Facelift surgery is most suitable for patients who have jowls, loose neck skin and a general saggy appearance to the skin on the face and neck. If you also have wrinkles, non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatment can be combined with a facelift to help improve the overall result.
This depends on the type of facelift surgery. A full facelift procedure usually takes around 4 hours under general anaesthetic.
Following the procedure, you’ll need to stay in hospital for one or two nights.
Yes, if that’s what you need. Your surgeon will advise on the best treatment for your requirements. As well as the facelift, we offer eyelid surgery, eye bag removal and brow lift treatments.
Most of the scars will be hidden within your hair and the normal creases of your skin. During a facelift, incisions are made in the natural crease lines in front of the ear, behind the earlobes and along the lower scalp. If you have eye surgery, an incision is made close to the natural crease of the eyelid. In both procedures, post-operative scarring will fade over time.
We want you to make a fully informed decision before you go ahead with surgery, so we offer a private consultation at your local clinic free of charge. At your consultation, you’ll meet with a cosmetic surgeon to discuss the facelift options available and whether surgery is the most suitable procedure for your needs. You’ll be able to ask questions about all aspects of the surgery, from the various types of facelift to aftercare and the results you can expect. You’ll also meet your patient care coordinator, who will be with you every step of the journey. They will give you a personal quotation of costs and information about finance options, the expected timescale, our surgical facilities and door-to-door transport services.
At your consultation, you can book your surgery if you feel ready, but there’s no obligation to go ahead. Cosmetic surgery is a big step and you may want to take time to do more research and think about your decision. We’ll give you a patient information booklet, which provides comprehensive information on your procedure and aftercare. This is an important resource and we require patients to read the detailed information it contains. You’ll also find lots of helpful information here on our website – you can read about our surgeons’ qualifications, THG’s cosmetic surgery expertise and inspiring stories from some of our patients. Our patient care coordinators are available to discuss any concerns you may have. And when you feel ready, they can book you in for your procedure. We also have a 14-day ‘cooling off’ period in place, which means that if you change your mind about the procedure after booking within that period, you will not be charged.
On the day of your procedure, your medical team will make your experience as comfortable as possible and you’ll meet your surgeon again before the procedure. Facelift surgery involves making incisions, which normally begin above the hairline at the temples, follow the natural line in front of the ear, curve behind the earlobe and along the lower scalp. Facial tissue and muscle are then separated, fat may be trimmed or suctioned and underlying muscle may be tightened. The excess skin is pulled up and back, trimmed and sutured into position. A full facelift procedure usually takes around 4 hours under general anaesthetic. The one-stitch lift procedure is performed as a day case under local anaesthetic. It takes around 30 minutes and involves minimal recovery time. Silhouette Lift is a non-invasive procedure used to lift and reposition sagging mid-face tissue. It is performed as a day case under local anaesthetic, taking around one hour. It is best suited to correcting signs of ageing in the nasolabial folds, the expression lines and the jawline. Silhouette Soft is a non-invasive procedure used to counteract the effects of facial volume loss. It can redefine the facial features in a 30-minute treatment without any incisions and with minimal downtime.
We’ll be here throughout the recovery process to help you recuperate quickly. For facelift surgery performed under general anaesthetic, you normally need to stay in the hospital where your surgery has taken place for one or two nights following your procedure. Each patient is given a personalised care plan, developed with the advice of their surgeon. All THG hospitals are equipped to the highest standards of clinical care and patient comfort. Following facelift surgery, the initial bruising should last 7-10 days, so it’s advisable to have some time at home before returning to work or normal activities.
At THG, we offer a full package of aftercare support with all our cosmetic surgery procedures to give you complete peace of mind. You’ll benefit from the following aftercare: Unlimited post-op appointments with a member of our clinical team whenever you need them · Surgical cover for 3 years – revision surgery where clinically indicated · Additional days’ stay in hospital where needed · Additional medication and dressings at no extra cost · Emergency telephone support, which you can use at any time