As we age, the skin of face and neck gradually lose its elasticity. The volume is lost in the midface and the soft tissues progressively descent. The effects of this process can be seen in the form of less prominent cheeks, deepening of nose to mouth lines, sagging of jawline while giving rise to jowls along with skin of neck falling downwards in loose folds. This change the facial appearance from triangle of youth to, inverted triangle of youth, as we get older.

These changes can be effectively addressed through necklift and facelift surgery which can be performed in combination with eyelid surgery.

Clinically, facelift surgery is also known as ‘Rhytidectomy’. It is a surgical procedure that involves surgery to remove the wrinkles, lines and other signs of ageing. The goal of the facelift surgery is to improve the overall facial and jaw appearance. It usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the re-draping the skin on the patient’s face and neck.

Through neck Lift and facelift surgery the harmful effects of stress, ageing and exposure to external components are reversed.

Ideal candidates for Facelift surgery

Though facelift surgery is ideal for reversing the signs of ageing and to improve the facial appearance but it is not recommended for everyone. Many of the patients can have their conditions treated with a non-surgical facelift procedures that use dermal fillers, botox etc.

Usually, people between the age of 40-70 can undergo facelift surgery. A good candidate for a facelift surgery should have some elasticity and suppleness in skin along with a well-defined facial bone structure. They should have realistic expectations from the facelift surgery with a good overall health and a loose neck and facial skin.

Facelift Surgery at CosmeDocs

At CosmeDocs, Facelift surgery is performed by highly experienced and skilful plastic surgeons that possess extensive experience of performing surgical cosmetic procedures. They possess an artistic eye and pay immaculate attention to the details so that the patients after the surgery are left with almost invisible scarring and naturally beautiful results.

Facelift Surgery/ Rhytidectomy Procedure

The facelift surgery procedure takes almost 3-5 hours to complete. General or local anaesthesia may be given along with IV sedation. In the traditional facelift, an incision is made in front of the ear extending up into the hairline. The incision curves around the bottom of the ear and then behind it, usually ending near the hairline on the back of the neck. The skin is then pulled upwards and backwards and the amount of excess skin to be removed is determined by feel. The excess skin is then removed and the skin incisions are closed with sutures and staples. Facelifts work best in women with thin skin and good bone structure. They are best for eliminating loose skin folds in the neck and wrinkles in the cheeks.
The surgeon attempts to enhance the aesthetically pleasing contours and completely rejuvenate the facial structure.


The patient may have to stay overnight at the hospital or clinic after facelift surgery. There is temporary bruising and swelling on the face and neck after the surgery which takes almost 4-6 weeks to settle. The patient will feel numbness, tenderness, dryness of tightness in facial skin. The results of the surgery last for about 5-7 years.

Possible Side Effects of Facelift Surgery

There are some common side effects of facelift surgery that include swelling, bruising, pain and numbness. These are temporary conditions and will subside in few weeks. Scarring may remain pink for many months then will turn white but most of the scarring is hidden in the hair line and it will not become prominent.

Risks or complications involved in Facelift Surgery

As with any other surgical procedure, Rhytidectomy or facelift surgery also involve some risks. These may include;

  • Reactions to the anesthesia.
  • Hematoma caused by bleeding underneath the skin.
  • Skin Infection.
  • Damage to the nerves supplying blood to the face. This can lead to temporary paralysis or spasm in the face.
  • Numbness (in areas of your face) that may last 6 months to a year.
  • Hair loss (alopecia).
  • Loss of tissues.
  • Scarring
  • Skin discoloration.

The signs of ageing first start affecting the neck which is often neglected. Along with ageing, extreme loss of weight or damage due to sun may also make the neck of the skin loose, sagging and aged. Necklift surgery is often performed along with the facelift surgery to give an overall youthful and rejuvenated appearance to the facial features.

Ideal Candidates for Neck Lift Surgery

Men and women of age 40 and above who are in good physical health having some elasticity in skin with the following indications are appropriate candidates for necklift surgery.

  • Damaged neck skin due to sun or wind
  • Having double or triple chin due to fatty deposits in the chin
  • Sagging and loose neck skin/ Turkey neck
  • Fat jowls due to too much fat or skin
  • Excessive fats in neck or excess neck skin

Neck Lift Surgery at CosmeDocs

Necklift surgery at CosmeDocs id performed by qualified and experienced plastic surgeons who possess the skill and aesthetics to remove the excess skin and fatty deposits from the area of neck and can also restructure the underlying muscles of the neck to dramatically rejuvenate the appearance of patient. The necklift procedure is one of the most effective and safe procedure in cosmetic plastic surgery.

Neck Lift Surgery Procedure

Necklift surgery is usually a straight forward procedure which takes up almost 1-3 hours. Local anesthesia with sedative or general anesthesia may be given depending on the patient’s preferences. Tiny incisions are made behind the ears and under the chin. Excessive fatty deposits are removed through these incisions by either using liposuction or surgical excision. If required, slack muscles are also tightened. In some cases, a part of neck’s platysma muscle may be removed. Once the underlying tissues are in appropriately in position, the skin is redraped while excess skin is removed and is pulled to make it taut and tight. The incisions are closed with sutured.


The complete necklift procedure takes almost 1-3 hours to complete. After the surgery, the patient is required to take 1-3 weeks off from work depending on the individual condition. For first few days, the patient will be on complete bed rest as it will be difficult to move and pain medications will be given to relieve pain and discomfort.

If Neck Lift surgery is combined with the facelift surgery, the recovery period may take longer.

Side Effects

There will be bruising, pain and swelling for several days. The patient may feel skin tightness, tingling or burning sensations along with numbness after the surgery but these are temporary conditions and subside in few weeks.

Possible complications / risks involved

As with any other surgery, there is a possibility of complications and risks. These may include;

  • Seroma
  • Infections
  • Anaesthetic reaction
  • Hematoma
  • Numbness
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Irregularities in skin

These conditions are quite rare when surgery is performed by an expert and experienced cosmetic surgeon.

The facelift surgery price starts from about £4950 which varies with from individual to individual. The total cost of the surgery will be discussed in the initial consultation session. For further information you can check our price tab or can contact us directly.

The before and after pictures are of real patients who have undergone a necklift and facelift surgery at CosmeDocs. You can clearly see the difference in the condition of the patients before and after receiving the treatment. The skin has become tight, rejuvenated and patients have attained a youthful appearance after the surgery.

What conditions can be improved with facelift surgery?

  • Excessive loose skin
  • Deep wrinkles, folds and lines
  • Laxity of facial muscles
  • Remove fatty deposits from face

What conditions can be improved with the necklift?

  • Double chin and excess fatty deposits in the jawline and chin
  • Turkey neck
  • Sagging and loose neck skin
  • Protruding neck muscles

How long does the necklift and facelift procedure takes?

It usually takes almost 2-3 hours to complete.

What types of anaesthesia is given?

Some patients are given local anaesthesia along with sedatives while other may be given a general anaesthetic during the surgery.

Do I have to do any pre-operative preparations?

The pre-operative instructions will be discussed and given in the consultation session prior to the surgery. You plastic surgeon will brief you about the pre-operative preparations.

Can I undergo combined necklift and facelift surgery?

Yes, depending on your condition it combined surgery can be conducted. In most of the cases, necklift and facelift surgery are performed in combination.

Will I be given pain relieving medications after surgery?

Yes, you will be given prescription pain relieving medications to relieve any pain or discomfort after the treatment.