Mr Nigel Horlock

Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Fifty per cent of women would like to ‘turn back the clock’ on facial ageing

A recent survey of 2,000 women in the UK found that 46% wanted to “turn back the clock” on the ageing process and recover the looks they had in their 20s. The peak age for this seems to be about 45 with many women reporting a feeling of becoming invisible and less alluring to men. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that more and more women are turning to facial rejuvenation surgery to turn back time. Here are some of the most popular facial rejuvenation procedures available:

  • Eyelid Surgery: Also known as blepharoplasty, this procedure is designed to tackle the problems of eyebags and droopy or puffy eyelids which can create an unwelcome ageing effect. The procedure involves the removal of sagging tissue from around the eyes and the transforming results should be noticeable after just a few weeks. After this period, when any swelling has subsided you should really be able to see the difference.

 

  • Facelift: Perhaps the most well-known procedure, the facelift typically takes around three to four hours under a general anaesthetic. Although there are a number of techniques, generally incisions are made along the hairline and the skin and muscles are lifted and tightened and any excess skin is removed to restore a more refreshed look. Although some people might be concerned that they might end up with an awkwardly stretched appearance, a good facelift will normally look completely natural and the results can easily knock up to 10 years off you. Whilst you can’t stop the ageing process in its tracks, you will continue to look younger than if you hadn’t had the facelift.

 

  • Brow Lift: Similar to the facelift, a brow lift focuses on the forehead area where saggy skin can result in wrinkles, a lowered brow and a generally aged appearance.

 

  • Neck Lift: The neck can be particularly sensitive to the effects of ageing as gravity takes hold and the skin loses its elasticity creating a generally saggy appearance, sometimes with unwelcome drooping jowls. In some cases, liposuction might be used to tackle the problem and this can be done under local anaesthetic but often a full procedure is required under general anaesthetic. Like the facelift, incisions are made which allow the tissues to be lifted and tightened.

 

Like all surgery, facial rejuvenation procedures are invasive and shouldn’t be entered into lightly. It’s important to discuss aftercare and recovery times with your surgeon as well as covering the risks. Facial rejuvenation surgery can really have quite outstanding results, rolling back the years and improving your confidence and self-esteem.


Mr Horlock's NHS practice is based in the regional plastics unit at Salisbury District Hospital. He covers Salisbury, Southampton and Dorchester. He sees patients in his private practice at Southampton, Salisbury, Dorchester.

CONTACT MR HORLOCK
Spire Southampton Hospital
Chalybeate Close,
Southampton,
Hampshire
S016 6UY
Sophie Freud - CLINIC APPOINTMENTS: 02380 914 504
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