Vr Facelift

The Vr facelift is a modified version of the traditional facelift that targets sagging skin around the jowl area. The Vr stands for Vertical (vector), r (incision) facelift.

It was developed at the York clinic to give clients the option of a procedure that gives definite, subtle improvement to the jowl area that can safely and easily be performed under local anaesthetic using permanent deep sutures similar to the technique used in a full face and neck lift.

The Vr facelift treatment, whilst not a traditional full face and neck lift, is by no means a ‘mini facelift’, more akin to a macs lift. It is a more affordable, less invasive alternative to address the sagging jowl area.



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  • what is a Vr facelift?

    Vr facelift surgery can be performed safely and easily under local anaesthetic using permanent deep sutures similar to the technique used in a full face and neck lift.

  • how is the procedure carried out?

    There are many different types of facelifts, so a careful evaluation of your face and discussion of your needs is essential to select the most appropriate technique for you. Prior to a Vr facelift, each client will have a detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon.

    During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment), and expected outcomes.

    With a surgical facelift, the deeper layers of the face are lifted and tightened, and several centimetres of skin removed. The different types of facelift will give different results. It is essential to appreciate what each procedure will, and more importantly, won’t do.

    Most people seeking mini facelift surgery request a result that whilst refreshing and rejuvenating retains a natural appearance. Should the Vr Facelift surgery be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment, the procedure will be carried out by your surgeon in our recently refurbished operating theatre. It will be performed under local anaesthetic to ensure the patient’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure.

    Prior to the treatment, the skin is carefully cleaned and marked. It is then numbed in front of the ear and a small cut is made to sit within the ears and hairline’s nooks and crannies. This helps to hide the scar in natural lines.

    The skin in front of the ear is carefully lifted from the deeper tissues and several tightening stitches are then placed to lift the muscles and ligaments. The redundant skin is then lifted in an upward direction, with any excess being trimmed accurately away and redraped. Usually, around 2.5-3 cm of skin is removed on each side. The edges of the cuts are very carefully closed to give discrete and often hidden incision lines.

  • what results should I expect?

    Recovery from a Vr facelift is relatively quick, with most patients experiencing only minor discomfort and bruising. The sutures are gently removed after 10 days and advice is given on what further care is required.

    The true results of the Vr facelift  should be visible when the sutures are removed. Scarring is as discreet as possible, with surgical incisions being placed within the natural crease in front of the ear and hairline.

  • how does the procedure feel?

    When undergoing a Vr facelift, a local anaesthetic is administered at the treatment site to ensure total comfort for the duration of the procedure.

  • is there any downtime?

    It is recommended that for several days after your Vr facelift surgery that you rest. We advise refraining from exercise for 7-14 days post-procedure and avoiding activities that would increase blood flow to the area. With bruising likely for around one week after the procedure, some patients prefer to take this time off work. However, this is entirely a personal preference.

  • who is the ideal patient for this procedure?

    The ideal patient for a Vr facelift treatment is someone with mild to moderate jowl laxity and reasonable quality skin. This is not a neck lift, and therefore patients with specific issues with neck laxity should consider a procedure tailored to that area. However, it is common for some patients to report some improvement in neck skin laxity alongside a definite, subtle improvement to the jowl area.

  • What pre and post-procedure advice must I follow?


    We are governed by CQC guidelines which state a consultation must be carried out prior to any surgical appointment being booked. The consultation must be conducted at least 2 weeks, but not more than 4 months prior to the surgery.

    On the day of your Vr facelift, you are advised to eat and drink as normal. Eating something sugary such as a biscuit ahead of the procedure is also recommended.

    Contact lenses should be removed prior to arrival at the clinic. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.


    Resting is essential after your Vr facelift. You should put your feet up, and Netflix is highly recommended.

    Patients should not drive for 24 hours post-procedure. Hair may be washed straight the following day. Regular analgesia is recommended.


Lower Face

Anaesthetic Type

Application of local anaesthetic at the treatment site ensures total comfort for the duration of the procedure

Procedure Time

150 minutes


An incision is then made in front of the ear on each side of the face. Lax, excess skin is removed and deep sutures are placed to tighten facial ligaments


Once sutures are removed one week after the procedure, Patients should expect a definite, subtle improvement to the jowl area


Patients are advised to treat day 1 post-op as a rest day, refraining from exercise for 14 days. Bruising should be expected for around 7 days after the procedure.


Excess skin is permanently removed


Vr Face Lift£3,995

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