What’s the best way to fast-track a facelift?
FACELIFTS used to involve lengthy invasive surgery and months of painful recovery time.
However, times have changed and now there are fast-track options available, from 60-minute lunchtime lifts for premature skin changes, to thread lifts that treat loose or sagging skin. Many of the most popular procedures can be done in just one visit to the clinic.
Years ago the aim of a facelift was to stretch and tighten slack skin. The result was often an unnaturally smooth visage. Now the idea is to refresh and revitalise, with a final look so subtle you can’t tell whether anything has been done at all.
THE NEW LIQUID LIFT
SILHOUETTE SOFT LIFT
What is it: Also known as the Puppet Lift, or Thread Lift, this is a non-invasive treatment using special dissolvable threads made from polylactic and glycolic acid to lift sagging skin.
Best for: This speedy and subtle 30-minute procedure is ideal if you have lost volume in the cheeks and want to refresh your look without fillers. It is also a good option if you have had a surgical facelift in the past and the results are starting to fade.
What happens: Tiny incisions are made near the hairline and along the jawline and soft sutures are inserted to lift sagging cheeks back into place. The threads can be tightened two weeks after the initial treatment if more lift is required.
Results: Mild swelling and redness may occur but this will disappear after a few days. Most people can return to work the same day. Results last up to a year and as the threads kick-start collagen production, they will continue to rejuvenate skin for three months after the procedure.