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Facelift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)

A great procedure to reduce the visible signs of ageing for good. A facelift can make you look younger and fresher by visibly lifting sagging, loose skin and reducing wrinkles.

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What is a facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure to reshape the lower one-third of the face by removing excess facial skin. It can also tighten the underlying tissue and combined with other additional procedures, can remove wrinkles from the forehead, cheeks, brows and eyes.

What is the procedure used for?

A facelift is ideal for anyone wanting to reduce the signs of ageing and rejuvenate their face. Our aim is to produce a natural looking result that makes you look younger and fresher. Different areas can be targeted during a facelift, so talk to your surgeon about your individual concerns.

Who is the treatment suitable for?

Anyone that has one or more of the following:

  • Jowls or loss of a well-defined jaw line
  • Deep wrinkles in the cheeks and sagging around the cheekbones
  • Loose skin, wrinkles, vertical ‘cords’ or excess fatty tissue in the neck

What happens during the procedure?

There are two types of facelift - mini and full. Both are performed under general anaesthetic.

A full face lift usually involves incisions made around the edges of the lower half of the face. These incisions generally run from just above the ears, down in front of the ears (where they are hidden in natural skin folds there) and then up and behind the ears. The skin of the middle and lower face is loosened and moved and excess skin is removed. Sometimes, the surgeon also moves and adjusts fat and muscle under the skin of the face. A full facelift can correct wrinkles and loose skin from the cheeks and side of the face and the lower face and jaw line.

A mini facelift is less involved than the full facelift. It might lift the skin and perhaps rearrange some underlying tissue on the middle portion of the face or the lower third, but not both, the way a full facelift can.

Your surgeon will discuss with you what you would like to achieve from your facelift, and therefore which procedure would be suitable for you.

What are the side effects or risks?

Most patients have a moderate amount of pain and discomfort following their procedure, so you will be administered with pain relief to take at home.

You may also experience:

  • swelling
  • bruising
  • tenderness

There are also the general risks associated with anaesthesia - your surgeon will give you more information.

What results can I typically expect?

The results usually last between five to ten years. You can expect to have a more youthful appearance and your skin should look rejuvenated. The full effect of your facelift will be apparent within 4-6 weeks after your surgery.

Before your procedure

You will meet with your surgeon and patient coordinator before your surgery to assess your suitability for the procedure and to discuss the possible risks and complications. The surgeon will confirm what is expected and you will sign a patient consent form.

You will need to attend a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery. This is where you will come and meet either our senior nurse or doctor and they will go though your medical history, take your measurements (height, weight, BMI) and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.

At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision to go ahead. We encourage you to take away all of the information, digest it and spend some time really thinking about whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. We are there at every step to answer your questions and offer advice - we want you to be happy with your decision.

It is important that you stop smoking at least 4 weeks before your surgery and for 4 weeks afterwards.


  • You will need approximately 14 days off work (depending on the type of job you do)
  • No heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for six weeks after your operation
  • You will need to wear a garment night and day for two weeks 
  • You will be booked in for a review periodically, usually at 7 days, 14 days, 6 weeks post-operation, then for follow-up appointments at 3, 6 and 12 months with your surgeon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go home on the same day?

This depends on what time you have your procedure and the details of your surgery. In some cases, an overnight stay is necessary.

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