Full Facelift


Treatment Time

0.5 – 4 hours


From 10 days

Hospital Stay

One Night


Gentle exercising first 2 weeks


From One Day


Yes but keep the wounds dry


Review one week post op

Time off work

From 0 -3 weeks

What is a Facelift?

A Facelift (Rhytidectomy) is a good way of recreating a youthful appearance by restoring your original face shape and removing “jowls.

There are many variations on the technique and Mr Lambe will be able to advise you on the best variant of the procedure for you. Reflect Clinic have clinics for Facelift in Manchester and Cheshire

The Results

The results will usually be a more refreshed and youthful face with loss of jowls and sagging skin in the neck.

Your options will be discussed at your consultation.

The results will vary depending upon your choice of facelift.




A Facelift can seem like a daunting and scary procedure but there comes a time when a Mini Facelift and no surgical techniques like Botox® and fillers can keep up with the pace of change in your appearance and a good Facelift can be a way to turn the clock back 10 years. A Facelift that is done well will look natural and will reposition and secure the deep layers so that you have a long term improvement in areas like your jowls and your neck laxity. The following is a case study of a recent patient under my care to help you make a decision if this is the right procedure for you.


Sue* was a married lady of 55 who had always looked after herself with regular beauty treatments and Botox® and a couple of treatments with fillers but she had become increasingly concerned about her increasing jowls that had changed the shape of her face from heart-shaped to quite square shaped. She had also noticed that she had developed laxity around her neck and wanted to know if a Mini Facelift or a thread lift would be able to improve this.

She was otherwise in very good health and was not overweight, smoking or diabetic. I explained that with the degree of sag in the tissues that she had that a thread lift would not be powerful enough to produce an improvement and even a Mini Facelift would be very short lived and so I discussed with her what a Full Facelift could achieve and why I believed this to be her best option in the long run.

Questions at Consultation 1

Sue wanted to know how long the operation took and I explained that I can usually do everything in 3 and half hours. She also wanted to know if the incisions would be visible and I explained how I very carefully tailor the incisions into the crease in front of and behind the ear and then up into the hairline. She wanted to know if she would be very bruised and swollen and I explained how I am very careful in my dissection to produce minimal bruising as I want my patients to look their best right away. She wanted to know if there would be stitches to remove and I explained how I always use dissolving stitches and I do not use painful drains – I use a special tissue glue that helps to eliminate the space where blood can collect

Second Consultation

At the second Consultation, we talked more about the site of the incisions and I drew them out on a special app on the computer so she could see exactly where they would be. She asked about driving and I explained that most people need about a week before they feel safe but that it was important to have someone to pick her up and drop her off at the hospital. I explained how the skin is often a bit numb for some weeks after the surgery but that this gradually returns and we covered how the improvement is not permanent but merely resets the clock.

Day of surgery

On the day of her surgery, she was first on the list and I took her pre-op pictures then we went to theatre where the procedure went to plan and very smoothly taking just 3 hrs. I did not need to use drains and I do not put heavy or bulky dressings in place so I can see the skin and observe for any swelling or wound problems. She slept head up that night and had minimal swelling and bruising in the morning.

Post-op care

I see my Facelift patients after one and 2 weeks post-op to check on healing and answer any questions they may have. I give advice about the use of Arnica for reducing bruising and when they can start washing hair again, usually after about 3 days.


She was absolutely delighted with the result of surgery and had received many compliments on how fresh she was looking!

Mr Gerard Lambe  MD, FRCS (Plast)
Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Breast Surgeon


Below are some common FAQ’s about our procedure for facelift Manchester and UK

What is the price of a Facelift?

All procedures at Reflect Clinic are unique to you. To find out a price for your facelift please book a consultation and discuss your needs with our expert surgeon, Mr Gerard Lambe.

You should not have this procedure if
You are overweight, with a BMI of over 32, smoke or vape, are in bad health and are taking anti-coagulant medication or are diabetic.
What does it involve?

Incisions are carefully tailored around the ear and into the hairline so that the scar is nearly invisible when healed fully. The skin is lifted and then the layer beneath (SMAS) is tightened and it is this that creates the long lasting lift and not by pulling the skin. A glue is used to reduce the risk of bleeding and all wound are close with dissolving stitches and no drains.

What is a facelift?

A facelift (sometimes known as a Rhytidectomy) is an operation to correct the sings of facial raging by redrawing skin and by tightening and lifting the layer beneath the skin.


