You know that you’re unhappy when you look in the mirror and see the ageing transformation that seems to have slowly but surely taken place, but are you sure exactly what you need to subtly reverse those ageing changes? Here’s our guide to facial rejuvenation – both surgical and non-surgical – and how you can choose the best option for you.
The first step is to look closely at your features and determine exactly what concerns you and what you’d like to change if possible. Do you feel your brows have descended, making you look tired and cross? Are you concerned with ageing changes around the eyes, whether that’s wrinkly, drooping upper lids or dark, prominent undereye circles? Do you feel your cheeks have hollowed or are sagging, creating deep folds between the nose and mouth? Has your jawline become less defined and your neck lined?
If you have answered yes to any of those questions – or even all of them – then there are a number of cosmetic procedures, both surgical and non-surgical, that you may want to consider.
What can a facelift achieve?
A facelift can correct sagging skin, reposition facial muscles that may have shifted and restore facial harmony. A lower facelift addresses the jawline and jowls and is often combined with a neck lift for optimal results. A mid-facelift primarily addresses any flattening of sagging in the cheek area, restoring the more youthful curves of the mid-face area.
A facelift can dramatically reverse the appearance of facial ageing but Mr Alex Karidis does not believe in producing an unnatural or over-corrected look. He takes pride in achieving natural well-balanced results and not ones that leave a patient looking contrived or artificial.
What does an eyelid lift do?
The eyes are often the first area where we see ageing changes and an eyelid rejuvenation, known as a blepharoplasty, can transform the appearance of the face. If you’re looking tired or fatigued, with heavy, droopy lids or with marked undereye bags or puffiness, then an upper or lower lid eyelid lift could be the answer.
The upper eyelid is corrected through an incision that can be hidden within the natural crease of the eyelid. Fat deposits are removed or repositioned, the muscles are tightened, and excess skin is removed to restore a more youthful shape to the eye. The lower eyelid can be corrected through an incision made just below the lower lashline or through the inside of the lower eyelid. Fat can be removed or redistributed, and skin tightened.
An eyelid lift is often the first cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed to rejuvenate the face, but it is also often combined with other facial rejuvenation procedures for optimal results. Wrinkle Smoothing treatments to smooth the dynamic wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet, is typically performed as an adjunct procedure.
What can a neck lift do?
As we age, gravity begins to take effect and our jawline grows slack and loose skin and fat deposits appear around the neck. Mr Alex Karidis typically performs a lower facelift and neck lift combined for optimal rejuvenation.
Fat may be removed from the jowls and neck, while the underlying tissue is repositioned, and commonly the platysma muscle is tightened. Skin is redraped and any excess skin is removed.
The non-surgical approach to facial rejuvenation
In recent years, aesthetic treatments such as Wrinkle Smoothing Injections or Dermal Fillers have become increasingly popular as anti-ageing options. These can produce fantastic results, but at some point in the ageing process, they will only be able to achieve so much. At this time, surgery is often the best option for truly rejuvenating the face.
When considering any cosmetic surgery procedure, it’s essential to find a plastic surgeon that is highly experienced in facial surgery and really understands the science of facial ageing. Call us on 020 7432 8727 to arrange a consultation with Mr Alex Karidis.