Face and Neck - Facelift

Face and Neck - Facelift

The surgical facelift can turn back the clock, as a long-lasting rejuvenation of the face and neck.

What is it?

There are different types of facelifts that target either local areas or the entire face and neck. All aim to correct visible signs of ageing and gravity such as loose or sagging skin, loss of facial contour definition and excess fatty deposits. Indeed, when appearing under the chin and jaw, they can make even a person of normal weight appear to have a double chin; and under the eyes they may give a tired look.

Ideal facelift candidates are men and women between 40 and 65. Best results are obtained on those whose skin is still relatively supple and who are in good overall health. The facelift should not alter morphology or facial expression, but restore damaged anatomical structures such as skin, muscle and fat tissue, achieving a rejuvenated appearance and boosting patient self-confidence.

The full facelift is the most frequently performed, but the mid-facelift and mini facelift are also options.

What is the procedure?

A thorough pre-operation medical consultation is compulsory. During the facelift, the surgeon performs incisions usually concealed along the hairline and the natural creases of the face. The skin is then separated from the underlying tissues and muscles, lifted and tightened. Fat may be removed or redistributed from the face, jowls and neck. Underlying tissues are repositioned. Skin is redraped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. Sutures are performed on different sub-cutaneous levels to reduce tension and allow more natural results. Finally the face is wrapped in supporting bandages that will be removed the day following the intervention.

What can be treated?


The art of a facelift is to improve heavy and tired features to make you look, and even feel, younger again. The face recovers its youthful shape and tone: lines are lifted upwards for a more positive appearance and volumes are restored in the cheek area. Final results are reached 3 to 6 months after the surgery.

To optimise the effects of a facelift, complementary treatments are recommended: laser resurfacing to improve skin tone and texture and filler or botulinum toxin (Botox®) injections to reduce wrinkles.

Side effects and risks?

The most common side effects associated to a surgical facelift are: pain, swelling, bruising and temporary skin numbness.

As in any cosmetic surgical intervention, certain complications are possible. For each patient, the ratio between benefits and risks must be carefully evaluated. More detailed information will be delivered by the surgeon during the initial consultation.

Uzmana Soru Sorun