Facelift Surgery

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When skin laxity develops past a certain point, injectables and non-invasive treatments often no longer produce the desired results for treating facial aging. Dr Riccardo Frati’s minimally-invasive Face Lift techniques will artfully restore the tight, youthful contours of your face and neck and help you look as young as you feel on the inside, for the long-term.

Advancements in Face Lift surgery (also known as rhytidectomy) enable Dr Frati to tighten and remodel facial skin and tissue with minimal scarring and reduced downtime. Face lift will address loose, sagging skin to reverse aging around the eyes, mouth, and jawline. Incisions are hidden in the hairline: patients look ten years younger after a face lift, but no one will be able to detect the reason why!

Dr Frati’s surgical methods additionally stimulate new collagen production: men and women will enjoy fuller, healthier volume and improved skin quality following face lift.

Dr Riccardo Frati emphasizes a relaxing, respectful experience at Harley Plastic Surgery. Face lift results at Harley Plastic Surgery are elegant and custom-tailored. You don’t have to live with an aged, fatigued appearance.

If you have fine lines, wrinkles, jowls, or drooping skin, contact Dr Frati to learn more about the life-changing benefits of a face lift today.

What is Face Lift Surgery?

The targeted procedure corrects skin sagging by tightening the facial structure and removing excess skin.

Face Lift is a minimally-invasive rejuvenating surgery which addresses lax skin on the mid and lower face. Dr Frati is an expert in traditional, MACS, and keyhole face lift. He will assess your case in a private consultation and work closely with you to select the method that will deliver the ideal results for your case.

Face lifts are performed in the hospital with general anesthesia. Many patients see their best results from combining face lift with neck lift. The youthful results of Face Lift at Harley Plastic Surgery last for fifteen years, or more!

What are the Benefits of Face Lift Surgery?

Both men and women agree: the way they look as they age matters. Face Lift is one of the most popular procedures in the UK for a reason! Face Lift offers many life-changing benefits, including:

  • Tighter, smoother skin
  • Look as young as you feel inside
  • Boosted self-confidence
  • Look healthier and more alert
  • Smoother application of makeup

Face Lift Surgical Techniques

Face Lift at Harley Plastic Surgery is tailored to your facial structure and your unique case of facial aging. Dr Frati performs Face Lift using one of three techniques: Traditional, MACS, or Keyhole. The technique you receive will depend on your personal preferences and Dr Frati’s professional recommendation.

Traditional Face Lift

To perform traditional Face Lift, Dr Frati makes surgical incisions that begin at the front of the ears and extend up behind the ears. Incisions remain within the hairline, where they will be easily concealed. Dr Frati will delicately lift the skin and reposition excess fat. He will tighten the facial muscles to restore long-lasting support of the tighter facial structure. Once the desired smooth skin contours have been achieved, Dr Frati will remove excess skin and stitch the incision closed with fine sutures. There will be no visible scarring following Traditional Face Lift.

MACS surgery

MACS surgery, short for Minimal Access Cranial Suspension, uses smaller incisions than the traditional face lift. The incisions will be made at the front of the ear but only extend as far as the back of the earlobe. Dr Frai will tighten the facial muscles and remove excess skin using these small surgical incisions. Excess fat may also be addressed during MACS surgery. Minimal access face lift surgery is an excellent option for candidates who have earlier stages of facial aging and a remaining degree of healthy skin laxity.

Keyhole Surgery

The keyhole surgical method is performed using very small incisions in the facial skin. Dr Frati uses an endoscope, which will display a live image feed on a monitor. This endoscope enables Dr Frati to tighten the muscles and access unwanted fat for removal as needed, while minimizing the strain on the facial tissues. This method produces a shorter recovery time and little-to-no scarring. Keyhole surgery is an effective technique for brow lifts and upper face lifts. Candidacy for keyhole surgery is determined on a case-by-case basis.


