Show a new face to the world
For many women, the idea of a facelift seems a little extreme, even if they are very unhappy with the way their face has aged.
This may be because we are used to seeing our favourite Hollywood stars with a “nip and tuck” and we think such a procedure is only for the rich and famous.
Nothing could be further from the truth, with thousands of women around the world deciding to give Mother Nature a helping hand – and they are being thrilled with the results.
In fact, despite the many advances that have been made with injectables, a facelift is still the gold standard to reverse facial aging.
The telltale signs of aging
UVA and UVB rays from the sun, as well as stress and gravity, all take their toll on our face as we age. You’ll probably notice more sagging and bagging with delicate areas such as the cheeks, neck and eyelids most affected.
Marionette lines – that run from nose to cheek, loss of firmness around the jawline, and lines between the nose and cheek that are worse when you smile are all signs that you could benefit from a Rhytidectomy (facelift).
What happens during surgery?
Dr Gahankari will remove excess fat, tighten the underlying muscles and re-drape the skin around the neck and face.
He does this by making a small incision just inside the hairline, following the contour downwards to the front of the ear and then upward behind the ear to the hairline. Excess skin is then removed. The procedure is often combined with eyelid reduction (blepharoplasty) and a brow lift or neck lift. You will then need to allow time to heal, with stitches removed within around two weeks and bruising subsiding.
The end result: a smoother and younger appearance which friends might say looks like you’ve been on a long and relaxing holiday.
Lines around the corner of the mouth are lifted, creases between the cheeks and lips are diminished and skin around the jawline is tightened and lifted. And you can expect this rejuvenated look to last for about 10 years.
How to maintain a youthful appearance
Once you’ve had a facelift, you’ll probably be feeling like a new person. But, if you want to keep your new looks fresh, you need to get serious about your beauty routine.
- Always wear a high-SPF sun block that uses a natural barrier, such as zinc, not chemicals to block UV rays. This needs to be applied in the morning, before you go out, and reapplied in the afternoon if necessary, 365 days a year. The sun is the most ageing factor we need to guard against.
- Wear a wide brimmed hat in summer to shade yourself from UV rays. Seek out shade too – for example relax under a tree rather than in full sun. Alternatively, wear clothing that protects skin.
- Quality sunglasses will help prevent wrinkling from environmental damage around the delicate eye area.
- Maintain a natural diet, packed with fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, lean proteins and nuts and seeds. What you eat shows up on your face. You need “good” fats, from avocado, olive oil or almonds for example, to moisturise skin and antioxidants from fresh produce to fight free radicals that create damage in the body and in skin tissue.
- Aim for eight hours of restful sleep. A satin pillowcase can help prevent skin pulling and wrinkling as can sleeping on your back. If you need help to nod off, or stay that way, consider a natural supplement such as magnesium.
- Exercise regularly. Increasing blood flow to tissues helps keep them young.