What is a Facelift?

A facelift is a procedure that aims to remove excess skin and fat from the face, smoothing out the skin and tightening facial tissue.

A facelift may be considered if you have issues with excess skin and fat in the neck region as a result of:

  • Loss of skin elasticity and tone with age
  • Creases around the face and eyes
  • Jowls developing in the cheeks and jaw
  • Fat around the face that has fallen

This procedure is performed under a general anaesthesia in an accredited hospital facility by a qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon.

What are the Different Types of Facelifts?

There are various options available for those considering a facelift including a mini facelift that addresses the lower portion of the face or full-face lift. There are also non-surgical op-tions available.

How is a Facelift Procedure Performed?

A facelift is performed under general anaesthesia, with incisions made around the ears, in the hairline near the temples and often extending to the scalp. Your Specialist Plastic Sur-geon will try to place all incisions so that they are hidden in the natural creases of the skin.

A facelift typically involves tightening and repositioning the underlying muscle and connec-tive tissue. Fat and excess skin will also be removed or redistributed from the face.

Once the lift procedure is complete and all excess skin has been removed, the incisions will be closed with fine sutures.

Facelift surgery may be done as a day surgery, and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will dis-cuss your suitability for this based on your personal circumstances.

Who is a Candidate for a Facelift?

A facelift procedure could be considered if you have sagging in the mid-face, deep creases under your lower eyelids or along the nose, jowls or a double chin. Candidates for facelift surgery include both men and women, and are typically between 40 and 65 years old.

The ideal candidate for facelift surgery is someone who:

  • Has sagging in the mid-face
  • Has deep creases below the lower eyelids and along the nose, extending to the corner of the mouth
  • Has fat that has fallen or is displaced
  • Has loss of muscle tone in the lower face, leading to jowls
  • Has loose skin and fatty deposits under the chin and jaw, leading to the appearance of a double chin
  • Has realistic expectations regarding what the procedure can achieve
  • Is healthy and without medical conditions that may impair healing

Facelift Before and After


The first step is having a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons, during which you can discuss expectations, ask questions and receive a detailed explanation of what happens during the procedure.

Prior to your procedure, it’s important to stay healthy. This means eating the right foods, getting enough sleep and exercise, and keeping your immune system strong. It’s also im-portant to prepare for your recovery before your facelift. You may wish to pre-prepare some healthy meals, purchase some comfortable loose clothing and ice packs, and fill any pre-scriptions you may need in the week following surgery. You must stop smoking at least 30 days prior to your procedure.

You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery and stay with you for a couple of days. This is particularly necessary if you have small children at home – you will need someone to assist you. You may wish to set up a recovery area where you can relax and sleep in an elevated position.

All surgical and invasive procedures carry risk, and these will be discussed during your con-sultation with your specialist plastic surgeon. All of our procedures are carried out in accred-ited hospital facilities with assistance from FANZCA qualified anaesthetists.

Our clinical team will provide you with specific pre and post-operative instructions that will help to minimise risks.

After your procedure, you may be provided with a facial garment to support the area and minimise swelling.

You should plan to take things easy for the week following your surgery. It is important to keep your head elevated and sleeping on your back is safest during your initial recovery.

Our clinical staff will offer advice on activities to avoid during your recovery. These instruc-tions will help speed the healing process and allow for the best possible result.

All surgical procedures will result in scars however there are steps that can be taken to en-sure visible scars are kept to a minimum. For instance, keeping your incision site protected from the sun, using tape and massaging the area once healed.

Yes. This procedure is often combined with other procedures, such as a neck lift, upper ble-pharoplasty or brow lift, depending on your aesthetic and functional concerns. You can dis-cuss your suitability for a combined procedure with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon at the time of your consultation. However, keep in mind that combining procedures will increase costs and recovery times.

The cost of a facelift is dependent on a number of factors. This includes the complexity of the procedure, the experience of the surgeon, anaesthetic fees and hospital fees. Once you have met with your surgeon and a clinical plan has been established, our client support of-ficers will organise a quote.

Medicare and private health insurance may cover a portion of the costs if this procedure is deemed medically necessary.

To receive a more accurate cost for this procedure, please contact us to book a consultation with one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons.

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Doctor Matthew Peters

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MBBS (Hons) FRACS (Plast.)

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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