Facelift

Prices
What is included
Price changes
Face lift classic - 4 800 €
Neck lift - 3 800 €
Upper eyelid - 1 500 €
Lower eyelid - 1 800 €
Chin liposuction - from 1 400 €
Upper + lower eyelid - 2 400 €
Buccal fat pad removal - 1 400 €
Lower eyelid + fat transfer - 2 300 €
Chin augmentation - 2 500 €
Lip lifting - 1 800 €
consultation with the surgeon
necessary health tests
surgery
anaesthesia
hospitalisation (1 night)
a massage to help you recover quickly
24/7 personal assistance during your stay
transfers to / from the airport, hotel and clinic
​10% discount on plastic surgery for returning patients
Please note that the price of the surgery itself is provisional and may be accurately assessed only after the evaluation of each individual case.
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Results

What is a facelift?


A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a procedure of facial rejuvenation which reduces the wrinkles that form in the face and neck areas and are caused by the natural ageing process. Time is merciless; fortunately, a facelift can help people who are dissatisfied with their appearance to turn back time.

Although there are different facelift techniques, they all have several steps in common. Facelift can be performed under general or local anaesthesia, depending on the individual case of each patient. The surgeon makes incisions along the hairline as well as along the ears. Skin is then separated from the facial muscles and pulled to remove the wrinkles and excess facial skin. Deeper facial tissue and fat can be redistributed for better aesthetic results. Afterwards, face is bandaged to minimise swelling and bruising. Patients are usually discharged on the day of the surgery, however, in some cases a longer monitoring of the patient is required.

Who is a proper candidate?

As with all surgeries it is of high importance to be in a good overall health in the first place. However, the condition of the skin is specifically important for facelift surgeries. Skin should be flexible and elastic. These features might be affected by alcohol consumption and smoking. If this is the case, patients should consult health specialists about a realistic outcome of a facelift.

People with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart and blood clotting disorders are eligible for the procedure. However, such conditions can affect a person’s suitability for undergoing anaesthesia and can also disrupt wound healing during the recovery process. It is important to discuss the particular case with a surgeon so that any complications can be prevented and the desired look achieved. The facelift procedure can and should be adjusted to bring the most satisfying results.

After the Facelift

After the surgery is performed, it can take up to four weeks to fully recover. The patient should take time off work for the whole period of recovery.

Bandages are used for covering the wounds, while an elastic facial sling prevents swelling and ensures equal distribution of pressure. If serous fluid drainage tubes are used they will be removed in several days, as well as the stitches (unless dissolvable stitches were used). Bruising should fade away in a couple of weeks. However, to be able to appreciate the final results of the procedure the patient might need to wait from six to nine months until the swelling has fully gone down.

Sun should be avoided for several weeks as it can interfere with scar healing and damage the surrounding vulnerable skin. It is highly recommended to avoid driving after the surgery at least until bruising is relieved. The patient should also avoid wetting the bandages for a couple of days. Strenuous physical activity should be ceased for at least two weeks. The patient should resist applying makeup while the wounds are still healing.

Quality skin care is required to prevent early ageing and it inevitably adds to the effect of a facelift. Weight fluctuation tends to stretch the skin, hence a healthy diet and a stable weight can prolong the results.

