A facelift is an operation to tighten and lift the soft tissues of your face and neck.

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The operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes two to three hours.

SMAS facelift – Your surgeon will make a cut on both sides of your face in the hairline around your ears. They will cut under the deeper layer of tough tissue (SMAS layer), lifting and tightening it. Your surgeon will then tighten your skin upwards towards your ears and remove any excess skin (see figure 1).

MACS facelift –Your surgeon will tighten the SMAS layer with suspension stitches to avoid cutting underneath it. This involves less surgery but the results may not last as long.

Other types of facelift – These include the mid-facelift and composite facelift and involve lifting deeper layers of the face.