Facelifts (Rhytidectomy)

The natural process of aging tends to mean that our jawlines slacken, our eyelids fold and smile lines deepen. Renew your confidence and self-esteem with a natural, fresher look.

One of the most important aspects of surgery is your consultation. Our surgeons are here to advise you, listen to your concerns and discuss what you want to achieve.

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What does a facelift involve?

There are several different techniques used by our consultants at The McIndoe Centre to perform a facelift. The most common type of facelift is called an SMAS. During this procedure, your surgeon will make an incision around the ear. From there, the skin can be lifted slightly and tightened. Muscles and tissue can be removed or manipulated to achieve the desired effect.

Usually, a hospital stay between two and three nights is required. The procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic and will take between two and three hours.
Although the procedure is long, it can be performed with almost any other procedure, the most common being a brow lift and eyelid reduction.

What are the benefits of having a facelift?

  • You should appear more youthful.
  • Restored definition of your jaw from the front and side.
  • Boosted self-esteem.
  • Feeling more comfortable in your skin.

Recovery after surgery

  • When it’s time for you to leave hospital, you will be given a follow-up appointment with your consultant and a date for any stitches that need to be removed. You should feel more like yourself after four weeks.
  • Your face will feel puffy and there is usually some bruising on the face and neck.
  • You should be able to return to work after two weeks, depending on your type of work.
  • Do not do anything strenuous like vacuuming for three weeks.
  • Sleep with extra pillows to keep your head raised.
  • Do not drive until you feel confident, always check your insurance policy and with your doctor.
  • Regular exercise is great to help you build up your return back to normal activities, but always ask your consultant for advice.

How long will my facelift last?

A facelift won’t stop the clock. Your face will continue to age but should appear younger than if you had not had surgery.

Are there any alternatives to a facelift?

As a facelift can’t turn back the clock, it may be better to take a more traditional approach: a good diet, good sleep, good skincare and keeping out of the sun, should slow down the aging process.

Having said this, a facelift is the most effective way of reducing sagging. If you have fine wrinkles, your surgeon will assess you for Botox. Deeper wrinkles can be smoothed out with fillers or implants.

Droopy eyebrows or eyelids can sometimes be treated more effectively with brow lifts or blepharoplasty  which is a procedure to remove the excess skin and fat from the eyelids.

What are the possible complications?

  • Loss of skin near the scars. The incision is made at the front of your ear but wounds are usually hidden in your hairline and should heal in up to five weeks.
  • Hair loss. Pulling skin tight can place tension on the scar, creating a bald strip. However, this is not immediately obvious.
  • Developing haematoma (collection of blood) under your skin.
  • Developing pale or dark areas on your face.
  • Damage to the facial nerve which controls the muscle of expression. The risk varies depending on the type of facelift you have.
  • Bruising and swelling takes approximately three weeks to heal. Swelling can occur in a non-symmetrical manner, which may cause worry. Once subsided, significant asymmetry is uncommon.
  • It is difficult to predict how your wounds will heal and areas of unevenness are common. But with time, both will heal significantly.
  • It’s important to note that, as with any surgery, results will vary from person to person. It’s essential that you review your expectations before you commit to having surgery.


In preparation for your operation, we advise that you give up smoking six weeks beforehand. Apart from increasing the effects of aging, which will affect the longevity of your facelift, smoking can seriously impede the healing process. The risk of chest infection and coughing is increased which can trigger unwanted bleeding. The blood supply to the skin is also affected which can delay the wound healing.


If you decide to have a facelift at The McIndoe Centre, you can select your preferred consultant at any time that suits you. We have some of the most experienced and innovative surgeons who will discuss your options with you in a thorough and expert way.

Prices start from £6080. The cost of your surgery may change as everyone’s treatment plan is tailored to their specific needs. For more information, we’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Call the Helpline for free and professional advice on: 0800 917 4922.

To make a fully informed decision, click this link for a guide on what to consider before deciding on anything.

Surgical Inpatients Price

Treatment Cost
Face lift £6080

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