A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that can improve the most visible signs of the ageing process by eliminating excess fat, tightening and elevating the muscles beneath the skin of the face, and by removing or repositioning sagging skin.

It is very common for this procedure to be performed in conjunction with Blepharoplasty, a Brow lift, or a Neck lift to balance and complement the newly rejuvenated face. A well-performed facelift should revitalise the face without distorting or changing ones facial features.

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Duration

2 - 3 hours

Anaesthesia Used

General anaesthetic

Hospital Stay

1 night

Pre Admission Tests

Blood tests, MRSA, +/- ECG

Downtime

2 - 3 weeks

Driving

1 week

Exercise

6 weeks

Final Result

6 - 9 months

Addresses

Sagging jawline and neck

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FAQs for Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)



The term facelift is a wide-ranging term applied to surgery which elevates or lifts sagging tissues in any part of the face.


Yes. The facelift, in general, can be separated into 3 different types depending on the area of the face that will be addressed. The ‘standard’ or ‘classic’ facelift which most people refer to usually addresses the jawline, jowls and neck region. This is also called a Lower facelift or neck lift and is by far the most common type of Facelift that is performed.

Read more about Lower Facelift and Neck Lift. Another type of Facelift is the Brow or Forehead lift which addresses sagging of the forehead and brow tissues. Read more about the Brow Lift.

A less common type of facelift is called the mid facelift which primarily addresses any flattening or sagging in a very specific area of the face comprising the cheek region below the eyelids and the area adjacent to the nose and nose to mouth lines.

Read more about the Mid Facelift. Although a mid facelift may be performed as a stand-alone procedure many times this is usually performed in combination with a ‘regular’ or lower face or neck lift.



A full facelift is usually applied when more than one area of the face is lifted i.e. a lower facelift and a brow lift, whereas a partial facelift addresses a specific part of the face i.e. just the neck region. In addition, many people include any eyelid surgery performed simultaneously in the term full facelift.

Of course, depending on your circumstances, it is not necessary to have a full facelift when in fact you only need for example to just have your neck addressed. At your consultation, Mr Karidis will analyse your requirements and discuss this accordingly.



The key point in answering this question is whether you actually ‘need’ a full facelift or if you could just do with i.e. a lower facelift. Of course, this will be determined and discussed with you at your consultation. Should it seem appropriate to perform a full facelift, some people do prefer to have this done in one surgery.

This is because they will have only one recovery, one hospital admission and there will also be a financial saving due to one admission. However, not everyone is happy with the thought of doing everything at once and thus some prefer to do it in stages. This will be decided at your consultation.



Everybody has seen bad plastic surgery. You can spot it immediately. Instead of enhancing someone’s looks, the results almost certainly detract. Nobody wants to look like they’ve had plastic surgery. All surgery carried out by Mr Karidis is performed to bring a patient within a broad range of average or normal criteria.

Mr Karidis avoids the overcorrected or ‘designer’ look. He takes pride in achieving natural well-balanced results and not ones that leave a patient looking contrived or artificial. However, it is still very important that during your consultation, your requirements are always made clear to him.


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Tips from the Top

Senior Nurse Suzi says:

A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery – try drinking a fresh green juice every morning.

Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything.

Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products).

Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation.

Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal.

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