FACELIFTS have become increasingly popular over the years, costing a pretty penny.
Here's what you need to know about the surgery and how much it costs in the UK.
What is a facelift?
A facelift, which is also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure which tightens up the face and reduces sagging skin.
Those with loose skin around the lower face tend to be the ones going under the knife.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and according to the NHS, the surgery typically goes as follows:
- make cuts (incisions) above the hairline at the temples, which extend down in front of your ear, underneath your earlobe and behind the ear
- make cuts under the chin if the jawline is also being lifted
- remove the surplus facial skin
- pull the remaining skin backwards and upwards before stitching it into its new position
- sometimes redistribute facial fat and tissue or add this to the face
- bandage the face to minimise bruising and swelling
A facelift's effects can last up to 20 years depending on age, according to RealCosmeticPlasticSurgery.
Those who are thinking about going under the knife should consider the risks associated with the surgery, and you should read the NHS advice carefully before making any decision.
What's a mini facelift?
Those who don't fancy having the full surgery might opt for a mini facelift instead.
They are less invasive than the full on surgical facelift and leave minimal scarring.
They have the same desired outcome of a tightened, more youthful looking face and is done under local anaesthetic.
However, in a mini facelift bio-compatible wires are threaded under the skin and tightened to lift the face and Botox is used on certain areas of the face.
Dermal fillers and hylaronic acid are also injected to fill out the skin and give it a plump look, and skin rejuvenation injections are also applied.
A mini facelift's effects can last up to 10 years.
How much do they cost?
A full standard facelift can set you back around £10,000 in the UK.
But some head abroad for the procedure at a lower cost, however, this should be done with caution.
A mini facelift can cost anything from £1,500-£4,000 here in the UK, and the same goes for costs abroad.
The second option is the most cost-friendly option as well as being a less painful procedure with less recovery time.
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Are there any non-surgical alternatives?
Non-surgical facelifts are becoming more popular, especially ones that use ultrasound.
The Perfecte' Lift treatment is a non surgical facelift which uses Face High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (Face HIFU).
It stimulates the layers which support the skin, resulting in a lifted, more taut face.
It starts from £600, which is a whole lot cheaper and a whole lot less invasive than any injections or scalpels.
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