LET’S TALK ABOUT FACELIFTS

So let's talk about facelifts

A night in with the girlies and a bottle (or 3) of wine throws up some random conversations. Who’s on your list, (you know THE LIST, that if you were allowed to you would), moaning about your weight whilst eating chocolate and talking about what surgeries you’d have if you were a celeb. Yes, all the important conversations!

But all joking aside we all agreed that if we were ever to get ‘work’ done it would have to look natural and not look ‘done’. One of the girls is seriously considering a facelift as she’s now in her fifties but doesn’t feel it and definitely doesn’t want to look it, but at the same time she doesn’t want to look like she’s trying to totally rekindle her youth, as she puts it she just wants smoothing over a little.

WHAT CAN A FACELIFT ACHIEVE?

It’s not going to return your face to the way it looked decades ago.Surgery can knock years off you. However, it would take several operations, and a very skilled surgeon, to make you look the way you did in your youth.

As we age, our facial muscles start to waste and shrink. This and the fact our skin becomes less supple lead to our features sagging.

A facelift can tighten up the muscles, remove excess skin and stretch the remaining skin to produce a smoother look. Of course, this drastically improves the appearance of the face, but you will still not look the way you did at twenty. This is because the underlying muscles are not as plump as they once were, and have changed shape.

OTHER PROCEDURES YOU MAY NEED

If you want to achieve the fuller look of your youth, you will have to be prepared to invest in fillers as well as in a facelift. In addition, fixing hooded eyes may also require other operations.

Some facelift operations will tighten up the area around the eyes. This will reduce the appearance of wrinkles in that area, but it will do nothing to sort out your sagging eyelids. This cosmetic issue can be addressed, but only if you also pay for an eyelid lift.

THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH

Getting a facelift is not as straightforward as you may think. I was surprised by the fact there are so many different types, and realised that opting for the wrong kind of surgery could easily leave you disappointed.

You definitely need to do a fair bit of research. Having a reasonable grasp of the different kinds of facelifts that are available will help you to work out which procedure is likely to give you the results you want. This makes it easier for you to narrow down your options and find a plastic surgeon in your area that specialises in the type of surgery you need.

This facelift jargon article is particularly helpful. Use it to improve your understanding of the different types of surgery and techniques.

FINDING A SURGEON

If you are thinking about having facelift surgery Manchester, or another large city, is a good place to start your search. Most of the bigger clinics are based in cities. Searching there makes it easier to find a specialist that has experience of performing the type of facelift you are interested in having.

A good surgeon will sit down and discuss all of the options with you. They will go through everything in detail, explaining the procedure and the results you can realistically expect to achieve.

Having a facelift is a big step. It can transform your looks, but it is clearly not something you should rush into. My advice is to take your time, do plenty of research and consider all of the options before you leap. Taking this approach should get your the results you want.

Would you ever consider surgery? Or have you already had a nip or tuck? What are your thoughts?

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