A facelift, or Rhytidectomy is a procedure which lifts the skin, tissue and underlying muscle on the face and neck in order to make it tighter and smoother. Wrinkles are removed and/ or reduced and the patient will appear more youthful as a result.

A facelift will make you look younger and fresher, wrinkles are reduced, the jaw line is smoothed and jowls and excess fat is removed. The underlying face and neck muscles are tightened and of course there are the benefits to confidence and self-esteem. You will still retain all your natural facial expressions.

A facelift will typically cost in the region of £4,500.00 to £7,000.00. Prices will vary depending on the where in the U.K. you get it done and on the provider.

A facelift will transform wrinkled, sagging skin into a smooth and tighter appearance. The result is a much younger looking face and the results can last for ten years. You should be aware, however, that a facelift will not stop the ageing process, only reduce their appearance. For further information on this procedure, see our guide here.

The procedure will be carried out under general anaesthesia. The surgeon will make an incision high in the temple area and continue in front of the ear, around the earlobe and back into the hairline at the neck. The skin and deep tissues are remodelled and re-draped and the incisions are closed again with sutures and staples. Drainage tubes can be removed after a couple of days, bandages and stitches after five days. Recovery takes about three weeks but there will be restrictions on strenuous activities for at least a month.

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Procedure Guide

What is involved in a facelift?

A facelift, known by the technical term, “rhytidectomy” can minimise some of the more obvious signs of the ageing process. Facelift surgery entails the expert elimination of surplus skin from the neck, cheeks and chin under general anaesthesia. An incision is made, on both sides of the face, from the hairline at the temple, in front of the ear, around the earlobe and back into the hair. A further incision under the chin may also be required. By way of these incisions, the skin and underlying tissue layers are refashioned and rearranged, being fixed in their new position by stitches. Metal staples are often used on the scalp. Any resultant scars are carefully concealed behind the ears or in the hairline. They generally fade over a period of 3-6 months.

Who are the most appropriate candidates for a facelift?

A facelift stretches slack skin on the face / neck, making tissues beneath tauter, giving the face a firmer, newer and hence younger, appearance. The best candidates for facelifts have specific characteristics:

Supple Skin
A prime candidate should have facial skin that maintains a degree of elasticity, since a facelift stretches the skin to get rid of wrinkles. Successful healing with optimum results is dependent on having skin that remains flexible.

Strong Bone Structure
A candidate should have a well-defined underlying bone structure to offer support and be a factor in producing pleasing results. Facelift candidates with “weak” features may gain from complementary or alternative facial implants.

Loose Skin on Face and / or Neck
Candidates wish to remove additional skin from the face or neck, tightening skin and removing wrinkles at the same time.

Are facelifts suitable for men?

Flabby cheeks, jawline and neck contribute to the “heavy” look in men and can be greatly improved by facelift surgery. However, as men have more blood cells in their face than women, there is an increased chance of blood clotting following surgery.

What is the best age to have a facelift?

Most patients, of both sexes, who submit themselves to facelift surgery, tend to be between 40-70 years old, although many older people have also derived benefits.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

Facelift surgery can create a rejuvenated, fresh, younger appearance, improving self-confidence and self-esteem. In removing surplus skin, the procedure can result in substantial wrinkle reduction. The removal of excess fat and tightening of muscles leads to a smooth jawline without jowls, whilst the results of damage to the skin by sun and wind can be greatly reduced by facelift surgery.

How long does a facelift last?

Expectations of facelift enhancements need to be realistic. For the majority of patients, facelifts are sufficiently long lasting that they continue to look (and hence feel) younger even 10 years later.

What are the risks?

As with any form of surgery, there is a small risk element associated with facelifts. Infection, bleeding or adverse reactions to anaesthetics are side effects that may occur in all types of surgery, while risks specific to facelift surgery include:

Numbness around the surgical areas is typical, but full feeling usually returns in a few months.

Nerve Damage
Facial nerves may be damaged during surgery, but are “self-repairing” and should return to normal within 6 months.

Skin Necrosis
The skin dies from a lack of oxygen. This is a greater risk for smokers.

These are thick, inflamed scars, but can be successfully treated by steroid injections.