Facial Surgery in South Wales
Facial cosmetic surgery aims to harmonise the facial features, reversing changes that result from the ageing process. Common signs of ageing include a loss of skin elasticity, facial volume and muscle tone as gravity takes hold. This presents as sunken cheeks, marked hollows under the eyes, loss of definition along the jawline and folds appearing around the nose and mouth.
Am I suitable for facial surgery?
There are a number of cosmetic surgery procedures aimed at rejuvenating the face, ranging from brow lift surgery, the eyelid lift, the facelift and the neck lift. Often, there is not one specific problem area that requires addressing, but instead a full facial rejuvenation is appropriate to fulfil the patient’s expectations.
Facial ageing is a combination of a number of different factors. Increased laxity of the skin and muscles, combined with a depletion of facial volume, can cause a drooping brow, wrinkling and sagging on the eyelids and the appearance of eye bags or marked hollows under the eyes. In the mid-face, the cheeks flatten and marked nasolabial folds appear between the nose and the mouth. The mouth can turn down at the corners and there is a loss of the defined contour between the jaw and neck. All of these problems can be addressed through cosmetic surgery.
However, there are some concerns that cannot be improved with surgery. Dynamic wrinkles, which are the result of the constant movement of the muscles beneath the surface of the skin and commonly present in the upper third of the face, are best treated with botulinum toxin or Botox injections. Superficial skin quality, including large pores, fine lines, poor skin texture and areas of pigmentation, will also not be improved by surgery. However, I can offer a range of non-surgical procedures that can be used as a standalone treatment or in combination with surgery to produce optimal results.
During your consultation, we will discuss your concerns and expectations in detail to ensure we are able to deliver the expected results. I will also assess the different structures and facial tissues carefully as part of the planning process.
What does facial cosmetic surgery involve?
I offer bespoke, tailored surgery to my patients, so facial cosmetic surgery can encompass a number of individual procedures.
A brow lift will reposition the muscles on the brow, removing any excess skin, to open up the upper third of the face, in a highly effective anti-ageing procedure.
Eyelid surgery, known as a blepharoplasty, can target excess sagging skin on the upper eyelids or eyebags underneath the eyes. The eyes are often the first facial feature we notice and an eyelid lift can transform the appearance of the face.
A facelift involves repositioning the muscle layer of the dermis, restoring the youthful contours of the mid-face and smoothing the definition between the lower eyelid and cheek. Excess skin is also removed and the soft tissue lift can greatly improve the appearance of the nasolabial folds.
A neck lift involves tightening the muscles in the neck (the platysma), which can be responsible for the bands that are often seen under the chin, and lifting the facial tissues in the lower face to improve definition of the jawline and the contour between the neck and the jaw.
How quickly will I recovery after facial surgery?
When you return home, you will be encouraged to rest after your facial cosmetic surgery. There will be some discomfort, including bruising and swelling, but this is typically managed with the pain relief that we provide when you leave hospital. Most patients become more active after the first week or so and you can return to work once you are happy to be seen. However, avoid exercise or anything strenuous in the early stages.
Prior to facial cosmetic surgery, patients are often worried about possible scarring, but I ensure they are positioned as discreetly as possible and once they are fully healed, which can take up to a year, they should not be visible.
Are there any complications associated with facial surgery?
Any cosmetic surgery procedure, performed under a general anaesthetic involves potential risks to the patient and it is important they fully understand these before making the decision to go ahead with surgery. These include infections, excessive bleeding, seromas, problems with wound healing and scarring as well as a possible reaction to the anaesthetic used.
What results can I expect after facial cosmetic surgery?
Any facial surgery should aim to produce beautifully natural results, achieving a refreshed, more youthful appearance. It cannot stop the ageing process, but resets it and patients are typically overjoyed with the facial rejuvenation we can achieve.