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What Is A Mini Face Lift?

A mini facelift is a highly effective way of tackling the early signs of ageing.

It is a modified version of the traditional face lift, and there are many things to recommend this particular treatment. 

A mini facelift is considerably less invasive than a traditional facelift procedure (rhytidectomy) and involves fewer incisions, which are discreetly hidden and usually very difficult to see with an untrained eye. Results are extremely impactful, however, and this facelift technique can make a big difference.

The mini facelift generally focuses on tightening sagging skin in the lower portion of the face, including the chin, jaw, jowls and upper neck. These problem areas are generally the first to display visible signs of aging. A lower facelift will eradicate these tell-tale signs.

This treatment is ideal for those aged in their 40s and 50s. A successful mini facelift can easily turn the clock back some ten years, resulting in a more youthful, but natural, appearance. If you are older, you may wish to discuss alternative treatments with your consultant.

Surgical procedures, such as a neck lift, brow lift or chin augmentation, can also be performed during the mini face lift, as this procedure only focuses on the lower part of the face. A lower facelift can also be combined with fat transfer, which will restore a healthy and youthful ‘plumpness’ to the face. This straightforward procedure involves taking far from another part of the body via liposuction and transferring it to parts of the face to complement the result of the mini facelift.

To maintain the youthful results of a mini face lift, you may wish to consider ongoing non-surgical procedures, such as Botox, dermal fillers, lasers, chemical skin peels or stem cell treatment.

At A Glance

Mini-Facelift

At A Glance

  • Surgery Time

    1 - 1.5 hours

  • Exercise Including Gym

    4 - 6 weeks

  • Time Off Work

    7 days

  • Sexual Activity

    Restricted for 4 weeks

  • Hospital Stay

    Day case

  • Full Recovery

    4 - 6 weeks

  • Reasonably Mobile

    After 1 day rest

  • Washing

    Shower after 1 week

  • Driving

    1 week

  • Sleeping Position

    Sleeping on back recommended for 3 weeks

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Included in this treatment

  • Up to two 30 minute – 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea
  • Your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence
  • Return home on the same day to recover in comfort in your own home
  • 24/7 on call nurse assistance
  • Dedicated Patient Co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan
  • A pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery
  • Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses

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Mini-Facelift Surgeons

We have invited a selection of the country's very best consultants to join us at the Cadogan Clinic so that you can be sure that whatever the nature of your treatment, you will be seeing one of the top practitioners in the country.

Mr. Georgios Orfaniotis

Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Mr Orfaniotis is a board certified Plastic Surgeon with 13 years experience and over 7500 operations performed. His thirst for knowledge, passion for innovation, and years of practice have resulted in the highest level of expertise in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery....

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Mr. Tunc Tiryaki

Consultant Plastic Surgeon / GMC: 7497351

Mr Tunc Tiryaki is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in facial surgery. Mr Tiryaki has a special interest in mini face lifts and is a pioneer in minimally invasive cosmetic procedures including suspension techniques, micro-lifting and regenerative cell injections – all delivering exceptionally natural results...

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Mr. Paul Tulley

Plastic Surgeon / GMC: 4035952

Mr Paul Tulley is a renowned Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon specialising in facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, cosmetic breast surgery, liposuction and body contouring procedures...

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What Does It Involve?

When performing a mini face lift, the surgeon will make some small incisions, which are discreetly hidden in the natural skin folds behind the ears and in the hairline. These will leave minimal, if any, visible scarring. The surgeon will then remove the problem sagging skin and any excess fat before lifting the soft tissues of your face and suturing them back in their original position.

A mini facelift is a far more modern approach to lifting the lower portion of the face than the traditional facelift. It is less invasive, carries less risk and the procedure can be carried out in around half the time. A mini face lift also means a far more natural-looking result. This is because during a mini facelift, the surgeon will also tighten the underlying structures and muscles of the face and not just the top layer of skin. Targeting just this superficial layer can result in a more ‘artificial’ appearance, and will leave you with more obvious incision sites.

Although a mini facelift is still considered to be an invasive procedure, it can be carried out under a local anesthetic, with the procedure taking between one and one-and-a-half hours to complete. You will be able to go home the same day as the procedure and will be able to resume day-to-day activities after just one week.

