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Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidoplasty)


Years Of Facelift Surgery Expertise

World Class Care With Berkeley Square Medical

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A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure aimed at reducing visible signs of aging in the face and neck. It involves lifting and tightening the skin and underlying muscles to create a smoother, more youthful appearance by addressing sagging skin, deep creases, and jowls.


Why Choose us for Face Lift Surgery:

Berkeley Square Medical offers several types of face lift procedures and complimentary cosmetic techniques resulting in a younger, more rejuvenated look.

Globally recognised for our excellence in cosmetic facial surgery, we specialise in rejuvenating aesthetic surgery. Our expertise includes lifting and firming loose, sagging skin on the cheeks, jowls, and neck, effectively reducing visible signs of aging through several techniques in Facelift Surgery.

With over 20 years of experience performing facelifts, our surgical skills and attention to detail, removing any deep lines below the lower eyelid (the tear trough) and between the nose and mouth (nasolabial fold) as well as sagging skin that can create a tired, older appearance.

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    Different Types Of Facelifts:

    Full Facelift

    A full facelift, or traditional facelift, is a comprehensive cosmetic surgery procedure designed to address moderate to severe signs of aging across the face and neck. It involves larger incisions typically made around the hairline, extending down to the temples and behind the ears. Through these incisions, excess skin is removed, underlying tissues are tightened, and facial muscles may be repositioned for enhanced contours. This surgery aims to correct sagging skin, deep folds, and jowls, providing significant rejuvenation. While offering more dramatic results, a full facelift entails longer recovery time and may involve more discomfort compared to less invasive procedures.

    Mini Facelift

    A mini facelift is a less invasive cosmetic surgery aimed at rejuvenating the lower face and neck. Using smaller incisions hidden around the ears or hairline, it targets mild to moderate signs of aging, such as sagging skin and jowls. Unlike a traditional facelift, it involves minimal tissue manipulation and shorter recovery time. This procedure focuses on lifting and tightening facial tissues, restoring youthful contours with reduced scarring and downtime. While effective for certain patients seeking subtle improvements, it may not address advanced aging concerns, necessitating consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon for personalized recommendations.

    Deep Plane Facelift

    A deep plane facelift is an advanced surgical technique that targets deeper layers of facial tissues for comprehensive rejuvenation. Unlike traditional facelifts, which primarily address superficial layers, a deep plane facelift repositions the underlying muscles and fat pads to restore volume and lift. This approach offers more natural and long-lasting results by addressing midface sagging, nasolabial folds, and jowls with minimal tension on the skin. While it requires greater surgical skill and may involve a longer recovery period, a deep plane facelift provides significant and durable improvements in facial contours, yielding a more youthful and refreshed appearance.

    SMAS Facelift

    A SMAS facelift, or superficial musculoaponeurotic system facelift, targets the underlying facial structure known as the SMAS layer. This technique involves lifting and tightening the SMAS layer, which includes muscles and connective tissues, to address signs of aging such as sagging skin, jowls, and deep folds. By repositioning and securing this deeper tissue layer, a SMAS facelift provides more comprehensive and longer-lasting results compared to traditional facelifts. This approach minimizes tension on the skin, resulting in a smoother, more natural-looking outcome with reduced risk of distortion. It's an effective option for individuals seeking significant facial rejuvenation with lasting benefits.

    Why undergo a Facelift

    The Top 5 Reasons Why Our Patients Consider Facelift Surgery:

    • Rejuvenate appearance: Facelift surgery effectively reduces visible signs of aging, including sagging skin, wrinkles, and jowls, restoring a more youthful and refreshed look.
    • Boost self-confidence: By addressing facial aging concerns, facelift surgery can enhance self-esteem and confidence, allowing individuals to feel more comfortable and satisfied with their appearance.
    • Long-lasting results: Unlike temporary solutions like fillers or topical treatments, facelift surgery provides enduring improvements, offering lasting benefits that can withstand the effects of time.
    • Personalized approach: Facelift procedures can be tailored to individual needs and goals, ensuring that the treatment addresses specific concerns and achieves desired outcomes.
    • Overall well-being: Improving facial aesthetics through facelift surgery can positively impact mental and emotional well-being, leading to a more positive outlook on life and increased satisfaction with one's appearance.

