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Does facelift surgery last forever?

Does facelift surgery last forever?

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Ever heard the saying ‘nothing lasts forever’? It would be difficult to say your facelift will last forever however you should see some long lasting results. The key to your surgery lasting as long as possible lies very much in the condition of your skin pre surgery.

For example a patient with sun damaged skin, a smoker or someone who has skin laxity issues due to weight loss or gain may not see as longer lasting results of that of a person with great skin pre surgery.

Maintaining a good skincare regime both pre and post surgery is extremely important, as is keeping the skin hydrated at all times.

About Facelift Surgery

Facelift Surgery usually takes around 3-4 hrs in theatre, it would be carried out under General Anaesthetic and will usually require a 1-2 night in hospital.

The incisions are made very discreetly above the hairline and extend down either just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear or down the front of the ear in the natural line, they then continue around the back of the lobe and towards the crease behind the ear and off into the lower scalp. Sometimes a small incision maybe necessary under the chin area, however this is something that would be discussed during consultation.

The skin is then sutured so that is it lifted upwards and backwards similarly to what you would see when you lift your own skin in the mirror to imagine how the surgery may look. Drains are usually inserted during the surgery to drain away any excess fluid and to reduce swelling and bruising.

After surgery

A facelift is major surgery and will require rest in the first few days and weeks following surgery to allow the swelling and bruising to subside. As there is swelling and bruising immediately following surgery it is not uncommon for the true results of the surgery to take some weeks to become apparent.

Risks and Possible Complications

As with any surgery there are potential risks and complications to be aware of. The most common risks are numbness, bruising and swelling particularly around the ear where the scars are located. There are also some more uncommon complications which include Infection, haematoma, seroma, skin necrosis and nerve damage. Of course patients are invited for regular checks with our nurse team who are on hand should medical assistance be required following discharge from the hospital.

How to book a consultation

If you are considering Facelift Surgery and would like to arrange a confidential no obligation consultation at one of my clinics in Warwick, Coventry or Nuneaton please call 07468 418 419 or for more information visit my website www.alanjpark.com

Facelift – What are the options?

Facelift – What are the options?

A Facelift (http://www.alanjpark.com/facelift/) technically known as Rhyidectomy (from the Ancient Greek words that mean Wrinkle and Excision) is a Cosmetic procedure carried out to give the face a more youthful appearance.

There are several types of Facelifts available, some using non surgical techniques and others using surgical procedures.

According to the most recent 2015 statistics released by The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) Facelift/Necklift surgery accounted for 7,419 of all procedures, an increase of 16% compared to 2014.

Surgical procedures usually involve the removal of excess skin with the tightening of underlying tissue depending on the type of surgery recommended, for a more effective result this is can be combined with Blepharoplasty (Eyelid) surgery.

What are the differences between these procedures?

Facelift

A patient recommended for a Full Face Lift would present with substantial skin laxity and droopiness in the neck. A full or “traditional” facelift addresses the sagging upper and lower neck skin and (platysmal) vertical neck bands, jowls, lower and mid nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It involves incisions from the temple scalp, along the front of the ear (inside the mid part for women), behind the ear into the crease then along or into the scalp hair behind the ear towards the back of the neck with undermining of the skin and tightening of underlying support tissues.

Mini Facelift

The Mini Facelift is recommended for a patient who describes minimal signs of ageing in the forehead and neck area but is concerned about skin laxity in the cheeks and loose skin in the mid face and jaw region. A patient suitable for a mini-facelift would have relatively good skin elasticity and relatively mild changes in the lower third of the face and neck. The surgery involves incisions from the temple scalp, along the front of the ear (inside the mid part for women) but ending at the level of the earlobe (in front or in back) – as much as 40% less scarring respectively, the recovery time is shorter compared to a full face lift.

If you are considering Facelift Surgery and would like more information, please visit http://www.alanjpark.com/or to arrange a consultation at one of my clinics in Warwick, Coventry or Nuneaton, please call 07468 418 419

Why the over 55’s are more likely to have cosmetic surgery

According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, in 2014 American’s 55 or over made up 24 per cent of all cosmetic surgery procedures, while those aged 40-54 made up 34 per cent – the highest percentage of all the age groups.

