Our clinic works with highly professional and educated surgeons. They have 10-15 years of experience in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. They perform over 2000 surgeries per year. Moreover, our surgeons are members of various prestigious surgical societies both Lithuanian and international.
Our clinic is one of the biggest surgical centres in the Baltic region. We work with patients from various countries, among which the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, etc.
Despite the size of the clinic we provide our patients with personal care and assistance. The majority of big public hospitals due to high volume of patients do not have enough resources and medical personnel to pay personal attention to each patient. Whereas we are fully focused on providing exceptional care and undivided attention for our patients.
Without any additional fees patients are tended in the clinic as long as they need. It may take up to 3 days. We only discharge our patients from the clinic when they are in a good health state and ready to leave.
Our clinic works according to the highest standards set by the European Union. This helps to guarantee the quality of medical service.
Our clinic has one of the biggest plastic surgery patient groups in Europe. In this group more than 20.000 of our past and future patients tell about their experience, share useful recommendations and transformation photos. You can join the group here.
During your entire stay in Lithuania you will receive personal care as well as transport to and from the clinic, hotel, and airport. You will not have to worry about a thing. You will be assisted from the moment of plane landing in Vilnius or Kaunas airport till your departure.
Everyone in our clinic speaks English, including customer service desk, nurses, assistants and the surgeon.
Our clinic is the only clinic in Europe that offers customer service in 10 languages, among which English, Swedish, Danish, German, Spanish, Russian, Polish, French, Norwegian and Lithuanian.
2-3 hour regular flights operate from all main airports in the UK & Ireland. Lithuania is closer than you thought. You can find the list of direct flights here. Please note that airlines constantly add new flights and new destinations, therefore feel free to contact us if you need help choosing the flight that suits you best.
Lithuania has been a part of the EU and NATO since 2004. Lithuania has one of the fastest growing economies in the whole region and the second fastest internet speed in the world. Lithuanian medical schools have trained many medical professionals who are highly appreciated and employed by many foreign hospitals, among which hospitals in the UK.
What is a facelift?
A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a procedure of facial rejuvenation which reduces the wrinkles that form in the face and neck areas and are caused by the natural ageing process. Time is merciless; fortunately, a facelift can help people who are dissatisfied with their appearance to turn back time.
Although there are different facelift techniques, they all have several steps in common. Facelift can be performed under general or local anaesthesia, depending on the individual case of each patient. The surgeon makes incisions along the hairline as well as along the ears. Skin is then separated from the facial muscles and pulled to remove the wrinkles and excess facial skin. Deeper facial tissue and fat can be redistributed for better aesthetic results. Afterwards, face is bandaged to minimise swelling and bruising. Patients are usually discharged on the day of the surgery, however, in some cases a longer monitoring of the patient is required.
Who is a proper candidate?
As with all surgeries it is of high importance to be in a good overall health in the first place. However, the condition of the skin is specifically important for facelift surgeries. Skin should be flexible and elastic. These features might be affected by alcohol consumption and smoking. If this is the case, patients should consult health specialists about a realistic outcome of a facelift.
People with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart and blood clotting disorders are eligible for the procedure. However, such conditions can affect a person’s suitability for undergoing anaesthesia and can also disrupt wound healing during the recovery process. It is important to discuss the particular case with a surgeon so that any complications can be prevented and the desired look achieved. The facelift procedure can and should be adjusted to bring the most satisfying results.
There are several techniques and types of facelift, and the exact choice should be specifically tailored to fit the individual case. The patient and the surgeon should discuss the scope of the procedure, its degree of invasiveness, and how dramatic the results are expected to be so that the best technique can be chosen to fulfil the patient’s expectations.
The minimal access cranial suspension (MACS) lift, also known as short-scar surgery, is more suitable for patients with good skin tone and limited tissue sagging. It is performed under local anaesthesia and the scar is kept minimal by making incisions in front of each ear from the hairline to the earlobe. MACS facelift is designed to affect the lower and middle thirds of the face. As it is not possible to remove a lot of skin during this procedure it is usually recommended for younger patients with good skin elasticity. It is considerably less undermining; however, as facial muscles are not tightened the results are not as long-lasting as with the SMAS technique.
What is the difference between a deep plane facelift and a SMAS facelift?
