Mini Face Lift Surgery (Microlift)


The Microlift is a modified Mini Facelift. It is not a not a substitute for a full facelift, but provides an improvement in the cheeks and jawline for patients who would like a more subtle, local anaesthetic procedure. The effects can last up to four years but this  varies depending on a number of factors such as skin type, sun damage, and previous surgery.

The procedure generally takes around an hour and is performed under local anaesthetic. You will be able to go home the same day. Bending and stooping should be avoided for one to two days to reduce bruising and swelling. A chin strap should be worn day and night for the first week after surgery and then as much as possible for a further two to three weeks. The non-dissolvable stitches will be removed after about a week. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for a month after surgery.

Operation Time 1 hour
Anesthesia intravenous sedation
Nights in hospital 0
Common Risks common bruising, swelling, temporary numbness, headache
Uncommon Risks infection, hypertrophic or stretched or keloidal scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness or nerve damage, pixie ear deformity, pain.
Pain and discomfort 3 – 7 days
Follow-up after surgery 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months
Time off work 2 – 4 weeks
Sports 2 weeks walking
4 weeks fast walking
Result 4 weeks until final result scars continue to improve over 18 months

What happens at my first consultation?

During your consultation it is very important that you fully discuss the the pros and cons of your procedure. Your surgeon will discuss the procedure in full including any risks involved in addition to the likely outcome. Your surgeon will also discuss whether or not you are suitable for a microlift or if there is an alternative depending on your desired outcome.

Who is the most suitable for microlift surgery?

Patients who would benefit from a microlift are those who are looking for a way of bridging the gap between the growing number of discerning patients who do not feel ready or indeed do not wish to undergo a major facelift with its associated longer term recovery and higher associated risk factors.

What should I look for when choosing a surgeon?

You should ensure that the surgeon has all the relevant qualifications and accreditation.It is also important to establish just how many procedures the surgeon has carried out. Our surgeon is UK accredited and is a fully-qualified GMC registered Consultant Plastic, Cosmetic Surgeon, he is a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) in addition to being a member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). Our surgeon is also a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and the British Association of Surgical Oncology (BASO). Our surgeon has also been awarded prestigious fellowships including Royal College of Surgeons of England FRCS (Eng), Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh (FRCSEd) and a specialist fellowship in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Our lead surgeon is fully trained, qualified and experienced and would be entitled to hold a substantive NHS Consultant Plastic Surgeon post in the NHS As well as the accreditation’s and qualifications it is also important that you develop a good rapport with your surgeon and that they understand fully what you hope to achieve from the operation and also your desired appearance following your micro lift surgery.

What support can I expect when making the decision to have surgery?

You can expect ongoing support and access to our surgeon if you  wish. Our partners The Wright Initiative can also offer psychological support.

What does the procedure involve?

A microlift procedure is performed as a daycase with local anaesthetic operation occasionally with the use of a small amount of intravenous sedation enabling patients to go home within a few hours of the procedure without the lingering effects of a general anaesthetic. The technique involves an incision made at the sideburns hairline edge that then passes down in the crease in front of the ear and well hidden by most hair styles. There will be sutures that will be removed after 7 days.

What results should I expect?

See our before and after photos in this section.

Our cost for a Microlift is from £12,995, dependent on consultation.

The procedure is usually performed under a local anaesthetic at one of our specialist clinics.

This cost includes all your consultations before surgery and unlimited appointments following your procedure.

For a consultation please complete our contact form or telephone 0800 001 6688

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Brow Lift
Forehead Reduction/Hairline Advancement
Chin and Cheek Reshaping
Eye Bag Removal Surgery
Lip Augmentation
Micro Lift
Neck Lift
One Stitch Facelift
Prominent Ear Correction
Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
Split Earlobe Repair