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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 to two night stay. Mr Banwell also performs the MACS lift (minimal access cranial suspension) which has the distinction of utilizing a shorter scar which may be useful for the younger patient.

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

I was kept well informed and thought it was excellent to see Mr Banwell before surgery, during recovery and afterwards to hear all went well. It was something that caused me discomfort and sensitivity and now I feel much happier not only with the appearance but more importantly it is much more comfortable for me. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Mr Banwell to my friends, he is truly professional yet has a nice relaxed manner which puts you at ease.


Helen S.

Dear Mr Banwell I am writing to thank you, Kim and the rest of the lovely staff at the McIndoe. I was very nervous when I first met you, about having surgery but realised that it was a necessary evil. I need not have been worried, as from our initial consultation to surgery to full recovery, you have all been amazing.  You have changed my life – for the first time ever I have had some photos taken of me and my children. I stand taller and feel so much happier with life. I have even started my own business. I never realised that it would have had such a profound effect – and it didn’t hurt!! Thank you again.  I wish you and your team lots of health, luck and happiness.


Pamela C.

Just to say a BIG thank you to you and your team for all the wonderful help and support you have given me over the last 1 ½ years. You have given me back my confidence thank you.


Jan G.

I am writing to let you know that I was very pleased with the recent surgery to remove several moles on my face, neck and back. The whole process was carried out very efficiently.  The mole on my face has almost completely disappeared already.  The post-operative information was most helpful, although the leaflet I was given varied slightly from your verbal instructions. However, you accurately told me what to expect.  I have no hesitation in recommending your work to other people.  The on site staff were all friendly and helpful throughout.


Pamela H.

I was treated with the utmost care and respect and the team were very kind and supportive. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I am very pleased with the results of my surgery and would thoroughly recommend to others.

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