How does a mini facelift differ from a traditional face lift (rhytidectomy)?

There are a number of ways a mini facelift differs from a traditional facelift. 

While a mini facelift just targets the lower part of the face, a full facelift will target deep folds and wrinkles and improve your face as a whole. As a result, the procedure requires longer incisions.

One of the biggest differences is the position and prominence of these incisions. In a mini lift, there are fewer incisions and these are tucked away behind the ear and in the hairline. In comparison, in a traditional facelift the cuts are made behind and in front of the ears, occasionally extending onto the scalp. This means a lower facelift is much less invasive than its full face counterpart. However other treatments can be carried out at the same time as a lower face lift to improve other areas of the face.

Due to the size and position of the incisions, you may want to consider a mini facelift as an alternative to a traditional facelift if you are particularly prone to scarring.

A mini facelift is the best option for those aged in their 40s and 50s, as it effectively reverses the early signs of ageing. A traditional facelift is more appropriate for patients aged 55 and above, where the fine lines have progressed to deeper set wrinkles, or those who may have more sagging skin around their necks and jawline. Patients who have lost a significant amount of weight, resulting in lots of loose skin around the face, may wish to opt for a traditional facelift, rather than a lower facelift.

A mini face lift takes roughly about half the time of a traditional facelift. More complicated and extensive full face procedures can occasionally take longer. Some surgeons used to take well over five hours for the standard full facelift. Perhaps unsurprisingly, these lengthier procedures result in higher pain levels and a longer healing time.

Mini face lift surgery can be performed under either local anaesthetic, general anaesthetic or sedation and is treated as a day case. Most patients will be able to return to everyday activities in one week, post-surgery. In comparison, it takes about two to four weeks to recover from a facelift. Bruising from a full facelift procedure will be visible for at least two weeks. Patients should expect some swelling and bruising at the incision areas after a mini facelift, but this is normal should fade over the course of a week or so.

We offer all facelift techniques at the Cadogan Clinic. 

Traditional Facelift Techniques 

There are various face lift techniques currently available. Which technique is used will depend upon the structure and appearance of a patient’s face and their own personal requirements of the surgery.

The S facelift is so called because of the shape of the incision, which is made in the hairline, traveling to the back of the ear. Once this incision has been made, the surgeon will remove excess skin and fat to improve the contours on the lower part of the face.

A superficial musculoaponeurotic system facelift, more commonly known as an SMAS facelift, targets the bottom two thirds of the face. This particular technique addresses the problem of excess fat, sagging skin and unwanted jowls. It is also a great technique for restoring youthful volume to the cheeks.

A deep plane facelift is a technique which promises a much longer-lasting result. A surgeon will access deeper layers of tissue between fat and muscle by way of an incision. This tissue can be repositioned to firm up the neck, add volume and contouring to the cheeks and leave the jawline with a more defined appearance.

As these techniques all target the lower part of the face, they can be combined with a number of other surgical procedures to help improve other areas of the face. Popular choices include a brow lift, which gives the face a more wide-eyed appearance, and eyelid surgery, which is carried out to improve the appearance of hooded or drooping eyelids or eye bags.

Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and anti ageing injectables, for example Botox, can help to enhance the upper regions of the face.

What to expect before and after my facelift surgery?

It is important that you are prepared for your facelift, before and after the procedure.

Your journey to face lift surgery will begin with an initial consultation where you will be able to discuss with the surgeon what you want to achieve with the surgery and what would be possible, given your facial anatomy. The surgeon will go through the options available, discuss your medical history and take key measurements and clinical photography.

At this stage, you will also have a chance to view a number of facelift before and after pictures to give you an idea as to what the surgery can achieve.

If you decide to go ahead with your face lift, you will be given a two week cooling off period. The surgery is carried out as a day case and you will need a friend or relative to drive you home afterwards. You will not be able to drive for a week following your face lift.

You can expect to be reasonably mobile after one day of rest, post-surgery.

It takes between four and six weeks to fully recover from a mini facelift. You should see results from this time, but expect to see further improvements for up to 12 months post-surgery.

