Facelift surgery is becoming increasingly popular with men who want to maintain their youthful looks.

This surgery works wonders in reducing and tightening skin that has lost elasticity over time. Fat filling improves volume and skin quality, especially if supplemented with Fat cells. These procedures will also restore the neck and jawline, to further rejuvenate a tired, ageing appearance. In fact, compared to just 5 years ago, a staggering 45% more men are opting for facelift surgeries to stay young-looking.

During consultation, our highly skilled surgeons will address your concerns and discuss the options for your treatment, with a focus on the least visible scarring possible. We respect the gender-specific anatomy and maintain male characteristics. We want the surgical invasion of the facelift to be as conservative as possible, emphasizing masculine facial features. Different techniques are required for a female facelift.

Whatever your personal reasons, a Facelift at the Cadogan Clinic will provide the leading surgeons in the UK who have access to the most advanced techniques and facilities for your treatment. Our expert team is acutely aware that your appearance can affect your confidence and everyday happiness, and as such we handle each case with sensitivity and discretion. You can rest assured your treatment, performed at our state-of-the-art, purpose-built, central London clinic, will deliver the results you desire.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a Micro-Lift may be the perfect solution for your excess neck skin, but there are other solutions.

The Micro-Lift procedure is designed to help alleviate early signs of ageing and mild loss of elasticity loss.

This procedure commences with the making of a tiny incision below each ear. The connective tissue below the skin is pulled and held back to create a subtle structural lift in your jawline and neck. The skin will become taut and contours defined again.

The Micro-Lift does not offer drastic results. This is the subtlest in facelift procedures. If you have moderate skin laxity a mini-facelift may be a better choice for you. Or, if you have a problem with severe folds or prominent jowls you may want to consider a full facelift. However, if you are in your late 30s to late 40s and are looking for a light “pick up” in your face and neck area, the Micro-Lift is probably the best solution for you.

Remember that these modern lifting procedures are often combined with fat transfer and stem cell transfer to restore volume in the right places and rejuvenate the skin.

Any extra unwanted fat or double chin is removed by liposuction.

The recovery period for a Micro-Lift is really short. Most patients are back to their regular routines after just a few days. You will experience minimal discomfort after surgery. In addition, the smallness of the facial incisions means that your skin’s healing process will be quicker as well. You have minimal chance of poor scarring.

Of all the scars you may have from plastic surgeries, scars on the face are the best of the whole body. They are not only well hidden, but also settle inefficiently. For most healthy people, surgical scars of a well-performed facelift do not cause any issues. Even for patients who produce keloid scars can consider having a facelift, even though they will require extra Cadogan scar aftercare treatment.

Facelifts are becoming less invasive and scars fewer. Nevertheless, the standard scars themselves are short and hidden around the contours of the face, in the front of the ear, under the earlobe and in the crease behind the ear. Most will be hidden by the hair from day one, and make-up can be applied immediately after the sutures have been removed. Majority of clients find that the scars are fine with make-up after a week or so, and that they are happy with the visibility of scars without wearing any make-up after a month or so. 

We have a Cadogan Clinic scar aftercare regime using applications twice a day, and a laser treatment for the scars from the third week. Very rarely, for patients that tend to form keloids, we have stronger scar aftercare treatment options available. 

Your surgeon will give you detailed advice which may include preparation of the skin by applications for a few weeks prior to surgery. The most important advice is for smokers to stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks, but four weeks or longer, if possible. They should not recommence until the wounds are well healed, two weeks after surgery. Haematomas or haemorrhage under the skin was common in the past but now with our more refined techniques, is rare. You do need however, to avoid drugs such as aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as these all increase the risk of bleeding. High blood pressure is another risk and should be well-controlled at the time of surgery. Bathe and wash your hair the night before surgery, and stop eating 6 hours prior to the operation. You may drink water up until 2 hours before surgery. Arrange for a responsible person to collect you from the clinic and stay with you overnight. You will need to return to the clinic for a dressing the next morning. If you live at a distance, it may be wise to book into our local hotel, via our advisors to obtain preferential rates. If you are nervous, we can arrange for a nurse from the clinic to stay with you.

A facelift is not painful, and it is unlikely that you will need anything stronger than paracetamol, if that. There are dressings overnight and you will need to return the next morning to have the wounds checked and dressings reduced or removed. Healing is better and swelling reduced if activity is kept to a minimum. For the first few days keeping the head higher than the heart, also reduces pressure in the vessels and reduces bruising. Add a few extra pillows for the first night.

The visible stitches are removed a week after surgery, and a few more behind the ear later. During that first week, you will be perfectly able to work from a computer, but avoid the commute into work.
The stitches are easily hidden, but once they are removed, you will look perfectly good, indeed much better than before surgery, but still a little puffy. It is the smokers that may have slower and less satisfactory healing. It will be wise to avoid the gym for four weeks.

