A face-lift or rhytidectomy reverses some of the visible effects of ageing. These are mainly sagging of fat tissues and laxity of skin in the mid- to lower face and neck. Modern surgery aims to lift up deeper tissues and to tighten the skin while avoiding a windblown look. If the main concern is sagging of the deeper tissues but not excess skin, the scars can be reduced (MACS lift) or virtually avoided (Silhouette lift). Although many different techniques have been described, no technique is perfect for all patients. A good surgeon customises the technique to the individual patient.
A face lift is performed under general anaesthetic which means that you will be asleep during the procedure. Following the operation you will stay in hospital for one night.