Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | January 30th, 2023
A facelift significantly enhances your appearance by tightening and lifting sagging skin, smoothing wrinkles, and giving you a younger-looking and fresh appearance.
In this article, I’ll discuss what you need to know and answer before having a facelift. This guide will help you know more about the procedure, recovery, and long-term effects. By answering these questions, you can make an informed decision whether a facelift is the best choice for you or not.
1. Does your face and neck look more tired and aged?
2. Do you haveloose skin around your neck or jawline?
3. Has your facial shape changed (for instance, there’s more fullness along your jawline, it’s less V-shaped, it became a squarer and fuller jawline)?
4. Do you feel like you don’t recognise yourself anymore, and are starting to look like your ageing parents?
5. Does lifting your face with your hands in the mirror lift everything back to where it used to be?
6. Have you had previous non-surgical treatments and feel they can no longer help you achieve the improvement you’d like, or are you worried about having a puffy face from excessive non-surgical fillers?
7. Would you prefer to have long-term surgical improvements in your appearance and do not want to have repetitive non-surgical treatments?
8. Do you sometimes feel people don’t give you the same time or attention as they used to because of your appearance?
9. Do you want a facelift and neck lift to give you more confidence and a youthful appearance?
10. Do you want to improve your appearance to increase your attractiveness or to find or keep a partner?
11. Do you want to improve your appearance to increase your confidence at work and keep your professional career?
12. Do you want to look better for a special event next year?
13. Do you believe in investing in yourself and your appearance rather than getting a car or going on a holiday? Do you attend many important social events where your appearance is important? Do you want the best natural result regardless of the cost and resources required?
Are you considering a deep plane facelift procedure? It’s essential to be fully informed about the process before deciding.
There are several critical pieces of information that you should know, including the healing and recovery time, potential risks and complications, the possibility of scarring, and the importance of choosing a qualified and experienced facelift surgeon.
These are all crucial factors to consider when evaluating the total value of the procedure. To help you make the best decision for your needs and goals, you must ask yourself and your surgeon some key questions.
The following questions are designed to help you and your surgeon understand your concerns and goals regarding facelift surgery.
By answering these questions, you can share your thoughts and preferences on various topics related to facelift surgery, including recovery, natural-looking results, anaesthesia, scars, and revision surgery.
Your input will be valuable in helping your surgeon tailor the procedure to your individual needs and ensure you have a positive experience and achieve the best possible results.
14. Did you know swelling is the most crucial aspect of recovery after facelift surgery― would you like to know more information about how to recover faster?
15. Is it important that you look entirely natural after the facelift surgery (we ask all
patients are to bring an old photo from when they were younger (e.g., in their 20s) to use as a
template for your facelift procedure)?
16. Are you worried about people’s thoughts if you have cosmetic surgery? Would it be helpful for you to potentially stay with us in our Recovery Centre for one or two weeks to let most of the swelling go down before you go home?
17. Is recovery important? Are you interested in having lymphatic drainage, advanced regenerative medicine, and oxygen therapy to speed up recovery after the surgery?
18. Would you like to avoid the anaesthetic side effects and risks (sickness in
approximately 30%, deep vein thrombosis) associated with general anaesthesia and
use a modern, safer form of sedation anaesthesia (aka twilight anaesthesia, minimal
sickness less than 2%)?
19. Are you okay with having scars around your ears after surgery? These are often
necessary to remove loose skin, although advanced techniques can be used to ensure that the scars are discreet.
20. Do you feel you had a balanced jawline and a proportioned chin when you were younger (some patients get the best facelift result with a chin implant procedure)?
21. Do your eyes look more tired than they used to be, and do you have difficulty putting makeup or concealer around your eyes because of loose skin (some patients get the best facelift result with an eyelid or blepharoplasty procedure)?
22. Do you find more fine lines and sun damage in your skin (some patients get the best result with laser skin resurfacing)?
23. Did you know that some general plastic surgeons operate on the whole body, and facial cosmetic surgeons operate only on the face?