Recent research from The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) found that ‘tweaked, not tucked’ has become the new ideal for many

The term ‘tweaked not tucked’ seems entirely accurate, ladies and gentleman within this age group will very often during consultation request a more natural look, a look that doesn’t completely change the appearance but particularly in the case of facial surgery, enhances their face and gives a fresher appearance.

As we age, the skin can become tired and begin to sag or wrinkle making the face look tired and worn but often the skin still has good elasticity, therefore facial surgery can improve these symptoms

Facial rejuvenation procedures are by far the most popular procedures that I consult for in this age group, facial rejuvenation can be anything from Rhytidectomy (facelift), Blepharoplasty (eye lid correction) to Non surgical treatments for example Botox (Anti Wrinkle) or dermal fillers for those deeper lines and creases.

Can Facial Cosmetic Surgery help?

Rhytidectomy (facelift surgery) and Blepharoplasty (eye lid correction) procedures will help to restore youthfulness to the face giving an increased confidence and self esteem. Rhytidectomy (facelift surgery) is major surgery and will generally require a 2 night stay in hospital, in many cases patients undergo Blepharoplasty (eye lid correction) at the same time to get an optimum result, or this can be done separately usually as a daycase and sometimes using local anaesthetic as opposed to general.

How do i book a consultation?

Whilst every patient is different, a consultation will provide you with a realistic idea of the result you can expect to achieve.

If you are considering surgery, I have clinics in Warwick, Coventry and Nuneaton. To make an appointment please call or 07468 418 419 or for more information please see my website www.alanjpark.com

New guidelines on cosmetic surgery advertising

New guidelines on cosmetic surgery have been put forward by the Royal College of Surgeons. Advertising standards have often been scrutinised over the years with inducements for cosmetic surgery appearing more and more in the press and media.

Cosmetic surgery should not be taken lightly

The Royal College of Surgeons plan to introduce new rules around the marketing of Cosmetic Surgery can almost certainly only be a positive move, a move that protects our patients from misleading or irresponsible imagery and advertising. A cosmetic surgery procedure is a decision not to be taken lightly, it should certainly not be the result of prize draw or a half price sale. Surgery is a life changing decision that should be well thought out, talked through with those close to you and most importantly decided upon after selecting a surgeon who you feel comfortable with and trust.
Chose a cosmetic surgeon carefully
I like many other surgeons often see patients in my clinics who have undergone breast enlargements (boob job), facelifts, rhinoplasties (nose job) etc that the patient has had done at a low cost, abroad or because they have had a voucher given to them by a friend.Whilst many patients have the result they expected, many do not and what a price to pay, my only advice has to be when considering surgery choose surgeon, implant, hospital, aftercare and then depending on the surgeons reputation you will naturally come to availability and cost.
If you are considering breast augmentation (boob job), facelift, rhinoplasty (nose job) or any other type of cosmetic procedure, come and talk to us at one of our clinics. We hold cosmetic surgery clinics in Warwick, Coventry and Nuneaton. Alternatively contact us on 07468 418419 or visit us at www.alanjpark.com

The good things about plastic surgery

Many stories in the press trivialise plastic surgery. Its an arena for the stars, the vain, those that are insecure. People think it’s all about bigger breasts, smaller noses, slimmer waists.  Click here for the story behind the real reason for plastic surgery’s development in this country.  My motivation for having a career in plastic surgery was inspired by the history of such a profession. It’s a huge satisfaction for me to treat so many patients in the NHS and see the improvement in their lives. A great deal of my time is spent in the NHS working with patients and colleagues alike to improve outcomes for people that have suffered trauma,

Cosmetic surgery in private practice

When I started in plastic surgery, many procedures were available on the NHS. These included breast augmentation, rhinoplasty and tummy tucks. Over time, the demands on the NHS have risen to a huge degree and many of these operations, and more, have been delisted meaning we cannot perform them in the NHS. This has led to an increase for these operations in the private sector.

