What is a facelift?
A facelift is cosmetic surgery that makes your face and neck tighter and smoother to give you a more youthful and fresher appearance. Also known as rhytidoplasty, a facelift treats loose skin, lines and wrinkles, lack of muscle tone, and other signs of ageing by lifting up your skin, deeper tissues and surrounding muscles.
What are the benefits of a facelift?
A facelift is a highly individualised procedure. The benefits of a facelift are that it refines the lined and sunken appearance of your face that may be caused from ageing and lifestyle factors including sun exposure, smoking, weight loss and stress.
A facelift will restore definition to your face, jaw and neckline and smooth out deep lines.
After a facelift, patients may also feel more self-confident, smile again (for those whose mouth is downturned) and feel better about the way they look.
What does a facelift involve?
Typically, a facelift is performed under general anaesthetic, although for some procedures such as a mini-facelift local anaesthetic and sedation may be used. It will usually take two to three hours.
There are many different kinds of facelift, but in general your surgeon will make cuts above your hairline from your temples, down in front of your ear, underneath your earlobe and behind the ear. If you are having your jawline lifted they will make cuts under your chin.
Your surgeon will remove surplus facial skin, pull the remaining skin backwards and upwards and stitch it into its new position. Sometimes they will redistribute facial fat and tissue or add this to your face.
Are there different type facelifts?
There are different types of facelifts you can choose from based on your aesthetic goals, facial anatomy and your preferences around recovery and the risks involved. They tend to vary by the type of incision, number of tissue layers treated, the area of the face that is targeted, and their degree of invasiveness.
Some of the more popular facelift types are:
- The deep plane lift
The deep plane facelift targets severe facial sagging, cheek and neck aging. It produces a natural-looking and long-lasting facelift for a rejuvenated appearance.
A deep plane facelift cuts under the muscular layer of your face that is used for facial expressions (your Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System or SMAS layer) and lifts it along with fat and skin as a single unit. The pull occurs deep under the surface so your skin doesn’t look pulled. Incisions are inconspicuous along your hairline.
- Mini or short scar lift
Mini or short-scar face lift includes the MACS lift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension), s-lift and mini lift. These procedures are less invasive and use shorter scars that often stop at your ear to offer minimal scarring. They are recommended for people with a mild degree of jowling and sagging skin and are often performed on younger women who want a fresher look.
Your surgeon will re-suspend deep facial tissues through these shorter cuts and lift and tighten a moderate amount of lose skin.
Combining additional cosmetic surgeries
Often a facelift is combined with a neck lift to refine the appearance of your lower face, chin and neck area.
Other additional procedures are often performed with a facelift, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), rhinoplasty (nose job) and, facial implants (such as chin implants) to further enhance your results.
What is the cost of a facelift?
The cost of your facelift will depend on the exact type of facelift procedure you have and if you choose to have any additional procedures. Following your consultation, you will be advised of the guide package price which includes any outpatient care for 60 days post discharge plus one follow up consultation.
We offer a number of finance options to pay for your surgery, including: All-inclusive Total Care where a single one-off payment at a pre-agreed price delivers direct access to all the treatment you need for complete reassurance, pay as you go and, medical finance loans.
Facelift recovery and aftercare
Whichever facelift procedure you choose you can expect to stay in hospital for one to two nights. Your face will be wrapped in supporting bandages, which you may need to keep on for a few days.
At first your face will feel sore, swollen and bruised. We’ll provide pain relief to ease this discomfort. The pain and bruising will subside over time.
When you’re ready to go home we’ll give you advice about recovering at home and arrange a follow-up appointment. If you have any worries, you can speak to a member of our clinical cosmetic team, day or night.
Typically, you will have one to two weeks off work and three weeks if you’ve also had blepharoplasty surgery.
You should abstain from strenuous activity for eight weeks.
It may take 12 weeks for the swelling to completely subside and then you can see the final result of your facelift.
Facelift with Ramsay Health Care
You can rest assured that you are in the best of hands for your facelift at Ramsay Health Care, from your first appointment through to recovery.
Our cosmetic surgeons are GMC registered, on the GMC Specialist Register for plastic surgery, specialised in facelift operations, and have worked in both the NHS and private sector.
Ramsay hospitals are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), and are well-equipped with specialist plastic surgery resources.
Contact us to book an appointment.