A 'mini-lift', or 'mini-facelift', is an innovative anti-ageing procedure that uses the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to turn the clock back on the age of your face by roughly ten years.
Although new to the market, this technique is growing rapidly in popularity and is fast replacing the much more invasive and heavier duty traditional facelift as an anti-ageing facial procedure.
The Cadogan Clinic only offers 'mini' or 'micro' facelift (an even less invasive alternative) techniques to our patients, often in combination with rejuvenating fat transfer injections to the face.
We can deliver comparable results to traditional facelift procedures via these combination treatments, albeit achieve them by far less invasive means that require far less recovery time.
At A Glance
1 - 1.5 hours
Exercise Including Gym
4 - 6 weeks
Time Off Work
Restricted for 4 weeks
4 - 6 weeks
After 1 day rest
Shower after 1 week
Sleeping on back recommended for 3 weeks
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Mr. Naveen Cavale is a fully qualified and fully accredited UK Plastic Surgeon who graduated from University College London and the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He has an NHS Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery practice in...
Mr Tunc Tiryaki is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in facial surgery. Mr Tiryaki has a special interest in mini face lifts and is a pioneer in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures including suspension techniques, micro-lifting and regenerative cell injections – all delivering exceptionally natural results...
Mr Paul Tulley is a renowned Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon specialising in facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction and body contouring procedures...
The Mini-Facelift procedure uses minimal incisions to remove sagging or excess skin around the face, jaw and neck areas that have formed due to ageing . These incisions are hidden in the natural folds behind the ear and the hairline and leave no visible scarring.
The natural ageing process will continue from the point achieved following the procedure.
The procedure takes between 1 - 1.5 hours, can be performed either under local anaesthetic or sedation, and is treated as a day case.
The procedure is commonly combined with fat transfer to restore lost facial volume. Fat is harvested via liposuction and then used to augment the cheekbones, cheeks, temples, brow, chin and anywhere else where it will improve facial balance and structure.
How does a mini facelift differ from a traditional face lift (rhytidectomy)?
A traditional facelift procedure (rhytidectomy) aims to rejuvenate the appearance of the facial area and restore a more youthful and rejuvenated facial appearance by tightening both the covering skin and the underlying muscle, called the platysma, and removing surplus skin from around the ears. We commonly combine this lifting with the volumizing treatments such as fat grafting to the chin, jawline, lips, cheeks and temples.
A traditional facelift procedure (rhytidectomy) typically takes place under general anaesthetic and takes between 1-3 hours. More complicated and extensive procedures can occasionally take longer.
Incisions are made behind and in front of the ears in order to minimize and hide scarring. In some cases, the incisions extend onto the scalp.
From there the surgeon will reach into the deeper layers of the face in order to reposition and lift the skin and soft tissues of the face, and restore the underlying facial muscles into a rejuvenated position. These muscles can also be tightened, and liposuction to the neck may also be performed to enhance the effect of the facelift.
The full facelift is a more invasive equivalent to both the mini – facelift and a micro -facelift, and can be discussed with your surgeon if you are looking to achieve the most impactful results.
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Skin ages over time and the earliest signs of ageing appear where the skin is most delicate- the face and neck. Fine lines and excess skin typically start to develop in our 30s, transforming into deeper wrinkles and volume loss in our 40s and 50s.
This process is further escalated by lifestyle and external factors such as sun exposure, stress, smoking, nutrition and sleep.
Common concerns include drooping eyebrows, bags around the upper and lower eyelids, drooping/sagging skin, reduction in fat around the cheeks, and wrinkles.
The Mini-Facelift is an ideal treatment for people wanting to reverse the signs of ageing and achieve a more youthful appearance without undergoing a full facelift procedure. A mini - lift can be done with minimal inconvenience, scars and risk.
Who Is Suitable?
The mini lift is the ideal procedure for anyone in their 40s or 50s seeking to reverse the preliminary signs of ageing.
Cadogan Clinic considers individuals fit for the procedure, if all of the following are true of them:
Over the age of 40
Physically and psychologically fit and healthy
Concerned by the ageing profile of their face
Seeking a minimally invasive alternative to traditional facelift surgery
Have realistic expectations of what can be achieved by surgery
I wanted to say a big thank you to the Cadogan Clinic, I am so happy with the results from my surgery. I can’t thank my patient advisor enough for being my support throughout my journey. I felt so reassured from my initial consultation with her and she followed me up closely at each stage. Would recommend highly.
