Facelift Glasgow

Reduce excess tissue from the face and neck with our advanced Deep Plane Facelift technique.

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Reverse The Signs of Ageing

Dr. 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.

“Most facelifts start the same way.

What happens next varies considerably from surgeon to surgeon, and clinic to clinic.

At McKeown Medical we work together as a team of experts to deliver natural, effective, best in class results.”

– Dr. Russell Bramhall

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

Why Consider a Facelift?

The gold standard way to improve the jowls and neck​

facelift is an operation designed to remove excess skin from the lower face, jawline and neck. It is especially popular among patients in their late 40s, 50s and 60s who wish to restore a more youthful silhouette to their face. Most of our patients tell us they do not recognise the person looking back at them in the mirror and want the outside to match how they feel on the inside.

The patients who choose to come to us for their procedure do so because they value the advanced technical expertise that our team offers and our passion for creating beautiful, yet understated, natural results. Our patients look fresh, not frozen.

Book an appointment for your facelift in Scotland at Dr Darren McKeown’s state-of-the-art clinic, or book a consultation to find out which type of facelift is best for you.


Meet Our Facelift Expert

Footage taken at The Aesthetics Medicine Institute | Dr. Darren McKeown

What to Expect

What Happens During a Facelift Procedure?

Facelift surgery can be performed local or general anaesthetic. Most of our patients opt for local anaesthetic, to reduce the recovery time, however this is tailored to the patient preference.

Most facelifts begin the same, with the surgeon making incisions in the sideburn area (in front of the ears), curving around the back of the ear and sometimes into the hair-bearing scalp behind the ear.

What happens next however varies enormously from surgeon to surgeon, and clinic to clinic. In our practice, Dr Russell Bramhall begins work below the skin on the SMAS layer – sometimes referred to as the muscle layer. In the deep plane technique, he goes below the SMAS to release the retaining ligaments of the face so that the soft tissues can be effectively repositioned. A key component of the deep plane technique is the ability to truly reposition the tissues, rather than placing tension on them. Tension is what makes faces look tight and unnatural. Repositioning is the most effective and natural technique.


An outline of where the hidden scars will be.

How the Results are Achieved?

The focus of our work is to release the ligaments of the face so we can truly reposition the tissues of the face. By repositioning the tissues – rather than simply placing tension on them – we are able to achieve effective rejuvenation, without the telltale signs of surgery.

Where are the Scars?

The scars are hidden in the natural crease in front of and within the ear, as well as behind this area into the hairline. In the short term, the scars can look red and raised and usually need some camouflage with hair and make up. When the incisions scars have had time to heal properly however, they become barely perceptible.

Contact McKeown Medical — a leading facelift clinic in Glasgow — to find out more about our facelift procedures and practitioners.

Patient Journeys

Lorna's Story Deep Plane Facelift

Lorna's Story Deep Plane Facelift

Liz's Story Deep Plane Facelift

Are you ready to start your consultation?

Finding the right treatment for you is the most important factor in ensuring that you are on the correct path to achieve the results you desire. Our pre-consultation form helps us to identify your needs and, ultimately, gets you on the right path to achieving your optimal results.


Patient before and six months after a deep plane face and neck lift.

What Is The Recovery Period Like?

There will be some bruising and swelling that is part of the normal healing process, which typically gets worse before it gets better. The swelling and bruising usually peak around 2 or 3 days after surgery, before slowly starting to improve.

There are usually no stitches to remove after a facelift because we normally use dissolvable stitches.

Most people feel comfortable enough to get back to work after a couple of weeks, although hair and make up are helpful to camouflage the initial signs of surgery.

Full recovery, with the final results, typically takes several months. If you are planning your facelift to coincide with a big birthday or event, you should ideally do it 4 to 6 months before the date for optimal results.

An example of patient before and after treatment at the McKeown Clinic.

How Long Do The Results Last?​

A common question that we are asked in the initial consultation with patients considering this treatment is, “How long do the results of a facelift last?”

The true answer to this is that the results are permanent. When the excess tissue has been removed, and the tissues repositioned, the face will always look better than if it hadn’t been done. The ageing process will, of course, continue however we recommend maintaining the outcome with some non-surgical procedures so that your facelift surgery is usually a once in a lifetime event.