    At a Glance

    Face Lift Surgery:

    At a glance

    • Medical Name


    • Common Name

      Face lift Surgery

    • Length of Procedure:

      Approx 2-hours

    • Type of Anesthesia

      General Anaesthesia

    • Overnight stay required:

      Same Day Surgery

    • Time off Work

      Approx 10 Days (Client Facing)

    • Recovery Time

      Approx 1-2 Weeks

    • Exercise

      Light Exercise After 1-Week


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    This is an All-Inclusive set price for this surgery and includes the full cost of your procedure including your £100.00 consultation which is credited against the cost of your surgery.


    Consultation Cost:

    Your £100.00 Consultation Is Credited When Booking Your Procedure.

    All-Inclusive Care Included:

    Complimentary Chauffeur Drive Home After Your Surgery In London.


    Full Consultation With Your Consultant Plastic Surgeon.

    All Medication Included:

    All Medication And Garments Provided To Take Home.

    Pre-Operative Assessment Included:

    Pre-Operative MRSA Assessments.

    After Care Service Included:

    24-Hr Online Aftercare Messaging For Guidance.

    Hospital & Anaesthetic Fees Included:

    Full Procedure And Stay At Our State Of The Art Hospital Included with Private Room.

    Post-Operative Appointments:

    7-Day, 12-Week and 12-Month Post-Operative Appointments.
    24-hour Direct Line to Our Clinic


    We do not provide Cosmetic Financing for this Surgery. When considering this surgery, we like to ensure the cost of your treatment is both transparent and clear to understand. The cost outlined above is fully inclusive of your completed procedure with no hidden costs.

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    Facelift Consultation

    At a facelift consultation with our plastic surgeon at Berkeley Square Medical, several key aspects are discussed to ensure comprehensive understanding and tailored treatment. Initially, the surgeon will assess your facial anatomy, skin condition, and specific concerns regarding aging signs like sagging skin, wrinkles, and loss of facial definition. They will explain the facelift procedure in detail, including techniques involved, potential risks, and expected outcomes.

    Your medical history, including previous surgeries and current medications, will be reviewed to determine candidacy and anticipate any potential complications. Additionally, the surgeon will discuss pre-operative preparations, post-operative care, and recovery expectations to ensure you are fully informed and prepared for the procedure.

    Importantly, the consultation is an opportunity for open dialogue, allowing you to ask questions, express your aesthetic goals, and address any apprehensions. This personalized approach ensures that your facelift journey at Berkeley Square Medical is tailored to your unique needs, promoting confidence and satisfaction with the results.

    Facelift Pre-Operative

    Before undergoing facelift surgery, several pre-operative stages are typically involved to ensure a safe procedure and optimal results:

    1. Consultation: You’ll have an initial consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. During your appointment, you’ll discuss your medical history, aesthetic goals, expectations, and concerns. Your surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy, skin quality, and overall health to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for a facelift.

    2. Physical examination and medical clearance: You’ll undergo a physical examination to assess your overall health and identify any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your candidacy for surgery. Depending on your medical history and age, your surgeon may request additional tests or evaluations from your primary care physician or specialists to ensure that you’re medically cleared for surgery.

    3. Discussion of surgical options: Your surgeon will explain the different types of facelift techniques available, such as traditional facelift, mini facelift, or neck lift, and help you choose the most appropriate option based on your goals and anatomy.

    4. Pre-operative instructions: Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines for medications, supplements, smoking cessation, and alcohol consumption. You may be advised to avoid certain medications that can increase the risk of bleeding and bruising, such as aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

    5. Pre-operative testing: Depending on your age and medical history, you may undergo pre-operative tests such as a Full Blood Count Test, and an electrocardiogram (ECG), This is a requirement for patients for 60 years of age and older.

    6. Consent and paperwork: Before surgery, you’ll sign consent forms acknowledging that you understand the risks, benefits, and potential complications associated with the procedure. You’ll also complete necessary paperwork related to anesthesia, hospital admission, and financial arrangements.

    7. Pre-operative appointment: You’ll have a final pre-operative appointment with your surgeon to review the surgical plan, ask any remaining questions, and address any concerns you may have before the procedure.


    Facelift Procedure

    Facelift surgery, or rhytidectomy, is a meticulous procedure aimed at rejuvenating the face by addressing visible signs of ageing. Typically performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation, the surgery begins with the surgeon making discreet incisions, often along the hairline or around the ears, to minimize visible scarring.

