We have noticed, over the last years, a new rise of face lifting procedure, which is due to one simple fact: Facelift is the most comprehensive and natural way of restoring the ageing of the face.


Although Botox and fillers can maintain some amount of youthfulness, over time they create a bigger and bigger demand and eventually tend to distort the face. This is what many of our patients are now realizing, which leads them to decide to have a surgical facelift procedure over other non-invasive or minimal invasive procedures.

Another reason which leads patients to choose a facelift over other treatments is the certainty that facial laxity can only be adequately addressed with a surgical facelift and this type of procedure can provide the most natural and long-lasting result. Many patients are drawn towards non-invasive procedures, due to the reduced downtime, lower cost or overpromising results. However, most results are disappointing, the recovery time tends to get downplayed and the repeated cost of treatments usually exceeds that of a facelift over 5 years.

So why is winter the perfect time to have a facelift procedure?

All types of facelifts require some longer recovery time than the usual Botox or filler treatment. The recovery time varies from patient to patient and has to do with the type of procedure and surgical efficacy. For example, a short scar facelift, known as mini-facelift, although mostly performed under local anaesthesia, requires at least a week until patients can return to work and social activities. In some cases, a longer time is needed, however almost never longer than two weeks. In a more extensive facelift, such as a SMAS face and neck lift, ten to fifteen days are necessary to recover adequately. Recovery does not mean that one reaches a final result, which usually settles after 6 months, however most bruising and swelling has subsided, and facial expression is mostly restored.

So, winter is one of the best times of the year to have a facelift. It is the period of the year, where wearing a scarf or a high collar clothing is entirely justified, thus covering some of the bruisings of the lower portion of the face and neck. Other than that, cold weather generally helps the face recover faster and the swelling goes away faster. Winter is after all the period when staying in for a couple of days is not so bothersome as when the sun is up and shining. Finally, scars and other sensitive areas heal better when not exposed in the sun, so winter is the best time of the year.

And what better place to have a facelift other than a board certified and fully specialized plastic surgery clinic in Greece? Winter in Greece is nice and cozy, the weather is cold but Greek hospitality is as warm as in the summer.

Dr. Prodromos Papaioannou

Plastic Surgeon