A new type of facelift that delivers the same benefits as a conventional facelift but with no stitches, no drains, no bruising, no swelling and a shorter recovery time is taking the world of cosmetic surgery by storm.
What about the R-facelift?
The R-facelift, as it is know, is becoming one of the most requested types of facelift and it’s not hard to see why.
Anyone who has ever considered a facelift will know that the procedure offers a way of rejuvenating the skin and regaining a fresher, softer, more youthful profile.
But one of the drawbacks of this type of surgery has always been the lengthy recovery time and the levels of bruising and swelling whilst the face heals. This can make it difficult for people to schedule a time to have the procedure when they can retreat from the outside world for an extended period.
The new R-facelift overcomes these difficulties, making this a highly appealing and accessible treatment.
In the four years since it was first developed, it has grown hugely in popularity.
How facelifts work
As we age, the skin looses volume and support and the bony structure of the face shrinks. A facelift doesn’t simply tighten the skin, it also restore volume and targets specific areas, such as the face, neck and eyes, where wrinkles appear most prominent.
The problem with most conventional facelifts is that they are invasive, involving lengthy and complex surgery. Recovery times are long and patients experience severe swelling and bruising after surgery, which can be disfiguring and uncomfortable. Up until now the only alternative was a non-surgical facelift which produces less noticeable results and may need to be repeated.
What is different about the R-Facelift?
The R-facelift is different from a conventional facelift in that it does not involve deep dissection of tissue or undermining of the skin, so there is no swelling or bruising after the treatment. The only slight swelling and bruising may occur close to the suture line and it will last a few days at most
The R-facelift was devised by a plastic surgeon to treat a particular patient with Ehler’s Danlos Syndrome, which causes severe bleeding and bruising and poor healing. A conventional facelift was not possible in this instance.
R-lift is a shorter procedure than a conventional facelift, lasting typically an hour and a half to two hours compared to two to five hours. The R-facelift is sometimes performed under local rather than general anaesthetic. It does not involve deep or extensive surgery yet it produces similar results to traditional facelifts. Recovery times are shorter and the risk of complications lower. Scarring starts around the sideburn area and goes in front of the ear.
People who have had the R-facelift report feeling more confident after surgery. They are often surprised to discover that bulky bandages have been replaced by simple steristrips, that there is no need to remain in hospital for an extended length of time and that there are no drains post-surgery.
To say that this procedure changed my life is an understatement, it has given me so much self confidence and has improved my life in every way possible. I am so happy and the healing has been magical. I had the R facelift procedure under local anaesthetic and didnt even need drains. I was able to go home just 18 hours following the procedure and didn’t need massive bandaging, just steristrips. It was a full facelift without the need for a general anaesthetic or any of the downtime usually necessary as the technique mean there was no need for deep tissue involvement. I look and feel 20 years younger and would recommend this to everyone. Sharon – RealSelf Review
The procedure offers all of the benefits of conventional facelift surgery without any of the drawbacks.