    Once the incisions are made, the surgeon carefully lifts the skin to access the underlying tissues. Depending on the individual’s needs, excess fat may be removed, facial muscles may be tightened, and loose or sagging skin is repositioned and trimmed. This process effectively restores youthful contours and improves facial definition.

    Modern techniques may also involve deeper tissue manipulation and fat grafting to achieve more natural and long-lasting results. Once the desired adjustments are made, the skin is meticulously re-draped, and the incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives.

    Post-surgery, patients may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication and proper rest. While initial results are visible immediately, full recovery may take several weeks, during which time the final outcome becomes increasingly apparent.

    Facelift surgery, when performed by a skilled plastic surgeon, can yield transformative results, restoring a more youthful, refreshed appearance and boosting confidence.

    Facelift Aftercare

    After undergoing facelift surgery, proper aftercare is essential to ensure optimal healing and long-lasting results. Initially, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, mild bleeding and discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and cold compresses over a fitted compression garment provided to you.

    During the initial days following surgery, it’s crucial to rest and avoid strenuous activities to allow the body to heal. Keeping the head elevated while sleeping can help minimize swelling.

    Patients will be provided with detailed instructions on wound care, including how to clean and care for the incision sites. It’s important to follow these instructions diligently to prevent infection and promote proper healing.

    Follow-up appointments with the plastic surgeon will be scheduled to monitor progress and remove any sutures and staples as needed. At these appointments, the surgeon will also provide guidance on when it’s safe to gradually resume normal activities and skincare routines.

    While visible improvements will be noticeable soon after surgery, it’s important to understand that final results may take several weeks to fully manifest as swelling subsides and tissues settle. During this time, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet and sun protection, can further enhance and prolong the results of the facelift surgery.

    Risks Associated With Facelift Surgery

    Facelift surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks and potential complications. While serious complications are relatively rare, it’s essential to be aware of the possible risks before undergoing surgery. Some of the risks associated with facelift surgery include:

    1. Bleeding: Bleeding during or after surgery is a potential risk. Your surgeon will take precautions to minimize bleeding during the procedure, but excessive bleeding may require additional treatment or intervention.

    2. Infection: Infection is a risk with any surgical procedure. Your surgeon will prescribe antibiotics to reduce the risk of infection, and proper wound care is essential during the recovery period.

    3. Hematoma: A hematoma is a collection of blood under the skin that can occur after surgery. It may require drainage to prevent complications such as tissue damage or infection.

    4. Nerve injury: Damage to facial nerves during surgery can result in temporary or permanent numbness, weakness, or changes in sensation in the face. Most nerve injuries are temporary but can take weeks or months to resolve.

    5. Poor wound healing: In some cases, incisions may heal poorly, leading to visible scars, skin irregularities, or delayed wound healing. Following your surgeon’s post-operative care instructions can help minimize this risk.

    6. Skin necrosis: In rare cases, inadequate blood supply to the skin may cause tissue death (necrosis) near the incision sites. This complication may require additional treatment or surgical revision.

    7. Hair loss: Temporary or permanent hair loss around the incision sites is possible but uncommon. Proper incision placement and surgical technique can help minimize this risk.

    8. Asymmetry: Despite the surgeon’s best efforts, slight asymmetry in facial features may occur after surgery. In most cases, this is minor and not noticeable, but revision surgery may be necessary in rare instances.

    9. Anaesthesia risks: General anaesthesia carries its own set of risks, including adverse reactions and complications such as nausea, vomiting, and respiratory problems.

    10. Dissatisfaction with results: While most patients are satisfied with the results of facelift surgery, there is a possibility of not achieving the desired outcome or being unhappy with the aesthetic results.

    It’s essential to discuss these risks and any concerns you may have with your surgeon before undergoing facelift surgery. Your surgeon will explain the steps we take to minimize risks and optimize your safety during the procedure. Following your surgeon’s pre-and post-operative instructions diligently can help reduce the likelihood of complications and promote a smooth recovery.

    Sanjay Rai

    Award winning clinic

    Berkeley Square Medical
    • World Renowned Medical District

      Located on Harley Street, London. Considered one of the top medical districts worldwide.

    • Regulated By the Care Quality Commission

      Fully accredited hospital regulated by the UK Care Quality Commission UK (CQC).

