How Much Is a Facelift in the UK?
A facelift can be a great way to rejuvenate your complexion, reduce the appearance of jowls and sagging skin, and turn the clock back on the ageing process.
If you’re thinking about having a face lift, you’re probably already aware that the procedure represents a costly investment. Some even go abroad to find cheaper prices – but how much is a facelift in the UK? In the following guide, we’re going to go over everything that could impact the price of a facelift, what the price usually covers, and how much we charge at our clinic for a professional procedure carried out by Dr Ivo Gwanmesia himself. Let’s take a look.
What is a facelift?
First of all, it’s important to determine what exactly a facelift is, as there are many cosmetic procedures performed to brighten, tighten, and revitalise the face. So, what exactly is a facelift? A facelift, medically known as a rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve visible signs of ageing in the face and neck.
The primary goal of a facelift is to rejuvenate the appearance by tightening and lifting the facial skin and underlying tissues, removing excess skin, and repositioning facial fat and muscles. This procedure can help address common issues such as:
- Sagging in the midface and cheeks
- Deep creases below the lower eyelids and along the nose extending to the corners of the mouth
- Loss of skin elasticity and firmness
- “Jowls” and loose skin
- Excess fatty deposits or displaced fat in the face
- Loose skin and excess fat under the chin and jaw, creating the appearance of a “double chin” or undefined jawline
A facelift is often performed in combination with other cosmetic procedures like eyelid surgery, brow lift, or facial fat grafting to achieve a more harmonious and balanced facial rejuvenation. It’s essential to have a consultation with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon – like Dr Ivo – to discuss your individual needs and expectations, and to determine if a facelift is the right procedure for you.
Facelift cost UK
So, how much does a facelift cost? There’s no set pricing across the UK for a facelift; depending on where you have the procedure, facelift surgery in UK can cost anywhere between £4000 and £12000. At Dr Ivo Gwanmesia’s London clinic, the cost of a facelift is currently £10500. This cost covers the treatment, your stay in hospital, the anaesthetist fee, aftercare, and any follow-up appointments.
If you’d like to combine a facelift procedure with another procedure – such as a lower blepharoplasty, upper blepharoplasty or a necklift, these can be combined in our clinic for the following prices:
Facelift & Lower Blepharoplasty £13500
This combined procedure includes a traditional facelift that targets sagging skin and signs of ageing in the mid and lower face, along with a lower blepharoplasty, which addresses excess skin and fat beneath the lower eyelids. The result is a rejuvenated facial appearance with reduced wrinkles, lifted cheeks, and a more youthful eye area.
Facelift, Lower & Upper Blepharoplasty (£16,300)
This comprehensive facial rejuvenation package includes a facelift, as well as lower and upper blepharoplasty procedures. The facelift targets the mid and lower face, while the upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures address excess skin and fat on both the upper and lower eyelids, reducing the appearance of droopy upper lids, hooded eyelids, and puffy under-eye bags. The combination of these three procedures provides an overall refreshed and youthful appearance to the face.
Facelift, Lower & Upper Blepharoplasty, Necklift (£21,700)
This all-inclusive package combines a facelift, upper and lower blepharoplasty, and a neck lift for a complete facial and neck rejuvenation. The facelift addresses sagging skin and signs of ageing in the mid and lower face, while the upper and lower blepharoplasty procedures rejuvenate the eye area. The neck lift then targets loose skin, excess fat, and muscle banding in the neck area, creating a harmonious, youthful, and revitalised appearance for both the face and neck.
A facelift can also be combined with a brow lift or eyelid surgery, as well as fat grafting for a fuller, more youthful complexion.
Mini facelift cost UK
Depending on your own profile and needs, a mini facelift in the UK tends to cost between £2000 and £10,000. While typically less expensive than a full face lift, a mini face lift is less comprehensive than a full face lift, only tackling signs of ageing in the lower portion of the face and around the neck. It also won’t last as long; you can typically see results last from around 5 to 8 years.
What are the benefits of a facelift?
So, why opt for a facelift? Here are just some of the benefits of this cosmetic procedure:
More youthful appearance
A facelift helps tighten sagging skin, reposition facial fat, and lift the underlying tissues in the face, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed complexion. The procedure can also help to minimise the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and creases, giving the face a smoother and more vibrant appearance. A bit like a time machine for your skin!
Improved facial contour
By lifting and repositioning the underlying facial structures, a facelift can restore a more defined and sculpted facial contour: this includes enhancing the jawline, reducing the appearance of jowls, and restoring volume to the cheeks. This can help your face appear more symmetrical and balanced.
Compared to non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers and Botox, a facelift offers longer-lasting results; the effects of a facelift can last for 10 years or more, depending on individual factors such as genetics, lifestyle, and your own personal skincare habits.
The rejuvenated appearance resulting from a facelift can significantly improve your self-esteem, giving you a confidence boost and improving your relationship to your body and appearance.
A facelift can always be tailored to meet the unique needs and aesthetic goals of each patient. During your consultation, Dr Ivo will work closely with you to develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses your specific ageing concerns to maximise your chances of achieving the desired outcome.
Is a facelift worth it?
If you’re looking to reduce the appearance of ageing on your face, a facelift is likely the most effective and long-lasting cosmetic procedure for the job. You can take a look at our facelift before and after photos to see just how effective this surgery can be – although do note that outcomes will always differ, and exact outcomes are not always guaranteed.
What is a good age to get a facelift?
There’s no “best age” for a facelift, as all bodies all age differently, and at different paces. However, the most common age to get a facelift is between 40 and 70, as this is when visible signs of ageing are most notable. However, this all depends on your genetics and lifestyle. For example, smokers tend to experience ageing faster than non-smokers.
How many years does a facelift last?
A professional facelift will last around 10 years, but isn’t permanent; this is because it won’t prevent your skin from naturally ageing even after the procedure. However, once the results diminish, you can always opt for another facelift procedure, or prolong your results with Botox or fillers.
Does skin age faster after facelift?
No – in fact, a facelift can actually slow down the ageing process by improving your skin texture and increasing firmness.
Is it better to get a facelift younger or older?
A facelift is best carried out when there are visible signs of ageing on your face – but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until you’re in your 50s or 60s to get the procedure. Getting a facelift when you’re younger can actually be beneficial in reducing recovery time and reducing the possibility of complications.
Can a facelift go wrong?
Like any cosmetic or surgical procedure, a facelift can go wrong in rare circumstances; this can occur if you have a negative reaction to the anaesthesia, or if you develop an infection or experience heavy bleeding. To reduce your chances of complications, always go to a trained and professional cosmetic surgeon, and make sure to discuss any medical conditions that you have before opting for the procedure.
Is a facelift better than filler?
Both fillers and a facelift are great options for reducing the appearance of fine lines, creating a fuller-looking complexion and improving the overall appearance of your skin. However, a facelift is much more long-lasting (results will last for up to 10 years), while fillers only last for around 6-18 months and need continual upkeep. For a more low-maintenance anti-ageing procedure, you might be better off with a facelift.
Should I get a full or mini facelift?
Whether you opt for a full or mini facelift will largely depend on your needs; if you’re only dealing with minimal signs of ageing, a mini facelift might be all you need to improve your complexion. If you have more pronounced ageing on the skin, a full facelift might be more effective at improving your skin. If you’re unsure, a consultation with Dr Ivo could help determine which option is best for your needs.