The Micro-Facelift procedure is ideal for patients between the ages of 35 - 50 years wishing to reduce the visible signs of ageing.

Performed under local anaesthetic, the Micro-Facelift is a day case procedure, taking between 20-45 minutes to perform. No large incisions are made on the face and the patient will not be left with any scarring. It is generally a painless procedure and any bruising or swelling will subside within 5-7 days.

What is a Micro-Facelift Procedure?

As we age it is natural for the facial bones to start shrinking, which causes the supporting skin tissue around the mid and lower sections of the face to begin to sag. The Micro-Facelift is a simple procedure which can be performed when there is a moderate level of sagging and will return the skin tissue to its original position.

The Micro-Facelift should not be confused with similar operations such as the thread lift, suture suspensions, attachments or spider web procedures as the effects of these procedures are short-lived and often pass after a couple of months.

The Micro-Facelift is a closed face-lift procedure, meaning the surgeon enters the face from one tiny incision on the face and then begins to lift and restore the tissue to its original position. The effects of the Micro-Facelift are permanent, helping resolving sagging of the cheeks, jaw and neck.


Frequently Asked Questions

Our skin begins to sag with the regression of the cheek bone arches and jaw bone, which happens as a natural part of the ageing process.

The Micro-Facelift is ideal for people aged between 35-50 years who are experiencing a slight degree of sagging around the mid-face but don't require a full face lift surgery. The procedure is not suitable for patients who have an excessive level of sagging or those who have poor skin elasticity.

The surgeon enters the face through a tiny incision and proceeds to move the sub-dermal tissue to its original position and suture. It is a pain free procedure that delivers natural results without scaring.

The Micro-Facelift can be carried out under sedation with local anaesthetic, taking between 20-45minutes to perform, dependent on the area being treated and the level of sagging. It’s a very simple procedure that requires very little recovery time, and gives you a rejuvenated look of 3-5 years younger. 

There are many advantages of a Micro-Facelift.

+ The Micro-Facelift can be performed with sedation and local anaesthetic.
+ With a Micro-Facelift the healing process is accelerated.
+ It is a short procedure that takes up to 45 minutes to perform.
+ It is pain-free and scar free.
+ Fat injections can also be administered in conjunction with a Micro-Facelift to enhance the natural results and optimise volume.
+ You will leave looking instantly 3-5 years younger, without looking overdone or windblown.
+ You will have results that last up to 4 years, depending of course on the natural ageing process and if you follow your surgeon’s aftercare recommendations.

To see if the Micro-Facelift is right for you, please call the Cadogan Clinic today to book a consultation.

Patients are able to return to a normal routine 3-4 days after a Micro-Facelift procedure. The full healing process is between 7-14 days. You will have some bruising and swelling, but it will be gone after a few days and you’ll be able to get back to your normal routine.

It's important to discuss medication with your surgeon prior to any surgical procedure. Patients should cease taking aspirin or blood thinners three weeks prior to a Micro-Facelift procedure,

Patients are able to return home a few hours following the Micro-Facelift procedure and will not require an overnight stay. It is normal to expect a little swelling in the area over the first couple of days. Patients may wash the face and begin moisturising and applying anti-bruise cream the day after surgery.

The Micro-Facelift procedure restores the facial tissues to their original position so does not alter the facial expressions. Patients will look like a more youthful version of themselves, with natural results.

The Micro-Facelift may be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as a blepharoplasty (eye lid procedure), a neck lift or fat injections. Your surgeon will recommend what procedures you should have depending on what your desired results are. The best way to find out how to achieve your results is to book a consultation at our clinic today.

The Micro-Facelift is not a very painful procedure. Our surgeons are experts at making sure that the least amount of discomfort is caused, if any. There may be some discomfort behind the ears following a Micro-Facelift procedure, which is standard pain and not at all overwhelming. Any pain can be managed with painkillers and there is no lasting pain associated with the procedure.

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.

In truth, there are nowadays a full range of facelifts and in addition a whole range of add-ons. Plastic surgeons used to have their own adaption of a facelift, but it was the same for everyone. We at Cadogan Clinic now tailor the procedure to the individual patient’s requirements, which will include age, skin type and condition, facial morphology and above all, the patient’s expectation.

We might call the procedures full, mini or micro facelift, but they can all be broken down into certain parts.

Firstly, the length of skin excision. The longest could be across the top of the head in front of or behind the hairline, down in front of the ears, skirting the earlobe, up behind the ear and back down into the hair. The trend, however, is towards shorter and shorter scars and virtually never across the top of the head.  The shortest scar is the micro lift, which is also known as the one-stitch facelift, with a tiny scar below or above the ear.     

Secondly, the extent of undermining of the skin. We now never undermine from ear to mouth and meeting under the chin, but just enough to avoid bunching in front of and below the ear.

Thirdly, the degree of undermining and treatment of the SMAS, the muscle of the skin. The wide dissection, a source of risk, is now avoided and very often it is simply repositioned with stitches.

Fourthly, the method of suspension. Small dissolving sutures can be useful for the nuance of the result, but more permanent and strong nylon sutures can be inserted without the necessity of tissue dissection, and they last longer.

A word of warning - we are not impressed by the clever dissolving threads, which need no surgery and therefore are used by less skilled operators. They are not cost-effective and have only temporary effect with an unacceptable rate of complications.

Now, what about the add-ons?

The most frequent add-on is the restoration of lost facial volume by fat transfer. Your fat is used to augment the cheekbones, cheeks, temples, brow, chin and anywhere else it will improve facial balance. Fat contains those all-important stem cells, which also improve scars and skin quality. At Cadogan Clinic we are able to enhance the transferred fat with extra stem cells.

We might also address the long wrinkled ear lobe, the eyelids and the droopy nose.

We discuss and decide with the patient what is going to help you meet your expectations in a cost-effective way, and arrive at a suitable procedure.  Sometimes this will be a full facelift. More often it will be a mini or micro lift, quite possibly with fat grafting and stem cells.

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

Once you’ve booked your consultation, the next step will be 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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