Facelift types
Classical facelift
A classical facelift involves cuts along the hairline and around the ears. Skin is pulled back and the facelift mainly improves the appearance of the jawline and cheeks. Various modifications of a classical facelift allow the surgeon to tailor the procedure to the specific needs of each individual.
Full facelift
A full facelift includes improvement of the neck, jawline, cheeks, and forehead. Full facelift could be suggested for patients with heavy skin sagging as it might be the best option for those desiring a dramatic change in appearance.
Neck lift
A neck lift is suggested for patients with problematic areas on the neck and the chin. It will remove any excess skin and create a more defined contour resulting in a much more youthful appearance.
Mid-facelift
The mid-facelift, or cheek lift, is an elevation of the cheeks which transforms them from deflated to youthful and prominent. This procedure can also aid in reducing hollowness under the eyes, however, it mainly affects the middle part of the face and is not a substitute to facelift procedures.
Forehead lift
A forehead lift improves the look of a person’s forehead (e.g. “worry lines” and “frown lines”) and is usually not included in the traditional facelift. By lifting the forehead skin wrinkles are smoothened and “hooding” over the eyes is reduced.
Facial fat transfer
A facial fat transfer can be beneficial for people dissatisfied with hollow areas beneath the eyes, sunken cheeks, brows, temples or chin.
Operation
Plastic Surgeon Anastasiia Ignatieva
Preparation
A patient might have very specific expectations for the outcome of the surgery, therefore a thorough discussion with a surgeon is necessary
Skin condition greatly depends on nutrition. Therefore, the patient should ensure that he or she is consuming enough proteins and vitamins which are important for the synthesis of collagen and for maintaining skin integrity.
To stop taking medications such as aspirin or other blood-thinning drugs.
Smoking and alcohol consumption should be avoided one month before and after the surgery so that it does not affect the healing process by restricting blood circulation.
Medical examination and a review of medical history is an essential step before the surgery.
Patients will have to undergo any necessary lab tests, including a blood work, a urine test, ECG (electrocardiogram), X-rays, or others.
About surgeon
Anastasia Ignatieva has been working in the field of plastic surgery since 2015. Since 2017 she has been working on a regular basis in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in the UK. She was trained in a number of renowned private clinics in both Spain and Switzerland.
At the moment Dr Ignatieva is working at the International Clinic of Dr. Ignatiev, which is located both in Kiev (Ukraine) and Marbella (Spain). She is actively engaged in scientific activities, has had a number of articles published in different Ukrainian and International medical journals. She completed training in related specialties in oncological surgery, microsurgery, orthopaedics, endovascular surgery and laparoscopic surgery. Dr Ignatieva represented Ukraine at the World Congress of Surgeons in Switzerland in 2017 in the capacity of Ukrainian’s top young surgeon.
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Tina
UK, Birmingham
I first met Dr Ignatieva in December 2017 when she came to work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham England. I know she came to this hospital because it is a big training hospital, as a result it gave her the opportunity to work daily on more complex/major procedures that patients needed, because this is the criteria of the type surgery this hospital undertakes, small less complicated ...
I first met Dr Ignatieva in December 2017 when she came to work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham England. I know she came to this hospital because it is a big training hospital, as a result it gave her the opportunity to work daily on more complex/major procedures that patients needed, because this is the criteria of the type surgery this hospital undertakes, small less complicated surgery tends to be sent to other hospitals.

I discussed with her all the things I had wanted to change about my body for a number of years. For so many of us finding the right Dr in plastic surgery is always a daunting task, particularly as it’s a cosmetic desire to look how you imagine in your mind, for me it was based on finding an old photograph of many years ago! My concerns started with feeling comfortable to discuss what I want to achieve, comfortable and confident about the ability of the Dr I may choose if I decide to proceed, the realistic care recovery process in another country if I considered going outside the UK where I had heard prices are cheaper and knowing how expensive all these “wants” would be in the UK.

Dr Ignatieva made me feel at ease and invited me to visit her in Kiev Ukraine and to only have a consultation with her and her colleague, and suggested not to make any forward planned commitments before going away to think about what I wanted to do after the consultation. Knowing she had worked on some complicated/complex/major procedure’s it gave me the confidence to at least go to see her. I went to Kiev in February 2019 and made the decision to have a bust reduction/reconstruction done in May 2019, this was major surgery given I wanted to go from a GG to a C/D cup in bra size, from start to finish the whole process made me relaxed, I was monitored frequently to make sure everything was okay and 2 weeks later on my way back to the UK a very happy patient, within 4 months of my surgery I was back to doing all the fitness training I had been comfortable to do before I felt like “my breasts were getting in my way”.