    • Award-Winning Hospital

      Winners of "Best Private Hospital London" at the Medical Aesthetic Awards.

    • Consultant Led Practitioners

      All practitioners are GMC Consultants in their respective specialisations of practice.




    • What is the right age to consider a Facelift Surgery?

      The "right" age to consider a facelift surgery varies for each individual and depends on factors such as genetics, skin quality, lifestyle, and personal preferences. There isn't a specific age that applies universally to everyone.

      Typically, people start considering facelift surgery in their 40s to 60s when signs of aging, such as sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and loss of facial volume, become more pronounced. However, some individuals may choose to undergo a facelift at a younger age if they have significant concerns about aging or if they have hereditary factors that cause premature aging.

      It's essential to have a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate your unique situation, discuss your goals, and recommend the most suitable treatment plan. In some cases, less invasive procedures or non-surgical options may be appropriate before considering surgery.

      Ultimately, the decision to undergo a facelift should be based on individual factors, including physical and emotional readiness, rather than a specific age criterion. A thorough discussion with a qualified surgeon can help you determine the best timing for a facelift surgery based on your needs and circumstances.

    • Will I notice the difference immediately from a face lift?

      Yes, you are likely to notice a difference immediately after a facelift surgery, although your final results will become more apparent as swelling and bruising subside and the healing process progresses.

      Immediately after the procedure, your face may appear swollen, bruised, and bandaged. However, you will typically see improvements in facial contour, reduced sagging, and smoother skin. Despite the initial swelling and bruising, many patients are pleased with the initial changes they observe, even though the full results may not be fully realised until several weeks or months after surgery.

      As the healing process continues, you'll gradually see more definition in your facial features, and any residual swelling and bruising will diminish. It's essential to follow your surgeon's post-operative instructions closely to facilitate the healing process and optimise your results.

      Keep in mind that individual experiences may vary, and it's crucial to have realistic expectations about the immediate and long-term outcomes of facelift surgery. Your surgeon can provide you with specific information tailored to your case during your pre-operative consultations.

    • How long will the results last from a Facelift Surgery?

      The longevity of results from a facelift surgery can vary from person to person due to factors such as genetics, lifestyle choices, and the natural aging process. In general, the results of a facelift can last anywhere from 10-15 years. While a facelift can provide long-lasting improvements in facial appearance by addressing sagging skin, wrinkles, and other signs of aging, it does not stop the aging process altogether.

      Over time, the aging process will continue, and some degree of facial laxity and wrinkling may gradually reappear. However, many individuals find that even as they age further, the results of their facelift still leave them looking more youthful than they would have without the surgery. Additionally, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, protecting the skin from sun damage, and following a good skincare regimen can help prolong the results of a facelift.

      It's essential to have realistic expectations about the longevity of facelift results and to understand that periodic maintenance procedures or non-surgical treatments may be necessary in the future to maintain your desired appearance. Consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon can provide you with personalised information about what to expect from a facelift and how to best maintain your results over time.

    • When can I return to work after a Facelift?

      The recovery time after a facelift can vary depending on factors such as the extent of the procedure, individual healing capabilities, and the type of work you do. In general, most people can expect to return to work within 10 to 14 days after a facelift. However, this timeline can vary.

      During the initial days following the surgery, you may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which can impact your ability to return to work. Your surgeon will provide specific post-operative instructions tailored to your case, including recommendations for rest, activity level, and follow-up appointments.

      If your job is physically demanding or involves strenuous activity, you may need to take additional time off to ensure proper healing and avoid complications. Conversely, if your work is more sedentary and doesn't require significant physical exertion, you may be able to return sooner.

      It's essential to follow your surgeon's guidance closely and prioritise your recovery to achieve the best possible results from your facelift procedure. If you have any concerns or questions about returning to work after surgery, be sure to discuss them with your surgeon during your pre-operative consultations.

    • Can I have undergo Eyelid or Eye bag surgery at the same time as a Facelift?

      Yes, it's quite common for patients to undergo both blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and a facelift simultaneously. Combining these procedures can be beneficial for those looking to address multiple areas of the face to achieve a more comprehensive rejuvenation. However, it's crucial to consult with a qualified plastic surgeon who can assess your specific needs, medical history, and overall health to determine if it's appropriate and safe for you to undergo both procedures at the same time. They can provide personalised recommendations and guidance tailored to your goals and circumstances.
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