Facial Surgery

Procedures to reduce the visible signs of ageing and restore your youthful appearance.

Facelift and Necklift

The unwanted prominence of drooping facial skin that occurs with age, due to lifestyle or genetics, can be remedied by having a face lift and neck lift, which are cosmetic surgical procedures that help reduce signs of ageing in the face and neck. These areas, in particular around the jaw line, are especially prone to the ageing process. Though these changes are gradual, wrinkles and other signs of ageing can make individuals feel older or look more tired than they really are.

What Is Face Lift and Neck Lift Surgery?

Face lift and neck lift surgery is the most efficient method for reversing the effects of ageing and gravity in the mid and lower face. A face lift removes excess skin and repositions fat and muscles, which elevates the cheeks and mid-face, reduces the jowls and provides a cleaner and more defined jawline. Today’s facial plastic surgery techniques create a long-lasting natural appearance that leaves you looking rejuvenated with better results and less risk than ever before. A face lift is often performed along with a neck lift, to complete the effect of renewed youthfulness.

Our specialist plastic surgeons provide highly customised face lifts to achieve naturally beautiful and long-lasting facial rejuvenation. The procedure can be beneficial for those with the following:

  • Sagging, loose skin, muscles and fat in the face and neck
  • Excess skin and fat on the neck
  • Dropped fat pockets around the face
  • Good general health and non-smoker
  • Desire for longer term results
  • Realistic expectations about results that can be achieved

Am I a Candidate for Face Lift Surgery?

Face lift plastic surgery is popular for men and women seeking a younger and fresher facial appearance, after gravity and time have caused the skin on the face and neck to loosen, causing sagging. A face lift can be performed with success on patients of almost any age and the results normally last for up to 10 years.

While the visible signs of facial ageing vary between individuals depending on their genes and lifestyle, the general unavoidable effects are caused by the loss of fat under the facial skin. In youth, the face has prominent fat pads. As we age, the cheeks tend to broaden and droop and the jawline loses definition, sometimes changing a person’s overall facial characteristics. Oval-shaped faces may appear to fill out, producing a squarer and harsher look.

At Pure Aesthetics, our plastic surgeons believe that having a face lift should leave you with the appearance of natural refreshment and vitality, rather than a tight, “surgical” look. During pre-surgery consultations we will discuss your aesthetic expectations in detail and give advice on the most likely aesthetic outcomes based on your health, age, skin elasticity and medical history.

A face lift or neck lift can reduce the visible signs of ageing on your face. If you have wrinkles and sagging skin, this procedure can eliminate these issues.

Benefits of face lift surgery include:

  • Firmer, tighter and fresher facial appearance
  • Improved facial contours
  • Improved confidence and self esteem

What Does the Face Lift Consultation Entail?

During the consultation process, your specialist plastic surgeon will go over a variety of questions with you ranging from your medical history to the results you would like to achieve. Be prepared to discuss any medications you may be taking, allergies you have and any medical procedures you have undergone in the past.

Your plastic surgeon will complete an evaluation of your needs. Based on your history and examination, your best options for facial rejuvenation are determined.

You will also learn what to expect during the recovery process and about possible complications that may develop. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions or concerns as you think of them.

During a second consultation, you will learn more details about your face lift operation. The specific risks of your case will also be reiterated.

What Are the Different Types of Face Lift & Neck Lift Procedures?

Full Face Lift

The most comprehensive facial rejuvenation addresses all areas of the face, from the forehead down to the neck. This will provide the most dramatic results, as well as the longest-lasting outcome. Our surgeons recommend this comprehensive approach for patients who desire comprehensive facial rejuvenation. This may incorporate a brow lift, face lift, eyelid lift, and neck lift, though only the components that you require and desire will be recommended.

“Mini” Face Lift

This is suited to those with limited amount of excess or sagging skin. The underlying facial tissue is repositioned to provide a more youthful contour. This is common for women in their 40s or younger, to correct early signs of ageing and reduce the rate at which the lower part of the face ages in the future. This also corrects early jowl formation.