You should expect some swelling and bruising in the days following your face lift. You should sleep on your back for three weeks after your face lift, in order to avoid sleeping on the surgery sites.

You will return to the clinic within two weeks after surgery when our nursing team will review your incision sites and assess your healing. The surgeon will see you at the six week mark for a final appointment. They will review your progress and remove any stitches.

After a face lift, it is common to experience a temporary bruising of the cheeks, a stiff, puffy and numb face, a raised hairline or sideburn and scarring. However all of these should resolve themselves over time. The surgeon will discuss risks and potential complications with you at your initial appointment.

It is vital that you follow all the aftercare advice issued by your surgeon. Failure to do so may delay the healing process or affect the final result. 

What are jowls and how are they treated with a lower facelift?

Jowls is the common term used to describe sagging, hanging skin around the chin and jawline. 

This sagging skin means the lower part of the face loses the definition that we enjoyed in our younger years. In some cases, jowls can also have a negative impact on a person’s facial expressions, leaving them looking permanently sad, grumpy or angry.

There are a number of things which can play a factor in the appearance of jowls. This includes genetics (jowls can be hereditary), environmental factors such as excessive sun exposure, and lifestyle choices, such as smoking and weight loss. Jowls may be less pronounced in people who have more fat, thicker skin or higher levels of collagen. Some people may never have jowls at all. However many people do, and the development of jowls is a very common side-effect of the aging process, as the skin loses its natural collagen and elastin. Luckily a well-timed jowl lift at the Cadogan Clinic can help to tackle this common complaint. 

A surgical face lift sees the sagging skin on the face lifted to restore the defined ‘v’ shape of the chin and lower face, banishing the appearance of bothersome jowls. 

A mini facelift is one of the best surgical treatments available for tackling jowls. Also known as a lower face lift, this procedure involves fewer incisions than the traditional face lift, and these are very well hidden. This particular treatment focuses on the lower portion of the face, including the chin, jaw, jowls and upper neck. These problem areas are generally the first to display visible signs of aging. A mini jowl lift can get rid of this sagging skin and give the chin and jawline a smoother, tighter appearance. The underlying structures and muscles of the face are also tightened to enhance the result. Our expert surgeons who carry out this procedure will ensure that you are left with a natural-looking result from your surgery, without leaving the skin looking over-stretched.

A mini jowl lift rejuvenates the appearance of the lower face, and can be done with minimal inconvenience, scars and risk and is the perfect treatment for anyone over the age of 40 who is bothered by this particular aesthetic concern.

A jowl face lift produces permanent results and can successfully turn back the clock, taking as much as 10 years off a patient’s age. However the aging process will continue and if you gain a lot of weight, this will have an impact on the appearance of your jowls. We advise quitting smoking, taking good care of your skin and avoiding excessive sun exposure in order to maintain the results of your jowl face lift for as long as possible. However it is possible to perform mini jowl lift surgery again at a later date if needed. 

Book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons today to discuss whether you are suitable for jowl lift surgery and how we can help you to achieve your goals.

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Why Do People Have It?

Collagen is the protein which gives our skin a plump, youthful, look. As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, meaning the skin loses its elasticity, which causes it to wrinkle and sag. Sagging skin around the chin and jawline are commonly known as jowls. As time passes, fine lines become deep set wrinkles. Stubborn laughter lines, which extend from the sides of the nose down towards the mouth, also make their presence known.

A well-timed mini facelift can eliminate these tell-tale signs of ageing. By restoring a youthful and fresh-faced appearance, a mini facelift gives a person back their self-confidence. If they have been feeling depressed or anxious over their appearance, a lower facelift can really help to improve a person’s mental outlook.

A mini facelift can be done with minimal inconvenience, scars and risk.

Certain lifestyle factors can actually speed up the ageing process, including smoking, excessive exposure to the sun, stress and poor sleep. A mini facelift can help to repair some of the damage if caught early enough. In order to help slow down the ageing process further, we would recommend lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, improving sleep quality and avoiding excessive exposure to the sun. These changes will also help to improve overall physical health.

Who Is Suitable?

