Considering a facelift? Here's all you should know

Written by: Ms Kallirroi Tzafetta
Edited by: Conor Lynch

What exactly is a facelift, and is it painful? Find out below in our latest article, as revered consultant aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, Ms Kallirroi Tzafetta, gives us a detailed account on a facelift procedure, as she explains the difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift.

What’s involved in a facelift?

It can either be a mini facelift or a full facelift. The aim of the procedure is to lift the face, by restoring the facial tissues from deep to skin tissues. Most of the time, a facelift involves a jawline restoration, which gives a nice, natural look. Of course, we, as surgeons, must ensure to consult the patients with regards to what type of facelift they want.


Is it painful?

I wouldn’t say that a facelift is a painful procedure. However, I like to put a compression garment on patients for a week following the surgery. This will feel more like a feeling of tightness rather than actual pain.


Usually, if a patient experiences pain, this will only generally be for the first 24 hours after their facelift. After this time period, it is very tolerable.


How long does a facelift last?

The aim of a facelift is to give long-lasting outcomes. Generally, facelifts last up to 10 years.


What is the difference between a mini facelift and a full facelift?

A mini facelift mainly addresses the jawline, the jaws, and heaviness in the lower face. A typical mini facelift will last around two and a half hours. In a mini facelift, the scar is just on the edge of the ear, and occasionally might extend slightly behind the ear.


A full facelift, meanwhile, is much more extensive. It centres on the upper part of the face, the mid-face section, and even the neck. A full facelift will take up to between three and a half hours to four hours.


Ms Kallirroi Tzafetta is a highly accomplished consultant aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who specialises in performing facelift procedures. If you are considering a facelift, make sure you check out her Top Doctors profile today to book an appointment with her.

By Ms Kallirroi Tzafetta
Plastic surgery

Ms Kallirroi Tzafetta is a consultant aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in Chelmsford, Brentwood and Sawbridge who specialises in facial surgery, face and neck lift, rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty, tummy tuck and breast surgery.

Ms Tzafetta obtained her medical degree from the University of Athens in 1991. She was awarded her Master of Philosophy from the University of Bradford for her full-time research work on wound healing in 2001.

Ms Tzafetta underwent her fellowship in microsurgery and facial paralysis surgery at The Microsurgical Research Centre at Eastern Virginia Medical School in the USA. She became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2007.

Ms Tzafetta is regularly invited to talk at conferences and other events, sharing her expertise in several areas including facial paralysis, reconstruction and wound healing.

She is a member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), the World Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery (WSRM) and the Sir Charles Bell Society for facial paralysis.

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