Taking the facelift route
This month, Dr Bijan Beigi talks about how to achieve a new look for a new year
With the start of a new year, many people think about how they can improve their physical appearance. Traditionally, there is an influx of new members at gyms and health clubs, and we certainly see an increase in clients visiting Norwich Cosmetic Clinic for the wide range of rejuvenation treatments we offer.
However, for some people looking for a more youthful appearance, a more drastic approach is an option and for these individuals a traditional surgical facelift or eyelid surgery can have outstanding results.
The facelift is suitable for patients who have loose skin and wrinkles around the eyelids, face and jowl, which can be caused by age, sunlight and smoking or a combination of all three. The procedure achieves an overall tightening of the facial area, as the removal of excess skin from the face together with the stitching of the SMAS (submuscular aponeurotic system) tightens the deep tissues of the face, resulting in a more youthful appearance.
The facelift is carried out using a long-acting local anaesthetic, although general anaesthetic may be possible by request, and the expected surgery time is just two and half hours. The procedure involves an incision which is made in front of and behind the ear extending into the hair.
This skin is then re-draped and the excess removed. Plastic stitches are used for closure and a head bandage is applied, which is removed the next morning.
The recovery time is also relatively short, with the stitches removed approximately one to two weeks after the procedure at which point the patient is typically able to return to normal activities. Eyelid surgery offers equally impressive results for the eye area and has a similar procedure and recovery time.
So if you are considering a new look for 2019, please contact Dr Beigi’s practice manager, Val Seaman on 08708501093 or e-mail [email protected]beigi.com, who will be happy to discuss costs and run through any concerns you might have, as well as the risks of this surgery.
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ABOVE:Before (left) and after the facelift treatment