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Full Facelift

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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.

Patient Review

” Best team there is! I had a facelift with Mr. Lambe just over 4 weeks ago. I had already had previous surgery so knew I was in safe hands. He is an excellent surgeon, friendly and approachable. Jayne is wonderful, any concerns or worries she is only a phone call away and will instantly put you at ease. I would thoroughly recommend them for any procedure you are considering. ”

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All procedures at Reflect Clinic are unique to you as we all have different types of skin, unique shapes and our own individual aspirations.

Please click here to find out the cost of your full facelift surgery.

Click book a consultation to find out what Mr Gerard Lambe, the best cosmetic surgeon in the UK can do for you.

Once you have been assessed, you will then receive an exact price for your full facelift surgery which is clear and transparent so that you can make arrangements for finance (0% finance is available via Spire Manchester) or pay in full to begin the next step of your cosmetic surgery journey to The Most Beautiful You.

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.

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.

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 your surgery. It doesn’t stop time but it definitely re-sets the clock!

Mr Lambe will discuss what a full facelift in Manchester will achieve when you have your consultation and you can discuss the range of options available to you to achieve the results you would like.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Where your aim is to look younger, more refreshed and less tired.

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 overall sagging of your face and neck, then a full facelift is probably the right procedure for you.

However, Mr Lambe will assess you to see if a full facelift in Manchester, mid or even a mini facelift is more suitable to achieve the results you would like.

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.

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.

Procedure Overview – What to Expect

Treatment Time

0.5 – 4 Hours

Hospital Stay

One Night


From One Day

Time off work

From 0 – 3 weeks


From 10 days


Gentle exercising first 2 weeks


Yes but keep the wounds dry


Review one week post op

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