A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that reverses sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of ageing around the face and neck. This is done by lifting and tightening the skin, tissue, and muscles in the area. It is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the UK as it effectively restores a youthful appearance to the face with long-lasting results.
There are many types of facelifts, including a mini, full, deep plane, or extended facelift. You will have the option to discuss the best option for you during a consultation with your surgeon. In this article, we’ll walk you through the average facelift cost in the UK.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost in the UK?
The cost of a facelift in the UK usually ranges from £8,900 to £24,900. Your surgeon will determine the exact cost of your facelift following a consultation, where they will assess the type of procedure and surgical technique required to achieve an optimal outcome. However, an estimate for the different types of facelift procedures are listed below:
Mini face and neck lift
A mini facelift is a less invasive facelift that requires a small incision hidden in front of the ear. This procedure resolves early skin laxity in the mid to lower face using the MACS (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) technique. As the mini facelift doesn’t address laxity in the neck, surgeons usually use the minimally invasive MyEllevate technology to perform neck lifts for mini facelift patients. Prices for a mini facelift starts from £8,900 for the face, £3,900 for the neck, and £10,900 for the face and neck.
Full face and neck lift
A full facelift resolves skin laxity in the entire face and neck using either the MACS or the more comprehensive SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) technique. The surgeon tightens the structures of the face through an incision along the hairline and around the ears. Prices for a full facelift starts from £10,900 for the face, £5,900 for the neck, and £14,900 for the face and neck.
Deep plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift lifts and tightens the SMAS layer and the deeper muscles underneath it by releasing the ligaments that connect the SMAS layer to the deeper facial structures. Therefore, a deep plane facelift can treat some indications such as smile lines and nasolabial folds that a regular facelift can’t address. Prices for a deep plane facelift starts from £12,900 for the face, £8,900 for the neck, and £17,900 for the face and neck.
Extended face and neck lift
An extended facelift is a full facelift that resolves skin laxity in the temples, midface, and lower face combined with either a brow lift, a fat transfer, or both. A brow lift addresses skin laxity around the forehead and brows, while a fat transfer addresses the loss of volume that results from the ageing process. Prices for an extended facelift starts from £14,900 for the face, £9,900 for the neck, and £24,900 for the face and neck.
What’s Included in the Price?
The above-mentioned facelift costs are inclusive of surgeon’s fees, nurse’s fees, use of the surgical facility, pain management with either sedation or general anaesthesia, surgical dressings, and three follow-up visits.
Additional Facelift Costs
Our recommended surgeons will not charge any additional costs for your facelift. If required, you can schedule additional follow-up appointments through your chosen clinic, which will be priced separately..
Furthermore, your surgeon may advise a combination of surgeries and other cosmetic procedures in order to produce the desired outcome. Any such additional treatments will be priced separately.
Combination Facelift Procedures
Facelift and Rhinoplasty
A rhinoplasty (commonly called a ‘nose job’) reshapes the nose in such a way that it adds harmony and balance to the rest of the facial profile. Prices for a rhinoplasty in the UK typically start from £7,600.
As with other facial features, the nose is also affected by ageing as it takes on a more prominent appearance as the skin, cartilage, and bone that supports the nose becomes weaker. Therefore, combining both procedures will produce a greater aesthetic effect with the added benefit of less downtime.
Facelift and Blepharoplasty
Likewise, patients also choose to combine a facelift and blepharoplasty (commonly known as ‘eyelid surgery’) for a more youthful appearance. Blepharoplasty is a surgery that removes excess folds of skin and fat around the eyelids. Prices for eyelid surgery in the UK typically start from £2,900.
Patients can either choose to have an upper blepharoplasty (also known as an ‘eyelid lift’), a lower blepharoplasty (also known as ‘eye bag removal’), or both. Not only does combining blepharoplasty with a facelift produce an enhanced outcome, but patients can also combine the downtime of both procedures.
Does Insurance Cover Facelift?
A facelift is usually performed for cosmetic reasons in order to reverse the signs of ageing. Therefore, it is unlikely that your insurance provider will cover the cost of the surgery.
Is Facelift Worth It?
A facelift is a popular cosmetic surgery that most patients who desire a youthful appearance consider to be worthwhile for several reasons:
- A facelift offers patients a bespoke solution for their facial ageing concerns, which surgeons design based on the patient’s unique circumstances such as age, sex, and extent of skin laxity.
- A facelift can alter the deep structures of the face, making it the most effective cosmetic treatment for reversing facial ageing.
- A facelift produces long-term results that are expected to last between 7-10 years.
- A facelift does not leave behind any visible scars as the incisions are hidden by the natural contours of your face.
- A facelift is a generally painless procedure that is performed under sedation or general anaesthesia.
- A facelift has a manageable downtime, with most patients able to resume their daily routine in 2-3 weeks.