detail what your options are!

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