Lower face/ neck lift

Waterfront Private Hospital, Edinburgh

As time passes, natural ageing processes can manifest in the form of sagging skin, deepening wrinkles, and loss of definition in the lower face and neck area. We understand the impact these changes can have on self-esteem and confidence. Our lower face and neck lift procedure, commonly referred to as a rhytidectomy (facelift surgery), offers a tailored solution to address these concerns and restore a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

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Facelift overview

Facelift surgery Edinburgh

    Local and Sedation or General
    3-4 hours
    Daycase or overnight
    1-2 weeks off work, 4 weeks before strenuous exercise
waiting area warterfront private hospital edinburgh

What the procedure involves

Our experienced surgeons comprehensively rejuvenate the lower facial and neck areas during facelift surgery. This intricate procedure involves carefully removing excess skin and tightening underlying muscles to create a smoother and more defined contour. Our surgeons ensure precise results while minimising scarring and downtime for our patients. Under anaesthesia, patients can rest assured as our skilled team meticulously executes each step of the procedure, focusing on safety, comfort, and optimal outcomes.

The procedure can be combined with fat transfer to enhance the cheek area and skin quality. It can also be combined with eyelid surgery.

Benefits and expected outcomes

  • Achieves a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance
  • Addresses sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and loss of definition in the lower face and neck area
  • Restores natural facial contours and harmony
  • Boosts self-confidence and emotional well-being
  • Enhances overall quality of life
  • Long-lasting results with proper care and maintenance
  • Patients can age gracefully and confidently
  • Support and care provided by Waterfront Private Hospital throughout the journey

Ideal candidates

Typically, ideal candidates:

  • Experience signs of ageing in the lower face and neck region, such as sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and loss of definition.
  • Are in good overall health with no significant medical conditions that could impair healing or increase surgical risks.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the procedure and understand its limitations.
  • Are non-smokers or willing to quit smoking before and after surgery to promote optimal healing and reduce complications.
  • Understand the importance of following pre-and post-operative instructions provided by their surgical team.
  • Have a positive attitude and commitment to maintaining their results through a healthy lifestyle and skincare regimen.

Risks and considerations

While a lower face and neck lift is generally safe and effective, patients must understand the potential risks and considerations associated with the procedure. These may include:

  • Temporary bruising and swelling: Patients may experience temporary bruising and swelling in the treated areas following surgery. This typically subsides within a few weeks but can be managed with proper post-operative care.
  • Risk of infection: As with any surgical procedure, there is a risk of infection. However, our hospital maintains strict sterilisation and infection control protocols to minimise this risk.
  • Nerve injury: Although rare, there is a small risk of nerve injury during a lower face and neck lift. Research suggests that temporary nerve injury ranges from 1% to 5%, while permanent nerve injury occurs in less than 1% of cases.
  • Scarring: While our surgeons employ advanced techniques to minimise scarring, some is inevitable with any surgical procedure. However, scars typically fade over time and can be concealed within natural skin creases.
  • Anaesthesia risks: Anaesthesia carries inherent risks, including allergic reactions and adverse effects. However, our anaesthesia team comprises experienced professionals who closely monitor patients throughout the procedure to ensure safety and comfort.
  • Unsatisfactory results: While most patients are satisfied with their outcomes, there is a possibility of unsatisfactory results or asymmetry. Our surgeons work closely with each patient to establish realistic expectations and strive to achieve the desired aesthetic goals.

Patient safety and satisfaction are our top priorities. Our surgeons are dedicated to minimising risks and complications through meticulous planning, advanced techniques, and comprehensive pre-and post-operative care. We encourage patients to openly discuss concerns or questions with their surgical team to ensure a positive surgical experience and optimal outcomes.

Further reading: BAAPSface and neck lift

Aftercare and recovery

Following a lower face and neck lift, patients receive detailed post-procedure care and recovery instructions. It’s normal to experience swelling and bruising in the treated areas, which typically subsides within a few weeks. Our team will provide ongoing support throughout the recovery process and schedule follow-up appointments as needed to monitor progress and address any concerns.

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Aftercare and recovery

How does fat transfer work with a lower face/neck lift?

Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting, involves harvesting fat from one area of the body and injecting it into specific areas of the face to restore lost volume and improve facial contours. When combined with a lower face/neck lift, fat transfer can enhance the natural-looking results by addressing volume loss, leading to a more youthful and revitalised appearance.