A massive thank you to the Cadogan Clinic. I am very pleased with the results from my surgery. My patient advisor was extremely organised and made me feel reassured throughout the whole experience. My surgeon was excellent and so was the Clinic team - I could not have asked for a better service
A huge thank you to the Cadogan Clinic who looked after me whilst having surgery. They treated me with so much care and it was truly appreciated. The care from the nurses was wonderful, and I genuinely felt that they really cared. First class service from the start. I also had follow-up calls the day after, couldn’t ask for more. A huge thank you to all involved
The Cadogan Clinic and their surgical and nursing staff were excellent throughout my experience with them. The 24/7 nursing support in particular was a huge comfort to me, and I found them extremely responsive
I had the most amazing experience with the Cadogan Clinic. They were extremely accommodating and professional. I was a little bit hesitant to go through with it but their safety standards and professionalism put me at ease. Most importantly I am so happy with my results.
I was nervous before my procedure, but I was put at ease by all the staff I encountered from my patient advisor, surgeon and the nursing staff. It was a huge reassurance to have access to the 24/7 on call nurse service immediately after my procedure also.
Three weeks ago I had advanced fat transfer surgery and I am over the moon with the results. My whole wellbeing has been uplifted and I am so much more confident and happy with myself. Thank you to the Clinic and my surgeon for their fantastic work and expertise
I had a procedure at the Cadogan Clinic. From my first consultation, my surgeon was honest, straight forward, and precise. All the details and expectations of the surgery were fully explained, along with the after care. I am still in recovery, but the results already look fantastic; they delivered on all the promises that he made to me.
The first step for all of our lower facelift patients is to meet with the surgeon we feel is best placed to perform your procedure for a consultation. At the consultation, you will be able to discuss with your surgeon what your hope to achieve from the procedure, as well as discuss in detail what may or may not be possible given your existing anatomy.
Your surgeon will take you through the options available to you, and which is the most preferential for you given your stated ambitions. Having established this, several key measurements will be made and standard clinical photography will be taken.
Some questions you may want to ask your surgeon include:
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
Can I achieve the results I am asking for?
What will be expected of me to get the best results?
Do you have before-and-after photos?
How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
What scars will I be left with?
Will I be in pain after the surgery?
How soon after a facelift can I return to work?
Finally, a comprehensive discussion regarding risks and complications will take place, alongside a discussion regarding what to expect in the post procedure and recovery phase. Your previous medical history will also be recorded (including previous surgery, medications, allergies etc.) and an assessment of your fitness for surgery.
If your surgeon feels you are a good candidate for surgery, you are then invited to consider whether you would like to proceed for surgery or otherwise following a two week 'cooling off' period.
Within this period you are welcome to come in and discuss your potential surgery with your surgeon as many times as you like.
If you choose to proceed with surgery, the next time you come into the Clinic after your final consultation will be the day of your procedure.
Before admission the following behavioural changes are recommended / required:
In the 6 weeks before your procedure we recommend smoking is discontinued as patients who smoke have a higher risk of healing more slowly and complications
In the week before your procedure you must cease taking Aspirin or any medication that contains Aspirin
In the 6 hours prior to surgery you must not consume food or any drink, other than small sips of clear fluid (e.g. still water, black coffee, black tea) which are allowed up to 2 hours before admission
On the day of your procedure we ask that you arrive for your admission an hour before the agreed start time of surgery. At this point a nurse will come and record blood pressure and other relevant tests, you will meet with your anaesthetist and your surgeon who will make the final mark-ups.
The procedure itself is straightforward and takes place under either local anaesthetic or sedation over the course of between one and one and a half hours. The surgery involves the placement of an incision behind the ear and the repositioning of the transdermal tissues to their original places. The incision sites are very small (several mms) due to the fineness of the cannula, and scarring will be very minimal.
Following the procedure, you will recover in our ambulatory recovery rooms for between two to three hours, dependent on the scale of the procedure. Once our specialist nursing team are happy that your initial recovery is complete and you are safe to return home, you will be allowed to leave the Clinic accompanied by a friend or member of your family.
Once home you will have access to our dedicated oncall nursing team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This team of specialists are dedicated to your comfort and recovery, and are there to field any questions you may have in the immediate post operative phase.
