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Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, has been helping individuals regain their youthful appearance for decades. With almost 2 million surgeries done globally every year, it’s the go-to procedure if you are looking to reclaim your youthful look.

At HR Plastic Surgery we’re here to demystify the journey of facelifts and provide you with expert insights.

For more information on this procedure get in touch with us. London and Hertfordshire residents can contact us for more information.

What is facelift surgery?

Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at reversing the visible signs of ageing on the face and neck. It involves the removal of excess skin, tightening facial muscles and tissues, and the repositioning of skin to create a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

This surgical intervention can effectively address issues such as sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and jowls, thereby restoring a firmer, smoother, and more youthful contour to the face. Facelift surgery is highly customisable, allowing surgeons to tailor the procedure to each individual’s unique needs and aesthetic goals, to achieve natural-looking, long-lasting results.

Types of Facial Rejuvenation Procedure

There are typically two types of facelift procedures to choose from which include:

Surgical Facelift

A surgical facelift is a surgical procedure that involves the repositioning of deeper facial tissues, repositioning deeper facial tissues, and removing excess skin to achieve a rejuvenated appearance.

It’s highly effective in addressing moderate to severe sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and jowls (jawline) and redefining the contour of the neck. Surgical facelifts provide long-lasting results and are often chosen by individuals seeking significant facial rejuvenation.

There are different types of surgical facelifts which are distinguished by the length of the scar such as a short scar mini facelift or a MACS lift or classified according to the way the deeper facial tissue is repositioned and manipulated such as a High SMAS or deep plane facelift.

Non-surgical Facelift

Non-surgical facelift options offer less invasive alternatives to surgery, focusing on rejuvenating the face through non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques. These may include dermal fillers, Botox injections, thread lifts, and energy-based devices such as radiofrequency tightening.

While non-surgical facelifts provide more subtle results compared to surgery, they typically involve shorter recovery times and fewer risks. Non-surgical facelifts are suitable for those looking to address early signs of ageing or maintain the results of a previous surgical facelift.

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Facelift surgery offers numerous benefits, making it a popular choice for those seeking to rejuvenate their appearance.

Benefits of facelift surgery

Facelift surgery offers several notable benefits, making it a popular choice for individuals seeking to rejuvenate their appearance:

Youthful Appearance: One of the primary benefits of a facelift is the restoration of a more youthful look. By tightening sagging skin caused by ageing or substantial weight loss and smoothing out wrinkles, the procedure can make you appear several years younger.

Enhanced Confidence: Many patients report increased self-confidence and improved self-esteem after a successful facelift. A refreshed appearance can positively impact various aspects of a person’s life.

Long-Lasting Results: While the effects of a facelift are not permanent, they can last for many years. This longevity makes it a valuable investment for those looking to maintain a youthful appearance.

Natural-Looking Outcomes: When performed by skilled plastic surgeons, a facelift should provide a natural-looking enhancement rather than an artificial or “pulled” appearance, ensuring that you still look like yourself, only more youthful.

Customisation: Facelift surgery is highly customisable to address specific concerns. Surgeons can tailor the procedure to meet individual needs, whether focusing on the full face and neck or specific areas of concern.

Complementary Procedures: Facelift surgery can be combined with other treatments like eyelid surgery or dermal fillers for a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Improved Skin Quality: In addition to addressing sagging skin, a facelift can also improve skin quality, including texture and tone, creating a smoother and healthier look.

Risks of facelift surgery

It’s essential to be aware of the potential risks associated with facelift surgery, although complications are relatively rare.
These risks may include:

  • Infection: As with any surgical procedure, there is a slight risk of infection.
  • Scarring: Scars are kept to a minimum and made discrete by placement in well-hidden areas.
  • Bruising and Swelling: Temporary bruising and swelling are common after a facelift.
  • Numbness: Some patients may experience temporary numbness in the treated areas.

How is a facelift surgery procedure performed?

It’s important to understand the facelift procedure to make an informed decision as to whether or not to proceed with the treatment.


Before undergoing a facelift procedure, a comprehensive consultation with our plastic surgeon is the initial step. During this consultation, our surgeon will evaluate your facial anatomy, discuss your aesthetic goals, and assess your overall health to determine your candidacy and select the best type of facelift technique in your case, thereby tailoring the treatment to you specifically.

Based on this assessment, a personalised treatment plan is crafted, outlining the specific areas of concern and the surgical techniques to be employed. You may also need to undergo medical evaluations or tests to ensure you are in optimal health for the surgery.


During the actual facelift surgery, several key steps are undertaken to achieve the desired results. Anaesthesia is administered to ensure your comfort and minimise any pain during the procedure, with the type of anaesthesia chosen based on the surgeon’s preferences and the extent of the surgery.

Strategic incisions are then made around the ears and sometimes along the scalp to minimise visible scarring. These incisions grant access to the underlying facial muscles and tissues, which are subsequently repositioned and tightened to address sagging and wrinkles.

