As we age, skin loses its firmness and elasticity, causing it to sag and wrinkle. This tends to be particularly noticeable under the chin and upper neck, along the border of the jaw (jowls) and at the corners of the mouth. Unfortunately, this process affects everyone to some extent, but that doesn't mean there is nothing that can be done about it. Our facelifts provide a lasting remedy with virtually undetectable scars.

What are the benefits of a facelift and what sort of problems is it suitable for?

Facelifts are suitable for men and women who want to significantly reduce facial sagging. The best candidates tend to be people in their 40s, 50s and 60s who still have some elasticity in their skin, although facelifts can be performed successfully on people in their 70s and 80s. Facelifts are most effective for the lower half of the face, particularly the jaw line and neck. At The Alexandra Clinic, we favour a natural look, so patients look younger and more refreshed, rather than looking as if they've had surgery. The scars will be hidden either behind the ear or in the hair line, making them virtually undetectable.

What does the facelift involve?

Incisions are made above the hair line at the temples and these extend in a line down the front of the ear or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear, and continue around behind the earlobe, up into the crease behind the ear and off into the lower scalp. Occasionally a small incision needs to be made under the chin. There are various options when performing facelift surgery. Sometimes the skin is separated from the underlying muscle and just the skin is lifted. More usually the muscle and fibrous attachments are dissected free and connected to the solid structures in front and behind the ear. At other times the skin and muscle are lifted together as one layer. With all of the various options the skin is pulled upwards and backwards to give a more youthful appearance. The incision is closed with stitches or glue, whilst staples are usually used in the hairline. The support bandage is removed after two days.

What sort of anaesthetic is available when having facelift surgery?

Facelifts are usually performed under general anaesthetic, so you will be asleep during the operation.

How long does a facelift take?

The facelift surgery usually takes 2½ – 3½ hours and at least a one night stay in one of our private hospitals is usually required.

Who will perform the facelift?

A fully qualified specialist Consultant Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, who is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons or European equivalent. You will have a consultation with the surgeon who will perform the procedure in advance of your surgery.

Where will the facelift surgery be performed?

In a state-of-the-art private hospital which specialises in cosmetic surgery and is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

What is the recovery time following facelift surgery?

The recovery time following a facelift procedure differs from one person to another but it is usually between 2 – 6 weeks. After the surgery there is usually some swelling and bruising of the cheeks and neck, and numbness in front of the ears. Discomfort is usually mild and can be controlled with Paracetamol. Facial activity should be kept to a minimum for a week after surgery.

What aftercare is provided following a facelift?

An overnight stay is usually required after the facelift, during which you will receive the optimum medical care. You will have a check-up with the clinic nurse 5 – 7 days after the surgery. You will also have consultations with the surgeon at 2 – 3 weeks, 3 months and as appropriate.

Are there any after-effects or associated risks from facelift surgery?

As with most operations, there may be some post-operative swelling and soreness after the facelift surgery. It is normal to have some numbness of the skin, cheeks and ears after having a facelift but this usually disappears within a few months. There are small risks associated with all surgery, but we have successfully treated thousands of patients over the years and use fully qualified specialist surgeons, so risks are minimal. We will be more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have during your consultation.

Can a facelift be used in conjunction with other treatments?

Facelifts are sometimes particularly effective when performed in conjunction with eyelid and eye bag correction surgery. If you are considering other cosmetic procedures, we can provide you with advice during your consultation.

How does the process work?

The first step is to arrange a free consultation at our Chester facelift clinic with one of our professional, sympathetic and highly trained counsellors. They will assess your requirements, talk to you about the procedure and give you all the facelift information you need. It is important to us that you feel entirely comfortable with every element of the facelift, so there will be no pressure to proceed and we will be happy to answer any queries you may have. If you decide you would like to go ahead, you will have a consultation with the surgeon who is going to perform the procedure, in which you can discuss all the elements of the facelift surgery, the desired result and ensure you are completely happy to proceed.

Can I spread the cost of a facelift?

At The Alexandra Clinic we want to make facelifts affordable for everyone, so we offer finance packages to help you spread the cost. When you come in for a consultation, we can tell you all about our affordable payment plan.