Facelift can help you reverse the signs of ageing.

A facelift (rhytidectomy) is a cosmetic surgery with the goal of improving the overall appearance of the face and jaw.

Α facelift surgeon removes excess, sagging skin, smooths deep folds and  lifts and tights the deep facial tissues. After the procedure the patient will look younger and fresher.

There are different types of facelifts, which are performed depending on the patient’s needs for facial rejuvenation.

Mr Gaitanis has extensive experience in all types of facelift procedures and his goal is to achieve fresh and natural results.



Patients with a mild degree of jowling and sagging skin are good candidates for a mini-facelift. This is a less invasive technique. The cosmetic surgeon tights deep facial tissues through shorter incisions, along the hairline above each ear or in the natural creases surrounding the ear.

Standard Facelift (SMAS)

Patients with advanced aging around the mid-face and neck are good candidates for a standard facelift. This surgery is more extensive than a mini-facelift, and thus more recovery time is required. The most common standard lift is a SMAS lift. SMAS refers to submusculoaponeurotic system, a layer or sheet of fibrous tissue that underlies our facial fat layer. The SMAS lift is the procedure that helps repositioning the deeper drooping tissue and produces a long lasting and natural result. The typical incision starts in the sideburn, continuous behind the tragus, around the earlobe and behind the ear. The incisions give the surgeon access to the SMAS, in order to be elevated and allow him to remove excess skin. It gives to the patient a really natural youthful look to his face and neck.

MACS lift

The MACS Lift is a minimal access cranial suspension lift, which is the most minimal invasive facelift procedure. It includes shorter surgery time, faster recovery, and minimal scarring. This type of lift is ideal for younger patients with better skin elasticity. The incision is limited to the skin hairline junction above and anterior to the ear with no extension behind the ear.

Before Surgery

  • Do not sunbathe one week before surgery.
  • Any medication that you are taking should be reported to your surgeon and then taken as instructed.
  • You should take ARNICA tablets (A homeopathic medication to minimise post-operative bruising and swelling). Two tablets to be taken three times per day, every day for seven days before surgery.
  • NO ALCOHOL should be taken 48 hours prior to surgery.
  • NO non prescribed ASPIRIN should be taken for a minimum of one week before surgery. You are allowed to take paracetamol.
  • If you are a smoker, you are strongly advised to cut down or even better STOP SMOKING.
  • If you bleach, tint, colour or perm your hair, then have this done no later than one week prior to surgery. It will be at least 4-6 weeks before you can have this done again.
  • Do not cut your hair before surgery, in order for incisions to be covered post operatively.
  • Arrange your transportation to and from the hospital. If your operation is performed as a day case you will be discharged after 5.00pm on the day of admission. If you are staying overnight, you will be discharged about 10.00am on the day following surgery.

Day of Surgery

  • Nothing to eat or drink for a minimum of 6 hours before your admission.
  • Remove all nail polish, contact lenses, jewellery and make up while at home.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing.
  • Bring a head scarf with you, to wear after surgery.

The procedure

A facelift is performed under general anaesthetic and it usually takes 2 to 3 hours operation time.

It can be combined with other facial procedures (eye bag surgery, fat injections, laser resurfacing, temple lift. Different incisions can be used according to each problem. Scarring is minimised by these carefully planned incisions. Through the incision, wrinkles and lines are treated and excess skin is removed. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions. Metal clips may be used on the scalp. The face is wrapped loosely in bandages to minimise bruising and swelling.

After Surgery

  • NO ASPIRIN should be taken for 7 days following surgery.
  • NO ALCOHOL should be taken 48 hours following surgery.
  • Continue taking ARNICA as instructed for a further 7 days.
  • Take any prescribed medication as instructed.
  • Do not sunbathe or use a sun bed for approximately one month following surgery.
  • Consume a liquid to soft diet for three days following surgery.
  • Limit your activities- bending, straining and lifting. Avoid neck turning movements and any movements that will give yoυ the feeling of pulling or tightness along the incision line.
  • You may experience some swelling of the face and bruising on the neck. This is normal and should disappear within two weeks.


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