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Facelift & Necklift Surgery

    • Reduces saggy skin and wrinkles making the skin tighter and smoother
    • Team of leading specialist Cosmetic Surgeons
    • Cutting edge solutions. State of the art facilities
    • Outstanding patient care before, during and after your procedure
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As you age, your facial muscles loosen and your skin becomes less elastic, creating folds and lines. A facelift operation can give you a more alert and youthful appearance by reducing saggy skin and wrinkles.

As you age, your facial muscles loosen and your skin becomes less elastic, creating folds and lines. A facelift operation can give you a more alert and youthful appearance by reducing saggy skin and wrinkles.

Facelift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy, is a popular cosmetic procedure aimed at rejuvenating the appearance of the face by reducing visible signs of aging. As we age, the skin loses elasticity, facial muscles weaken, and fatty tissues diminish, leading to sagging skin, wrinkles, and a tired look.

A Facelift can lift your whole face (a full facelift) or just your brow area, lower face or neck. The effects of a facelift usually last for seven to 10 years.

Facelift procedures are designed to counteract these effects and restore a more youthful and vibrant appearance. Two of the key Facelift techniques are: SMAS (Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System) facelift and Mini-Facelift.

A facelift will improve the appearance of the skin, but it is important to note that your face will continue to age. For the best results it is recommended that anyone having facelift surgery maintain a stable body weight and refrain from smoking. This can help maintain the elasticity of the skin and bone structure of the face.

What is a Facelift?

As we get older, the facial muscles can become slack and the skin on the face becomes looser and less elastic creating folds and lines.

A facelift is a cosmetic operation that can improve the appearance and leave the skin on the face tighter and smoother.

Facelift surgery can also include the correction of droopy eyelids (blepharoplasty).

Depending on the advice of your surgeon, these procedures may be carried out as separate operations. Your surgeon will explain how you can expect to look after the procedure. Photos may be taken for before and after comparison.

It is important that you discuss with your surgeon what you are hoping to gain from having surgery of this type as they will be able to explain realistically expect. It is also important that you complete any weight loss programmes and are at a stable weight before having this surgery to get maximum results.

What To Expect From Facelift Surgery with Mr Michael McBride, Consultant Plastic Surgeon

A Guide To Facelift Surgery

Facelift surgery is a complex and personalised procedure that aims to lift and reposition sagging facial tissues, including skin, fat, and muscle, to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. It is essential to note that a facelift is not a one-size-fits-all procedure; instead, it can be tailored to address specific concerns, such as jowls, neck sagging, or deep wrinkles. Two primary techniques for facelift surgery, SMAS and Mini-Facelift, offer distinct benefits based on individual needs and desired outcomes.

How long does surgery take?

A facelift at Kingsbridge Private Hospital is usually done under general anaesthesia which means you will be asleep during the procedure and feel no pain. The length of surgery can vary on what procedures are being done. Your surgeon will be able to provide more information on this at your consultation.

Facelift surgery at Kingsbridge Private Hospital will usually require a stay of one or two nights. It is recommended that you have a friend or family member take you home after being discharged. You should not drive until advised to do so by your surgeon.

Types of Facelift Surgery

SMAS Facelift

SMAS, the Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System, is a deeper tissue layer beneath the skin and fat. An SMAS facelift is a traditional and more comprehensive approach to facelift surgery. It targets not only the skin but also the underlying muscle and connective tissue, allowing for a more extensive facial rejuvenation.

Key points about SMAS facelift:

  1. Comprehensive Results: SMAS facelifts provide dramatic and long-lasting results by addressing the deeper facial structures, offering a more comprehensive lift of the face and neck.
  2. Extended Recovery: Patients should expect a longer recovery time compared to a Mini-Facelift, typically around 2-3 weeks.
  3. Suitable for Severe Aging: SMAS facelifts are ideal for individuals with more significant signs of aging, including severe jowls, sagging neck skin, and deep wrinkles.

SMAS Facelift Options

There are many types of facelift which can be classified based on the type of work performed on the SMAS, and on the extent of the incisions.

