A mini facelift is a highly effective way of tackling the early signs of ageing.
It is a modified version of the traditional face lift, and there are many things to recommend this particular treatment.
A mini facelift is considerably less invasive than a traditional facelift procedure (rhytidectomy) and involves fewer incisions, which are discreetly hidden and usually very difficult to see with an untrained eye. Results are extremely impactful, however, and this facelift technique can make a big difference.
The mini facelift generally focuses on tightening sagging skin in the lower portion of the face, including the chin, jaw, jowls and upper neck. These problem areas are generally the first to display visible signs of aging. A lower facelift will eradicate these tell-tale signs.
This treatment is ideal for those aged in their 40s and 50s. A successful mini facelift can easily turn the clock back some ten years, resulting in a more youthful, but natural, appearance. If you are older, you may wish to discuss alternative treatments with your consultant.
Surgical procedures, such as a neck lift, brow lift or chin augmentation, can also be performed during the mini face lift, as this procedure only focuses on the lower part of the face. A lower facelift can also be combined with fat transfer, which will restore a healthy and youthful ‘plumpness’ to the face. This straightforward procedure involves taking far from another part of the body via liposuction and transferring it to parts of the face to complement the result of the mini facelift.
To maintain the youthful results of a mini facelift, you may wish to consider ongoing non-surgical procedures, such as Botox, dermal fillers, lasers, chemical skin peels or stem cell treatment.
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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When performing a mini facelift, the surgeon will make some small incisions, which are discreetly hidden in the natural skin folds behind the ears and in the hairline. These will leave minimal, if any, visible scarring. The surgeon will then remove the problem sagging skin and any excess fat before lifting the soft tissues of your face and suturing them back in their original position.
A mini facelift is a far more modern approach to lifting the lower portion of the face than the traditional facelift. It is less invasive, carries less risk and the procedure can be carried out in around half the time. A mini facelift also means a far more natural-looking result. This is because during a mini facelift, the surgeon will also tighten the underlying structures and muscles of the face and not just the top layer of skin. Targeting just this superficial layer can result in a more ‘artificial’ appearance, and will leave you with more obvious incision sites.
Although a mini facelift is still considered to be an invasive procedure, it can be carried out under a local anesthetic, with the procedure taking between one and one-and-a-half hours to complete. You will be able to go home the same day as the procedure and will be able to resume day-to-day activities after just one week.
Mini facelift techniques
There are various mini facelift techniques currently available. Which technique is used will depend upon the structure and appearance of a patient’s face and their own personal requirements of the surgery.
The S facelift is so called because of the shape of the incision, which is made in the hairline, traveling to the back of the ear. Once this incision has been made, the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat to improve the contours on the lower part of the face.
A superficial musculoaponeurotic system facelift, more commonly known as an SMAS facelift, targets the bottom two thirds of the face. This particular technique addresses the problem of excess fat, sagging skin and unwanted jowls. It is also a great technique for restoring youthful volume to the cheeks.
Deep Plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift is a technique which promises a much longer-lasting result. A surgeon will access deeper layers of tissue between fat and muscle by way of an incision. This tissue can be repositioned to firm up the neck, add volume and contouring to the cheeks and leave the jawline with a more defined appearance.
As these techniques all target the lower part of the face, they can be combined with a number of other surgical procedures to help improve other areas of the face. Popular choices include a brow lift, which gives the face a more wide-eyed appearance, and eyelid surgery, which is carried out to improve the appearance of hooded or drooping eyelids or eye bags.
Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and anti ageing injectables, for example Botox, can help to enhance the upper regions of the face.
How does a mini facelift differ from a traditional face lift (rhytidectomy)?
There are a number of ways a mini facelift differs from a traditional facelift.
While a mini facelift just targets the lower part of the face, a full facelift will target deep folds and wrinkles and improve your face as a whole. As a result, the procedure requires longer incisions.
One of the biggest differences is the position and prominence of these incisions. In a mini lift, there are fewer incisions and these are tucked away behind the ear and in the hairline. In comparison, in a traditional facelift the cuts are made behind and in front of the ears, occasionally extending onto the scalp. This means a lower facelift is much less invasive than its full face counterpart. However other treatments can be carried out at the same time as a lower face lift to improve other areas of the face.
Due to the size and position of the incisions, you may want to consider a mini facelift as an alternative to a traditional facelift if you are particularly prone to scarring.
