This website is intended to provide you with general information only. This information is not a substitute for advice from your Specialist Plastic Surgeon and does not contain all the known facts about this procedure.
A facelift, also known as meloplasty is a surgical procedure that tightens and removes sagging skin on the face and neck. Facial muscles may be surgically tightened to improve their tone. Excess fat may also be removed or repositioned as part of the surgery.
Face lift surgery is performed under general anaesthetic and takes between 2 and 5 hours depending on the type and extent of the procedure undertaken.
The aim of a facelift is to reduce the signs of ageing by improving the contours of the face and neck. A facelift can help to make the face and skin appear younger and smoother. A facelift may also be combined with other surgical procedures such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery or nose reconstruction. The bone structure of the face will not be changed during facelift surgery.
Non-surgical treatments (skin peel, dermabrasion) of the face, may be undertaken at the same time as the facelift. The aim of these treatments is to treat sun-damaged skin and crow’s feet around the eyes, and fine lines around the mouth, which are not removed by facelift surgery.
Am I a good candidate for facelift?
The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider facelift:
- You have deep creases below the lower eyelids
- You have sagging in the mid-face
- You have fat that has fallen or is displaced
- You have deep creases along the nose extending to the corner of the mouth
- You have loss of muscle tone in the lower face which may create jowls
In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:
- Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before undergoing surgery to promote better healing
- Pharmaceuticals containing acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin, and Anopyrin etc.) should not be used for 2 weeks before the surgery, as they decrease clotting time of blood
- Regardless of the type of surgery to be performed, hydration is very important before and after surgery for safe recovery.
It will be necessary to stay overnight at the clinic, normally for 2 nights and this is included in the price of your surgery.
Required minimum stay in Budapest 10 days after the surgery, recommended is 10–14 days.
Some bruising and swelling is normal, and may take up to a few weeks to disappear. Sleeping with your head elevated will help to reduce the swelling.
Depending on the extent of your procedure, you may need to take a few weeks off work to rest. Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming and strenuous sports until advised by your surgeon.