1. What it is?
The S-Lift is an ingenious technique of facelift, which rejuvenates and enhances the face and neck by reversing the changes that have occurred with ageing. The “S” refers to the shape of the incision. The placement and length of the incision is varied according to the problem area being addressed, i.e., mid face, lower face or neck. The basic principle is to make the shortest possible incision and hide it as much as possible.
2. Why is popular and what are the benefits?
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity, it becomes thinner and the muscles slacken. This causes wrinkles, creases and folds of skin to appear. The corner of the mouth can also droop and the jaw can sag creating a “jowly” appearance. Fat can also accumulate on the neck and beneath the chin. Whilst this is part of the natural ageing process, it is accelerated by factors such as weight loss, smoking or exposure to the sun. An S-Lift facelift tightens facial skin and underlying muscles, giving a natural, youthful, “refreshed” look rather than an artificial “wind tunnel” look of more traditional facelifts.
3. What does the procedure involve?
The S-Lift is performed under heavy or “twilight” sedation, meaning that you can usually return home the same day, though occasionally an overnight stay in hospital is recommended. Special anaesthetic solution is gently injected in underneath the skin, both to numb the area and also to assist the surgeon to lift the skin from the underlying tissue. The S-shaped incision is made following the natural curve of the ear and extended either into the temple or hidden behind the ear. The skin is lifted and the underlying muscles and tissues (SMAS) are tightened and repositioned. Excess fat is removed, and the opening is closed using fine stitches. The technique reduces the risk of damage to nerves and heavy bleeding, and the whole procedure normally takes between 60 and 90 minutes.
4. What are the risks and likely after-effects?
Cosmetic surgery, like any other surgery, involves a “trauma” to the human body and there are risks associated with any procedure. Each person’s body is different, and your general health, level of fitness, age and genetic profile will all have an effect on the speed of healing and also on the risk of side-effects.
If you smoke, drink alcohol, are overweight and/or take drugs for medical or other reasons, the risk of complication during and after surgery can be greatly increased. Smoking, in particular, is discouraged because it increases the risk both of infection, wound breakdown and thrombosis (blood clots).
After a S-Lift it is normal for all patients to experience some pain and discomfort, swelling, numbness and bruising. These symptoms can be controlled and reduced by taking regular prescribed medication. There is a minimal risk of excessive scarring, hair damage and the risk of damage to facial nerves is extremely low.
5. What are the risks and likely after-effects?
Your surgeon will see you when you have come round from the anaesthetic to check that all is well, and you will usually be discharged the same day. You’ll be given medication and post-operative instructions and will wear a small bandage over the incision site for 1-2 days. You will also be given appropriate telephone numbers in case you need to contact us at any time
Most of our S-Lift patients resume normal activities after 4-5 days, and some return to work in this time. It depends on the individual. You will also receive a check-up with our nurse 7-10 days after surgery to remove your stitches. The puffiness and bruising usually clears up in 2 weeks and normal make-up may then be applied.
Your surgeon will see you again, usually 8-10 weeks after the procedure for a full post-operative consultation.
6. Other minimal access techniques
Here at Linia, our surgeons specialise in minimal access techniques.
Thread Lift is suitable for younger patients. Threads are used to create lifting through very small incisions normally hidden in hair.
Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS)
Tissues/muscles (SMAS) are lifted through small incisions hidden in the temple.
Minimal Access Cheek, Temple and Neck Lift
Can be performed on the same principles as above.