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Cambridge Hospital

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 303336
Hospital information centre 01223 303336
Private GP 01223 850799

Why choose Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital for your facelift surgery?

A facelift is a very popular cosmetic procedure, especially with women, which makes the face and upper neck area appear more youthful. At our brand new hospital in Cambridge, we work with a dedicated team of experienced and highly qualified consultants who demand the highest clinical standards, ensuring consistently excellent patient outcomes.

Deciding whether to undertake cosmetic surgery or not isn’t easy and we understand that having any form of cosmetic surgery is a big step. As a result, we insist all patients engage fully with one of our cosmetic consultants, ensuring they have discussed all the options available before making a decision.

By choosing to have your treatment with Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital, you can rest assured that you will be in the best possible hands. Our approach to private healthcare ensures that you you will receive the attention you need and deserve with no hidden costs and no time limit on your aftercare.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital

If you are interested in facelift surgery and want to discuss your treatment options with one of our consultants in Cambridge, you will need to book a private consultation via our dedicated enquiry team on 01223 859 297, or by filling out a contact form above.

What happens during a facelift?

A facelift is usually performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes two to three hours. The surgical technique will depend on what area is being lifted. There are three main types of "lift" performed at Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital. Read more below:

  • SMAS facelift - Your surgeon will make an incision on both sides of your face in the hairline around your ears. They will cut under the deeper layer of tough tissue (superficial musculo-aponeurotic system or SMAS layer), lifting and tightening it. Your surgeon will then tighten the skin towards your ears and remove any excess skin.
  • MACS facelift - The MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) face lift involves a smaller incision eliminating any scarring behind the ear. Your surgeon will tighten the SMAS layer with special suspension stitches to avoid cutting underneath it. MACS face lift involves less surgery but the results may not last as long as an SMAS facelift.
  • Mid-facelift - A mid facelift addresses the area below your lower eyelids over the cheekbone. Your surgeon will make small cuts along your hairline and either inside your mouth or in your lower eyelid. They will use special surgical instruments and stitches to lift the cheeks.
  • Once you have recovered from the anaesthetic, you will be encouraged to sit up in bed, sitting upright will help to reduce some of the swelling
  • Your face is likely to feel tight and tender around the ears. However, there should not be any severe pain and this will be controlled with simple analgesia
  • You may feel drowsy following surgery. Expect to wake up and doze off for the remainder of the day
  • You may have a bandage around your head and under your chin after surgery. We will remove it the day after your surgery
  • Small, thin tubes (drains) may be temporarily inserted in the wounds
  • You are likely to stay in hospital overnightYou may be given a support garment to wear after your bandages are removed.

What happens during a mini facelift?

A mini facelift is usually performed under general anaesthetic and usually takes between 1 and 2 hours. Your surgeon will numb the area in front or just behind your ears. They will make a few small incisions in front or behind your ears and (depending on the extent of lift needed) along your hairline. They will extend and tighten the skin where needed. Your wounds will be closed using very fine stitches.

Going home after your facelift surgery at Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital

  • You may experience swelling and bruising following your face lift
  • You may feel tightness when opening your mouth
  • Your surgeon may ask you to sleep upright for the first few days to keep swelling under control
  • Stitches can be removed after 10 to 14 days
  • Be sure and discuss your return to work with your surgeon
  • At around four weeks you will be feeling more like your “normal” self
  • However the full effect of a facelift may not be visible for 6 to 9 months after the procedure.

Guide to stages of recovery from facelift surgery

Days 1 - 4

  • Swelling is at its worst days 2 and 3 after surgery
  • Sleep upright in bed supported by pillows. Icepacks will be soothing
  • Wear any support garment as instructed
  • Take things easy for now.

5 - 14 days

  • Gradually increase your activity but nothing too strenuous
  • Light housework and gentle walks are fine
  • Stitches around the ear will be removed.

2 weeks

  • Any remaining staples will be removed
  • You can think About returning to work after two weeks
  • Continue to Wear support garment at night.

4 weeks

  • All the visible swelling and bruising should have gone by now
  • Should be able to remove any support garment
  • Restart any exercise you do.

6 - 9 months

  • Scars will soften and fade
  • Final result can begin to be judged.

Whilst complications are rare, there are a few risk factors to consider when proceeding with your facelift surgery:

  • Loss of skin or hair
  • Developing a collection of blood under the skin
  • Developing pale or dark areas on your face
  • Damage to the facial nerve
  • Cosmetic problems.

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