You are a good candidate for face lift surgery if you:

  • Want to look younger and healthier
  • Have sagging, drooping skin around your mouth, eyes, or jawline
  • Have a fatigued or aged look
  • Have a mild to moderate remaining degree of skin laxity
  • Have positive but realistic expectations of your procedure outcomes
  • Are prepared for a period of downtime following your face lift
  • Are at a stable weight
  • Are in good health
  • Are a non-smoker

When is the Best Age to Get a Face Lift?

In order to preserve the youthful features of the face for as long as possible, Face Lift is most effective and long-lasting when patients have a moderate degree of remaining skin laxity. Patients receive face lifts as early as their thirties, or as late as their early sixties.

Aging affects us all differently. You deserve to find the anti-aging solution that is most appropriate for you. Consult with a board-certified surgeon like Dr Frati to determine if you are ready for a Face Lift.

If you are a better candidate for a convenient, non-surgical rejuvenation option at Harley Plastic Surgery, he will share his professional opinion with you. He is here to help you achieve your ideal results!


Dr Frati believes in empowering his patients to make informed decisions to help them look and feel their best throughout their lives. Face lift candidates will receive a private consultation with Dr Frati, who will thoroughly discuss the aspects of face lift surgery with you. You are invited to ask any questions you have about face lift at this time! Dr Frati will take the time to get to know you, examine your facial structure, and assess your health history. He will also discuss your current medication and supplement use. Once he has a clear understanding of the results you would like to achieve, he will custom-tailor a face lift surgical plan to your specific needs.

Face lift surgery is an invasive, transformative anti-aging surgery. Dr Frati will always put his patient’s health and safety first and will only recommend face lift if it is an appropriate option for you.

If face lift is not the right rejuvenation option, Dr Frati offers a wide variety of anti-aging technologies that will help you look and feel your best.


Face lift patients will receive personalized preparation and recovery instructions. In order to avoid their blood-thinning effects, patients will be asked to discontinue use of certain medications, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and Advil, as well as supplements like garlic, vitamin E, ginko biloba, or turmeric.

Smoking also has a blood-thinning effect: patients who smoke will be asked to discontinue smoking at least two weeks prior to and two weeks following their surgery date.

If you have questions about your face lift surgery, reach out to Harley Plastic Surgery. Dr Frati and his well-trained staff are here for you.

Face Lift Recovery

Patients who receive traditional face lift surgery will remain in the hospital following their procedure. You will be monitored as the effects of the general anesthesia subside. Your face will be bandaged to support the outcomes of the procedure and keep your incisions sterile. These bandages will likely be removed before you are released to continue your recovery at home.

Patients will receive drains behind the ears for adequate drainage of excess blood and fluids. Depending on the needs of your case, your drains may be left in place for a few days, or they may be removed before you return home from the hospital. Patients will return for a follow-up appointment within a week to have their healing assessed and to have drains or stitches removed as necessary.

Patients who receive minimal access or keyhole face lift may be able to return home the same day as their surgery. The details of your at-home recovery will be arranged with you well before your surgery.

Your recovery timeline will vary based on the extent of your face lift surgery. Bruising and swelling are common following face lift. These conditions will resolve within a few weeks of your procedure. Patients are usually able to return to social events without concern within two to three weeks, when makeup can be safely applied on incisions.

Recovery on average is shorter following minimal access and keyhole face lift surgery than after traditional facelift surgery.


Face lift achieves dramatic results: you will notice an improvement in the contours of your face immediately after your surgery. You will see your final results emerge as bruising and swelling subside. Final results will be visible within eight weeks, though many MACS and keyhole face lift patients see their final, tight look develop much sooner.

How long do Face Lifts last?

The anticipated life of your face lift will depend on the extent of your surgery and your dedication to safe-sun practices. Results of traditional face lift and neck lift last for fifteen years on average. Results of MACS and keyhole face lifts last an average of ten years. Patients who maintain an active lifestyle and practice responsible sun protection measures on a daily basis will enjoy their smooth, tight results for years!