A facelift is the gold-standard method of facial rejuvenation, especially when you are concerned by jowls and a sagging neck. However, the term ‘facelift’ is often used to refer to a surgical procedure that actually includes a range of different procedures with different outcomes and implications. Understanding what a facelift entails and the intricacies of each variation is key to ensuring you choose an option that best addresses your concerns.

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Contrary to the name, surgical facelifts do not impact the entire face – but rather the lower face and neck and to a lesser extent the cheek. Most patients who have a facelift procedure also undergo additional procedures such as eyelid surgery or laser skin resurfacing to achieve a more comprehensive result. The facelift predominantly works by removing excess tissues from areas where they accumulate on the face – especially the jowls and neck. It is especially effective to remove loose skin and tissue from the jawline and neck, it is achieved by making incisions around the ears, repositioning the facial muscles, and then removing excess skin or sagging skin to create a smoother and more refreshed appearance. While highly effective at remodelling the lower face and neck, a facelift has minimal impact on the cheeks and mouth area – and virtually no impact on the eyes, brows or forehead. For that reason, a facelift is often combined with other surgical and non-surgical procedures to address changes in the other areas of the face.


Facelift Treatments




In decades gone by, our understanding of the ageing process was more limited. We assumed that the face aged as a result of gravity, causing the tissues to drop – therefore, facelift surgery evolved based on pulling tissues as tight as possible. However, in their efforts to reposition the tissues to a more youthful position, surgeons found that pulling tighter resulted in an unnatural, “windswept” appearance – a tell-tale sign of having had surgery.

It has only been in the last few decades that we’ve come to truly understand the effect of volume loss on the face and how this impacts the three-dimensional facial structure. Consequently, the modern approach to full facelifts revolves around holistic volume restoration to the entire face, skin rejuvenation as well as the surgical part of the facelift.

There are many different technical variations of how to perform a surgical facelift. We utilise the deep plane facelift technique, which involves going deeper into the tissues of the face to truly release and reposition the retaining ligaments of the face – rather than simply pulling the tissues tighter. This is a more advanced, and time consuming type of facelift to perform but we use this technique because it creates the most natural and long lasting results.

Facelift Treatments performed by


Dr Darren McKeown

Dr Darren

Medical Director

Our founder, Dr Darren McKeown, is renowned for his expertise and artistry with dermal fillers. As a peer-reviewed medical author, he is passionate about treatments that stand up to scientific scrutiny. Above all, Dr McKeown believes in a global approach; delivering flawless results – and rejuvenation that lasts.

Mr Russell Bramhall

Mr Russell Bramhall

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Regarded for his facelifts and blepharoplasties, our specialist plastic surgeon strives for an elegant, “invisible” result. His surgeries are complemented by the work of our non-surgical specialists: for a wholly holistic rejuvenation.


Dr Rhona Cameron​

Aesthetic Doctor

Dr Rhona Cameron is a skilled injector who has been extensively trained in Dr McKeown’s signature intuitive technique. Her treatments blend advanced facial optimisation with powerful, energy-based devices – such as lasers, BBL and radio frequency – energising the appearance and enhancing skin health. approach; delivering flawless results – and rejuvenation that lasts.


Choose McKeown Medical For Expert Care

Choosing McKeown Medical for a facelift offers a range of expertly tailored treatments designed to rejuvenate and restore a youthful appearance with a focus on natural results.

The McKeown Method combines the most advanced techniques, with super-specialists in each facet of your package of care to ensure you achieve the safest and best outcome possible.

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Patient Success Stories

One of our patients who underwent a deep plane facelift, with liposuction under the chin and facial volume restoration.

Liz's Story

Deep Plane Facelift

Lorna's Story

Deep Plane Facelift

One of our patients who underwent a deep plane facelift, with liposuction under the chin, and full face skin resurfacing.

What Are The Benefits?

A facelift effectively tackles some of the most prominent signs of the ageing process, particularly the fleshy tissue in the lower face (jowls) and sagging of the neck.

This procedure is especially effective at restoring a sharp jawline.