Speak to our specialists at McKeown Medical about your expectations for your facelift surgery.

Before & After: Following Face & Neck Lift Treatment

What Other Procedures Can This Surgery Be Combined With?​

Most patients undergoing a facelift will also have some additional work on their neck. This can be as minor as some liposuction under the chin, to a deep neck reduction where the shape of the neck is reconstructed below the neck muscles.

Often patients having a facelift will also undergo some eyelid surgery, as well as volume replacement to restore the softness of youth as well as some laser treatments to improve the quality of the skin.

The recommended treatment plan really depends on the needs and expectations of the patient: we always advocate a patient specific approach, unique to each individual.

This patient underwent deep plane face and neck lift, with liposuction under the chin and an upper eyelid surgery.

What Are The Potential Risks and Complications?​

Like any surgery or operation, there is a risk of experiencing side effects and complications. That is why comprehensive aftercare is essential, and comes as standard at McKeown Medical.

Thankfully, most of the complications are quite minor and self limiting. It is possible for a collection of blood or fluid to develop under the skin which needs to be drained with a needle at your follow up appointments. Much less commonly, it is possible to develop an infection that requires additional treatment with antibiotics.

On rare occasions, there can be some disfunction of the facial nerve, causing weakness on one side of the face. This is usually temporary and recovers over time. It is rare for permanent weakness to persist in the long term.

Book an initial appointment online for your facelift in Glasgow with Dr Russell Bramhall at McKeown Medical.

Mini Facelift vs Full Facelift

A mini-facelift is a less invasive procedure that is claimed to deliver similar results to a facelift, but with less downtime and fewer risks. It involves making the same sort of incisions as a facelift around the ears, although instead of lifting the deeper tissues of the face and neck, it simply puts a few stitches in to place tension on the face and remove some skin around the ears.

This tends to give the appearance of a nice improvement in the short term, but because the deeper tissues of the face have not been repositioned properly, the results do not last very long. Simply placing a few stitches below the skin to hold the deep tissues is a short term solution, and the tension is lost over a period of months. As the tension from a mini-facelift gives way, it can sometimes even level some unnatural pull marks on the surface of the skin.

Although the idea of a mini-facelift sounds appealing – less downtime, fewer risks – the results are usually not worth it and, even though it is less invasive, it can still produce unnatural results. For our patients who are at the stage of needing a surgical procedure, we prefer to undertake a more comprehensive procedure to really reposition the soft tissues of the face and create a result that is both natural and long lasting.


If you’re looking for the best quality facelift surgery in Scotland, look no further than the team surgeons at McKeown Medical in Glasgow. Our facelift surgeon has dedicated years of research and training to perform the most advanced and sophisticated type of facelift, for the most natural results. He was listed as ‘Best for Facelifts’ in the exclusive Tatler Cosmetic Surgery Guide.

Our entire team is dedicated to making the process as comfortable and successful for you, from your first enquiry all the way through to your final follow up appointment. All of our patients start their journey nervous and anxious about the process and what to expect. They end their journey feeling like part of the clinic family. We provide more than simply surgery: we’re here to take care of you, from start to finish.

Whether you want to reduce the appearance of jowls, tighten the neck, or even explore some non-surgical facelift treatment options at McKeown Medical – we are here to help you get back to looking confidently in the mirror once more.

Restore Your Skin’s Natural Elasticity with McKeown Medical​

We offer various other surgical and non-surgical treatments at our clinic to help achieve your goals. These include Upper Eye Lift Surgery and Lower Eye Bag Removal. We also offer a wide range of aesthetic treatments, including Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Volumetric FaceliftNon-Surgical FaceliftNon-Surgical Eye Lift, and Non-Surgical Nose Reshaping.

For a facelift in Glasgow at a cutting edge clinic, book your appointment with Dr Russell Bramhall at McKeown Medical.

Are you ready to start your consultation?

Finding the right treatment for you is the most important factor in ensuring that you are on the correct path to achieve the results you desire. Our pre-consultation form helps us to identify your needs and, ultimately, gets you on the right path to achieving your optimal results.

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Dr Darren McKeown

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.

Medical Director

Dr Rhona Cameron

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.

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