I had set out at the beginning that I wanted 3 different procedures done, it was suggested to focus only on the major surgery in the beginning, my breast reduction/reconstruction, if I was happy with the result then was the right time to discuss the rest of my “wish list”, which was liposuction to removed fat from my back and upper arms plus skin removal from my upper arms to give a nice tight skin appearance once the fate was removed. Not only have I done extensive fitness training over previous years and cut back drastically during the past few years which took a toll on the appearance of my body with muscle turning to fat, I spend a lot of time in the sun, which is not good for the skin appearance other than getting a tan and at 61 years old my ageing skin was all going against me, hence the dreadful “bingo wings” had to be reduced to a more appealing look. I have had both of these procedures done in the past month, while I’m still coming out of the end of the FULL RECOVERY stage I already know I’m 100% happy with the end result, with little restriction within days of the surgery because it was not so invasive, but to treat my body with respect, all made possible by Dr Ignatieva who made it all stress-less by the care, consideration she showed me but more important her desire to “make my body back to beautiful”. I have achieved all what I wanted to achieve without spending a huge amount of money that the UK would have cost, despite the cost the procedures were carried out in wonderful surroundings with up to date modern technology.

I have since decided to return to have my eyelids done, on a date to be confirmed…

If you are thinking about plastic surgery I would have no hesitation to recommend you discussing what you want to achieve with this professional Doctor.
Julia
Kiev, Ukraine
Automatic translation using Google translate from Russian: "I met Dr. Anastasia, through my friend, who underwent surgery for breast augmentation with Anastasia. The result of my girlfriend was very impressive and I wanted to go to meet and consult at the same time. Anastasia advised me before 3 o’clock. Dr. Anastasia under a scalpel. I underwent breast augmentation surgery from size 0 did 3+ I ...
Automatic translation using Google translate from Russian: "I met Dr. Anastasia, through my friend, who underwent surgery for breast augmentation with Anastasia. The result of my girlfriend was very impressive and I wanted to go to meet and consult at the same time. Anastasia advised me before 3 o’clock. Dr. Anastasia under a scalpel. I underwent breast augmentation surgery from size 0 did 3+
I trusted Anastasia and got a great result.
Anastasia fulfilled my dream and made everything natural and perfect.
Thank you so much
Good patients "
Common questions
How can I make the payment?
All the amount should be paid in our clinic before the operation. We accept Visa, MasterCard and Maestro credit and debit cards and cash (UAH).
Some banks have specific policy about payments in the foreign countries. If you are planning to pay by card, please contact your bank and let them know you will be making a payment in Ukraine, and, if needed, increase your payment card limit.
Does it have to be general anaesthesia?
Local anaesthesia is applied when the surgery is minor and localized on specific area, for example otoplasty surgery.
Can I combine two surgeries at once?
In most cases combining two procedures is possible. However, plastic surgery is very individual matter, thus each case is different. The surgeon decides whether two or more surgeries may be combined after evaluation of a patient’s health condition, surgery technique, surgery duration, etc.
Are there any age restrictions for cosmetic surgery?
Unlike reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery is not recommended for patients under 18 years old. Patients should understand that puberty is a period of time when the most significant change of body contour occurs and there is no need to rush in surgical correction of any part of it. Moreover, in most cases, the part of body teenagers are unsatisfied with matures does not require any interference of a surgeon.
As for older patients, there is no upper age limit.
What should I bring with me?
Patients, who take medication, that was approved by our anaesthesiologist, should bring the medication with them, so it can be taken as prescribed. Moreover, you may want to bring a computer, a book, or a magazine, to keep you entertained while in the clinic or the hotel.
What questions should I ask the surgeon?
The goal of consultation is to arrange surgery details, express your expectations on surgery results and clear up your mind. Do not be afraid to ask questions concerning your decision even if you think it is not important.
Moreover, ask surgeon about his experience in particular cosmetic surgery. You will feel more comfortable knowing that person who is likely to operate on you is well known in this field.
One more helpful tip is to ask to show pictures of his previous work. You will see the result plastic surgery provides and get a chance to evaluate whether you are happy with it.
Why Ukraine, as a pretty new player in the World market of medical tourism, is reliable, comfortable and worth to be chosen as a medical tourism destination?
– Ukraine is very flexible in order to penetrate into the market.