The facelift is especially effective in the lower face, and can effectively eliminate jowls, rejuvenating the lower facial area.

Deep creases, especially those running from the nose to the corners of the mouth and along the lower jaw, can be reduced. Many patients also chose to undergo additional filler injections or laser treatment to eliminate the deeper creases.

Most of the patients who chose to have a facelift are in their 50s or 60s. There is however no right or wrong time. The correct time is when it makes sense for you, based on your concerns, your values and what you want to achieve. Some people prefer it earlier, other people prefer to wait.

The incisions are strategically placed in inconspicuous areas, like along the hairline or behind the ear, resulting in scars that – over time – are difficult to find. You can see an example of healed facelift scars below.


What To

Before a facelift, a comprehensive assessment of your facial skin, bone structure, and facial tissues will be conducted to determine the correct procedure, or combination of procedures, required to achieve your desired goals. Our surgeons will evaluate factors like excess fat in some places, the loss of facial fat from other areas, and the condition of your remaining skin. It’s important to discuss any medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, or a history of cigarette smoking, that could affect the procedure. Pre-operative instructions may include medication management guidelines and advice on hair growth around the incision sites to ensure optimal healing.


During the facelift, incisions are typically made along the hairline and around the ear’s contours. The surgeon will work on repositioning and tightening the underlying facial tissues, removing excess fat, and redraping the facial skin. Special care is taken to maintain the integrity of nerve structures to prevent nerve injury. A comprehensive, deep plane facelift procedure’s can vary but usually lasts 5 – 8 hours depending on the extent of the work needed.


In the first few days following a facelift, you can expect some swelling and bruising, which will gradually subside over the next few weeks. It’s essential to follow post-operative care instructions, including how to care for your incision sites to minimise any risk of complications. Resting is essential during this period, and physical activities should be limited to promote healing.

While fine wrinkles may improve, a facelift primarily addresses sagging skin and the repositioning of facial fat and tissues. The final results will become more apparent once the swelling has decreased, and the facial tissues have settled into their new positions.



See below, where we have answered some of your most frequently asked questions about the facelift procedure.

A facelift, or Rhytidectomy, is a permanent procedure. After the surgery – when you have undergone a deep plane facelift, like in our practice – you will always have less skin and excess tissue than if you never had the procedure done and so you should – in theory – always look better. That being said however, your face will continue to age as the years pass by and so you will likely want to do some maintenance treatments or a repeat procedure at some stage in the future. It’s rare to repeat a surgical facelift in less than 10 years.

Consulting with a trusted clinic like McKeown Medical will ensure you undergo a procedure with trustworthy, consistently successful results.

The ‘best’ type of facelift really comes down to the individual’s specific goals and needs. They range from full surgical facelifts, addressing significant sagging in the lower face and neck, to less invasive options like volumetric and non-surgical facelifts. Typically, younger patients in their 40s or early 50s get on better with non-surgical options whilst patients in their mid-50s onwards usually do better with a surgical procedure, assisted by some non-surgical or laser procedures to refine the outcome even further.

Consulting with an accredited plastic surgeon in Glasgow is vital to determine the most suitable type based on the patient’s facial structure, skin condition, and aesthetic goals.

A standard Deep Plane Facelift starts at £12,000. This comprehensive procedure targets the facial and neck areas by using incisions around the ears.

For those seeking the most effective result, especially in the neck, we also recommend an additional incision under the chin to allow us to contour the fat and muscles in the neck more effectively. When we are using both incisions around the ears and under the chin, the price is from £15,000. This advanced procedure includes all the benefits of the standard Face & Neck Lift, with the added focus on the anterior neck area. It’s particularly beneficial for individuals looking to address more pronounced signs of ageing in the neck region, such as sagging skin or deeper wrinkles.

During a facelift consultation, you can expect a medical evaluation to assess your overall health and any risk factors. This is followed by a discussion of your expectations before the initial examination of your face will be initiated. Then, you will discuss your options with the surgeon, detailing costs, risks involved, and further information about what to expect in the operation and recovery process.