The mini lift is the ideal procedure for anyone in their 40s or 50s concerned about sagging skin and visible signs of aging in the lower face and neck, and seeking a minimally invasive alternative to a traditional facelift.

Cadogan Clinic considers individuals fit for the procedure, if all of the following are true of them:

  • Over the age of 40
  • Physically and psychologically fit and healthy
  • Concerned by the ageing profile of their face
  • Seeking a minimally invasive alternative to traditional facelift surgery
  • Have realistic expectations of what can be achieved by surgery

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The Process

The first step for all of our lower facelift patients is to meet with the surgeon we feel is best placed to perform your procedure for a consultation. At the consultation, you will be able to discuss with your surgeon what your hope to achieve from the procedure, as well as discuss in detail what may or may not be possible given your existing anatomy.

Your surgeon will take you through the options available to you, and which is the most preferential for you given your stated ambitions. Having established this, several key measurements will be made and standard clinical photography will be taken.

Some questions you may want to ask your surgeon include:

  • Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
  • Can I achieve the results I am asking for?
  • What will be expected of me to get the best results?
  • Do you have before-and-after photos?
  • How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery?
  • What scars will I be left with?
  • Will I be in pain after the surgery?
  • How soon after a facelift can I return to work?
  • Finally, a comprehensive discussion regarding risks and complications will take place, alongside a discussion regarding what to expect in the post procedure and recovery phase. Your previous medical history will also be recorded (including previous surgery, medications, allergies etc.) and an assessment of your fitness for surgery.

If your surgeon feels you are a good candidate for surgery, you are then invited to consider whether you would like to proceed for surgery or otherwise following a two week 'cooling off' period.

Within this period you are welcome to come in and discuss your potential surgery with your surgeon as many times as you like.

If you choose to proceed with surgery, the next time you come into the Clinic after your final consultation will be the day of your procedure.

Before admission the following behavioural changes are recommended / required:

  • In the 6 weeks before your procedure we recommend smoking is discontinued as patients who smoke have a higher risk of healing more slowly and complications
  • In the week before your procedure you must cease taking Aspirin or any medication that contains Aspirin
  • In the 6 hours prior to surgery you must not consume food or any drink, other than small sips of clear fluid (e.g. still water, black coffee, black tea) which are allowed up to 2 hours before admission

On the day of your procedure we ask that you arrive for your admission an hour before the agreed start time of surgery. At this point a nurse will come and record blood pressure and other relevant tests, you will meet with your anaesthetist and your surgeon who will make the final mark-ups.

The Mini-Facelift is a refined technique requiring less disturbance of the facial tissues and therefore is quicker. It takes perhaps 1-1.5 hours. There are variations of technique and sometimes extra refinements are indicated, such as fat grafting and stem cell treatments. 

The surgery involves the placement of an incision behind the ear and the repositioning of the transdermal tissues to their original places. The incision sites are very small (several mms) due to the fineness of the cannula, and scarring will be very minimal.

Following the procedure, you will recover in our ambulatory recovery rooms for between two to three hours. Once you are able to eat and drink, and our specialist nursing team are happy that your initial recovery is complete, you will be allowed to leave the clinic with a friend or family member.

It is common to feel a little pain and discomfort in the immediate aftermath of surgery, but this will wear off in due course. Mini lift recovery is relatively quick and any residual discomfort should subside in a matter of days. Patients should be able to return to their normal day-to-day activities after about a week. We recommend taking up to one week off work. Avoid UV light for 2-4 weeks to minimise the risk of scarring. Don’t try to do too much too soon and be mindful of your facial area.

You will meet with our nursing team one week after surgery to check the incision sites and we also recommend meeting one of our aestheticians to discuss ongoing treatment to support the healing process if required.

You should start to see the results after six weeks. It is likely you will continue to see further improvements as the healing process takes 12 months to complete.

A final check-up will take place at the clinic six weeks post-surgery.

Why come to The Cadogan Clinic for your Mini-lift?

