A full facelift will require general anaesthetic but some smaller cases and mini facelifts may only require a local anaesthetic with added sedation if requested.
Facelift Day of Procedure
For a full facelift an incision is usually made at the temple which then runs along and around the hairline round the back of the ears. The facial skin and tissue is then lifted upwards before being repositioned and any excess is then removed. The incisions will then be closed with absorbable stitches.
We do recommend that patients stay overnight in hospital for both the surgeon and the nursing team to ensure that you are healing well post-surgery.
The feeling after a facelift is not usually pain but just a discomfort as your face may feel tight and full for the first 7-10 days but this can be managed by pain medication provided to you.