Make-up will hide the early pink and well-hidden scars and the Cadogan post-operative scar treatment will be helpful for those that have had difficulty with scars in the past, or are anxious to get the earliest possible resolution. For most people however, the pink scars become pale and mature within a month or two.


There is not a ‘one size fits all’ answer regarding the cost of facelift, as there are so many versions and many patients elect to have further fat grafting of the face or treatment to the forehead and eyelids. Depending on what different options you decide to go with for your customized treatment, the pricing will change.

We will be able to quote accurately after you have seen your surgeon, but prices begin at £9000 for a full regular facelift. But first, there are lesser, and not necessarily less effective, options to consider.

It is perfectly possible to carry out a facelift under a local anaesthetic, but most of our patients prefer the type of general anaesthesia we give at the Cadogan Clinic, which is Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (T.I.V.A.). Oxygen is the only gas you receive, and the anaesthetic is given intravenously using a computerised pump. You are kept only just asleep with a modified encephalogram monitoring your consciousness so that you are kept unaware and only lightly asleep. There is no sickness after the procedure and you wake up immediately after the procedure is finished. This allows you to go home an hour or two after the surgery is completed, even if the surgery has taken several hours.

Your anaesthetist will see your medical history when the operation is booked and may ask for blood tests, an electrocardiogram or respiratory tests. All being well, you will not see your anaesthetist until the day of the operation when he/she will discuss any medical problems. If you do have particular issues you can meet your anaesthetist earlier.

You will always retain the benefits from your facelift surgery. You put the clock back and start again. However, you are up against the continued ageing process. It would be fair to say that, if a facelift makes you appear 10 years younger, you will always retain that 10-year advantage. The trick, of course, is to delay the effects of ageing with aesthetic treatments, which are non-surgical.

There are other factors that determine how long a facelift will last, such as age of the patient and the condition of the patient's skin. Darker skin that is in a healthy condition will respond better at the time of the surgery, as opposed to fairer skin that has sun damage or is thinner. However, patients who are under the age of 60 typically have the longest lasting results. Most will not need another.

The skill of the surgeon and the technique used are also an important factor in the longevity of a facelift. The natural ageing process will continue after a facelift, but with a skilled surgeon and with the proper maintenance you can expect to stay looking 10 years younger than your current age for a minimum of 5 years following the procedure. There are a lucky few who retain all the benefit and never seem to age again.

The Cadogan Clinic has a full range of advice available from not only our surgeons, but also our dermatologists and aestheticians. Most patients will only need one facelift in their lives and there are some who 10 years later look as fresh as immediately after their facelift feeling fresh and youthful. A facelift repositions the skin and soft tissues. We have lasers, peels, botox and fillers to enhance the skin quality. The latest and possibly the best adjunct is Stem cell treatment.

Helpful tips to make your facelift last longer!

+ Don’t smoke! Smoking ages you, accelerating the ageing process dramatically.
Drink less alcohol! Alcohol dehydrates your skin and we want your skin to remain firm and supple in order for results to be long-lasting.
Keep a healthy weight! Significant weight fluctuations can change the shape and elasticity of the skin on your face. To remain that vibrant, youthful look following your facelift, avoid or cut back on alcohol.
Drink lots of water! Water hydrates your skin, it keeps the face looking full and fabulous.
Always wear sunscreen! Every day- no exceptions. The sun damages your skin, causes wrinkles and advanced ageing.
Take care of your skin! Following the instructions laid out to you by your surgeon for proper aftercare are of the utmost importance. It’s also important to use high-quality skin creams, serums and to continue having professional treatments such as peels, fillers or Botox to continue to support your desired aesthetic.  

Times have changed! Recovery from a Cadogan facelift is quick, as you will not feel ill or be in pain. You will need to avoid exercise for a few weeks, but you will be able to back in front of a computer as soon as the next day. There will be some swelling and bruising at the incision areas, which is normal and will fade in time and heal over the next week or so.

All our patients are treated as a day case. If you live far away, it may be wise to book into one of our local hotels, via our patient advisor, who can obtain preferential rates. We will need to see you the day after surgery to change or remove dressings, so ensure you will have an easy way to get back to the clinic the day after surgery.

If there is any pain, it will be minor. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with a prescription for pain medication, or you can treat the pain with over the counter medication such as paracetamol. To ensure a good recovery, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions. Don’t worry if you have more swelling on one area of your face than the other, it is normal.

You may have heard or read online about patients, who are in pain with considerable swelling for weeks or months following a facelift, but this is highly unusual. It may be the result of poor technique or deep plane facelift, where all the soft tissues are lifted off the bone and placed at a higher level. While this can give good results, we at the Cadogan Clinic, do not feel that the discomfort and long recovery time of this deep plane technique is worth it. We focus on getting you lasting, incredible results, without unnecessary downtime and pain or discomfort.

Non-surgical facelifts are being touted as a viable alternative to a surgical facelift, but is it a better option? What are the main differences?

