Facelift – What are the options?

Facelift – What are the options?

A Facelift ( technically known as Rhyidectomy (from the Ancient Greek words that mean Wrinkle and Excision) is a Cosmetic procedure carried out to give the face a more youthful appearance.

There are several types of Facelifts available, some using non surgical techniques and others using surgical procedures.

According to the most recent 2015 statistics released by The British Association of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) Facelift/Necklift surgery accounted for 7,419 of all procedures, an increase of 16% compared to 2014.

Surgical procedures usually involve the removal of excess skin with the tightening of underlying tissue depending on the type of surgery recommended, for a more effective result this is can be combined with Blepharoplasty (Eyelid) surgery.

What are the differences between these procedures?


A patient recommended for a Full Face Lift would present with substantial skin laxity and droopiness in the neck. A full or “traditional” facelift addresses the sagging upper and lower neck skin and (platysmal) vertical neck bands, jowls, lower and mid nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It involves incisions from the temple scalp, along the front of the ear (inside the mid part for women), behind the ear into the crease then along or into the scalp hair behind the ear towards the back of the neck with undermining of the skin and tightening of underlying support tissues.

Mini Facelift

The Mini Facelift is recommended for a patient who describes minimal signs of ageing in the forehead and neck area but is concerned about skin laxity in the cheeks and loose skin in the mid face and jaw region. A patient suitable for a mini-facelift would have relatively good skin elasticity and relatively mild changes in the lower third of the face and neck. The surgery involves incisions from the temple scalp, along the front of the ear (inside the mid part for women) but ending at the level of the earlobe (in front or in back) – as much as 40% less scarring respectively, the recovery time is shorter compared to a full face lift.

If you are considering Facelift Surgery and would like more information, please visit to arrange a consultation at one of my clinics in Warwick, Coventry or Nuneaton, please call 07468 418 419