As you age your face ages. Your skin gradually loses its elasticity and becomes looser, your facial muscle tone slackens, and the fat under your skin sags. Gravity, your genes, sun exposure, substantial weight loss, and the stresses of daily life can also contribute to making your face look older.

Facial ageing may cause you to feel self-conscious. When you look in the mirror or take a selfie you may see a face that is ageing faster than the rest of your body and mind.

A facelift can help address skin wrinkles and reduce sagging skin on your face to help you to look younger. It is most effective on the lower half of your face including your cheeks, neck, and jawline.

What is a facelift?

A facelift is cosmetic surgery that reshapes the lower half of your face to make your face look fresher and younger. 

It removes excess facial skin, and lifts and tightens lose skin, fat and muscle. It treats hanging skin around your jaw line, chin and neck and removes deep creases around your mouth and nose.

It may be combined with other cosmetic surgery to enhance your cheeks, brows, eyelids and forehead.

What does a facelift involve?

Facelift surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic and takes two to three hours. A mini-facelift may be performed using local anaesthetic and sedation and is the quickest type of facelift to have.

A facelift procedure will vary slightly depending on the type of facelift you have. In general, cuts are made above your hairline starting at your temples and travel down in front of your ear, under your earlobe and then behind your ear. If you need your jawline lifted cuts will also be made under your chin.

Surplus skin is removed and the remaining skin is pulled back and up. It is stitched into its new position. Facial fat and tissue are redistributed or added to your face.

What are the benefits of a facelift?

The benefits of a facelift are that it gives you a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. A facelift will:

  • remove and tighten drooping facial skin
  • improve your facial contours by redefining your neck and reducing jowls
  • lift the corners of your mouth
  • reduce creases and deep wrinkles

Results achieved through facelift surgery are long-lasting and they can help restore confidence in your appearance.

Are there different type facelifts?

You can choose from different types of facelifts depending on: the facial appearance you desire, your facial structure, the risks, and your recovery preferences.

Facelifts vary by the type of cut to your skin, number of treated tissue layers, facial target area, and the degree of invasiveness.

Popular facelifts include:

  • Deep plane lift – for people who have severe facial sagging, and cheek and neck ageing. This lift creates a long-lasting, natural and youthful look. Cuts are made under your Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) layer that controls your facial expression and this muscle layer is lifted together with the fat and skin. The pull is deep under your skin’s surface to prevent your face from looking pulled. The cuts are made along your hairline so the scars won’t be visible.
  • Mini, short scar lift (s-lift) or Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) lift – often for younger women, this lift is used for people with minor jowling and drooping skin. These facelifts are less invasive with smaller cuts and minimal scarring. The SMAS layer is tightened using special suspension stitches.
  • A facelift combined with additional cosmetic surgeries – to further enhance your results you facelift may be combined with a neck lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), rhinoplasty (nose job), and/or facial implants such as chin implants.

Facelift recovery and aftercare

Following facelift surgery, you can expect to stay in hospital for one to two nights.

We will discuss your recovery at home and give you supporting information. We will organise a follow-up appointment for you.

Your face will be painful, bruised and swollen initially, and will lessen over time. Pain relief may help ease this.

For the first few days you will need to keep your face wrapped in supportive bandages.

You can contact our clinical cosmetic team anytime, day or night if you have any concerns or questions.

You can expect to go back to work after one to two weeks, and after three weeks if you have also had a blepharoplasty.

We advise you to refrain from any strenuous activity for the first eight weeks.

You will see the final result of your facelift when all the swelling has gone which may be up to 12 weeks.

What is the cost of a Facelift?

The cost of Facelift Surgery will depend on your individual requirements. Prices start from £6,310 at Clifton Park Hospital.

Facelift with Clifton Park Hospital

Clifton Park Hospital is committed to providing excellent cosmetic surgery results for all of our patients.

We have a team of dedicated staff and highly experienced GMC-registered cosmetic and plastic surgeons who specialise in facelift surgery, and who have worked in both the NHS and private sector. They will listen to your goals and work with you to create the facial look you want. Our staff offer you all the support you need both before and after your facelift.

We offer fixed price packages for our facelifts so you can rest assured there won’t be any financial surprises.

Our hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and has first-class facilities.

Free car parking is available for easy access to our conveniently situated hospital just outside of York city centre.

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