  • Cadogan Clinic is an award winning specialist cosmetic clinic, with a track record of delivering safe, high quality cosmetic surgery
  • Cadogan Clinic specialises in the anti-ageing process and is home to several surgeons pioneering the very latest facelift techniques
  • Unlike many of our competitors, we use the latest anaesthetic technologies to minimise your downtime, and allow you to return home on the day of your procedure
  • Our nursing team provide a dedicated 24/7 oncall service during recovery – whatever your question, we can provide the answer
  • We offer a complimentary consultation and treatment with our onsite team of aestheticians to ensure you heal quickly and scar well

What are the benefits of day case surgery?

What Are The Risks?

Facelift surgery is a safe procedure, but it is common after a surgical facelift to experience:

  • Bruising and swelling
  • Temporary numbness
  • A small amount of scarring 

As with all surgical procedures, facelift surgery carries some risk and it is possible that you might experience:

  • Nausea 
  • Bleeding or Infection 
  • Poor healing of incisions and scarring
  • A collection of blood underneath the skin (haematoma)
  • Death of fat tissue (fat necrosis) or embolism
  • Hair loss or hairline distortion

Your surgeon will discuss these risks comprehensively at your consultation and explain how likely these risks and complications are, and how they would be treated.

What Can I Expect From My Surgery?

Our Surgical Patient Advisor, Ellie, answers our patients most frequently asked questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

The unique approach to the Mini-Facelift means patients look naturally 10 to 12 years younger without changing their expression. Rather than "lifting" the skin, the problem is solved by transforming the subdermal tissues to their original places.

Mini-Lift surgery is an operation performed in a hospital environment, without the need of general anaesthesia, but instead under sedation and local anaesthesia. Mini-Lift surgery takes around 1 to 1.5 hours with incisions inside and at the back of the ear. It can be performed in conjunction with other operations, for example eye lid surgery or injectables, depending on the patient's requirements.

A Mini-Facelift gives a moderate improvement with minimal inconvenience, scars and risk.

As such it can be suitable for anyone, but a particular indication is for younger patients with relatively early signs of ageing, who find this difficult to put up with and are prepared to accept that they will need further surgery later on. Meanwhile, they will probably use lasers, peels and creams to prolong the surgery free period.

This is a change of approach. Only a short time ago, we advised patients to wait until they really could not put up with signs of ageing and then, at an older age, have a full facelift. The patient would be delighted with the dramatic improvement and would be unlikely to require any further surgery. Now patients are generally not looking for a major change, but just not to grow old.

The mini facelift is part of a maintenance programme and is often combined with fat grafting (lipofilling) to replace lost volume and stem cell treatments to improve overall tissue and skin quality. Lasers and peels all have their place.

There are many other anti-ageing solutions available, both surgical and non-surgical. Request a call from one of our patient advisors or book a consultation at the Cadogan Clinic if you would like to discuss your concerns in more detail.

After your surgery, you will be asked to come in for a post-operative appointment to come back and see our nursing staff at the Clinic between 1 and 2 weeks after your surgery. At this point your incision sites will be reviewed, and your preliminary healing will be assessed.

After 6 weeks your surgeon will personally review your progress – again at the Clinic - and make sure you are recovering as expected. In addition, they will remove any stitches and advise you on the need for further dressings.

Throughout the recovery period you will have full access to our 24/7 on call nursing service, and full access to the Clinic and our post-operative facilities.

Our aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible during the entirety of your recovery period.

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. You should be back at work after 2 weeks.

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, impactful results, without unnecessary downtime and pain or discomfort.

Facelift results are essentially permanent but surgery will not stop your face from naturally continuing to age. For patients who take care of their skin, avoid smoking, and excessive sun exposure, it should be possible to enjoy the benefits of a facelift for many years, having essentially 'put the clock back' a decade or so following surgery.

You should expect to retain the benefits from your facelift surgery. If it makes you appear 10 years younger, you should always retain that 10-year advantage.

There are other external 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.

The skill of the surgeon and the technique used are also an important factor in the longevity of a facelift.

There are also many non-surgical procedures that can be used to maintain results on an ongoing basis beyond surgery and keep your face looking young and fresh.

These are all offered at the Cadogan Clinic, and include:

  • Anti Ageing Injectables, e.g. Botox
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Lasers
  • Chemical skin peels

The latest and possibly the best adjunct is Stem cell treatment.