Mini lift recovery is relatively quick and any residual discomfort should subside in a matter of days. The whole point of the technique is to cause minimal disruption; that is, minimal scars, minimal interference with tissue, minimal risk and minimal recovery time. There will be a little bruising and a few well-hidden scars. There may be an overnight bandage, but generally little discomfort.
We advise patients should be able to return to their normal day-to-day activities after about one week - we would recommend a few days off of work with the option of a full week should you require it as swelling is greatest during this time. We ask our patients to be sensitive to their facial area and not to do too much too soon. We also recommend avoiding UV light for 2 -4 weeks to aid the scarring process.
We ask that you come in and see our nursing team 1 week after surgery to ensure your incision sites have been properly reviewed. At this juncture we also recommend you meet with one of our on site aestheticians to discuss ongoing treatment to support the healing process if it is required.
You should start to see your results clearly after 6 week mark, although on occasion it can take a little longer. The results should continue to improve in the months after the procedure. We ask that you come in to see your surgeon after 6 weeks for a post procedure for a final check up.
Why come to The Cadogan Clinic for your Mini-lift?
Cadogan Clinic is an award winning specialist cosmetic clinic, with a track record of delivering safe, high quality cosmetic surgery
Cadogan Clinic specialises in the anti-ageing process and is home to several surgeons pioneering the very latest facelift techniques
Unlike many of our competitors, we use the latest anaesthetic technologies to minimise your downtime, and allow you to return home on the day of your procedure
Our nursing team provide a dedicated 24/7 oncall service during recovery – whatever your question, we can provide the answer
We offer a complimentary consultation and treatment with our onsite team of aestheticians to ensure you heal quickly and scar well
What are the benefits of day case surgery?
What Are The Risks?
Facelift surgery is a safe procedure, but it is common after a surgical facelift to experience:
Bruising and swelling
A small amount of scarring
As with all surgical procedures, facelift surgery carries some risk and it is possible that you might experience:
Bleeding or Infection
Poor healing of incisions and scarring
A collection of blood underneath the skin (haematoma)
Death of fat tissue (fat necrosis) or embolism
Hair loss or hairline distortion
Your surgeon will discuss these risks comprehensively at your consultation and explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated.
The unique approach to the Mini-Facelift means patients look naturally 10 to 12 years younger without changing their expression. Rather than "lifting" the skin, the problem is solved by transforming the subdermal tissues to their original places.
Mini-Lift surgery is an operation performed in a hospital environment, without the need of general anaesthesia, but instead under sedation and local anaesthesia. Mini-Lift surgery takes around 1 to 1.5 hours with incisions inside and at the back of the ear. It can be performed in conjunction with other operations, for example eye lid surgery or injectables, depending on the patient's requirements.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK DURING MY FACELIFT CONSULTATION?
Your consultation is designed to be perfect opportunity to ask all the pressing questions that you have to your consultant, ahead of making a decision on surgery. It is vital that you are fully informed before making your final decision, and the consultation is therefore a key part of the education and decision making process.
Some good examples of questions to ask, include:
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
Do you think my goals are realistic given my existing anatomy?
Can I see some before & after pictures of facelift procedures you have done previously?
How long will my recovery take?
Is it true that Cadogan offers 24/7 on call nursing service?
What can I expect in terms of bruising, swelling and scarring?
What are my options if I am unhappy with my results?
IS THE MINI-FACELIFT RIGHT FOR ME?
A Mini-Facelift gives a moderate improvement with minimal inconvenience, scars and risk.
As such it can be suitable for anyone, but a particular indication is for younger patients with relatively early signs of ageing, who find this difficult to put up with and are prepared to accept that they will need further surgery later on. Meanwhile, they will probably use lasers, peels and creams to prolong the surgery free period.
This is a change of approach. Only a short time ago, we advised patients to wait until they really could not put up with signs of ageing and then, at an older age, have a full facelift. The patient would be delighted with the dramatic improvement and would be unlikely to require any further surgery. Now patients are generally not looking for a major change, but just not to grow old.
The mini facelift is part of a maintenance programme and is often combined with fat grafting (lipofilling) to replace lost volume and stem cell treatments to improve overall tissue and skin quality. Lasers and peels all have their place.
