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Surgical Facelift

A full face-lift operation involves an incision in front of the ear, back up behind the ear and transversely across the hairline. Redundant underlying connective tissue (the ‘SMAS’ layer) is tightened and redundant skin is excised. This is usually performed with a one night stay. Mr Banwell also performs the short scar face and neck lift which has the distinction of utilizing a shorter scar which may be useful for the younger patient but does not involve a posterior scar.

Interestingly the demand for surgical face and necklifting surgery has decreased steadily over the last decade as non-surgical methods of facial rejuvenation with botox, fillers, High Intensity Focussed Ultrasound (HIFU), radiofrequency (RF), Profhilo and threadlifts have meant surgery is becoming less of a priority.

However, there is only so much that these techniques can achieve and sometimes there is no substitute for surgical intervention. Mr Banwell can discuss your aims and objectives in detail at consultation. Please phone 01342 330302 to book an appointment at locations in Kent, Sussex and London.

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Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

3 - 4 Hours

SURGERY TIME

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

3 nights

HOSPITAL STAY

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

Yes

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

Yes

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.

SLEEPING POSITION

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

48 hours rest

REASONABLY MOBILE

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

Shower after 2 days.

WASHING

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

2 week

DRIVING

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

8 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

Restricted activity after 8 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

6 - 8 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

Surgical Facelift
At a Glance

2 weeks

TIME OFF WORK

Patients may wish to have a full facelift or, if suitable, a smaller S-lift (MACS) which involves a shorter length incision.

As well as eyelid surgery and forehead lifting (brow lift), botox can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the outside of the eyes and between the eyebrows. A neck lift involves an incision under the chin and recontouring of a sagging neck line. The neck muscles (platysma) may need to be tightened and fat removed by direct surgical excision although liposuction may also be needed for this purpose. In addition, 3-D fillers or fat injections can be used to enhance the contour of both lips and other under-filled areas of the face. These procedures all have their own indications and risk profiles that you should speak with Mr Banwell about.

There are both general and specific risks to the treatment and Mr Banwell will talk to you in detail regarding these. General risks include bruising and swelling, bleeding, wound infection, problems with general anaesthetics, abnormal scarring and keloid scarring. Specific risks include haematoma (collection of blood under the skin), excessive scar formation, poor healing, possibly associated with tissue necrosis (skin death), hair loss around the scars (alopecia), deformity of the ear lobe, asymmetry, numbness, loss of movement to the facial muscles of expression and disappointment with the extent of improvement in both the contour of the face and neck.

You will have bandages around your neck and forehead for one day. After you leave hospital and go home, the hospital nursing staff or our office will contact you after the operation to ensure that you have no problems during your convalescence. For a period of a few weeks there will be significant swelling and bruising of your face. There will be two drains to drain any extra fluid and these drains will generally be removed the day after surgery. Your sutures will be removed on day five. The clips in the hair will be removed after 10 days.

Whilst facelift surgery may make you look considerably younger, your face will continue to age at a rate that it otherwise would have, but you should always remain more youthful than you would have been without the surgery.

  • Surgical fees
  • Hospital fees
  • Specialist anaesthetist fee
  • Specialist surgical garments
  • Specialist post-operative massage and manual lymphatic drainage

The team at the McIndoe Surgical Centre who looked after me were very friendly and helpful. They calmed me down and put to rest any last minute concerns. I love the outcome of the surgery and would definitely recommend Mr Banwell to other people.


Francesca L.

I went to see Mr Banwell to get reassurance about the moles and blemishes which have been steadily growing since I was a young adult. 30 years ago we were not aware of the dangers of the sun and burning on holiday way an annual ritual. Thankfully we are all now aware that the sun damage can cause skin cancer and the changes in my moles mean I have a precautionary approach, particularly as older family members have had tumours removed. Paul knows exactly what he was looking for and studied each and every mole methodically. The two he highlighted for treatment were two of the least innocuous (in my opinion) which surprised me. Clearly to the trained eye they needed removal. I have since had an excision of one and due to have photo dynamic therapy treatment for the small red mark on my nose later this year. Without seeing Paul, this minor irritation would have been left and could possibly have created problems later in life. I advocate regular checks for anyone with moles and skin blemishes. The technology now is so impressive and it makes absolutely sense to take full advantage of Paul’s expertise.


Gabrielle S.

I can honestly say that having my abdominoplasty with Mr Paul Banwell was a truly incredible experience. All the staff were very friendly and efficient.  The care I received with him was expert, professional and totally honest and I found him to be extremely kind and reassuring. Every step of my procedure was explained clearly and in detail.  The nursing care was second to none and the team looked after me expertly and with dignity.  I have an amazing flat abdomen and my clothes look and feel so much better than before my surgery. My linear scar is flat and neat. Everyone comments on how lovely I look and I have found so much more confidence in myself.  I can highly recommend Paul and his team! With grateful thanks to you all!


Alison C.

I decided to have treatment with Mr Banwell as I had been seeing him on several occasions regarding stomach irregularities due to a disastrous lipo operation abroad a few years ago. We discussed various options together and I always felt comfortable talking with Mr Banwell and trust him completely to give me the correct advice when considering surgery. I felt my expectations were realistic as Mr Banwell had advised me of the possible downside of the procedure. However, all my expectations were exceeded tenfold! My stomach is looking so much better aesthetically and my breasts look amazing! Mr Banwell and his team excelled at making me feel comfortable and relaxed. I felt I was able to discuss matters with friendly people who cared. I feel Mr Banwell takes time to cover all aspects of the procedure in a friendly, caring and informative manner. I feel happy to say one couldn’t be in safer hands. My overall experience with Mr Banwell and his team has been very positive in all aspects culminating in amazing results. I couldn’t be happier.


Karen D.

I would have no hesitation recommending Mr Banwell.

Procedure was quick, pain fee and I was made to feel at ease. I would highly recommend Mr Banwell, he provided an honest opinion of the result and all the options. I barely have a scar to speak of! Great result.


Claire H.

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