Non-Surgical Facelift

Plastic surgeons tend to be sceptical of non-surgical treatments. However, at the Cadogan Clinic we have been monitoring developments and are now highly impressed with non-surgical treatments and heartily recommend them particularly for younger patients.

 There are limits, however. It is very difficult to fix drooping, sagging older skin. with a non-surgical facelift. You simply cannot expect a 100% improvement of deep wrinkle lines and drooping skin with fillers and injections. And over time, fillers fade and need to be replenished with touch-ups.

For non-surgical facelifts, dermatologists and aestheticians at the Cadogan Clinic will recommend maintenance and anti-ageing creams as a routine. There are various laser treatments for red blood vessels, brown patches and wrinkles, chemical peels and the skin tightening Ultherapy. These treatments can be sufficient for some patients, depending entirely on the condition of the skin.

We should not forget that non-surgical treatments can help to maintain the good effects of surgery.

Surgical Facelift

With a surgical facelift, you can be sure that you will have incredible, lasting results. When it comes to drooping, sagging skin and deeply set wrinkles on the face, a facelift is the best option. Nowadays our cosmetic surgeons often suggest fat transplants for a fuller, more youthful face. This fat containing stem cells also improves skin quality.

Most patients never need to have another facelift after their first treatment. The results will be a natural, youthful look of 10-15 years younger.  If you are an actress playing Juliette, you may need a second lift to keep the part.

In the past, facelifts have received a bit of a bad reputation for giving clients a ‘wind tunnel’ or tightly pulled back look, an example of this would be certain American movie stars. However, those issues have long been a thing of the past, our cosmetic surgeons use only cutting-edge technology to ensure you have beautiful results that keep you looking natural.


The treatments available for non-surgical facelifts will delay the effects of ageing to a certain superficial level, but the emptiness of the face and folds of loose skin will require surgery. There are many different versions of surgery, which would be tailored to your condition. 

Facelift surgery as carried out at the Cadogan Clinic is relatively risk free, we do not carry out the deep plane surgery, which is associated with medium term pain and swelling.

Bleeding haematoma, or bleeding under the skin is a risk and we therefore ask patients to avoid any drugs that might increase this tendency. This would include the usual anti-coagulants, aspirin, anti-inflammatories and certain herbal remedies.

We keep scars to a minimum and scars of the face are better than elsewhere in the body. Patients who tend to get hypertrophic or keloid scars need to be very carefully advised and treated with our Cadogan scar treatments post-operatively. Your surgeon will discuss these risks with you very carefully.

As we age our skin loses its elasticity, and the underlying tissues lose their volume, as well as bone losing its structure. A facelift works by repositioning the soft tissues and skin to its former level and plumping out the soft tissues to give the refreshed look of natural youth.

A facelift is regularly done as a Day Case procedure, under local or TIVA, our gentler version of general anaesthesia. The procedure may take several hours, but you, the patient, will be able to go home to rest on the day of the surgery.

For a full standard facelift, the surgeon creates an incision in the front of the ear, up towards the hairline and behind the ear into the scalp. He or she will then lift the skin up off the face, gently pulling it into an upwards direction and removing any excess skin.

Depending on your individual case, the surgeon is likely to also tighten the SMAS, the deeper tissues on the face, or perform a neck lift to tighten the skin around the chin and jowls. Once the procedure is completed, the incision will be closed with staples or sutures, and dressings will be applied.

These days we generally use fat grafting in association with non-surgical procedures to help fill in concaves in the face that occur with age. There are numerous types of facelifts, depending on the results you’re looking for, and the condition of your skin, your surgeon will decide what is best for you and make recommendations. 

What to expect

Free Consultation with a Patient Advisor

We offer a free, no-obligation 30-60 minute consultation with one of our Patient Advisors. They will work with you to understand your objectives and the results you want to achieve, talk you through the procedure and answer any questions you may have. If you decide that you would like to proceed to the next step and see a surgeon, your Patient Advisor will be happy to arrange this for you. At this point, you will be required to pay a consultation fee. 

Surgical Consultation

The next step is for you to meet your chosen surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic. Your surgeon will use this time to make a comprehensive medical assessment of you, your condition, and your expectations before making a recommendation and personalised treatment plan for you. You will then discuss the outcomes you can expect to see and ask any questions.

The Procedure

On the day of your procedure you will be welcomed at the Cadogan Clinic by your Patient Advisor and dedicated nursing staff. Following a brief medical check, you will meet with both your surgeon and anaesthetist to run through the details of your procedure one final time and answer any last questions you may have.  


After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you. 

After Care & Support

Our care and support continues in the days and weeks following your procedure with our complimentary aftercare programme. This comprised of a series of appointments made with your surgeon and nursing team to monitor your progress and recovery. They will also introduce you to several scar minimization techniques and bespoke products to aid your progress. Our team are also on call to answer any questions you have around your surgery at any time you are concerned.


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