A mini facelift is the best option for those aged in their 40s and 50s, as it effectively reverses the early signs of ageing. A traditional facelift is more appropriate for patients aged 55 and above, where the fine lines have progressed to deeper set wrinkles, or those who may have more sagging skin around their necks and jawline. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, resulting in lots of loose skin around the face, may wish to opt for a traditional facelift, rather than a lower facelift.
A mini face lift takes roughly about half the time of a traditional facelift. More complicated and extensive full face procedures can occasionally take longer. Some surgeons used to take well over five hours for the standard full facelift. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these lengthier procedures result in higher pain levels and a longer healing time.
Mini face lift surgery can be performed under either local anaesthetic, general anaesthetic or sedation and is treated as a day case. Most patients will be able to return to everyday activities in one week, post-surgery. In comparison, it takes about two to four weeks to recover from a facelift. Bruising from a full facelift procedure will be visible for at least two weeks. Patients should expect some swelling and bruising at the incision areas after a mini facelift, but this is normal should fade over the course of a week or so.
We offer all facelift techniques at the Cadogan Clinic.
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Collagen is the protein which gives our skin a plump, youthful, look. As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, meaning the skin loses its elasticity, which causes it to wrinkle and sag. Sagging skin around the chin and jawline are commonly known as jowls. As time passes, fine lines become deep set wrinkles. Stubborn laughter lines, which extend from the sides of the nose down towards the mouth, also make their presence known.
A well-timed mini facelift can eliminate these tell-tale signs of ageing. By restoring a youthful and fresh-faced appearance, a mini facelift gives a person back their self-confidence. If they have been feeling depressed or anxious over their appearance, a lower facelift can really help to improve a person’s mental outlook.
A mini facelift can be done with minimal inconvenience, scars and risk.
Certain lifestyle factors can actually speed up the ageing process, including smoking, excessive exposure to the sun, stress and poor sleep. A mini facelift can help to repair some of the damage if caught early enough. In order to help slow down the ageing process further, we would recommend lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, improving sleep quality and avoiding excessive exposure to the sun. These changes will also help to improve overall physical health.
Who Is Suitable?
The mini lift is the ideal procedure for anyone in their 40s or 50s concerned about sagging skin and visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck, and seeking a minimally invasive alternative to a traditional facelift.
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 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.
I could not praise the Cadogan Clinic or their fantastic staff more highly. I had a wonderful experience, am delighted with my outcome and in particular very grateful to the 24/7 nursing staff who were always on hand for any questions I had, at whatever time day or night
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.
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.
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
I would like to thank the Cadogan Clinic and my surgeon for the outstanding job he did on my complicated and difficult surgery. Mine was an unusual case, but I could not have had a better outcome. Throughout the whole process from my first contact with the clinic I had wonderful support. Someone was always on the end of the phone, and I really appreciated the support
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
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.
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 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.
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. Once you are able to eat and drink, and our specialist nursing team are happy that your initial recovery is complete, you will be allowed to leave the clinic with a friend or family member.
It is common to feel a little pain and discomfort in the immediate aftermath of surgery, but this will wear off in due course. Mini lift recovery is relatively quick and any residual discomfort should subside in a matter of days. Patients should be able to return to their normal day-to-day activities after about a week. We recommend taking up to one week off work. Avoid UV light for 2-4 weeks to minimise the risk of scarring. Don’t try to do too much too soon and be mindful of your facial area.
You will meet with our nursing team one week after surgery to check the incision sites and we also recommend meeting one of our aestheticians to discuss ongoing treatment to support the healing process if required.
You should start to see the results after six weeks. It is likely you will continue to see further improvements as the healing process takes 12 months to complete.
A final check-up will take place at the clinic six weeks post-surgery.
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.
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.
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 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.
ARE THE RESULTS OF MY LOWER FACELIFT PERMANENT?
Facelift results are essentially permanent but surgery will not stop your face from naturally continuing to age. 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.
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.
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?
Certain lifestyle factors can either increase the risk of complications during and after your surgery, or help sustain long-lasting results:
Don't smoke: Smoking ages you, accelerating the ageing process dramatically. 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.
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 retain that vibrant, youthful look following your facelift, avoid or cut back on alcohol. Your doctor will discuss your current BMI and drug use at your consultation and advise you further on this.
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.
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.