Can eyelid surgery be performed at the same time as a lower face/neck lift?

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be performed with a lower face/neck lift. Combining these procedures can provide a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation by addressing drooping eyelids, under-eye bags, and sagging skin around the lower face and neck. This approach ensures harmonious results and can be more cost-effective and convenient for patients, reducing overall recovery time compared to having the procedures separately.

Are there non-surgical alternatives to a lower face/neck lift?

While non-surgical treatments such as fillers, Botox, and skin tightening devices can offer temporary improvements, they cannot achieve the same results as a surgical lower face/neck lift, especially for patients with significant skin laxity and sagging. These non-surgical options can benefit patients with mild to moderate concerns or those not ready for surgery.

How long do the results of a lower face/neck lift last?

The results of a lower face/neck lift can last many years, depending on factors like skin quality, age, and lifestyle choices, including sun protection and smoking habits. While the procedure cannot stop the ageing process, it can significantly rejuvenate the appearance, with many patients feeling satisfied with their results for 10 years or more.

How should I prepare for my facelift surgery consultation? Preparing for your consultation involves gathering medical history information, current medications, and a clear idea of your cosmetic goals. Be ready to discuss your expectations and consider any questions about the procedure, recovery, and results. Photos of desired outcomes can also be helpful for your surgeon to understand your aesthetic goals.

What is the cost of a lower face/neck lift, and does insurance cover it?

The cost of a lower face/neck lift varies depending on the surgeon’s experience, geographic location, and the patient’s specific needs. Generally, it is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. However, financing options are often available to help manage the costs. It’s essential to discuss all fees and payment options during your consultation.

How can I ensure the best results from my lower face/neck lift?

Choosing a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon is the most critical step. Follow all pre-operative and post-operative instructions closely, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and attend all follow-up appointments. Communicate openly with your surgeon about your expectations and concerns to ensure the best possible outcome.

How do I choose the right surgeon for my lower face/neck lift?

Selecting the right surgeon is crucial for achieving the best results. Look for a surgeon on the GMC specialist register for plastic surgery with extensive experience in facial surgery. Check their credentials, before-and-after photos of previous patients, and reviews. A consultation will also give you a sense of their approach and whether they understand your aesthetic goals.

What are the latest advancements in lower face/neck lift techniques?

Recent advancements in lower face/neck lift techniques focus on minimising downtime and scarring while maximising natural-looking results. Techniques like the deep plane lift or minimally invasive methods have improved recovery times and outcomes. Your surgeon can discuss the most current techniques suitable for your specific needs.

Can a lower face/neck lift correct double chin and jowls?

A lower face/neck lift is specifically designed to address these issues. By removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and redraping the skin, the procedure can significantly reduce the appearance of a double chin and jowls, leading to a more defined jawline and youthful neck contour.

What measures should I take during recovery to ensure optimal healing?

Post-operative care is essential for optimal healing. This includes following your surgeon’s instructions on wound care, taking prescribed medications to manage pain and reduce the risk of infection, avoiding strenuous activity, and keeping your head elevated to reduce swelling. Attending all follow-up appointments is important so your surgeon can monitor your healing progress.

How does ageing affect the results of a lower face/neck lift over time, and can the procedure be repeated?

While a lower face/neck lift provides long-lasting results, the natural ageing process continues. Over time, you may notice changes in your facial structure due to ageing, lifestyle, and environmental factors. The procedure can be repeated or supplemented with other treatments like fillers or non-surgical skin tightening to maintain a youthful appearance. Discussing long-term care and maintenance with your surgeon can help you manage expectations and plan for future needs.

Is there an optimal age for a lower face and neck lift procedure?

While there is no specific age requirement, candidates are typically in their 40s to 60s when they begin to experience noticeable signs of ageing in the lower face and neck area. However, individual factors such as skin elasticity and overall health play a significant role in determining candidacy.

Our lower face/ neck lift specialists

Excellent care

Everyone I met at Waterfront Private Hospital was friendly, helpful and thorough, and went the extra mile, including the whole medical and admin teams which were fantastic.
Mr Will Anderson carried out my surgery with great care and professionalism and listened carefully to, and addressed, all of my concerns. Thank you!
I’ve also had excellent communication with Debbie and Janey in emails and phone calls, sometimes over weekends/on days off.
The standard of care has been superb and I would return without hesitation.
My thanks to the whole team.

Dec 2023

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