Facial plastic surgery
What is Facial plastic surgery?
Some people develop facial imbalance during childhood, be it an overly strong chin, crooked nose, prominent ears or flat cheekbones. As a person ages, multiple changes can occur simultaneously. In the face, the eye sockets regress, the tissue in the cheeks, jawline and neck sag and sun damage becomes evident causing skin changes such as wrinkles and skin pigmentation. Facial plastic surgery improves the appearance and function of one area at a time, whilst facial harmonisation refers to restoring facial balance to improve the aesthetic appearance of the face as a whole. Facial rejuvenation refers to the restoration of a more youthful appearance. Chris aims to achieve these goals in a natural way.
What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?
BOTOX and soft tissue fillers can be used to prevent the onset of an aged appearance, or alongside surgery to produce improved results. Face lifting is the term applied to a group of procedures that aim to restore volume into the cheek area whilst reducing the effect that gravity has had on the tissues beneath. Techniques can be combined with fat transfer to alter changes in volume. Facial plastic surgery to the eyelids, eyebrow, nose and chin will be reviewed separately.
How long do the results last for?
Non-surgical treatments are often temporary and need repeating every 9-12 months. Regarding the longevity of face lifting, this question is of great scientific debate. The commonly quoted figure is between 5 and 10 years, but often the skin changes and general facial shape are improved for many years longer, especially when compared with peers. Fat transfer often requires a number of stages to build up volume deficiency in layers, but once a result is achieved it is normally permanent.
What are the risks?
Any non-surgical or surgical manoeuvre in the face risks damage to the facial nerve which powers the muscles of facial expression. This phenomenon is occasionally used to the patient’s advantage in the achievement of facial symmetry. Swelling and bruising is a predictable consequence of surgery in the face and this often takes many weeks to subside. Infection and bleeding are rare, but occasionally require further surgical management.
What are the success rates?
Once the swelling and bruising has settled down, the results are immediately noticeable and very effective.
How much does the surgery cost?
The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.
From £4,000 for fat transfer under general anaesthetic
From £9,000 for face lifting under general anaesthetic
What general advice is there?
Facial swelling can be present for many months after the surgery. Sleeping upright for the first few nights helps reduce the severity of onset swelling and speeds up recovery.
Facts for Facial plastic surgery
- Surgery duration: 2-4 hours
- Type of anaesthesia: General anaesthetic
- Time in hospital: 1-2 nights
- Time off work: 2 weeks
- Recovery time: 4-6 weeks
- First follow up appointment: 1 week
- Total number of follow up appointments: 4-6
- Pain management: Simple pain relief (paracetamol and/or ibuprofen) once discharged, with tramadol at night
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