Any excess skin is meticulously removed to further enhance the appearance. Finally, the incisions are closed with sutures, and dressing or bandages may be applied as needed.


Following the facelift surgery, immediate post-operative care and monitoring are essential. You will be closely observed by medical staff to ensure your safety and comfort, and any discomfort or pain will be managed through prescribed pain relief medications.

In some cases, dressings or drains may be utilised to minimise swelling and fluid accumulation, and these are typically removed within a few days. It is crucial to adhere to the surgeon’s post-operative instructions regarding rest, activity limitations, and proper wound care during this phase.


The recovery period after a facelift unfolds in distinct phases. Initially, you will experience swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which gradually subside over the first week.

Any stitches used to close the incisions are typically removed during this time frame as well. You can gradually resume light activities after about one to two weeks, although strenuous exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for a more extended period.

As the swelling and bruising continue to diminish, the final results of your facelift become more apparent, usually within a few months. Regular follow-up appointments with the surgeon are essential to monitor your progress, address any concerns, and ensure a successful outcome.

Before and after images

Viewing before and after images of our previous facelift patients can provide you with a realistic understanding of the potential results you can achieve. These images showcase the skill and artistry of our surgeon at HR Plastic Surgery.

Do these photos remind you of your case?
You can get similar results or better.


Cost of facelift surgery

The cost of facelift surgery varies based on several factors, including the extent of the procedure.

The cost of the procedure includes a surgical fee, anaesthetic fee, theatre and hospital stay, and assistant’s fee. To make cosmetic surgery affordable, we offer a range of finance plans*.

For more information on our pricing, please get in touch with our team and we’ll gladly discuss your options.

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Facelift surgery can successfully remove sagging skin and smooth out wrinkles for a youthful look.

Why choose us?

Choose us for your facelift surgery because, at HR Plastic Surgery, we bring a wealth of experience and a patient-centric approach to every procedure. Our lead surgeon, Mr Hyder Ridha is dedicated to delivering exceptional results while prioritising your safety and comfort.

When you choose us, you can expect personalised care that addresses your unique goals and concerns, ensuring that your facelift is tailored to your individual needs.

Our commitment to achieving natural-looking outcomes means you’ll still look like yourself, only more youthful. With a track record of satisfied patients, we stand by our reputation for excellence, making us the ideal choice for your facelift surgery journey.

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Meet Mr Ridha

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon

Mr Hyder Ridha is a Consultant, Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon who read medicine at the prestigious Royal Free and University College London Medical School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Anatomy and Developmental Biology (First-class Honours) and graduated with distinction (MB BS) in 2003.

How to schedule a consultation

To book an appointment with Mr Ridha to discuss your procedure, please give us a call at + 020 3907 6830, email us at, or book online via our website.

If you would like to experience how you could look post-surgery, you can book a 3D consultation on our website, where you can see your potential after the results in 3D.

Our Locations

We are conveniently located in four hospitals throughout London and Hertfordshire.
Find us here:

One Hatfield Hospital – Hatfield Ave, Hatfield AL10 9UA
Pinehill Hospital – Benslow Ln, Hitchin SG4 9QZ

Spire Harpenden Hospital –
Ambrose Ln, Harpenden AL5 4BP

OSD Healthcare –
One Medical House, Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP2 7YU


We have also included some of our most frequently asked questions to help give you as much information as possible, to make the most informed decision.

The ideal age for a facelift varies, but it’s typically considered in the 40s to 60s when signs of ageing, like sagging skin and wrinkles, become more prominent. However, the decision should be based on individual concerns and consultation with a plastic surgeon.

Facelift results can last around 5 to 10 years or more, but the duration varies due to factors like surgical techniques, genetics, and lifestyle. The ageing process continues, and some individuals may choose touch-up procedures or non-surgical treatments to maintain their desired appearance.

Facelift surgery is generally safe when performed by a qualified, specialist plastic surgeon in an accredited facility. While there are risks, such as infection and scarring, serious complications are rare. Following the surgeon’s instructions pre and post-surgery is crucial for a safe and successful outcome.

Yes, facelift surgery is specifically designed to address excess sagging, and loose skin on the face and neck. During the procedure, a plastic surgeon removes the surplus skin and tightens the underlying facial tissues and muscles, resulting in a firmer and more youthful appearance. Facelift surgery effectively reduces sagging skin, helping patients achieve a rejuvenated and refreshed look.

A deep plane facelift is an advanced surgical technique that repositions deeper facial tissues and muscles, providing a more thorough and longer-lasting improvement in sagging skin, jowls, and mid-face drooping. This approach is often chosen by those seeking comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

A traditional facelift primarily addresses the lower two-thirds of the face, such as the cheeks and jawline, and the neck.

This information is not intended to be used for diagnosis or treatment. It is aimed at presenting a perspective only and is not a substitute for a prescription. Anyone experiencing a medical condition should consult their doctor.

*Medic First Limited trading as HR Plastic Surgery is an Appointed Representative of Chrysalis Finance Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Medic First Limited is a credit broker not a lender.

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