Having a facelift doesn't stop the clock. Your face will continue to age with time, and you may want to repeat the procedure one or more times-perhaps five or ten years down the line. But in another sense, the effects of even one facelift are lasting. Years later, you'll continue to look better than if you'd never had a facelift at all.

Before your surgery
Specific to a facelift, your Surgeon may suggest that you lose weight to give you the best possible long lasting result. He will also suggest that you stop smoking – an important part in assisting wound healing. If you colour your hair, it is advisable to do so before surgery as it will be several weeks afterwards before it is again safe to do so. It is advisable to take a pair of sunglasses and scarf with you to hospital – this will help to hide any bruising. Be sure to tell your surgeon if you smoke or are taking any drugs or medications, especially aspirin or other drugs that affect clotting. Most facelifts are performed under local anaesthetic, combined with a sedative to make you drowsy. You'll be awake but relaxed, and your face will be insensitive to pain. Some patients prefer a general anaesthesia. In that case, you'll sleep through the operation. One day before the operation all necessary examinations will be performed in the clinic. You will also discuss the anaesthesia with your anaesthesiologist. You will need to stay overnight in the clinic and leave 1day after the operation.

After your surgery
When you wake from your surgery you will have dressings on the face and possibly drainage tubes in place. Painkillers will be offered if required, however it is not regarded as a painful procedure, more uncomfortable due to the ‘tight’ feeling. You can expect to be in hospital for one day, any drainage tubes will be removed before you go home. Applying cold compresses will reduce this swelling and make you feel a bit better.