From what age can I undergo a facelift?
The majority of patients are between 45 and 65 years old, although a facelift can be carried out successfully on those older than 65. The most important thing is not the age of the patient, it is the condition of the patient’s skin as this procedure is aimed at people with aged skin, flaccidity and wrinkles.
Does the facial expression change after a face lift?
No. This surgery allows the removal of excess skin and the reposition of the facial muscles, but your surgeon will always try to achieve the patient's natural expression. It is true to say that there are many famous people (actresses, singers etc.) that have an artificial facial expression but that is as a consequence of the abuse of facial surgery. It is not a result of the procedure itself.
I am a smoker, can this affect the final result of this procedure?
Yes. Smoking affects the healing of any scarring and it also slows down the postoperative recovery. Therefore before undergoing any plastic surgery procedures, especially to do with the face, you should reduce to the least amount of cigarettes possible, or even better, stop entirely.
How long do the results last for?
The results do not have an expiry date as a facelift can not stop the clock. Your face will continue to age with the passing of time but your aspect will always appear younger than the age you actually are.
After the operation, how will I feel?
Normally everyone who undergoes this intervention will get tired very easily. Because of this we recommend that you have someone to look after you for the days following the operation. Another point to note is that your facial aspect will not be as you hoped for: your face may experience swelling and bruising and the skin will also be numb. But after a few days you will look better. Patients normally return to work after 10-14 days.