A surgical procedure that treats visible signs of ageing on the jawline, neck and lower part of the face.

Having surgical procedure to alter the face

As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and tone. This can cause the skin along the jawline, neck and lower part of the face to sag.

A facelift can help restore definition and improve the appearance of lines by repositioning your skin and removing or redistributing any excess skin and fat.

There are different types of facelift techniques and your consultant will talk you through how they differ and the results they perform.

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    There's more than one type of facelift so what happens during your procedure will depend on what you've discussed and agreed with your consultant. No matter what technique you choose (eg, volumetric or endoscopic), you'll need to have a general anaesthetic. This means you'll be asleep throughout your operation.

    All types of facelift involve your surgeon making small, discrete cuts close to your ears and hairline. They'll then reposition your tissue and skin, and remove or redistribute any excess skin or fat before securing your skin into place with stitches.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you, and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll need to have a general anaesthetic, your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand. You won't be able to drive for a few days so you should arrange for someone to take you home from hospital.
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    What to expect during you recovery depends on the type of facelift you've had. However, you'll almost certainly be cared for in hospital overnight. Y

    ou may have dressings or a bandage on your face - or even drainage tubes behind your ears. These need to be kept dry for at least a couple of days.

    Swelling and bruising is normal for at least a week so try to sleep upright and avoid bending down. Your face might feel tight, puffy or a little numb for a few weeks. Again, this is normal.

    Scarring should be minimal and blend into your hairline or behind your ears. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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