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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
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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

During the time I have been in the care of Paul and the team I have been treated extremely well and very professionally, I could not have asked for better care. Paul was extremely caring and considerate throughout this time and has put me at ease during any procedures that I have had carried out. I trust his judgement completely and recommended Paul to a close family member who had a similar problem.


Frances W.

I cannot thank you enough for the assiduous care and attention that you so generously gave to me before, during and after surgery. The level of detailed information you gave to me, your patience in answering my myriad questions and your generosity of spirit, ensured the whole experience was not in the least daunting. The outcome has been well beyond my expectations and I am unreservedly delighted with the outcome. Thank you so much for all your genuine and enjoyable exchanges.


Bridget R.

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.

It is hard for me to find the right words to thank you enough for everything you have done for me.

My care was efficient and effective, the office staff were excellent and the clinic clean. Mr Banwell did a very good job under difficult circumstances given the length of time the BCC had been there. I would definitely recommend Mr Banwell.


Anthea C.

The consultation was conducted quickly, professionally but Mr Banwell also made me feel as if any question I may have wouldn’t not be too small or insignificant for him to take the time to answer. He left me feeling fully informed with both the pros and cons of any form of elective surgery but also that my worries were normal and that he would be able to assist me with my desired outcomes. His team were caring and professional making me feel that they were actually interested and were able to accommodate my dates when making the initial consultation booking. Prompt returning of calls, flexibility in booking of appointments friendliness, informative, caring and professional from the initial telephone call, the surgery, follow up appointments right through to my final appointment made me feel that my care, personal views and worries were important to them at all times. You can trust him to always be honest with you about the possible problems and outcomes. Overall experience with Mr Banwell and his team? Amazing! I just wish I’d not waited so many years to have this procedure done; I have my life back and it’s amazing to be able to walk into any shop and buy clothes that fit in my actual size and not 5 dress sizes larger just to fit my bust in. With the Upper Blepharoplasty everyone in my family says that I now look so much brighter and not tired, others I meet just tell me I look really great and ask if I’ve just had a holiday. Mr Banwell Thank You for all that you did for me.


Anne G.

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