Wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin and other visible signs of the ageing process are not an inevitable outcome of growing older. Rae Clinic patients who decide to take a proactive step and undergo facelift surgery, and other non-surgical options available to them at our London clinic, are able to enjoy the benefits of a revitalised youthful appearance.
What is a Facelift?
Facelift, also known as Rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgical procedure, performed to remove or reduce sagging skin that gradually loses its natural elasticity around the eyes, mouth and jawline. A facelift is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries in the UK as it offers patients a chance to reverse the signs of ageing and rejuvenate their appearance with natural results. There are various techniques and types of facelifts.
Why Have a Face Lift?
Depending on your facial structure, skin elasticity and desired results, the Rae Clinic’s plastic surgeons and facial reconstruction experts will determine the best options and type of facelift procedure best suited to you. Both men and women who choose the facelift surgery option are usually inclined to certain facial features such as:
- Visible jowls and excess sagging skin in the lower jaw – resulting in an undefined jawline
- Deep lines around the mouth
- Sagging skin around the cheeks – droopy cheeks
- Sagging skin around the neck
How Much Does a Facelift in London Cost?
You will discuss a bespoke solution and price with our Senior facial Plastic Surgeon, a world-leading specialist in facial reconstruction and an expert in revision surgery. However, the cost of Facelift surgery at our London clinic typically ranges from £6900 to £10,900.
Micro-Facelift surgery starts from £6900, Mini-Facelift starts from £8900 and a Full Facelift surgery starts from £10,900. These prices reflect all pre and post-operation checkups, nursing care, theatre time, surgeons fees, anaesthetist fees, and dressings. There could be additional minimal costs tied to post-op medicinal care.
ResultsBest resluts 6-9 months
AnesthesiaSedation / GA
Surgery time2.5 hours
Hospital timeDay case – 6 hours
Stay home4 days
Off-Workup to 10 days
Full recovery4-6 weeks
Repeat7-10 years if at all
Why Choose Rae Clinic in London for Your Facelift?
The Rae Clinic’s team of practitioners consists of multi-award-winning Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. Our Senior facial Plastic Surgeon, Prof. Abu-Sittah is an expert in his field, a world-leading specialist in facial reconstruction, he is also a senior clinical lecturer in Plastic Reconstructive Aesthetic Surgery at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. He was also awarded the Arnold Huddard Medal of the Craniofacial Society of Great Britain and Ireland, Education Excellence Innovation Award.
Notably, Prof. Abu-Sittah is an expert in revision surgery, with years of tending to patients who were unhappy with the results of their primary surgery.
In addition, importantly, in order to achieve the optimal results from all treatments we perform at our clinic located near Harley Street in London, our plastic surgeons combine the latest innovations in aesthetic medicine. With Facelift Surgery, many of the times we use a component derived from the fat cells removed in the procedure. We then use it to restore volume and further achieve the desired results. The patient’s own fat cells are also commonly used to enhance the prominence and the quality of the skin and boost the natural healing processes.
Techniques Used for Facelifts
When we refer to different types of facelift procedures we refer to two things. The first is the surgical technique used by the surgeon, which is determined based on his medical discretion and evaluation.
The second is the area of the face on which the technique will be applied, based on the patient’s concerns and desired results. Consequently, the surgeon’s evaluation and your informed choice of surgery will determine the severity, downtime and longevity of results of your procedure.
Types of Techniques
The SMAS facelift technique is considered a relatively more invasive method of facelift surgery. It addresses the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System (SMAS) layer – the firm tissue layer covering the underlying muscles spread across the face and neck. Through an incision across the hairline on each side of your ears, your surgeon will lift and tighten the SMAS layer and facial tissue towards your ears, removing any excess skin.
The Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) facelift technique. Your surgeon will tighten the SMAS layer utilizing special suspension stitches to avoid longer and deeper incisions. This surgical option is thus considered less complicated and more commonly used.
Types of Procedures
Full Face Lift
A full facelift addresses skin sagging and structure in the entire face and neck. Incisions will be made around the ears and along the hairline.
Mini Face Lift
The mini face lift is a popular option for patients at our London clinic. The mini face lift is perfect for patients with moderate skin laxity concerns who wish to improve the appearance of the mid-lower section of the face, namely, the mouth, cheeks & jowls. A small incision in the front of each ear allows our surgeons to modify the patient’s soft facial tissue in a minimally invasive method, also ensuring scarring, recovery and risk is minimal.
The results of a mini face lift are visible within 6 weeks and are expected to last for up to 5 years. When considering your facial surgery outcome you should always take into account your body’s continued natural ageing process and your healthy lifestyle choices that can manifestly affect the longevity of results.
Micro Face Lift
Solely addresses jowls. A small incision (1.5) is made behind the ear where sutures will act to lift and tighten the area.
We perform revision facelifts at our London clinic, with the Rae Clinic’s Senior Facial Plastic Surgeon, Prof. Abu-Sittah, being an expert in revision surgery, with years of tending to patients who were unhappy with the results of their primary surgery.
A Revision Facelift is a secondary surgery that addresses issues stemming from a previous facelift procedure or attends to the continued effects of the ageing process post the initial facelift procedure. Corrective and Revision surgery both require particular skills and expertise and ample experience in such procedures.
Face Lift Alternatives
Thread Lift, sometimes known as ‘Puppet Face Lift’, is a non-surgical form of the facelift procedure. As such, it is ideal for patients who are not yet prepared to undergo a surgical face or neck lift, and do not have considerable skin laxity issues.
