FAQs about facelifts answered by our plastic surgeon


Most people have heard of facelifts; they were once procedures associated with the starlets of Hollywood and were linked to excessive wealth and vanity. But in 2022, facelifts have shown signs of increasing popularity among those who are looking for a way to reverse the signs of ageing and are no longer as invasive or intense as they were back in the 1980s.

If you are searching for an option to reverse the appearance of ageing that is a bit more extensive while still looking natural, you should contact our team. Jonathan Britto, our plastic surgeon in Harley Street, is trained in all aspects of facelifts, and our team will make sure that your results are natural and effective and that the procedure is as minimally invasive as possible, thus leaving you looking younger and reinvigorated.

But, of course, it is quite essential to do your homework, especially when it comes to facelifts, and in this article, our plastic surgeon in Harley Street answers some of the most common queries that we receive about this procedure.

How does a facelift reverse the signs of ageing?

When our plastic surgeon in Harley Street performs a facelift, it will be based on tightening the skin on the face and neck and reducing the appearance of small or thin lines around your mouth or eyes.

This can have an obvious anti-ageing effect, and depending on the type of facelift you opt for, the corners of your lips may be tuned upwards too, giving you a smiley look, which will help you look younger.

Does it look natural?

While many people associate facelifts with looking unnatural, our team will always aim to make any facelift that we perform look as close to your natural aesthetic as possible. Indeed, it is based entirely on the needs that you have and can be as simple as some minor tweaks to a complete facelift.

In short, we know how to make you look younger with a facelift without going overboard and creating the dreaded plastic look!

How long does the treatment take?

If you opt for a mini facelift, you can expect the process to take around 2 hours. But, if you want a more intensive procedure, such as a full facelift, it will take up to roughly 6 hours. Once the treatment is over, any swelling that is associated with it will require between 10 and 14 days to go down.

How long will it last?

A mini facelift can last anywhere between 2 and 6 years, whereas a complete facelift will easily last over 10 years, usually leaning more towards 15 years in total. So, there is certainly something to be said about the longevity of this treatment!

Will I have scarring?

There are likely to be incisional scars from where our team has made the incisions to move the skin. However, these incisions will not be noticeable and are usually hidden around the hairline or other parts of the face that are not instantly visible.