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Facelift | Costs | Risks | Recovery - Antony Fitton Plastic surgeon | Plymouth & Truro

Facelift | Cost | Risks | Recovery

A facelift can address sagging skin, deep wrinkles and creases on the nose and mouth, wrinkles extending to mouth and chin, double chin, and issues with excess fat, all in one surgical procedure.

Facelift plastic surgery skillfully tightens the skin around the face (mainly the jowls) to restore a youthful appearance and natural-looking contours. After a facelift procedure, you will still look like you – just improved.

The face is the beacon of our soul. It attracts, communicates and indicates our thoughts, feelings, anxieties and contentment.

It’s a good idea to discuss your desires with your surgeon first. You can also read our blog; Are you considering plastic surgery?  Which will go over the 4 elements you need to think about before you make a decision.

Did you know?…A facelift is also called a rhytidectomy.

Why undergo a facelift?

A facelift aims to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. The procedure removes and tightens sagging skin, reduces the droop of the cheeks, and around the jaw line.

A facelift is best for people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s when signs of aging begin to become apparent.

A facelift rejuvenates the lower half of the face and neck and jawline. To harmonise the facial features a Brow-lift and Blepharoplasty are commonly performed in the same surgery.

How long does a facelift take?

A facelift usually takes 2 to 4 hours, and most people need to stay in hospital for a couple of nights. Pain relief is provided if you experience any discomfort afterwards.

To harmonise the facial features a Brow-lift and Blepharoplasty are commonly performed in the same surgery which means it will take longer. This can be discussed at your consultation. 

How long is the recovery time for a facelift?

After surgery we ask you to stay in hospital for two nights. The bandage and drains are removed the next day.

Once discharged we ask that you rest at home, sleeping with two or three pillows and avoiding bending down or straining.

It takes about 2 to 4 weeks to fully recover from a facelift. You will need to take this time off work. Bruising is visible for at least 2 weeks and it can take up to 6 to 9 months to see the full effect of the facelift.

How much does facelift surgery cost?

The investment for a facelift starts at £5,852. This includes your surgeon, the procedure and aftercare.

Actual costs vary depending on your procedure and the provider hospital you choose to have your surgery with.

When can I work or exercise after a facelift?

At the end of the second week post-surgery, many people are feeling like themselves and ready to return to work and begin doing light activities like walking.

Over the two to three weeks following the surgery, much of the selling will reduce, and by the 6th week after surgery you should be able to return to strenuous exercise. By the third month you will start to appreciate the results of the surgery. Scars take upto 12 to 18 months to fade.

What are the the risks of facelift surgery?

A facelift can occasionally result in problems, including: a collection of blood underneath the skin (haematoma), nerve injury and loss of sensation or movement in the face, adverse scarring, infection, asymmetry, prolonged numbness, and alopecia.


Like any other type of major surgery, a facelift poses a risk of bleeding or infection. There’s also a risk of having a reaction to the anesthesia. Managing your expectations about plastic surgery is important regardless of which procedure you wish to have done.

Before you go ahead, be sure about your reasons for wanting a facelift. Bear in mind the cost, the risks, and the fact the results cannot be guaranteed.  

It’s critical to have realistic expectations about plastic surgery, and also to ensure you are on the same page as your surgeon

To find out more about having a treatment, book your no obligation consultation. You will meet with Antony Fitton and receive expert advice tailored to your needs.

Please call us on 07494 250277 or book your consultation using our online form.

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Mr Fitton practices in Plymouth and Truro.

About your Plastic Surgeon: Mr Antony Fitton

MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng)., FRCS(plast).

Mr Antony R Fitton qualified at the Royal London Hospital in 1989 with distinction in Surgery. He holds a MB, BS(hons)., MD., FRCS(eng). and FRCS(plast). (Fellowship at the Royal College of Surgeons).

He is a member of BAPRAS (British Association for Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons), BAAPS (British Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), BSSH (British Society for Surgery of the Hand).

Mr Fitton has received the Paton & Masser Award and the CM Matthews Award from the Royal College of Surgeons of England  or his research in nerve injury.

Mr Fitton is licensed as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon by the GMC.

A big thank you

"I would just like to say a big thank you, to you Leanne, Mr Fitton and all the nurses that I encountered during my stay in hospital and at my pre/post op appointments. You've all been very lovely and provided an amazing service.’"

Life-changing result

"I just wanted to thank you (and your team) for the life-changing result of my top surgery. This will provide me with the freedom that I’m excited to enjoy, including being able to go swimming and actually staying cool in summer! All jokes aside, you have helped to mark a new chapter in my life, for which I am incredibly grateful… ALL the best."

Expertise, huge care and attention

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