Based on the depth of SMAS dissection there are 2 main types:

  • Superficial SMAS procedures. This is the simplest type of intervention and can be either a plication, imbrication, or limited excision of the SMAS.
  • Sub- SMAS procedures. These are more complex techniques, which involve raising a SMAS flap. Sub-SMAS facelifts can be further subdivided in:
    • Lateral SMAS approaches (High or Low)
    • Deep Plane Surgery. This is the most advanced facelift technique and requires detailed anatomical knowledge and surgical experience in the face and neck, hence not every cosmetic surgeon is able to offer it.

The term deep plane refers to an anatomical space located between the SMAS layer and the deeper tissue in the face and neck. By entering into this deeper space, the SMAS and the platysma can be completely released from the underlying tissues / ligaments, allowing for a more effective, tension-free suspension.

Although the Deep Plane is technically a more challenging and lengthy procedure (due to delicate facial nerve dissection) compared to superficial SMAS facelifts, it offers a number of advantages, which made it the go-to choice for natural, long-lasting results in modern facial rejuvenation surgery.

Deep Plane Facelift Surgery is undertaken for not only aesthetic reasons but also functional indications (facial paralysis).

  1. Firstly, the entry point of the deep plane is closer to the medial soft tissues compared to other SMAS flap techniques. This allows direct access to the drooping areas of concern that need re-suspension. This is a significant biomechanical advantage compared to the traditional facelifts. This allows a very effective re-suspension of the SMAS and platysma with no need to apply excessive tension.
  2. Releasing the ligaments and other dense fibrous attachments in the deep plane allows for the SMAS and platysma to be re-suspended with minimal tension. This is very important in terms of the longevity of this technique as there is less risk of early failure and snapping of the SMAS suspension sutures from too much tension. This tensionless suspension technique is largely responsible the natural results achieved with deep plane surgery; the face is rejuvenated but without the unattractive look of excessively pulled tissues (the unwanted “wind tunnel” effect of the facelift patient).

In addition, there is less risk of suture “cheesewiring” through the SMAS, a situation that often creates dents or other irregularities in the face.

  1. Another advantage of the deep plane technique is the improvement that can be achieved in the midface region. By freeing up the ligaments during the extended deep plane facelift, it is possible to access and reposition the ptotic midface fat compartments and restore the volume and projection on the malar eminence. This is not possible with conventional facelifts where the zygomatic ligament remains uninterrupted and the effect on the midface is minimal.
  2. Finally, with the extended deep plane dissection in the neck it is possible to free up the platysma muscle to approximately 5 cm below the jawline. A platysma flap is then created via a back-cut and this flap is re-suspended to the mastoid area creating a crisp, youthful jawline. The posterior jawline, which has lost volume with age, can be also augmented by repositioning SMAS tissue. The Platysma back cut transects some of the unwanted vertical bands, but also creates a flap that acts as a hammock supporting the ptotic deep neck tissues, including the submandibular glands.

There are 2 types of Deep Plane facelift:

  1. Short scar, with the incision running from the temporal hairline to just a few centimetres behind the earlobe. This short scar approach is best suited for patients who mostly have lower face concerns, with mild to moderate jowling and without significant excess neck skin. Despite the shorter incision it is still possible to perform extended Platysma dissection and improve neck contour and jawline definition. One of the biggest benefits of this approach is that there is no visible scarring for patients that like to wear their hair as a ponytail.
  2. Full scar Deep Plane. The incision is extended to the mastoid region and the posterior hairline in the occipital area. The extra incision is required to manage heavier necks with significant excess skin and avoid irregularities from bunching up the redundant skin behind the ear.

Deep Neck Lift

This is performed via an additional incision in the submental area (under the chin). A deep neck lift is indicated for patients who have symptoms and signs of neck heaviness. These include prominent platysma bands and excess deep (sub-platysmal) fat, which is not amenable to liposuction. This incision also allows access to the anterior digastric muscles and submandibular glands.

The digastric muscles are often reduced and tightened during deep neck lift surgery to smoothen the floor of mouth contour. In some patients the inferior portion of the submandibular glands are enlarged or very ptotic with age so the glands may become more noticeable after surgery. Those patients may, therefore, benefit from submandibular gland reduction. This is a challenging procedure as the anatomy of the area is very complex with nerves and vessels being very close to the glands, and the surgery itself is performed through minimal access.


