THE facelift may be going out of style.
More and more people are opting for face-shaping, which involves patients getting implants to help give volume and contours to the face.
World-renowned surgeon, Dr Laurence Kirwan, says: "Plastic surgery, like everything else, is constantly evolving. 'Facelift' is seen as a bit of an old-fashioned term nowadays. People think of their grandmothers and mothers going for facelifts. They want something more modern that reflects a newer way of thinking."
It is thought that the procedure takes less of a toll on the patient with shorter recovery time and requires less anaesthetic. According to Dr Kirwan, it also doesn't carry any of the negative connotations of a facelift.
"We all know that one person who has had one too many facelifts and has ended up looking a bit stretched, and in some cases not even looking like themselves anymore," he said.
"With face-shaping, there is no danger of that because it doesn't involve taking anything away from the face, like skin. It involves adding to the face, which gives it contour."
Facial implants are available in a variety of sizes and styles for the chin, jaw, nose and cheeks.
Dr Kirwan says: "Compared to the long recovery time of a facelift, face reshaping will have people back to their regular routines much quicker."
Results of shaping are essentially permanent, meaning there's no need to keep getting procedures done every few years. As with all procedures, Dr Kirwan added, the main thing is how it makes people feel about themselves.
"It doesn't just change people's appearance, it changes the way they feel about themselves and how they present themselves to the outside world," he said.