There are many other anti-ageing solutions available, both surgical and non-surgical. Request a call from one of our patient advisors or book a consultation at the Cadogan Clinic if you would like to discuss your concerns in more detail.
HOW LONG DOES A MINI-FACELIFT OPERATION TAKE?
The Mini-Facelift is a refined technique requiring less disturbance of the facial tissues and therefore is quicker. It takes perhaps 1-1.5 hours. There are variations of technique and sometimes extra refinements are indicated, such as fat grafting and stem cell treatments.
Some surgeons used to take well over five hours for the standard full facelift.
Historically, face-lift operations have been lengthier procedures, resulting in higher pain levels and longer healing time. Modern technology and refined techniques mean that a Mini Face-Lift operation now lasts around 1 to 1.5 hours, it is painless and healing time is much faster.
Choosing a surgeon who is an expert in their field and specializes in face-lifts will ensure you get the best results possible. At the Cadogan Clinic, we have innovative surgeons. You will be in excellent hands.
HOW WILL I GET HOME AFTER MY SURGERY?
You will not be able to drive yourself home after the surgery. You should arrange for someone to pick you up and take you home. In addition, you will need to ask someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AFTER FACELIFT?
After your surgery, you will be asked to come in for a post-operative appointment to come back and see our nursing staff at the Clinic between 1 and 2 weeks after your surgery. At this point your incision sites will be reviewed, and your preliminary healing will be assessed.
After 6 weeks your surgeon will personally review your progress – again at the Clinic - and make sure you are recovering as expected. In addition, they will remove any stitches and advise you on the need for further dressings.
Throughout the recovery period you will have full access to our 24/7 on call nursing service, and full access to the Clinic and our post-operative facilities.
Our aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible during the entirety of your recovery period.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER MY SURGERY?
As your anaesthetic or sedation wear off you will wake up in our recovery facilities at the Clinic. You may feel a little drowsy but this often wears off within a few hours. After several hours in recovery, you will eat and hydrate. At that point, you will be allowed to leave the Clinic by our nursing staff.
It is common to feel a little pain and discomfort in the immediate aftermath of surgery. This will wear off in due course. Our 24/7 on call service is open to all patients for any question or query they may have at this time.
WHEN CAN I RETURN TO WORK FOLLOWING THE MINI-LIFT SURGERY?
You may work from home the next day, but it will depend on how sensitive you are to the detection of recent surgery, as to when you go out to meet people. Some will manage the next day. A few wait until sutures are removed. The point is that you will not be jeopardising the result by going out.
HOW MUCH TIME WILL I HAVE TO TAKE OFF WORK AND EXERCISE?
You will need to avoid exercise for a few weeks, but you will be able to back in front of a computer as soon as the next day. There will be some swelling and bruising at the incision areas, which is normal and will fade in time and heal over the next week or so. You should be back at work after 2 weeks.
You may have heard or read online about patients, who are in pain with considerable swelling for weeks or months following a facelift, but this is highly unusual. It may be the result of poor technique or deep plane facelift, where all the soft tissues are lifted off the bone and placed at a higher level.
While this can give good results, we at the Cadogan Clinic, do not feel that the discomfort and long recovery time of this deep plane technique is worth it. We focus on getting you lasting, impactful results, without unnecessary downtime and pain or discomfort.
WHEN WILL I SEE THE FINAL RESULTS OF MY LOWER FACELIFT?
Final results are typically first seen six or so weeks after your procedure, with ongoing improvements beyond this point likely as the healing process fully completes over the coming 12 months.
Your surgeon will be able to give you specific guidance at your consultation.
ARE THE RESULTS OF MY LOWER FACELIFT PERMANENT?
Facelift results are essentially permanent but surgery will not stop your face from naturally ageing. For patients who take care of their skin, avoid smoking and excessive sun exposure, it should be possible to enjoy the benefits of a facelift for many years, having essentially 'put the clock back' a decade or so following surgery.
You should expect to retain the benefits from your facelift surgery. If it makes you appear 10 years younger, you should always retain that 10-year advantage.
ARE THERE NON SURGICAL TREATMENTS THAT CAN HELP MAINTAIN MY RESULTS?
There are also many non-surgical procedures that can be used to maintain results on an ongoing basis beyond surgery and keep your face looking young and fresh.
These are all offered at the Cadogan Clinic, and include:
Anti Ageing Injectables, e.g. Botox
Chemical skin peels
The latest and possibly the best adjunct is Stem cell treatment.
