When does the swelling go down?

Following face lifts there is often swelling during the first few weeks. The swelling can remain apparent for longer than this and there are often areas that feel irregular – e.g. the neck and the cheek. It takes some months before these areas completely soften.

When can I go back to work following a face lift?

After a face lift your recovery and your job will dictate when you can return to work. I usually would advise patients to leave 2 weeks before returning to work although this does vary depending on each individual.

When can I get the wounds wet?

I normally advise patients to keep the wounds dry for the first week following surgery. Occasionally patients do get the wounds wet and this does not seem to be detrimental to healing. After the first week one is able to shower and bathe normally. For face lifting I would recommend avoid swimming pools until the wounds have healed.

When can I fly following a facelift?

For all general anaesthetics I would recommend not flying for 4 weeks following any surgery requiring general anaesthetic. In certain scenarios it may be possible to fly sooner than this but the risks and complications e.g. DVT are increased if one flies sooner following a general anaesthetic. The risks are reduced if one wears thrombembolic stockings, drink plenty of fluids, mobilise during the flight and are only going on a short flight bit flying within 4 weeks is not recommended and patients wishing to fly before this should weigh up the pros and cons and alternatives.

When can I exercise following a face lift?

I would usually not recommend exercising in the first week. Walking is always encouraged although lifting should be limited. Following review at one week I would usually discuss what exercises would be best for you. Gentle exercise such as running and cycling can often be commenced after 2 weeks and swimming is encouraged once the wounds have healed. Often it is necessary to massage the scars once healed on order to soften the scars.

What is a vampire facelift?

A vampire facelift involves the injection of blood products into the face. The premise is that it will stimulate stem cells and growth factors and improve volume especially in the upper and midface. It is a relatively new technique. Often it can take a number of weeks / months for results to become apparent and often patient require monthly to yearly treatments to maintain a result. One should consider the pros and cons of this technique at a consultation.

What is a midface lift?

A midface lifts everything in the middle of the face. It can be done through minimal incisions or endoscopically. It can be part of a face-lifting procedure. The pros and cons of these techniques should be discussed at a consultation.

What is a MACS lift?

A MACS lift stands for minimal access cranial suspension. However it is not really minimal access or cranial suspension as one uses a shortened facelift scar and uses suspension stitches that fix onto the deep facial layers and not the cranium. The principles of the MACS lift which are to lift the internal layers of the face upwards and the neck tissues behind the ear is a principle that I apply in face-lifting surgery.

I want to have my facelift in Mexico what are the risks?

When you choose facelifting you must make this decision based on a number of consultations. You must meet your surgeon, be comfortable with him/her, understand who is looking after you afterwards, where the operation will be done, meet the anaesthetist and once back in the UK who will look after you. Aside knowing all this information you must realise that flying after an operation is not recommended as the risks of DVT are greatly increased.

What is an ultrasonic facelift?

Facelifts can either be surgical or non surgical. The effects of both are very different and non surgical facelifting has a number of limitations. Ultrasonic facelifting aims to tighten skin but has minimal effect on the tissues inside the face whereas surgical facelifting repositions the tissues inside the face.