10th Jul 2024

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

If you're considering facelift surgery, you will want to know the facelift cost. The popular procedure is an excellent option for patients looking to improve the appearance and create a more youthful appearance. It's the ideal choice for those who want to address wrinkles, fine lines,  loose skin caused by the ageing process.

The cost of a face lift can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of facelift procedure you choose, whether you also want to include other cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery such as eyelid lift or lower blepharoplasty, eyebag removal surgery or brow lift and neck lift.

Other factors covered include whether you have a local anaesthetic or general anaesthetic and if you stay over night in hospital.

In this article, we will explain what you can expect to pay for a face lift at our Kensington Medical clinic in Harley street, London, UK and Wimbledon. At Kensington Medical our expert GMC facelift plastic surgeons specialise in all types of facelifts, not just one or two procedures. This ensures you get honest advice about what is right for your face.


What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure that improves the appearance of the face. It can reduce wrinkles and targets sagging skin, and it can also create a more youthful look. There are several options, and the facelift cost varies depending on which type of facelift procedure you choose.

What Are the Different Facelifts?

There are several types of facelift surgery options, and each has a different price.

Full Facelift or Deep Plane facelift

The most common type of facelift is a full or  traditional facelift  It involves making incisions in the hairline and around the ears, which can take up to four hours to complete.

A deep plane facelift targets deep structures beneath the skin, specifically the deeper facial musculature. The procedure involves repositioning and lifting the deeper tissues, resulting in a comprehensive and natural facelift.

Mini Facelift

A mini facelift is a less invasive option that doesn't require as much surgery. It's ideal for patients who have minimal wrinkles and sagging skin. It can be performed as a day case under local anesathetic.

Lower Facelift and SMAS

A lower facelift, also known as a jowl lift, is a type of facelift surgery that focuses on the lower half of the face. It's a good option for patients who have sagging skin in the jawline and chin area and around the marionette lines (nose to mouth lines).

The SMAS facelift tightens and lifts the SMAS layer,  the middle and lower parts of the face. It focuses on skin laxity around the cheek area, jowls and sad mouth look. It can also help lift the neck, if the neck is not too saggy. 

Cost of face lift in the UK

The prices vary depending on the type of face lift you choose. Here's an overview of the average facelift costs in London, UK:

Full Facelift or Deep Plane Facelift Cost

A traditional facelift can cost anywhere from £9,000 up to £30,000 in the UK. The exact cost will depend on the surgeon you choose and the type of facelift you have. At Kensington Medical our plastic surgeons focus on the face, what this means is they have carried out hundreds and hundreds of facelifts. They understand what will give their patients the optimal result and will be honest with their advice.

At Kensington Medical a full facelift or deep plane face lift which includes a deep plane neck lift price starts from £13,000.

The best option is to book a consultation with our expert facial plastic surgeons who can discuss the facelift options, look at your facial structure and skin laxity. If you have a special event in mind, time lines can also be discussed. Consultations can be booked in our Harley Street, London or Wimbledon clinic locations. 

Mini Facelift Cost

A mini facelift is a less invasive option. Mini facelift cost is generally lower because it does not take as long to operate. The expertise however is still important along with the number of mini facelifts the plastic surgeon has carried out. 

At Kensington Medical a mini face lift price starts from £7,600.

Lower Facelift or SMAS Cost

A lower facelift, also known as a jowl lift, can cost between £5,000 and £12,000. A lower face lift can improve the jaw line and jowl area plus the neck area if the sag is not too severe. At Kensington Medical a lower facelift or jowl lift cost starts from £7,600. 

The price of a SMAS lift starts from £7,650.

The cost of a facelift varies depending on the type of lift you choose. It’s important to speak with a GMC-registered plastic surgeon to get an accurate estimate for your procedure.


What Does the Cost Include?

The cost of a facelift includes the surgeon's fee, the cost of anaesthesia which could be a local anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic, and the hospital. The other facelift costs include quality pre and post-operative information and care and 24-hour helpline.

It is important that the plastic surgeon and company you choose will look after you for months following the procedure. Knowing you are in safe and reputable hands is critical.

