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Face Lift Surgery

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As we age, our skin loses elasticity and droops and the facial muscles also slacken. The natural fat under the skin also sags, making you look older. Drastic weight loss can also age the face. The rate the face ages may not necessarily match the rate that the rest of the body and mind is ageing, and you may feel that the face you see in the mirror is not the one you should have.

Face lift surgery, also known as Rhytidectomy, tightens and reduces skin that has lost its natural elasticity, making the face tighter and smoother. Cosmetic surgery can address a number of age-related concerns:

  • Sagging cheeks or "jowls"
  • Excess skin around the lower jawline
  • Excess fat and skin around the neck (if combined with a neck lift)
  • Skin folds or creases from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth

Am I suitable for Face Lift surgery?

A facelift (rhytidectomy) gives the best results if the face and neck have started to sag but the skin still has some elasticity and the bone structure is strong and well defined. Most people who have facelifts are in their 40s to 60s, but facelifts can be done successfully on people in their 70s or 80s.

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Benefits of having Face Lift surgery

  • More youthful appearance
  • Increased self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Confidence wearing clothes with lower necklines - no need to wear a scarf or high necked top to hide the neck.
  • Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
  • Being able to apply make-up more easily

Face Lift surgery procedure

Procedure Time

2 - 3 hours


Twilight or General

Nights in Hospital

Daycase or 1 overnight stay

Pain and Discomfort

3 - 7 days

Risks - Common

Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness

Risks - Uncommon

Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, nerve damage

Follow-up Appointments

1 week, 2 weeks (stitches removed), 3 months (after surgery)

Time Off Work

2 - 4 weeks

Sports and Exercise

2 weeks post-op - walking, 4 weeks post-op - everything


4 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months

Minimal-Access Cranial Suspension (MACS)

The MACS facelift restores the smoothness of the skin and the contour of the neck and face.

Incisions are made in the hairline and are typically quite short to reduce scarring. The resulting scars are very discreet, hidden behind the hairline. Your surgeon will tighten your facial muscles to create a more youthful appearance.

The MACS facelift is less invasive than a SMAS facelift, but more invasive than our mini-facelift options. It requires a moderate recovery time but can typically be done under either local or twilight anaesthesia. It is also more expensive than mini-facelift treatments, starting from £7,422. Your surgeon will recommend this treatment if you have significant signs of ageing which may not be treated as effectively with a mini-facelift, but do not require a SMAS Lift (Extended MACS facelift).

SMAS Face Lift

The SMAS Facelift is the most extensive facelift we offer, targeting both sagging skin and the underlying muscular structures of the face. It is most suitable for patients with significant facial drooping and loose skin. The SMAS facelift dramatically restores the smoothness of the skin and youthfulness and firmness of the neck and face.

The musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS) is a thin layer of muscle and connective tissue located deep within the subcutaneous fat in the mid and lower face. Incisions are made in the hairline and extend down in front of and around the ears. The resulting scars are very discreet, hidden behind the ears and hair. Your surgeon will smooth and reshape the SMAS layer to reduce drooping skin and wrinkles, and rejuvenate your face.

The SMAS facelift is more invasive than the other treatments we offer and will often require a longer recovery time. This procedure is typically done under twilight anaesthesia. It is also our most expensive facelift treatment, starting from £9,200. Your surgeon will recommend this treatment if you have significant signs of ageing which may not be treated as effectively with other methods.

Mini Face Lift

Kat & Co's signature approach to mini-facelifts utilises a barbed suture(thread) which provides better tightening of the skin without the need for knots. This allows easier stitching, less puckering and fewer problems with the knots from traditional sutures.

One Stitch Mini Face Lift

The one stitch mini facelift is a skin excision facelift. It is ideal for individuals who require a very short recovery time – 48 hours.

The procedure can be carried out under local anaesthetic which reduces many of the risks associated with surgery. It subtly improves the appearance of the face in front of the ears. The fee includes 2 sessions of the procedure with an interval of 6 to 9 months.

This procedure is also less expensive than other facelifts, starting from £4,268.

Two Stitch Mini Face Lift

The two stitch mini Facelift is our most popular facelift. It is an advanced version of thread lifts. Conventional thread lifts involve the use of barbed threads of various descriptions, with no removal of excess skin, and the duration of the results are dependent on the scarring and fibrosis that follow.

Both the two stitch mini facelift and its predecessor, the one stitch mini facelift, involves the removal of skin from the front of the ears. It is a minimally invasive procedure which can be carried out safely under local anaesthesia. It has evolved from the one stitch mini facelift and has an improved longevity as it involves lifting the SMAS. It is ideal for patients with moderate facial aging.

This procedure is also less expensive than other full facelifts, starting from £5,271.

Neck Lift

A Neck Lift or Platysmaplasty, removes loose skin along the jaw line and on the neck itself, resulting in a smoother, wrinkle-free neck and jaw line. This procedure is often combined with a facelift to dramatically rejuvenate one’s overall appearance.

Incisions are made in the hairline and are typically quite short to reduce scarring. The resulting scars are very discreet, hidden behind the hairline. Your surgeon will tighten your loose skin to create a more uplifted and youthful appearance to the neck.

This procedure is typically performed under twilight anaesthesia and requires a moderate recovery time. Necklift surgery starts from £7,622

Face Lift Before and Afters

Face Lift Cost

Mini Face Lift (1 Stitch)

From £4,268

Mini Face Lift (2 Stitch)

From £5,271

MACS Face Lift

From £7,422

Extended MACS Lift (SMAS)

From £9,200

Neck Lift

From £7,622

If you are a prospective patient, please download the informed consent form below. This includes information about the treatment, potential risks and contraindications.

Face Lift Recovery

Instructions on discharge
  • A facial garment (provided) is recommended for the first week after surgery
  • Antiseptic ointment to be applied to the scars  in front  the ears twice a day for 2 weeks, after removal of the facial garment
  • Ice compress for the 2 days.
  • Sleep with head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first 2 weeks and avoid bending the head down.
  • TED stockings (if necessary) to be worn for 2 weeks.
  • Discharge with standard painkillers.
Dressings Clinic
  • Usually about a week after the surgery to check on the wounds and at the end of the second week to remove the metal clips in the scalp.
  • No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for about the first 2 weeks.
Wound Care for First 3 Months
  • Moisturise all scars for at least 3 months.
  • Moisturise face and neck religiously.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for the first 3 months.

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