Facial surgery is one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries at Berkshire Independent Hospital. Every time you look in the mirror you can be reminded about a facial feature that you’re not content with, for example a disproportionately large nose or protruding ears, and that you’re getting older and so is your skin. Lines and wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and volume are all part of the ageing process and these can lead to feelings of self-consciousness and a lack of confidence. Lifestyle factors such as too much sun exposure, smoking, stress and significant weight loss can also cause your face to appear prematurely saggy, sunken and lined.
Facial surgery can help create a more aesthetically pleasing facial look and restore the fresh and youthful appearance you desire. We offer many facial treatments for both men and women. Face surgeries include: facelift, blephoplasty, brow lift, rhinoplasty and otoplasty. Non-surgical cosmetic options for the face include: muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers, laser resurfacing, facial peels, Dermaroller, acne treatment and laser treatment for blemishes and birthmarks.
A facelift or rhytidectomy removes and tightens slack facial skin to give a more youthful appearance to your face. It’s often combined with other procedures, such as a blepharoplasty that reduces eye bags, to achieve optimum results.
The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and takes between three and four hours. Your cosmetic surgeon will make small incisions within your hair line and to your earlobe to access loose facial muscle. Your slack skin is precisely removed and the remaining skin is carefully sutured into place to create a smoother and younger looking face.
Blephroplasty, also known as eye bag removal or eyelid surgery, involves removing excess skin that’s loose and baggy beneath your eyes and smoothing loose, lined and crepe-like skin to rejuvenate your eyes and reduce the signs of ageing.
A blepharoplasty can be an upper or lower procedure or both. An upper blepharoplasty treats loose or hanging skin on your upper lid area. A lower blepharoplasty is normally performed for eye bag removal.
Blepharoplasty will be performed as a day case procedure under general anaesthetic and takes around one or two hours. It’s mainly a cosmetic procedure but it can also enhance sight if your sagging upper eyelids hinder your vision.
An eyebrow hitch creates an arch in your eyebrow to produce a younger looking and feminine look. It can remove some of the heaviness of the upper eyelid, leaving more space in the eye area.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and takes around half an hour. Your cosmetic surgeon will make a small incision in your upper eyebrow and insert a stitch in your forehead under the surface of your skin which will raise your eyebrow. Your surgeon will endeavour to make the stitches invisible on your skin surface.
Rhinoplasty, also called nose reshaping or a nose job, will change the shape and size of your nose if you’re not happy with it. You may feel that your nose is too large or disproportional to your face or you might not be content with the irregular shape of it perhaps following an injury.
A rhinoplasty operation can make your nose smaller, called a reduction rhinoplasty, or larger in an augmentation rhinoplasty. To reduce the size of your nose your cosmetic surgeon will modify or remove bone and cartilage and reshape the nose and in some case your nostrils too. To increase the size of your nose the bone and cartilage will be reshaped and sometimes a graft of extra bone or cartilage is used. Your cosmetic surgeon can alter the size and shape of your nose from the tip to the bridge. They can also change the angle between your nose and top lip. The procedure can take up to three hours.
An otoplasty or ear correction will correct irregular shaped or protruding ears to make you look and feel better. Ears that stick out, are disproportionately large or, have become misshapen due activities such as rugby, can cause emotional distress and self-consciousness.
Otoplasty is a straightforward day case procedure performed under general anaesthetic that takes between one and two hours. During surgery your consultant will move your ears into a more natural looking position closer to your head. They will do this through a small incision behind your ear so that any scarring is hidden and remove or adjust the shape of the cartilage.