Find out more about your journey, expert facelift plastic surgeons, our 5 star hospitals and quality results and after care at Kensington Medical

Surgeon's Fee

This is the specific price for the procedure. It's a vital part of the cost, and you'll want to choose a top, reputable surgeon. The fee will vary depending on the surgeon's experience.

At Kensington Medical all of our Consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeons have held important posts within the NHS. They have decades of experience in facial cosmetic procedures, have the best surgical technique and have done thousands of facial procedures. 


The procedure will determine the cost of the anaesthesia. General anaesthesia is more expensive than local anaesthesia. A facelift often requires general anaesthesia.

At Kensington Medical our plastic surgeons favour TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia) which is used for deep sedation and general anaesthesia. TIVA has a number of advantages over conventional anaesthetic gases for the patient:

1.The amount of anaesthetic agent can be
more easily controlled,

2. The most appropriate dose can always be given with reduced risk of nausea and vomiting
after surgery and

3. A quicker recovery time.

Both general anaesthesia and deep sedation will be performed by a consultant anaesthetist: this forms part of the cost and is very important ensuring you have a suitably qualified anaesthetist. 

Hospital Charge

The hospital price is for using the surgical facility and the experienced nursing staff. The charge will differ based on the location of the facility and the type of facility. At Kensington Medical we have chosen the best hospitals and based on the location, you can choose where you would like to have your operation. Our specialist hospitals are:

We complete most procedures as a day case, so you won't have to stay in the hospital overnight.

To find out more, contact Kensington Medical to learn more about the facilities our surgeons use. We only work with top UK facial plastic surgeons and hospitals.

How to Save Money on a Facelift

You can save money by combining procedures, and having more than one procedure done simultaneously. We often recommend combining a facelift with an upper eyelid lift or lower eye bag removal. Another popular combination is to include a neck lift  or liposuction to neck to remove excess fat or fat transfer.

If you're considering a facelift, the first step is to consult with one of our expert plastic surgeons. During your consultation, the surgeon will assess your individual needs and recommend the best type of facelift for your facial structure. The cost of a facelift at Kensington Medical start with a mini facelift is £7,600. A facelift can take years off your appearance and give you the confidence you need to feel your best.

Contact Kensington Medical today for a facelift consultation with one of our experienced surgeons or to find out more.

We are based in Harley street London next to Marylebone High street (not far from Kensington, Chelsea, Primrose Hill, St Johns Wood, Regents Park, Mayfair and Nottinghill) and  Wimbledon (close to Richmond, Kingston, Fulham and Putney). You can phone us on 0204 551 4892 or email us at info@kensingtonmedical.co.uk.


Our expert cosmetic surgeons who have all held substantive posts within the Plastics division of the NHS and have decades of experience in facial surgery.  

Mr David Gateley Consultant Plastic Surgeon GMC: 2939470, MA FRCS, FRCS (Plast)

Mr Amir Sadri Consultant Plastic Surgeon GMC: 6163656, FRCS (Plast)

Mr Paul Tulley Consultant Plastic Surgeon GMC: 4035952 | BSc MB BS MD FRCS(Plas)


About Kensington Medical

Kensington Medical was born out of a desire to offer a cosmetic surgery service specialising in the face. Using our extensive knowledge of cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments, and working closely with patients, we brought together a group of outstanding facial plastic surgeons, nurses and anaesthetics to focus solely on the face. All based in Harley street London and Wimbledon. 

Kensington Medical aims to support patients through their journey. Our guiding principle is our wish to help patients through their cosmetic surgery experience to truly meet their goals and accompany their journey beyond simply booking an appointment and undergoing treatment. This journey can be life-changing, yet taking the steps to contact a clinic and ask for advice is sometimes intimidating. We help breakdown these barriers and offer friendly, professional advice to help you make it happen. 

Our core patient care team have extensive experience in facial rejuvenation. Our team are experienced to match our patients with the very best facial plastic surgeon for their needs. From the moment you start to consider a facial treatment, our team have you covered.