The Vr stands for Vertical vector, r incision face lift. It was developed at the York clinic to give clients the option of a procedure that will give definite subtle improvement to the jowl area that can safely and easily be performed under local anaesthetic using permanent deep sutures similar to the technique used in a full face and neck lift.
A more affordable and less invasive alternative to full face and neck lift surgery, the Vr face lift offers an alternative treatment option for those clients looking to lift, smooth and tighten sagging facial skin.
As every client’s skin and required goals are unique, a detailed consultation with Consultant Plastic Surgeon Mr Nicholas Rhodes is essential prior to undergoing any surgical procedure. During the consultation Mr Rhodes will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all) and expected outcomes.
There are many different types of facelift and careful evaluation of your face and discussion of your needs is essential in selecting the most appropriate technique.
With a surgical face lift, the deeper tissues of the face are lifted and tightened and several centimetres of skin are removed. The different types of facelift will give different results and it is therefore essential to appreciate what each procedure will, and more importantly what it won’t do. Most people seeking surgery request a result that whilst freshening and rejuvenating retains a natural appearance.
Should the Vr Facelift be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment, the procedure will be carried out by Mr Rhodes in our recently refurbished operating theatre. A local anaesthetic is applied to the treatment area to ensure the patient’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure.
The skin is carefully cleaned and marked. After which the skin is numbed in front of the ear and a small cut is made to sit within the nooks and crannies of the ear and hairline so as to help hide the scar in natural lines. The skin in front of the ear is carefully lifted from the deeper tissues and several tightening stitches are then placed to lift the muscles and ligaments. The redundant skin is then lifted in an upward direction with any excess being trimmed accurately away, usually around 2.5 – 3.0cm of skin is removed on each side. The edges of the cuts are very carefully closed to give discrete and often hidden incision lines.
The procedure takes a little over 2 hours to perform, with Patients looked after by our highly experienced and caring medical team throughout.
Recovery is fairly quick with most patients experiencing only minor discomfort and bruising.
The sutures are gently removed after one week and advice given on further care. The true results of procedure should be visible at the point the sutures are removed.
Scarring is as discreet as possible, with the surgical incision having been placed within the natural crease in front of the ear and hairline.
A local anaesthetic is placed across the treatment site to ensure the client’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure.
It is recommended that the day after surgery is treated as a rest day and advisable to refrain from exercise for 7-14 days post-procedure. With bruising likely for around one week post procedure, some patients prefer to take this time off work but this is entirely personal preference.
The ideal patient for this type of procedure is someone with mild to moderate jowl laxity and reasonable quality skin. This is not a neck lift and therefore patients with specific issues around neck laxity should consider a procedure tailored to that area. It is common however for some patients to report some improvement in neck skin laxity alongside a definite, subtle improvement to the jowl area.
We are governed by CQC guidelines which state a consultation must be carried out prior to any surgical appointment being booked. The consultation must be conducted at least 2 weeks, but not more than 4 months prior to the surgery.
On the day of treatment, patients are advised to eat and drink as normal. Eating something sugary such as a biscuit ahead of the procedure is also recommended.
Contact lenses should be removed prior to arrival at the clinic.
Patients should not drive for 24 hours post-procedure, therefore arrangements for a taxi or driver should be made.
Vr Face Lift
Application of local anaesthetic at the treatment site ensures total comfort for the duration of the procedure
Mr Nicholas Rhodes | Plastic Surgeon
An incision is then made in front of the ear on each side of the face. Lax, excess skin is removed and deep sutures are placed to tighten facial ligaments
Once sutures are removed one week after the procedure, Patients should expect to a lifted appearance with loose skin removed and facial features defined
Patients are advised to treat day 1 post-op as a rest day, refraining from exercise for 14 days. Bruising should be expected for around 7 days after the procedure.
Excess skin is permanently removed
Vr Face Lift£3495