24. Did you know that facelift surgery is not suitable for all patients (we advise approximately 20% of our patients not to have surgery)?
25. Did you know that revision surgery is more complex (i.e., when you have had previous facial surgery) and often has a longer recovery time (approximately 20% of all the surgery we do is revision surgery from other doctors)?
26. Do you have three weeks to recover after the facelift surgery to allow most of the swelling to go down with additional measures taken to reduce swelling?
27. Can you stay off exercise and the gym for three weeks after your procedure to give yourself time to recover?
28. Does it matter where the scars are after surgery (generally, they’re hidden around the curves of your ears, within your hair, and under your chin. For 99% of people giving meticulous
care to detail, they’re discrete and difficult to see)? Is it okay if the scars are discrete but not invisible?
29. Are you looking for facelift results tailored to you? We are a premium service clinic that gives you a personalised natural result and experience. We don’t offer “cookie-cutter” solutions.
30. Facial surgery will generally last for 8 to 10 years. After this time, you might need refinement. Would you like to look better for the next few years?
Before undergoing any surgical procedure, we must assess your psychological and medical fitness. The process involves factoring in any potential health issues that may affect your body’s ability to get surgery and recover properly.
By considering your psychological and medical fitness, we can see if you are really prepared for the cosmetic procedure.
31. Do you spend more than ten hours looking at or being bothered by your appearance every day?
32. Have you experienced a serious life event within the last six months (e.g., separation from your spouse, job loss, loss of family member)?
33. Do you smoke? Can you stop smoking for a certain period?
34. Do you have good health? Have you had a serious medical condition in the past year? Are you currently taking blood-thinning medicine (e.g., aspirin, clopidogrel or ibuprofen)? If yes, can you speak with your doctor to see if you can stop taking them for four weeks? Do you avoid social gatherings or people because of the way you look?
The face is often the first thing we notice about someone, and it can convey a wide range of emotions and expressions. Many people’s faces are an important aspect of their overall self-image and self-confidence.
When it comes to evaluating the face, there are many factors to consider. These factors include the features’ proportions and balance, the skin’s texture and tone, and the presence of any imperfections or blemishes.
The following questions will explore the various elements that contribute to the overall appearance of the face and discuss how the face can be evaluated and improved.
Whether you are considering a cosmetic procedure, looking for ways to improve your look, or simply wanting to enhance your natural beauty, understanding the components of the face can help you make informed decisions and achieve your desired results.
1. Rate your appearance from one to ten (ten as the highest score).
2. Rate your self-confidence based on your appearance from one to ten (ten as the highest score).
3. See how much loose skin is around your neck and jawline from one out of ten (ten as the highest score).
4. Rate your appearance relative to when you’re in your 20s and 30s from one out of ten? (ten as the highest score).
5. What difference would it make if you look younger and fresher out of 10? (10 as the highest score)
For VIP patients considering a facelift procedure, it’s vital to carefully evaluate suitability and readiness for the procedure. For the most secure and efficient outcome tailored to every patient, we must acquire comprehensive details.
1. Are you a high-profile individual, recognized in the entertainment sector, or engaged in occupations involving advanced imaging devices?
2. Is your lifestyle characterized by exclusive travel, especially using private planes?
The questions above are crucial in discerning the ideal participants for the facelift procedure, ensuring the approach is not only effective but also gratifying.
A meticulous evaluation of the individual’s aspirations, health status, and skin texture, among other attributes, grants the medical expert a clearer perspective on the aspirations and needs of the patient, paving the way for a personalised plan of action.
Moreover, by addressing these queries and facilitating a platform for the patient to voice concerns, we can help you gain a clearer understanding of the procedure and recovery. The answers to these questions also help us guarantee the facelift’s success for you and your surgeon.
Are you looking for a rejuvenating facelift that appears natural? Do you want to revitalise your appearance subtly?
Contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Julian De Silva now! Alternatively, you may visit us at 23 Harley St, London W1G 9QN, UK.