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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Although every surgical procedure may involve some risks and complications that the patient has no option but to accept, your aesthetic surgeon will make a point of reducing their likelihood of appearing by choosing the technique best suited to your medical condition. Complications such as bleeding, wound or prosthetic infections and healing failure, although relatively rare, can occur with any type of surgery. This document was written as a supplement to the information you will receive during consultations. This text is not exhaustive, and cannot replace a consultation with a specialist, although it can answer some questions or give rise to others. Each patient will receive full and detailed information on her own medical status and the particular procedure chosen. For more information, please either consider a consultation or visit the website of the official gazette of the Royal Belgian Society for Plastic Surgery :

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