Certain lifestyle factors can either increase the risk of complications during and after your surgery, or help sustain long-lasting results:

  • Don't smoke: Smoking ages you, accelerating the ageing process dramatically.  The most common impact of smoking before your surgery is that it increases your chances of developing an infection and inhibits your body's natural healing processes. We insist that all patients stop smoking and using nicotine products at least six weeks before surgery.
  • 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 retain that vibrant, youthful look following your facelift, avoid or cut back on alcohol. Your doctor will discuss your current BMI and drug use at your consultation and advise you further on this.
  • 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.

Your surgeon will give you specific advice on how to wash and bathe after the surgery.

In general, you may gently shower and wash your hair 48 hours after a facelift surgery, taking particular care on the treated areas. You can also blow dry your hair on a cool setting. Be gentle when brushing or combing your hair so that you do not catch your comb in the suture lines. You must follow your surgeon's specific advice.

It is normal to feel a little self-conscious when you are in public following facelift surgery due to the visible swelling, redness and bruising that will inevitably occur on the face during the preliminary recovery phase.

The vast majority of bruising and swelling should have comfortably settled by around 2 to 3 weeks, so it is at this point that you should first plan to be seen by friends and colleagues.

Full recovery can take several months, so we do advise you plan well ahead to ensure that you give yourself enough time to recover before a major event such as a wedding or birthday. We would recommend allowing between 2 to 3 months.

It is typically possible to start wearing makeup again 2 weeks after your procedure. At this point, you can then use camouflage or concealer cosmetic products to cover any remnant bruising you may still have.

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 efficiently. For most healthy people, surgical scars from 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 Scar Management during their 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.

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 (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (T.I.V.A.)) for full facelift surgery.

TIVA delivers anaesthetic intravenously via a computerised pump able to monitor anaesthetic levels closely. This close calibration allows your anaesthetist to keep you at a relatively shallow level of anaesthesia, meaning your sickness is minimal following your procedure and you can start your recovery quickly. You will also be allowed home an hour or two after the surgery is completed, even if the surgery has taken several hours.

Local aneasthetic or sedation are better options for less invasive facelift surgery such as mini-lift or micro-lift surgery.

Plastic surgeons tend to be sceptical of non-surgical injection-led treatments when it comes to delivering long lasting facial rejuvenation results.

However, we do recommend non surgical alternatives for younger patients or patients with only minor signs of ageing.

There are limits, however. It is very difficult to fix drooping, sagging older skin. with a non-surgical facelift. You also cannot expect full resolution of deep wrinkle lines and drooping skin with fillers and injections, and of course, over time fillers fade and need to be replenished.

There are also various laser and high energy device rejuvenation treatments that we offer at the Cadogan Clinic, such as Laser Resurfacing, IPL, and Ultherapy. These treatments can be sufficient for some patients, but this depends entirely on the condition of the skin.

We typically recommend non-surgical treatments as a maintenance adjunct to surgical treatment, wherever possible. Surgical facelifts remain the better option to ensure dramatic, long lasting results. When it comes to drooping, sagging skin and deeply set wrinkles on the face, a surgical facelift is the best option.

In sum, whilst non surgical treatments can delay the effects of ageing to a certain superficial level, but the emptiness of the face and folds of loose skin will require surgery.

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.

Jowls is the common term used to describe sagging, hanging skin around the chin and jawline. 

This sagging skin means the lower part of the face loses the definition that we enjoyed in our younger years. In some cases, jowls can also have a negative impact on a person’s facial expressions, leaving them looking permanently sad, grumpy or angry.

There are a number of things which can play a factor in the appearance of jowls. This includes genetics (jowls can be hereditary), environmental factors such as excessive sun exposure, and lifestyle choices, such as smoking and weight loss. Jowls may be less pronounced in people who have more fat, thicker skin or higher levels of collagen. Some people may never have jowls at all. However many people do, and the development of jowls is a very common side-effect of the aging process, as the skin loses its natural collagen and elastin. Luckily a well-timed jowl lift at the Cadogan Clinic can help to tackle this common complaint. 

A surgical face lift sees the sagging skin on the face lifted to restore the defined ‘v’ shape of the chin and lower face, banishing the appearance of bothersome jowls. 

