Facelift / Browlift / Necklift

Facelift is a term broadly used, but strictly speaking it encompasses Browlift, Facelift and Necklift. A facelift aims to tighten the mid face, i.e. the jowls and the cheeks. A brow lift raises the eyebrows. A necklift tightens the loose folds under the chin.
You may wish to correct signs of ageing such as facial lines and wrinkles, sagging facial skin or a “turkey gobbler” neck. Facelifts used to be associated with tight faces and over-stretched skin. Modern methods allow for much more natural result and shorter recovery time. Procedures are tailored to suit individual concerns – a furrowed brow, pronounced jowls or saggy neck. Facelifts may be performed in conjunction with other procedures, such as eyelid rejuvenation or Botox or Restylane injections, to enhance results.

A facelift does not necessarily make you look younger – it makes you look better for your age. The aim is not to look too different, but rejuvenated. There is no ideal age to have facelifts. It depends on a number of factors, such as your skin quality and the nature of your concerns. Some problems can be improved with smaller operations, i.e. mini-facelift or non-surgery methods. How long your facelift lasts will depend on many factors, such as your skin quality, how well you care for your skin and your age.

Surgical techniques

Techniques vary depending on your physical features. The extent of the incisions depends on the type of facelift. Typically they extend from the temple, within the hairline, down along the front of the ear to the ear lobe.
The depth of the surgery typically is deep to the skin, and the SMAS (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system) layer is tightened. This technique produces lasting natural results, without significant risks of nerve damage, and shorter recovery time.


A facelift does not normally address the forehead changes, but    concentrates on the area from the temples to the jawline. A browlift, which lifts the area from the eyebrows to the hairline, can be performed combined with a facelift or separately.
If furrowing on the forehead and heavy upper eyelids are your main problems, a browlift may be all that’s needed.



A necklift is nearly always performed as part of a routine facelift. It can also be performed separately if saggy neck is your only concern. It involves liposuction to remove the fat under the skin, and an incision under your chin to remove deeper fat and tightening the underlying muscles.

The operation

Medical name: Meloplasty
Duration: 2-4 hours
Hospital stay: day surgery
Anaesthetic: general
Drain tubes: usually one behind each ear, to be removed the next day.
Pain factor: mild to moderate for 48 hours, relieved with simple tablets.
Recovery time: 1-2 weeks off work. Most people can return to office type, non-manual work in a week, with the help of make up to camouflage bruising. Light activities can be resumed after 2 weeks, but no strenuous sports or gym work for 6 weeks. Bruising and swelling may last for 2-3 weeks. Numbness on the face and neck may last several months.

Estimated costs

Total cost: starting from $16000, depending on required surgery, the extent of surgery and additional procedures, such as browlift, eyelid surgery, and necklift.

Risks and possible problems

• Although all surgical incisions leave scars, the aim of facelift surgery is to leave scars that are as inconspicuous as possible. Most scars fade with time. Rarely, thickened scars may develop which may require specific treatments.
• Damage to facial nerves is a serious risk, but with modern techniques, it’s very uncommon.
• Slight asymmetry if one side is tighter than the other side.
• Minor hair loss is occasionally permanent but not noticeable.

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