Make no mistake, the psychological effect of successful plastic surgery should not be underestimated. Quite often, my happiest patients are those undergoing breast reconstruction as women feel a weight has been lifted off their shoulders, both literally and psychologically! These patients are not the genre frequently portrayed in the media and it should not be forgotten that plastic surgeons do a huge amount of necessary plastic surgery  in both NHS and private arenas.

Cosmetic surgery in Warwick and Coventry

I am fortunate enough to work in one of the largest trusts in the UK. The facilities are fantastic. I also work in extremely well run and managed hospitals such as the Nuffield Hospital close to Warwick. The service I and the other surgeons can provide therefore is amongst the best in the country, whether it be NHS work or private work that is necessary or wanted.

If you are considering cosmetic surgery of any type, be it breast augmentation, facelift, rhinoplasty or a tummy tuck, please call us. We are on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310.

Can you overdo plastic surgery?

The answer is a very easy – yes! Many people we see in our cosmetic surgery clinics say they are trying to fight the signs of ageing, trying to look younger. It is of course impossible to hold back the tide of time with respect of how we look. Eventually we all look old! There is nothing wrong with that either. Equally, there is also nothing wrong with wanting to look a bit younger or a phrase that we prefer, fresher.

However, what we do warn against is over-doing plastic surgery. This can be by having too much surgery and looking a bit odd given the age of the patient. Or it could be trying to look completely different at any age, sometimes to look like a celebrity for example.  Both of these in our view are dangerous and against the ethical code of what we do. It is our job to ensure patients do not go too far. A fresh, natural look is very much our preference by way of a result.

Facial surgery such as facelift

Facial surgery in particular can be over done. Face lifts, blepheroplasty and botox and fillers can all be taken to extremes giving a very false look. Of course, the face is the most visible part of the body in our everyday lives so be very cautious indeed when considering this type of surgery. There is a large amount of responsibility on us as surgeons to ensure a patient does not overdo things. If we think a patient is going too far, we should say so and possibly not operate. Unfortunately, some providers operate on a far more profit comes first basis and we frequently hear of patients refused surgery by reputable surgeons finding someone to do the procedure elsewhere. If we refuse treatment, it will pretty much always be in your best interests.

If you are considering any type of surgery, whether it be breast augmentation (boob job), facelift, tummytuck, botox or fillers , come and see us in our clinics held in Warwick, Nuneaton and Coventry. Call us now for an appointment on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310.

Cosmetic surgery taboo

We still see people in our cosmetic surgery clinics in Nuneaton, Coventry and Warwick that wish for no-one to know about their treatments. Maybe they feel people will frown upon them, maybe they feel they will be talked about. Whatever the reason, we always respect people’s decisions to keep their treatment private and we act accordingly to ensure that.

There is little doubt, however, that cosmetic surgery is seen as much more “acceptable” in more recent times compared with even ten years ago. Celebrities often deny having surgery, only for it to come out later. Some quite rightly say it’s no-ones business but their own.

Our role when considering cosmetic surgery

Our job is to ensure we are completely happy with a patients reason, psyche and physical well-being before we agree to operate on them. Once we are, there is no reason why surgery can not be performed. The majority of our patients fit into the category of being fit for surgery but we always apply the same rigorous criteria.

We do not feel that plastic surgery should be a taboo subject but we do feel it is a very personal decision that should be taken with a full grasp of the facts and information. Procedures such as breast augmentation, abdominoplasty and facelift are major surgery. They can and do frequently involve an overnight stay, a general anaesthetic and a lengthy recovery period.

If you are considering surgery therefore, come and talk to us. We put your welfare first. We are not an organisation that spends a huge amount of advertising, we rely heavily on recommendation by word of mouth or the reputation of Mr Park. Call us on 01926 436332 or 01926 436310 for an appointment at one of our clinics in or around Warwick, Coventry and Nuneaton. The choice of surgeon, we firmly believe is the most important decision you will make when considering cosmetic surgery.

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