Face / Neck Lift

There are multiple face lift techniques available to the Surgeon and the patient and their benefits and virtues are extolled by those that undertake them. Our aim in lifting the face is to give an harmonious look that makes the patient look younger but in a way that minimises the tell tale of the surgery.

As a result, the outcome we aim to provide should look natural, younger and brighter and potentially put patients back by 10 to 15 years. The rejuvenation technique we use not only lifts the neck and jowl but simultaneously also lifts the mid face and cheek through the same incisions as the neck and lower face.

SMAS Face Lift

The technique we use is that of a high SMAS face lift. This is most often in combination with restoring volume of the face by taking fat from the thighs and placing this in areas of volume loss within the face.

This technique has multiple advantages in our opinion over conventional techniques such as deep plane face lift/SMAS plication or the MACS lift/minimal scar face lifts. Its advantage is that it is a face lift that not only rejuvenates the neck and the jowls of the lower face but it also manages to provide a lift to the mid face. This therefore dispenses with a separate mid face lift and the swelling or down time associated with the mid face lifts.

If you are therefore interested in discussing potential treatment with Matthew Potter please contact us here.

The cheek descends in time producing folds between the cheek/side of the nose and the corner of the mouth. Elevating this area maintains continuity and harmony from the eye lid down. This procedure is a mid face lift. Conventional mid face lifts are powerful in their results.

They involve incisions in the temple and about the lower eye lid that gives access to the mid face. This allows the surgeon to take the cheek and re-suspend this tissue higher. With time, the mid face looses its volume due to the loss of mid face fat. Mid face lifts can therefore resuspend a cheek that has lost volume and in effect is relatively empty. It may well lie higher but the overlying skin and cheek has no volume.

Our approach to the mid face is to increase the volume of fat within the cheek by taking the patient’s fat from their legs and placing the fat through tiny cannulas into the cheek, the lower eye lid and tear trough. Once the cheek has a restored volume we can then mobilise upwards and outwards through the “High SMAS face lift .”

The facial skin lies on a strong tissue within the cheek called SMAS which descends with time. This SMAS attaches to deeper structures of the dial skeleton through thick bands. These band lie within the cheek. Conventional face lift approaches don’t address these ligaments and thus when SMAS pulls its movement is restricted by the deeper ligaments.

The High SMAS lift involves dissecting within the face in front of a gland called the parotid gland. At the front of the gland are found these strong retaining ligaments. These ligaments once divided allow the SMAS to lift dramatically. It is only by releasing these ligaments can we transfer tension on the SMAS to the nasolabial fold and the jowls as well as elevating the entire cheek tissue.

The High SMAS lift allows us to raise the deeper structures to be independent of the overlying skin. This in effect means a deep tissue elevation but we can replace the skin without any wind swept look or other tell tale signs of a face lift. This technique provides the smooth contour to the jaw line.

The lower face to the collar bone, the neck ages through the formation of apparent skin excess with laxity, tight bands from the underlying platysma muscle and the deposition of fat under the jaw line. Simply pulling the neck tissue upwards as per conventional face lifts won’t necessarily increase the jaw profile or tighten the neck skin and platysma.

The skin and underlying platysma needs to pull in a different plane from the facial tightening, this is via the High SMAS face lift being separated from the platysma in the plane of tension. The effect of our approach to the platysma is to define the jaw profile as well as tighten the neck skin but also to increase the angle the side of the neck from the jaw line (please refer the before and after photographs).

Bulky tissue under the jaw can hinder defining the jaw line by tightening the neck tissues. This tissue relates to fat deposition and also the muscles under the jaw line. We reduce this tissue to allow the skin and platysma muscle to tighten against less resistance from the underlying tissue and this therefore gives a cleaner jaw profile.

What we describe above is our algorhytm to rejuvenate the face. This approach has evolved over the last 10 years through reviewing results and undertaking discussion with international colleagues reviewing our and their outcomes, patient feedback and above all technique safety.

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Mr Potter has been incredible throughout my treatment with him. He explains every single thing in a reassuring way. The surgery he performed was carried out in a relaxing manner and the cosmetic result is perfect. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr Potter.

Matt Potter has recently performed neck lift and lower face lift surgery on me. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results. I would highly recommend Matt to anyone who is thinking of having this surgery. I felt completely at ease throughout the whole Experience. Many thanks Matt. It has been a pleasure to have you as my surgeon.

One of the most competent, dedicated and conscientious medical people I have come across. I have no reservations at all with recommending Mr. Potter to perform your plastic surgery.

Thank-you so much for making me feel at ease and explaining everything to me in a way that I understood. Thank-you for doing such an amazing job with my surgery and being so kind.

I would just like to thank you for doing such a wonderful job last Friday morning. Your work was much admired by the visiting doctors and nurses over the weekend and I have no doubt that what you did was as good as it gets. Your reputation as one of the country’s top head and neck surgeons is clearly well founded and was hugely reassuring throughout.

Thank you for being a doctor who is skilled at the “people” side too.

Mr Potter is incredibly talented at what he does. My results are amazing and I just couldn’t be happier. I was nervous for my surgery, but everyone did their best to make me feel as comfortable as possible. I had to stay overnight and even then, whenever I needed anything, I’d get it immediately. Everyone was so kind and lovely. Before surgery I could book as many consultation as I needed to ask any questions and to explain exactly what I wanted to achieve. Mr Potter listens to you and makes you feel at ease but also gives his professional opinion. Overall I’m so happy and would recommend Mr Potter to anyone.