At the Rae Clinic, we exclusively use Silhouette Soft Thread Lifts. Silhouette Soft is made from biodegradable materials that dissolve over time. Our surgeons position the thread as anchors which are then used to carefully tighten the skin.
We use Silhouette Soft chiefly on the jawline, the mid and lower face, including the cheeks, and in the neck. As a result, we are able to elevate and tighten the skin contours in a minimally invasive alternative procedure.
he Morpheus8 technology is used as a noninvasive procedure to improve the tone and texture of the skin, further achieving a more youthful and radiant appearance. It is also used to tighten and reshape facial contours in the face and neck.
The Morpheus8 treatment aims to deliver controlled heat at varying depths in the skin layers. It channels micro-injuries in the skin layers, consequently helping the body to stimulate a natural healing response. Due to its controlled heating and sporadic delivery, Morpheus8 can target many indications without damaging the surface of the skin.
Endolift is sometimes referred to as the “lunchtime lift” because it is a relatively quick procedure that requires no downtime with immediate visible results that enhance over time.
It is a minimally invasive laser-based technology that promotes skin tightening and reduction in skin laxity, with a scar and knife free procedure. By stimulating collagen production, among other things, Endolift promotes the toning, firming and, markedly, the remodelling of the skin.
What to Expect When Getting a Facelift?
As with all the treatments and procedures carried out at our London-based Rae Clinic, you will meet your surgeon prior to your operation for a consultation. During your consultation, you will discuss your concerns, your desired results and expectations, and whether a surgical option is the right path for you.
The specifications of your facelift surgery procedure depend on the type of facelift procedure you undergo. See the table below:
|Full Facelift||Mini Facelift||Micro Facelift|
|Duration||2 Hours||1.5 Hours||1 Hour|
|Incision||Front of the ear and behind the ear along the hairline.||Front of the ear||One small (1.5 cm) incision behind the ear.|
Planning Your Facelift
During your consultation with our surgeon at our London-based clinic near Harley Street, a full medical history will be taken to uncover any allergies, medication administration or other issues which might be unsuitable for surgery. You will also outline a strict preparation plan for you to follow prior to your surgery, however, in general terms:
- In the 6 weeks leading up to the procedure, all patients are advised to avoid all forms of nicotine.
- In the week before the procedure patients are advised to avoid taking any Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including among others, Ibuprofen, naproxen and high-dose Aspirin
- On the day of your facelift, no drinking or eating for at least 8 hours prior to your surgery.
- Following your procedure, you will have to arrange transportation home in advance, as you will be unable to drive.
Typical Facelift Recovery Time
2 days – Avoid showers and getting your bandages wet.
5 – 7 days – Stitches are removed. Avoid driving; Reduce swelling by elevating your head while sleeping.
2 weeks – You can safely return to work. Avoid strenuous activity, saunas and massages.
3 – 4 weeks – Bruises, scars and redness should have subsided. You can return to your regular exercise activity.
6 – 9 months – Results of your facelift procedure are fully visible.
As with all the treatments and procedures carried out at our London-based Rae Clinic, we recommend our patients to maintain a healthy diet for a quicker and safer recovery. Lifestyle including diet, exercise levels, sun exposure and alcohol and smoking habits, all impact our continued ageing process and might serve as an indication of additional required maintenance treatments.
Procedures that can be done in conjunction with a Facelift
Facelift surgery is commonly combined with other advanced technology treatments we offer at the Rae Clinic. It is safe to undergo in combination with a variety of other invasive and noninvasive procedures according to individual goals and desired results that you will discuss with our doctors during your consultation.
Facelift surgery can be combined with facial surgeries such as Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty), Lip Lift Surgery, Brow Lift, Rhinoplasty, and technology lead treatments such as Endolift, Morpheus8. Patients also commonly utilize fat transfer to add volume and vitality in the face.
During a consultation with our surgeon, you will discuss your facial ageing concerns and whether surgery is the best option for you.
This procedure is ideal for patients over the age of 40 with mild to severe ageing signs in their face and facial structure.
If you are pregnant or currently breastfeeding you will not be suitable for Facelift surgery and will need to await the period of weaning your child, before we can embark on a treatment plan.
Facelift surgery Is performed in one singular operation.
Facelift surgery is performed under sedation. This means that you will feel no pain during the procedure, however you may experience some mild discomfort once any anaesthesia wears off. Your aftercare programme will be designed to treat any discomforts with the administration of medications when required.
Lip lift surgical procedure is performed under local anaesthesia. This means that you will feel no pain during the procedure, however you may experience some mild discomfort once any anaesthesia wears off and up to 48 hours after the procedure. Your aftercare programme will be designed to treat any discomforts with the administration of medications or cooling devices when required.
All surgical procedures carry risks which will be openly discussed during your consultation and once again before your operation. Risks and side effects from facial plastic surgery include scarring, infection, bleeding, bruising, pain, asymmetry and possibly requiring re-operating.
The use of anaesthesia also carries its own risks which you will be made aware of. Our surgeons are experts in managing risks and reducing them to an absolute minimum.
You should expect the Facelift surgery results to last between 7 to 10 years, however, it is important to remember that our bodies, and skin, continue to age and although facelift results are considered somewhat permanent they vastly rely on healthy lifestyle choices that continue to guide the efficacy of results as well as our overall health.