What is a facelift?

A facelift, also called a rhytidectomy, smooths loose skin on the face and neck, tightens underlying tissues and removes excess fat.

There are many ways to perform a facelift. The results can be subtle or dramatic. This may depend on your appearance before surgery and on your desired outcome. Your surgeon will discuss which of these options are most suitable for you.

Is facelift right for me?

Always talk to your surgeon before deciding whether a facelift is right for you.

It is important to know that a facelift alone is unlikely to correct conditions such as loose skin around the eyebrows and eyelids, or lines and wrinkles around the mouth. Other procedures may also be required, such as eyelid surgery or skin resurfacing.

The exact nature of the procedure and estimated recovery times will all be explained simply and clearly during your consultation.

Potential complications

All surgery comes with some degree of risk. For example, bleeding and infection are possible. Fortunately, significant complications from facelifts are usually infrequent. Don’t worry, your surgeon will fully explain potential complications during the consultation process and commit to supporting you during your recovery period.


During surgery

Your time in surgery may vary according to your individual needs and the specifics of the procedures being performed. Your surgeon will fully explain these details to you during your consultation.


One of the most important reasons for choosing a reputable surgeon is knowing they will be by your side throughout the recovery process, ready to reassure and support you at every stage. Ask your surgeon what the recovery process will involve for you.