A mini facelift is one of the best surgical treatments available for tackling jowls. Also known as a lower face lift, this procedure involves fewer incisions than the traditional face lift, and these are very well hidden. This particular treatment focuses on the lower portion of the face, including the chin, jaw, jowls and upper neck. These problem areas are generally the first to display visible signs of aging. A mini jowl lift can get rid of this sagging skin and give the chin and jawline a smoother, tighter appearance. The underlying structures and muscles of the face are also tightened to enhance the result. Our expert surgeons who carry out this procedure will ensure that you are left with a natural-looking result from your surgery, without leaving the skin looking over-stretched.

A mini jowl lift rejuvenates the appearance of the lower face, and can be done with minimal inconvenience, scars and risk and is the perfect treatment for anyone over the age of 40 who is bothered by this particular aesthetic concern.

A jowl face lift produces permanent results and can successfully turn back the clock, taking as much as 10 years off a patient’s age. However the aging process will continue and if you gain a lot of weight, this will have an impact on the appearance of your jowls. We advise quitting smoking, taking good care of your skin and avoiding excessive sun exposure in order to maintain the results of your jowl face lift for as long as possible. However it is possible to perform mini jowl lift surgery again at a later date if needed. 

Book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons today to discuss whether you are suitable for jowl lift surgery and how we can help you to achieve your goals.

It is important that you are prepared for your facelift, before and after the procedure.

Your journey to face lift surgery will begin with an initial consultation where you will be able to discuss with the surgeon what you want to achieve with the surgery and what would be possible, given your facial anatomy. The surgeon will go through the options available, discuss your medical history and take key measurements and clinical photography.

At this stage, you will also have a chance to view a number of facelift before and after pictures to give you an idea as to what the surgery can achieve.

If you decide to go ahead with your face lift, you will be given a two week cooling off period. During this fortnight, you can come to the clinic and discuss your face lift with the surgeon as many times as you like.
The surgery is carried out as a day case and you will need a friend or relative to drive you home afterwards. You will not be able to drive for a week following your face lift.

You can expect to be reasonably mobile after one day of rest, post-surgery.

It takes between four and six weeks to fully recover from a mini facelift. You should see results from this time, but expect to see further improvements for up to 12 months post-surgery.

You should expect some swelling and bruising in the days following your face lift. You should sleep on your back for three weeks after your face lift, in order to avoid sleeping on the surgery sites.

You will return to the clinic within two weeks after surgery when our nursing team will review your incision sites and assess your healing. The surgeon will see you at the six week mark for a final appointment. They will review your progress and remove any stitches.

After a face lift, it is common to experience a temporary bruising of the cheeks, a stiff, puffy and numb face, a raised hairline or sideburn and scarring. However all of these should resolve themselves over time. The surgeon will discuss risks and potential complications with you at your initial appointment.

It is vital that you follow all the aftercare advice issued by your surgeon. Failure to do so may delay the healing process or affect the final result. 

It is important to find a reputable surgeon who is experienced and qualified to carry out your mini facelift.

A good surgeon should be able to explain the procedure in great depth, including the different min facelift techniques - the S facelift, Smas facelift and deep plane facelift  - and advise which would best meet your needs. The surgeon should also be honest about any potential risks or complications, possible outcomes and help you to manage your expectations.

A good surgeon will also be able to tell you about alternative surgical and non-surgical anti-aging treatments available and help decide which option is right for you.

You should check that the surgeon is a specialist in mini facelift surgery and when you have your initial consultation, make sure the surgeon has an extensive portfolio of mini facelift before and after photographs that they can share with you so you can get a good idea of how the results of your surgery will look. Be sure to check out testimonials from previous patients.

A good facelift surgeon will always put the patient’s mental and physical wellbeing ahead of everything else. If you are not physically and psychologically fit and healthy, an ethical surgeon will not attempt to perform the procedure.

Only registered doctors can perform cosmetic surgery in England. You can check if a surgeon is a registered doctor or surgeon on the General Medical Council (GMC) online register.

Some surgeons may be members of professional associations, such as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) or the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). However there are some qualified surgeons who are experts in their field but choose not to sign up to a trade body for their own reasons.

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