3 questions to ask your facelift surgeon

Here at Manchester Plastic Surgery, we completely understand that choosing to have facelift surgery is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make.  That’s why our team of experienced surgeons is here to help you make an informed decision, about whether a facelift is right for you.  

Not only must you consider whether the procedure will give you the results you’re looking for, but you must also be comfortable with the risks that accompany surgery. We also want you to have complete confidence in your surgeon, along with the team that’s supporting them.

There’s certainly a lot to think about!

One of the guiding principles of Manchester Plastic Surgery is that we provide the information and guidance that our clients need to decide whether surgery is going to be the right route for them.  From the outset, you will meet the surgeon who is going to carry out your procedure, so you can get to know them and ask questions directly. We give you as much time as you need in our consultation sessions, and are happy to provide further information or clarification on any points you may only think about when you’ve returned home.

You can take a look at our blog to read articles on a variety of topics relating to facelift surgery, but below, we answer the three most common questions relating to facelift surgery:


How do I know what I’ll look like after surgery?

This is the number 1 question we get asked during our facelift surgery consultation sessions.  Understandably, you will want to know if facelift surgery is going to give you a good result.  

This is where you and your surgeon must have a shared understanding of what you would like to achieve.  A good outcome for one patient may not be a good outcome for another. Some people want to change their appearance to a greater extent than others.

Because our surgical team, Dr. James Murphy and Dr. Adam Goodwin, have many years of experience in facial plastic surgery, they will be able to give you a good idea of the results you’re likely to see post-surgery.  This will enable you to decide if a facelift is going to give you results you’ll be happy with.


What if something goes wrong?

There’s no getting around it, all surgery carries an element of risk. This question is commonly asked by our patients who are considering facelift surgery.  Complications with facelift surgery can include haematoma (a collection of blood under the skin that must be removed by a surgeon), injury to the nerves that control facial muscles (very very rare and almost always temporary), or adverse scarring and change in sensation, which is again temporary in most cases.  

The risks are minimised if you choose an established practice with experienced surgeons who operate from a reputable hospital, like Manchester Plastic Surgery.  

When you attend your initial consultation to discuss facelift surgery at Manchester Plastic Surgery, you’ll find we spend some time explaining the risks involved with this procedure.  While rare, it’s important to know what could go wrong, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you’re comfortable to go ahead with the surgery.  


How long will it take to recover from a facelift?

Everyone recovers from a facelift at a different pace, so we provide general advice but suggest that you listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Most people asking us questions around facelift recovery time are surprised to find that the bandages and dressings can be removed in as little as 12 hours after surgery, with stitches removed just a week after surgery.  Swelling and bruising can take a few weeks to settle – even a couple of months is completely normal. As a guide, you can expect your scars to completely settle and your results to be fully visible around two to three months after surgery. 


Find out more

If you would like to ask any further questions related to having a facelift at Manchester Plastic Surgery, the first step is to book a consultative appointment with one of our experienced surgeons, so please do feel free to get in touch with us. 

If you would like to learn more about this procedure or are interested in a consultation, fill out the form below or call us on 0800 015 0622