Reverse The Signs Of Ageing


Facelift Glasgow

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

Dr Russell Bramhall is our facelift expert at McKeown Medical.

Russell was voted ‘Best for Facelifts’ in the exclusive Tatler Cosmetic Surgery Guide.

Facelift Glasgow

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

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.

Why Consider a Facelift?

The gold standard way to
improve the jowls and neck

A 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.

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

Meet Our Facelift Expert

An example of a patient who underwent a deep plane face and neck lift with a deep neck reduction.

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.

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.

An outline of where the hidden scars will be.

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

Lorna's Story

Deep Plane Facelift

Liz's Story

Deep Plane Facelift

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

Facelift FAQ's

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.

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

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 in her 50s felt that her appearance no longer matched how she felt on the inside. In order to correct this, we performed a surgical lower face and neck lift and upper eyelid surgery. We then used injectables to restore her facial volume and reduce the appearance of her frown lines. Finally, we performed a BBL treatment and Halo laser to improve the quality of her skin and boost her complexion. 
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.

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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.

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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.

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See for yourself, just what the clinic can do


Justine, aged 31

Tear Trough Fillers

The tear trough is the groove that runs between the lower eyelid and the cheek, contributing to dark hollows below the eyes. This can be improved with precise volume restoration. Hear how this treatment turned out for our patient Justine.
Catherine, aged 50

Treatment of Lines Around the Lips with Injectables

Lines around the lips are one of the most common complaints that women come to us with. These can be treated permanently with aggressive resurfacing, although a much less invasive option is to simply restore some volume around the area. Hear how Catherine got on with filler injections around the mouth.
Michelle, aged 35

Treatment of Deep Frown Lines

When the frown muscles are strong, and frown lines well established, sometimes we need to employ a combination approach to achieve the best result. Hear how this worked out for Michelle. 
Lorraine, aged 50

Treatment of Jowls with Dermal Filler

The jowls are one of the most commonly complains about parts of the face. For patients who do not wish to undergo surgery, fillers in the cheek, chin and jawline and offer an effective non-surgical solution. Listen to how this approach worked for Lorraine.
Lisa, aged 45

Combination Treatment of Advanced Crow's Feet

Sometimes when the crows feet get stronger, simply relaxing the muscle around the eye is not enough and we need to do combination treatments to achieve the best result. Listen to how this turned out for our patient Lisa.
Marie, aged 46

Treatment of Downturned Mouth Corners

Downturned mouth corners can make us look sad, even when we feel happy inside. Hear how treatment with filler injections corrected this problem for our patient. 
Claire-Louise, aged 28

Augmentation of the Chin

Deficiency of the chin and jawline is a common problem that leads to facial disharmony and can lead to early jowl formation. Hear how correcting the chin improved our patients profile, and her self confidence. 
Deana, aged 57

Treatment of Eye Bags and Jowls with Injectables

Bags under the eyes and jowls along the jawline are some of the most common concerns patients have as they age. For patients who do not wish to have surgery, these can be significantly improved by restoring volume to the facial anatomy. Hear how this treatment approach worked out for Deana.
Jennifer, aged 27

Nose & Chin Contouring

A prominent nose can be one of the most distressing features for some people. Often, the problem is exacerbated by a weak or recessed chin and contouring the nose and chin with filler injections can help to re-balance to profile, achieving facial harmony. Hear how this treatment turned out for Jennifer, and the impact it had on her life.
Grant, aged 32

Male Wrinkle Reduction

Most people – men and women – begin to notice wrinkles appearing in the upper face in their early to mid 30s. This is the optimal time to start considering aesthetic dermatology to reduce the wrinkles and prevent them getting worse as the years progress. Listen to how the treatment turned out for Grant.
Tony, aged 38

Male Facial Volume Restoration

Tony had lost of a lot of weight, and the effects were showing on his face. As we age, we all lose volume from our face but in Tony’s case it was accelerated by significant weight loss. Listen to how treatment with facial fillers restored Tony’s facial volume, and his self confidence.