Facelift for men


Welcome to York Plastic Surgery, one of the regions leading Plastic Surgery clinics providing facial plastic surgery.

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 10 years clinical experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his team at The Nuffield Health York Hospital, York's premier private hospital. So you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is a facelift?

A facelift is an operation lifts and tightens the skin and soft tissue of the face to improve fine lines and wrinkles and give a fresher, more youthful look.

Am I a good candidate for a facelift? 

You would benefit from a facelift if you have age-related changes to the skin and soft tissue of your face.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

A facelift lifts and resuspends the skin and soft tissue of the face and removes any excess skin. This is often combined with surgery to the eyelids (blepharoplasty) and liposuction to the neck to improve chin and neck contour.

What does a facelift involve? 

There are a number of different types of facelift and Mr Dunkin will help you decide which is best for you:
Facelift surgery involves making an incision that runs from the hairline, down in a crease line in front of the ear, under the ear lobe and, if necessary, behind the ear. The soft tissues of the face are resuspended and the skin is redraped to give a rejuvenated look, a smooth jawline and improved neck shape. Excess fat in the neck can be removed using liposuction or via a short incision under the chin. Facelift is usually done with you asleep (under general anaesthetic) and takes about 3 hours.

What about the different types of facelift?

There are a number of different types of facelift and Mr Dunkin will help you choose the right approach to give you the best result.

  • Standard facelift (SMAS lift) - most facelifts involve resuspension of the Sub Muscular Aponeurotic System (SMAS), a layer of tissue that lies between the skin and the underlying muscles and their nerve supply. The SMAS may be excised (SMASectomy), double-breasted (SMAS plication) or resuspended with sutures to achieve the lift. This lift is transmitted to the neck to improve the neck and jaw line.
  • MACS lift stands for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension lift. This type of facelift can be done through a shorter scar and uses stitches to suspend the soft tissue of the face to gain the lift. This is an effective technique, particularly in the lower third of the face, jawline and neck.
  • Short scar facelift involves using a short incision in front of the ear and the hairline to do the facelift. This works well in younger people without too much excess or lax skin.
  • Mini-facelift is a smaller operation and can be done with you awake (local anaesthetic). This takes 1-2 hours and you can go home afterwards. Mini-facelift is suitable for people with early age-related changes who do not need a full facelift. 

Thread lifts are a type of mini-facelift that involves using barbed sutures (stitches with hooks) to lift the soft tissue of the face. This can work well in the right people and can be tightened later if required.
  • Neck lift is usually combined with facelift but we sometimes do this alone when people have had a facelift without addressing the neck. Neck lift is done with liposuction or via a separate short incision under the chin and involves removal of excess fat and tightening and redraping of the platysma muscle.

What happens before my facelift? 

You will have a full consultation with Mr Dunkin, our Consultant Plastic Surgeon. This includes a fulll medical and cosmetic history and an examination of your face and neck, with a focus on the areas of your face that concern you and the outcome you are hoping to achieve. We will then go through the options, which may be surgical and non-surgical, discussing the pros and cons of each and make a plan for your treatment. We like to see you for a second appointment when you have had a chance to consider your options and make a decision.

What happens after my facelift? 

When you wake after surgery you will have a drip and pain relief. The skin is closed with dissolving and removable stitches and covered with a shower-proof dressing or ointment. Drains may be used to stop fluid building up. Most patients go home the following day but same-day discharge is available. We will see a week later when your stitches will be removed and in clinic for review. Swelling and bruising are common for a few days and can persist for a few weeks. Sitting up, cool packs and an extra pillow in bed can help reduce this. Depending on the type of facelift, you will need about 1-2 weeks off work and your normal activities.

What are the downsides to facelift? 

There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and facelift is no different. There is a small risk of bleeding, infection, slow healing, skin loss, poor scars and hair loss around the scars. Cheek, neck and ear lobe numbness is common and usually resolves. Itching is quite common during the healing process and can be helped by massaging with a moisturising cream. Facial weakness is rare (0.7% facelifts) and usually temporary. Deep lines and wrinkles may be improved but will not be removed by facelift. Facial resurfacing or a peel may help later. Facelift will not stop the clock but will reset it and give your face a more youthful look.  If you have excessive pain, bleeding, swelling or fever after surgery please contact the Nuffield.

How can I reduce my risk?

Stop smoking (smokers have a significantly greater risk of complications) and stop Aspirin and vitamin E at least 2 weeks before surgery. Tell us if you suffer with facial Herpes (cold sores) as Acyclovir can help.  

Are there any alternatives to facelift?

Blepharoplasty can freshen the eyes. Browlift will address the eyebrows and forehead. Botox is good for treating creases around the eye and forehead. LASER resurfacing and peels are used for fine creases. Fillers can temporarily improve fine lines and some deeper lines. Fat transfer or lipofilling is a more permanent solution.

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