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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:
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.Find Out More
2 - 3 hours
Twilight or General
Daycase or 1 overnight stay
3 - 7 days
Bruising, swelling, temporary numbness
Infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, nerve damage
1 week, 2 weeks (stitches removed), 3 months (after surgery)
2 - 4 weeks
2 weeks post-op - walking, 4 weeks post-op - everything
4 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Mini Face Lift (1 Stitch)
Mini Face Lift (2 Stitch)
MACS Face Lift
Extended MACS Lift (SMAS)
If you are a prospective patient, please download the informed consent form below. This includes information about the treatment, potential risks and contraindications.
The result of a face lift typically lasts between 5 and 10 years. The less invasive one and two stitch mini-facelifts typically last up to 1 and 5 years respectively.
There are many reasons why you may choose to have face lift surgery:
You will need to take time off work following a face lift. You can normally return to work after 2 weeks once bruising has reduced, but you may take up to 4 weeks to fully recover. There are no restrictions on activities and exercise but you should try to avoid strenous activity and heavy lifting.
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.