The facelift

This is probably the ultimate rejuvenation procedure. A face lift raises or repositions the skin and subcutaneous tissue upwards. To do this, a facelift usually makes use of several aesthetic surgery techniques.

The classic cervico-facial facelift will re-drape excess skin and reshape the underlying structures. A facelift is often combined with other aesthetic procedures.

The conventional procedures supplementary to a facelift are:

  • blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • remodelling of the mouth, cheeks and chin
  • lipostructure of a double chin, for natural results and avoidance of a frozen appearance due to too generous a cutaneous resection.


A facelift is performed under general anaesthesia and requires at least one night of hospitalization.

Some facelifts can be performed on the bottom of the face and neck. For these to be carried out, any area less than the entire face can be treated.

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Every surgical procedure can involve a certain amount of risk and complications that the patient must accept; your plastic surgeon will make it his or her duty to reduce the rate of occurrence by choosing the technique best suited to your medical situation. Complications such as bleeding, wound or prosthesis infections and poor healing, although relatively rare, can occur with any type of surgery. This website has been written to complement the information received during consultations. This text is not exhaustive, and cannot replace a consultation with a specialist; it may answer some questions or raise others. Each patient will receive complete and detailed information in relation to his or her own medical status and the intervention of his or her choice. For more information, please consider a consultation or visit the official website of the Royal Belgian Society of Plastic Surgery:

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