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Facelift in Scotland

The Facelift is an operation which lifts and tightens the skin and soft tissues on your face and neck to sculpt and tone the skin and promote a younger appearance. The Facelift can be performed in a number different ways depending on your individual needs and consultant's recommendations. It is generally performed under a general anaesthetic and will take between two and three hours.

What does a Facelift entail?

The most common procedure entails making incisions at the hairline above the temple, and vertically along the front of the ear as well as behind the lower ear to the lower scalp. (These are the most discreet areas so that any scarring is barely visible.) Another incision may also be made under the chin if the neck need some work as well. The surgeon will then separate the skin from the fat and muscle and cut or suction any fat away in order to resculpt the face. The use of an endoscopic camera to capture the muscle and tissue on a TV screen to enable precision while performing the operation is a technique that many consultants may use on younger patients who do not require to have a lot of skin removed.

Once you recover from the general anaesthetic you will be encouraged to sit up in bed to help keep swelling to a minimum. You will probably feel drowsy after the surgery and stay in hospital overnight. Your face may be bandaged around your head and chin and you will probably feel tightness around your ears. The bandage will probably be removed the day after your surgery and its possible that you could have small drains inserted into any wounds (removed after one to to days) and be asked to wear a support garment.

How much does it cost?

Scottish Clinics' website offers a comparable list of prices for Facelift procedures with leading Scottish plastic surgeons on your doorstep. (Many of our surgeons are called on to perform surgery in some of the top London clinics, so there's no need for you to fly around the country when the best consultants are here for you.) Click for costs.

What about Aftercare?

You can expect some swelling and bruising after a facelift and may feel tightness when you open your mouth. You will be encouraged to sleep sitting upright to keep swelling down. Stitches can be removed after 10 to 14 days. Many people go back to work two to three weeks after a facelift, although the full effects of a facelift may not be fully visible for around six to eight months.

Every surgical procedure comes with a degree of risk and possible complications. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your consultant at the outset and ask what aftercare procedures come into play with your chosen clinic and surgeon.

You should only undertake cosmetic surgery under the guidance of a qualified surgeon. All consultants are on Scottish Clinics'website are General Medical Council accredited and listed plastic surgeons are members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.