The Mini-Facelift, as the name implies, is a less invasive and more subtle version of a traditional facelift. It is often chosen by those who are looking for a more modest improvement or want a quicker recovery.

Key points about Mini-Facelift:

  1. Less Invasive: Mini-Facelifts involve smaller incisions and target the skin and superficial tissues, making it a less invasive procedure.
  2. Quicker Recovery: The recovery time for a Mini-Facelift is generally shorter, usually around 1-2 weeks.
  3. Ideal for Mild to Moderate Aging: Mini-Facelifts are best suited for individuals with mild to moderate signs of aging, who are looking to address early jowls or fine wrinkles.

Alternatives to Facelift Surgery?

At your appointment your consultant may advise other treatments before facelift surgery or may advise alternatives in combination with surgery so that you achieve the desired effect.

This may include treatments such as:

  • Resurfacing techniques to reduce surface wrinkles and smooth the skin by removing damaged outer layers. Options include chemical peels and pulsed light.
  • Dermal fillers can help to plump out deep wrinkles with injections of hyaluronic acid, collagen or other types of filler. Depending on the type of filler used you may need to have repeat treatments every six to nine months to maintain the full benefits.
  • Anti-Wrinkle injections can help to flatten out wrinkles in your skin caused by muscle action, for example when you smile or frown. This treatment is particularly suitable for forehead lines and wrinkles around your eyes. However, it won't help with wrinkles caused by sagging of your facial tissue as a result of ageing. For this type of treatment it is usually recommended that you have repeat treatments every three to four months for full long lasting effects. 

The Consultation: Getting advice about Facelift Surgery 

Before undergoing any facelift procedure, it is crucial to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who can assess your unique needs and goals. During the consultation, the surgeon will discuss which type of facelift is most appropriate for you based on factors such as your age, skin quality, and the extent of aging signs.

At Kingsbridge Private Hospital any concerns or questions you have about this type of surgery will be answered by one of our consultants.

Facelift surgery can be a transformative experience, providing individuals with a renewed sense of self-confidence and a more youthful appearance. Whether you opt for the comprehensive approach of an SMAS facelift or the subtler effects of a Mini-Facelift, the results can be remarkable.

If you are considering a facelift, it is essential to choose a skilled and experienced surgeon who can tailor the procedure to your specific needs. Consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss your options and develop a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.

Invest in yourself today and take the first step toward a more youthful and confident you.

The face and neck lift surgery we can offer is unlike any other available in Northern Ireland. Our facelift medical team includes the only formally trained and qualified surgeon with aesthetic qualifications.  

If you are considering a facelift and want to learn more about which option is best for you, contact our experienced team of plastic surgeons for a consultation. Let us help you achieve the rejuvenated and youthful appearance you desire. Call or book online to schedule your appointment today.

*Prices accurate as of May 2023 and may be subject to change.

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact our private patient booking team via our online enquiry form.

Alternatively, email Kingsbridge Cosmetic Clinic

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Kingsbridge Private Hospital

811-815 Lisburn Road, Belfast, BT9 7GX

Kingsbridge North West

Church Hill House Main Street Ballykelly BT49 9HS

Healthcare Professionals & Consultants

Mr Andrew J Diver

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

Mr Nicholas Hodgins

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

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"I am extremely happy with the treatment, and with the standard of care I have received. There is no doubt as to whether this treatment is highly effective. I have had several cosmetic surgeries (although not on my face) but can say in comparing the results of the Spring Thread procedure with other less invasive treatments, the results are more in keeping with the surgical procedures I have had." Spring Thread Patient Review, Cosmetech at Kingsbridge Patient
"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
"I was in your facility yesterday for a day procedure (operation on my left arm). I wanted to write and express how impressed I was with the facilities and more importantly the staff on the Ward.

Everyone was excellent, and I mean excellent, i don't normally write congratulatory e-mails so this is high praise in my view. The Senior nurse was excellent, as was the Theatre nurse and the anaesthetist. Even the assistants that helped with catering and other duties. All came together to form a great impression of the establishment." Jason Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Kingsbridge Patient
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