WHAT LIFESTYLE TIPS EXIST TO MAKE MY FACELIFT RESULTS LAST LONGER?
Don't smoke! Smoking ages you, accelerating the ageing process dramatically.
Drink less alcohol! Alcohol dehydrates your skin and we want your skin to remain firm and supple in order for results to be long-lasting.
Keep a healthy weight! Significant weight fluctuations can change the shape and elasticity of the skin on your face. To remain that vibrant, youthful look following your facelift, avoid or cut back on alcohol.
Drink lots of water! Water hydrates your skin, it keeps the face looking full and fabulous.
Always wear sunscreen! Every day- no exceptions. The sun damages your skin, causes wrinkles and advanced ageing.
Take care of your skin! Following the instructions laid out to you by your surgeon for proper aftercare are of the utmost importance. It's also important to use high-quality skin creams, serums and to continue having professional treatments such as peels, fillers or Botox to continue to support your desired aesthetic.
WHAT EFFECT CAN SMOKING AND ALCOHOL HAVE ON MY FACELIFT RESULTS?
Certain lifestyle factors can increase the risk of complications during and after your surgery. These include smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight and taking drugs (for medical or recreational use.)
The most common impact of smoking before your surgery is that it increases your chances of developing an infection and inhibits your body's natural healing processes. We insist that all patients stop smoking and using nicotine products at least six weeks before surgery. Reducing alcohol intake is also strongly advised.
Your doctor will discuss your current BMI and drug use at your consultation and advise you further on this.
WHAT OTHER FACTORS DETERMINE HOW LONG MY FACELIFT RESULTS LAST?
Aside from lifestyle factors, there are other external factors that determine how long a facelift will last, such as age of the patient and the condition of the patient's skin.
Darker skin that is in a healthy condition will respond better at the time of the surgery, as opposed to fairer skin that has sun damage or is thinner. However, patients who are under the age of 60 typically have the longest lasting results.
The skill of the surgeon and the technique used are also an important factor in the longevity of a facelift.
WHEN CAN I SHOWER AND WASH MY HAIR AFTER FACELIFT SURGERY?
Your surgeon will give you specific advice on how to wash and bathe after the surgery.
In general, you may gently shower and wash your hair 48 hours after a facelift surgery, taking particular care on the treated areas. You can also blow dry your hair on a cool setting. Be gentle when brushing or combing your hair so that you do not catch your comb in the suture lines. You must follow your surgeon's specific advice.
WHEN WILL I FEEL COMFORTABLE BEING OUT IN PUBLIC AFTER SURGERY?
It is normal to feel a little self-conscious when you are in public following facelift surgery due to the visible swelling, redness and bruising that will inevitably occur on the face during the preliminary recovery phase.
The vast majority of bruising and swelling should have comfortably settled by around 2 to 3 weeks, so it is at this point that you should first plan to be seen by friends and colleagues.
Full recovery can take several months, so we do advise you plan well ahead to ensure that you give yourself enough time to recover before a major event such as a wedding or birthday. We would recommend allowing between 2 to 3 months.
CAN I WEAR MAKEUP AFTER FACELIFT SURGERY?
It is typically possible to start wearing makeup again 2 weeks after your procedure. At this point, you can then use camouflage or concealer cosmetic products to cover any remnant bruising you may still have.
WILL I HAVE SCARRING AFTER A FACELIFT?
Of all the scars you may have from plastic surgeries, scars on the face are the best of the whole body. They are not only well hidden, but also settle efficiently. For most healthy people, surgical scars from a well-performed facelift do not cause any issues.
Even for patients who produce keloid scars can consider having a facelift, even though they will require extra Scar Management during their aftercare treatment.
Facelifts are becoming less invasive and scars fewer. Nevertheless, the standard scars themselves are short and hidden around the contours of the face, in the front of the ear, under the earlobe and in the crease behind the ear.
DO I NEED A GENERAL ANAESTHETIC FOR MY FACELIFT?
It is perfectly possible to carry out a facelift under a local anaesthetic, but most of our patients prefer the type of general anaesthesia we give at the Cadogan Clinic (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (T.I.V.A.)) for full facelift surgery.
