The face ages in many ways and we must consider all of them before deciding on the most appropriate treatment. We are unique in London, in having a full range of specialists in various surgical and non-surgical techniques who come from different specialities (plastic surgery, dermatology, aesthetics) who work together to provide your most effective and cost-effective treatment.
The face ages in many ways, we are most aware of the skin surface, which becomes dull, with red capillaries, brown patches, small cysts, lumps and crusts. Fortunately, there are now many non-surgical procedures to alleviate and reverse these problems.
The skin itself loses elasticity and droops from where it is fixed around the orbit, the ears, nose and mouth. The soft tissues comprising of fat and muscle, and the bone itself resorb, deflating the firmness of youth. The earlobes and nose tip lengthen, and the lips become thin. We are now moving into a more surgical area and can restore the tone of youth with fat grafting and fillers, earlobes are reduced in length and plumped out in volume, and the skin lifted with the modern forms of the facelift, which we are familiar with.
In this procedure it is not just the skin, but also the underlying muscle of the skin, called the platysma, are put back to proper levels with surplus skin removed from around the ears. We commonly combine this lifting with the filling out of fat grafting, of the chin, jawline, lips, cheeks and temples.
You never see the unnatural wind-blown look of the ageing American film star, emerging from the operating theatres of the Cadogan Clinic. We aim to have our patients looking alert, youthful and toned, with no tell-tale signs of intervention. In addition, we are very much aware that patients do not want long downtime. All our cases are carried out as day case procedures. Thanks to excellent anaesthesia given by our TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia) experts, you can walk out of the clinic 2 hours after several hours of surgery. Bruising and complications are minimal. Gone are the days of the deep plane facelift, where all the tissues of the face are lifted from the level of the bone, giving nice results but with much pain and a three months recovery. It just isn’t worth it.