I want to look 10 years younger – can a facelift do that?

Many people consider a facelift not because they dislike their age, but because they believe that they look older than they feel. As we age, gravity can have a devastating effect on the face, with structure lost as our cheek muscles droop. The knock-on results include deepened creases running from our nose to the corners of the mouth, and a loss of definition around the jawline as jowls develop. The overall impression can be one of downtrodden, world-weariness which may be quite different to how you feel inside.

What can a facelift do?

Facial rejuvenation surgery can re-introduce youthful contours by repositioning the cheek muscles, restoring a defined jawline and tightening slackened skin. Mr Tariq Ahmad is often asked in his Cambridge facelift clinic how much younger he can make someone look. His answer is that surgery is about re-setting the clock rather than turning back time; it will make you look younger but the ageing process will continue from that new point.

Says Mr Ahmad, “Let me put it this way: if you are say, fifty and surgery puts you back to 40, then at sixty you are more likely to look nearer 50 and so on.”

Is a facelift my only option?

Mr Ahmad offers the full range of facial rejuvenation treatments, including chemical peels and procedures for the upper part of the face. Blepharoplasty is a very popular procedure – indeed, BAAPS figures from 2014 showed eyelid surgery to be the number one cosmetic surgery among men and the second most popular with women. During your Cambridge facelift consultation, Mr Ahmad will examine your face and neck, assessing the condition of the muscular structures and the skin. After taking your medical history and discussing your objectives, Mr Ahmad will advise you on what combination of treatments are the most appropriate for your requirements.

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