It is done under GA (General Anaesthetic) ie asleep.

Where your aim is to look younger and less tired.

When is the best time to have a facelift?

If you want a long lasting solution to raging in the neck and jowls then facelift may be the right solution. As the signs of ageing appear, you are likely to continue to look much younger than your actual age. Further surgery and/or fillers can be undertaken to optimise the effect eg dermal fillers can be started at 1-2 years after surgery. This, along with good skin care, no smoking, sunscreen and avoiding the sun will maximize how long the effect lasts. A good facelift will turn back the clock but it won’t STOP it and it is normal to have a small amount of wrinkles.

Am I suitable for a face lift?

As long as you are healthy, have no major medical problems, are realistic about results, and really want to remove some signs of ageing, specifically the loss of facial fat and sagging of the face and neck then a facelift is probably the right procedure for you.

How long does a facelift last?

A good face and/or necklift can rejuvenate the face for 7-10 years, however, this depends on several factors including the condition of your skin, if you smoke or drink regularly and the age you had surgery. It doesn’t stop time but it re-sets the clock!

How long does the surgery take?

The procedure takes between 3-4 hours to perform depending on how many other additional procedures are needed at the same time eg fat transfer or eye surgery which many people have.

Will a facelift eliminate all my wrinkles?

No. It will dramatically rejuvenate the lower part of the face, but it doesn’t remove the wrinkles around the mouth area or the eyelids.

If you would like to eliminate wrinkles, a range of treatments would be recommended for example, filler, botox, chemical peels or lasers.

Will a facelift eliminate all my wrinkles?

This is very important for a facelift. There are three phases:-

Phase 1 – 7-10 days Patients are presentable to their family

Phase 2 – 10-14 days presentable to friends

Phase 3 – 3-4 weeks presentable to the public

You are advised to take between 2-4 weeks off, as bruising and swelling are variable.

However, the swelling in the face and the neck, especially the face, will take 4-6 weeks to go down. The numbness around the cheek areas will resolve in 3-4 months.

What will I be like just after surgery?

You shouldn’t have a significant amount of pain, if any at all. You may have a feeling of tightness as you will have a head dressing on. You may also have 2 drains in place, which will be removed with your dressing. If you have had eyelid surgery this may produce some discomfort. The key is to keep your head elevated and to try to relax if you can. This will help keep your blood pressure normal.

Printable FAQs for Full Facelift Surgery

FAQFullFacelift – Printable PDF guide for Full Facelift Surgery




Schedule a Consultation with One of The Best Cosmetic Surgeons In Manchester and Cheshire

To make a personal appointment at a convenient date and time of your choice in Manchester, please contact us

via telephone on 0161 393 3993 (in office hours)

or by using our Contact Form (out of office hours)

Our clinics and theatres are located at The Spire Manchester Hospital in Didsbury, Manchester and we care for many patients around the UK and abroad. If you live further afield then speak to Jayne and we can look after you further by helping with your transport and accommodation at a fabulous hotel nearby for your convenience and comfort.

The Spire Manchester hospital is a recently built, £63m "state of the art" hospital located at 170 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester M20 2AF. We have specifically chosen this hospital as, in our experience, the Spire hospital group provides the very best quality of care for our patients.

If you would like to discuss improvements to your face or body, and find out what can be achieved with cosmetic surgery, then come and see one of The Best Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon's in Manchester (and Cheshire!) and discuss your options in a gentle and understanding environment with Mr Gerard Lambe.

Mr Lambe is regularly asked to give his expert opinion on cosmetic surgery procedures in the media.  You've most likely seen him on either BBC Breakfast, The Real Housewives of Cheshire or This Morning TV programmes, as well as in a host of national and local newspapers including The Mail and many women's magazines such as Vogue.

Your Consultation cost is usually £250 but for 4 weeks only, to Mail Online readers, we are offering you a Consultation for £125. This offer is for 16 September to 13 October 2019 only.

If you'd like to take advantage of seeing one of the best cosmetic surgeons in Manchester, then call our Clinic Manager, Jayne on 0161 393 3993 who will discuss the cosmetic surgery procedure you are interested in, the options available to you and schedule your Consultation. 

You will then receive an information pack including Frequently Asked Questions, a Consent Form and a written price for the cosmetic surgery you have chosen to go ahead with. As you can understand, each procedure is unique to you, with some cases being more complex than others, so we do not provide quotes over the telephone.  

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We look forward to seeing you soon as you start your journey to "A More Beautiful You".





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