The deep plane facelift technique is sort of a little step forward from the classical SMAS facelift, but the main idea still remains the same – SMAS layer release and lifting. Therefore, if one asks whether the deep plane facelift still is a SMAS facelift, the answer is yes. There is no other way to perform a facelift than manipulating with the SMAS layer. The only difference is that the deep plane facelift is more precise and focuses nearly only on deeper layers of the skin where the actual problem lies, barely raising the superficial layer (i.e. subcutaneous tissue). It is a straight-to-the-point facelift that does little tissue damage near the skin surface, which results in less bruising and swelling, as well as in less downtime after the surgery.
Special live presentation about facelift surgeries
Depending on the scope of the procedure, facelifts are grouped into classical, full, neck, mid and forehead facelifts. Your doctor will choose a procedure or suggest a combination of a few so that it best fits your needs and expectations.
A classical facelift involves cuts along the hairline and around the ears. Skin is pulled back and the facelift mainly improves the appearance of the jawline and cheeks. Various modifications of a classical facelift allow the surgeon to tailor the procedure to the specific needs of each individual.
A neck lift is suggested for patients with problematic areas on the neck and the chin. It will remove any excess skin and create a more defined contour resulting in a much more youthful appearance.
The mid-facelift, or cheek lift, is an elevation of the cheeks which transforms them from deflated to youthful and prominent. This procedure can also aid in reducing hollowness under the eyes, however, it mainly affects the middle part of the face and is not a substitute to facelift procedures.
A forehead lift improves the look of a person’s forehead (e.g. “worry lines” and “frown lines”) and is usually not included in the traditional facelift. By lifting the forehead skin wrinkles are smoothened and “hooding” over the eyes is reduced.
A facial fat transfer can be beneficial for people dissatisfied with hollow areas beneath the eyes, sunken cheeks, brows, temples or chin.
A patient might have very specific expectations for the outcome of the surgery, therefore a thorough discussion with a surgeon is necessary in order to select the most suitable method.
Skin condition greatly depends on nutrition. Therefore, the patient should ensure that he or she is consuming enough proteins (which are crucial for wound healing) and vitamins such as zinc, vitamin A and C, which are important for the synthesis of collagen and for maintaining skin integrity. Note that vitamin, mineral and protein malnutrition impairs all stages of immune response, wound healing and tissue production.
It is essential to talk to your doctor a couple of weeks before the surgery as you might be instructed to stop taking medications such as aspirin or other blood-thinning drugs.
Smoking and alcohol consumption should be avoided one month before and after the surgery so that it does not affect the healing process by restricting blood circulation.
Medical examination and a review of medical history is an essential step before the surgery. In order to determine the best facelift type a surgeon will examine the patient’s face and will discuss the possible strategies. Patients will have to undergo any necessary lab tests, including a blood work, a urine test, ECG (electrocardiogram), X-rays, or others. The surgeon will explain in detail the plan of the surgery and recovery.
In order to prevent regurgitation during the surgery an empty stomach is required for anyone undergoing general anaesthesia. Therefore, patients should not eat or drink one day before the surgery.
Facelift and Eyelid surgery
The most common complications include hematoma, seroma, infection and delayed healing.
After the Facelift
After the surgery is performed, it can take up to four weeks to fully recover. The patient should take time off work for the whole period of recovery.
Bandages are used for covering the wounds, while an elastic facial sling prevents swelling and ensures equal distribution of pressure. If serous fluid drainage tubes are used they will be removed in several days, as well as the stitches (unless dissolvable stitches were used). Bruising should fade away in a couple of weeks. However, to be able to appreciate the final results of the procedure the patient might need to wait from six to nine months until the swelling has fully gone down.
Sun should be avoided for several weeks as it can interfere with scar healing and damage the surrounding vulnerable skin. It is highly recommended to avoid driving after the surgery at least until bruising is relieved. The patient should also avoid wetting the bandages for a couple of days. Strenuous physical activity should be ceased for at least two weeks. The patient should resist applying makeup while the wounds are still healing.
Quality skin care is required to prevent early ageing and it inevitably adds to the effect of a facelift. Weight fluctuation tends to stretch the skin, hence a healthy diet and a stable weight can prolong the results.
We will advise you on travel arrangements including flights to and from Lithuania. We will take care of airport pick up and drop off and arrange a pleasant stay in a comfortable hotel at a convenient location. We will be there for you 24/7 if needed.