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Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery, known medically as rhytidectomy, is a distinguished cosmetic procedure aimed at rejuvenating and enhancing the facial structure by lifting and tightening sagging skin and deeper tissues. This procedure effectively addresses signs of ageing, such as wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity, offering a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Our approach at St John & Elizabeth Hospital prioritises natural-looking results, aligning with your unique facial contours to restore your confidence and reflect your inner vitality.

Also known as: rhytidectomy, facial rejuvenation

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Everything You Need to Know

Facelift surgery at St John & Elizabeth Hospital represents a bespoke journey towards achieving your desired aesthetic, blending artistry with surgical precision. The procedure typically involves removing excess skin, tightening underlying tissues, and repositioning the skin for a smoother, more youthful look. Our expert team ensures a tailored experience, focusing on your specific needs and aesthetic goals to achieve results that enhance your natural beauty without appearing overdone.

The versatility of facelift surgery allows for addressing various signs of aging, from mild to more pronounced conditions. It can rejuvenate the face and neck areas, significantly improving the appearance of deep creases, jowls, and sagging skin, thus enhancing your overall facial harmony.

Before Surgery


Your facelift journey at St John & Elizabeth Hospital begins with a detailed consultation with one of our esteemed cosmetic surgeons. This initial conversation is crucial for setting clear aesthetic goals and expectations. It also provides an opportunity to address any questions or concerns, ensuring you feel fully informed and comfortable with the proposed surgical plan.

Health Assessment

Your safety and well-being are our utmost priorities. A comprehensive health assessment, including a review of your medical history and possibly some diagnostic tests, will be conducted to ascertain your suitability for facelift surgery. This step is essential for customising the procedure to your individual health profile, maximising safety and efficacy.

Pre-Procedure Instructions

To facilitate a smooth procedure and recovery, you will receive detailed pre-operative instructions. These guidelines may cover:

  • Adjustments to your current medication regimen, especially if you take medications that could influence surgical outcomes.
  • Recommendations regarding eating, drinking, and smoking in the days leading up to your surgery.
  • Tips for preparing your home to ensure a comfortable recovery environment, including arranging assistance if necessary during the initial recovery stages.

During Surgery


Ensuring your comfort and safety throughout the procedure is a critical concern. The type of anaesthesia used will be determined based on the extent of your facelift surgery and personal needs, ranging from local anaesthesia with sedation to general anaesthesia. Our anesthesiology team will monitor you continuously to ensure your comfort and well-being.

The Surgical Process

The facelift procedure is meticulously carried out to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome while minimising visible scarring. Incisions are typically made in inconspicuous areas, such as the hairline or behind the ears, to facilitate the tightening and repositioning of the skin and deeper tissues. Our surgeons’ expertise ensures that the results are both natural-looking and harmonious with your overall facial structure.

Closing the Incisions

Incisions are closed with sutures or skin adhesives, and carefully positioned to promote optimal healing and minimise scar visibility. The skillful technique of our surgical team plays a pivotal role in ensuring a smooth recovery and achieving aesthetically pleasing results.

After Surgery

Recovery and Aftercare

The postoperative period is a crucial time for healing and seeing the results of your facelift unfold. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort are common but will gradually subside. Adhering to postoperative instructions, including medication management and follow-up appointments, is vital for a smooth recovery and achieving the best possible outcomes.

Follow-up Appointments

Regular follow-up appointments allow our team to monitor your healing progress, answer any questions, and provide additional care if necessary. These visits are essential for ensuring that your recovery is on track and that you are satisfied with the results of your facelift surgery.

Appointment and Treatment Plan


Initial Consultation

Discuss your aesthetic goals and medical history with our expert cosmetic surgeon to ensure clarity and set expectations.


Personalised Treatment Plan

Receive a personalised treatment plan tailored to your aesthetic needs, detailing the surgical techniques and expected recovery.


Pre-Op Assessment

Attend a comprehensive assessment to confirm your fitness for surgery, including necessary medical tests.



Undergo the facelift surgery, performed with precision to achieve natural-looking and harmonious results.



Follow detailed aftercare instructions and attend follow-up appointments to ensure optimal healing and satisfactory results.

Top Tips

  • Follow all postoperative instructions provided by your surgeon to ensure optimal healing.
  • Allow yourself sufficient time to rest and recover, avoiding strenuous activities until cleared by your surgeon.
  • Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated to support the healing process.
  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments to ensure your recovery is progressing as expected.