– Ukraine has a very hight standart of beauty, so the plastic surgeons are trained for the best result with not visible scars.
– Ukraine offers many different places for health recovery, sightseeing and activities.
– Ukraine is easy to reach – 2 international airports in Kiev with all main connections with Europe.
– Ukraine has world class surgeons as well as clinics, and the prices for the same medical treatments are 3 or more times lower than in Western countries.
Is it safe to fly after cosmetic surgery?
Flying immediately after surgery carries a higher risk of blood clot formation and there is no guarantee that it will not be fatal. In order to prevent it, we advise all our patients to stay in clinic for several days. Surgeon will recommend necessary precautions – medications preventing from blood clot formation, moving around the ward or wearing compression stockings. Only after careful evaluation of your health state, you will be allowed to travel home.
Can I get a sick note from the surgeon? If not, how can I get it?
The surgeon that will be performing your surgery may write an official recommendation about the post-surgery period to your GP. Your GP then will provide you with an official sick note.
What is recovery period after surgery like?
You should be prepared that the final result will not be visible until several months after surgery. Most likely, the surgical area will be painful and swollen. It is normal reaction to tissue damage caused by surgical manipulation. In order to reduce uncomfortable feelings medication will be prescribed, however it does not mean that the pain will be unbearable.
Every patient is individual and copes with pain differently. Your stay in hospital should last about 1-3 days. It depends on the type of surgery performed and the patient operated. During the stay, you will be encouraged to walk in the ward. Day by day you will be allowed to return to your daily activities.
When should I expect to see the final result?
The final result is usually visible 6 months after the surgery. However, the full recovery time depends on the surgery and in some cases may take up to 1 year. The final result is visible after the bruising is gone and both inner and outer scarring process is over. Please note, that scars may fade (become less visible) for 2 years after the surgery.
What about scarring after cosmetic surgery?
As with any surgery where incision or skin cut is present, a scar will be the result of natural healing process. However, in cosmetic surgery incisions run along natural skin folds or by the hairline decreasing the possibility of visible scar. Also special medical ointments will be prescribed. Most likely you will have to apply it several times a day for a month or two. It is important to follow instructions precisely to achieve the most pleasing result.
Will I receive supporting garment or should I bring one with me?
You will receive one set of supporting garments free of charge. You may also purchase the second set in the clinic in case you want to have a spare.
How many check-ups will I have after the surgery?
Usually Dr Ignatieva has 4-5 check-ups with a patient – when discharging him/her from the clinic and the day before the patient leaves to go home. on 10th-12th day after surgery and 1-2 months after. However, if the patient requires or if there is a need for an additional check-up, we are flexible and may always arrange it.
Facelift techniques
MACS - lift
SMAS - lift
Deep plane lift
The minimal access cranial suspension (MACS) lift, also known as short-scar surgery, is more suitable for patients with good skin tone and limited tissue sagging. It is performed under local anaesthesia and the scar is kept minimal by making incisions in front of each ear from the hairline to the earlobe. MACS facelift is designed to affect the lower and middle thirds of the face. As it is not possible to remove a lot of skin during this procedure it is usually recommended for younger patients with good skin elasticity. It is considerably less undermining; however, as facial muscles are not tightened the results are not as long-lasting as with the SMAS technique.
The superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) facelift is better suited for patients with moderate to severe laxity and sagging of the facial muscles, ligaments and skin. These signs of ageing appear when facial ligaments lose their elasticity and can no longer protect facial skin from gravitational effects. During SMAS facelift the surgeon will tighten the underlying facial muscles using multi-vector pull, i.e. pulling the tissues in several directions for the best contour of cheeks and jawline. Any excess skin will be removed. Note that this procedure requires general anaesthesia. And the results are much more lasting than after the MACS lift.
The deep plane lift technique is designed to fix jowls, “turkey gobbler neck”, and laugh lines. The surgeon makes an incision around the ears, separates the musculoaponeurotic system and repositions it by plicating and tightening loose muscles of the neck and the middle part of the face. Deep plane lift allows for an extremely natural appearance and long-lasting results. However, it is associated with a higher risk of complications.
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