TIVA delivers anaesthetic intravenously via a computerised pump able to monitor anaesthetic levels closely. This close calibration allows your anaesthetist to keep you at a relatively shallow level of anaesthesia, meaning your sickness is minimal following your procedure and you can start your recovery quickly. You will also be allowed home an hour or two after the surgery is completed, even if the surgery has taken several hours.
Local aneasthetic or sedation are better options for less invasive facelift surgery such as mini-lift or micro-lift surgery.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A SURGICAL AND A NON SURGICAL FACELIFT?
Plastic surgeons tend to be sceptical of non-surgical injection-led treatments when it comes to delivering long lasting facial rejuvenation results.
However, we do recommend non surgical alternatives for younger patients or patients with only minor signs of ageing.
There are limits, however. It is very difficult to fix drooping, sagging older skin. with a non-surgical facelift. You also cannot expect full resolution of deep wrinkle lines and drooping skin with fillers and injections, and of course, over time fillers fade and need to be replenished.
There are also various laser and high energy device rejuvenation treatments that we offer at the Cadogan Clinic, such as Laser Resurfacing, IPL, and Ultherapy. These treatments can be sufficient for some patients, but this depends entirely on the condition of the skin.
We typically recommend non-surgical treatments as a maintenance adjunct to surgical treatment, wherever possible. Surgical facelifts remain the better option to ensure dramatic, long lasting results. When it comes to drooping, sagging skin and deeply set wrinkles on the face, a surgical facelift is the best option.
In sum, whilst non surgical treatments can delay the effects of ageing to a certain superficial level, but the emptiness of the face and folds of loose skin will require surgery.
IS THE MICRO-LIFT A BETTER OPTION FOR ME?
Yes, a Micro-Lift may be the perfect solution for your excess neck skin, but there are other solutions.
The Micro-Lift procedure is designed to help alleviate early signs of ageing and mild loss of elasticity loss.
This procedure commences with the making of a tiny incision below each ear. The connective tissue below the skin is pulled and held back to create a subtle structural lift in your jawline and neck. The skin will become taut and contours defined again.
The Micro-Lift does not offer drastic results. This is the subtlest in facelift procedures. If you have moderate skin laxity a mini-facelift may be a better choice for you. Or, if you have a problem with severe folds or prominent jowls you may want to consider a full facelift. However, if you are in your late 30s to late 40s and are looking for a light “pick up” in your face and neck area, the Micro-Lift is probably the best solution for you.
Remember that these modern lifting procedures are often combined with fat transfer and stem cell transfer to restore volume in the right places and rejuvenate the skin.
Any extra unwanted fat or double chin is removed by liposuction.
The recovery period for a Micro-Lift is really short. Most patients are back to their regular routines after just a few days. You will experience minimal discomfort after surgery. In addition, the smallness of the facial incisions means that your skin’s healing process will be quicker as well. You have minimal chance of poor scarring.
What are jowls and how are they treated with a lower facelift?
Jowls develop along the jawline as we age. The soft tissues naturally lose elasticity and descend. They are held up by deep ligaments to the eyes, nose, ears, mouth, chin and mandible behind the chin. The wider, triangular upper face and narrow chin become inverted, resulting in a sunken, narrow upper face and wide jawline. The outer angle of the eyes slip down and there is a downturn of the mouth. The deep attachments force the skin to fold at the nasolabial (smile) lines and the hitch at the jawline behind the chin forms the jowls behind it.
As part of the ageing process, the appearance of jowls happens to all of us, but it is more of a problem for some people than others as it can be inherited. A person’s nationality and their skin type can have an affect on the severity of jowls. For example, a person with Celtic skin, who has been exposed to sunshine, can find the problem more acute. Strong cheekbones and jawbones delay the onset of jowls.
The onset of jowls can also be delayed with the use of sunblock and quality skin care, but eventually the condition will require surgical intervention. This will recreate the triangular shape of a youthful face, with strong cheekbones and a defined jawline.
A lower facelift is one of the most effective treatments we offer to tackle the appearance of jowls. Our expert surgeons here at the Cadogan Clinic will lift the soft tissues away from the mandible to restore the volume to the upper part of the face, tightening the floppy skin.
The most effective way of combating those tell-tale signs of ageing is a facelift. Known in medical terms as a rhytidectomy, this is often an appealing option to those looking to reverse those fine lines that have gone on to turn into deeper wrinkles, but people are often apprehensive about any face…