Mid-Face Lift

As the name suggests, a mid-face lift focuses on the middle portion of the face. A mid-face lift procedure focuses on the lower eyelids, cheeks and nasolabial region. This technique is especially suited to younger patents with minimal ageing in the neck area.

Neck Lift

This technique reduces excess skin and banded appearance of the neck area. This procedure is also known as “platysmaplasty.” In this procedure the neck muscle is removed, tightened and/or realigned, helping to tighten the neck area.

What Does the Face Lift Procedure Involve?

Our specialist plastic surgeons perform face lift procedures under general anaesthesia, usually with a one-night stay in hospital. Incisions are made behind the hairline and may extend around the head, depending upon the extent of the lift required. During the procedure, the surgeon lifts the excess tissue, muscle and skin to reposition and suture it into place. The incision is made in front of the ear, inside the ear and then extends behind the ear by the earlobe. The skin, fat and muscle are separated, lifted and then re-draped to a more youthful-appearing position. Finally, care is taken in suturing the incision. This is done to minimize the scar, rendering it virtually invisible after the initial healing period.

Our cosmetic plastic surgeons perform the most modern techniques in face lifting, called the “SMAS flap” technique, which involves lifting the underlying muscle and fat pads of the face instead of just skin. This surgery is more extensive than the older “skin lifts” and has the advantage of providing a less “pulled” and more natural look with longer-lasting effects.

What Is Face Lift Recovery Like?

Recovery time will vary depending on the type of face lift you have undergone. Immediately after surgery, your anaesthesia will gradually wear off. With the many advancements in anaesthesia over the years, you should have minimal side effects and pain. Our highly skilled and trained anaesthetists are experienced in modern techniques and are committed to helping you remain comfortable.

You will have dressings around your cheeks and neck. Additionally, your cheeks and neck will be wrapped with a bandage that compresses the area. In some cases, a drainage tube will be required for 1-2 days after your operation.

You can expect that your face and neck will be swollen, and this can last for a few weeks. In general, stitches come out around 7-10 days. Most patients return to work after about 2 weeks and are asked to refrain from strenuous activities for 4 weeks.

When Will I See My Face Lift Results?

You can expect for the new appearance to emerge after a few months once all swelling has subsided. Results should start to become apparent after 2-3 weeks, with a good idea of expected results after 3 months. The final outcome can last up to and over 10 years and will vary from person to person depending on lifestyle factors and your own inherent ageing process.

Will My Face Lift Scars Be Visible?

Your specialist plastic surgeon carefully plans your surgery so it will leave minimal scarring. The incisions are well hidden in your hairline or the skin’s natural folds and will also gradually fade over time.

Can I Get a Face Lift Without Surgery?

It is possible to achieve satisfying temporary rejuvenation and improve facial ageing from non-surgical facial procedures, which are also available at Pure Aesthetics. Many women and men enjoy the refreshment and confidence boost of facial restoration treatments provided by regular cosmetic injections and skin treatments.

However, only a face lift can permanently treat the skin and muscle sagging caused by the normal ageing process, with results lasting up to 10 years. Our Pure Aesthetics surgeons are highly skilled, specialist plastic surgeons in current plastic surgery techniques with a commitment to producing realistic-looking results for face lift patients.

Alternatives to non-surgical facial procedures where a patient’s concern about facial ageing is isolated to a more specific area of the face include a brow lift, eyelid reduction or neck lift. These common plastic surgery procedures are used to address isolated problem areas with modern techniques that require minor incisions and leave minimal scarring.

What Complications Can Arise from Face Lift Surgery?

Complications are possible with any surgical procedure, which is why it is important to seek the care of a qualified plastic surgeon. Potential risks and complications of surgery include:

  • Infection
  • Bruising, bleeding, haematoma formation
  • Scarring
  • Anaesthetic problems, such as deep vein thrombosis
  • Allergy
  • Pain

Other possible complications that can occur from face lift surgery include:

  • Hair loss around scars
  • Skin necrosis
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Facial nerve damage
  • Altered facial sensation

These risks will be discussed with you in more detail during the consultation process, including how they are typically handled if they occur.

Will I Be Able to View Face Lift Before & After Photos?

To protect the privacy of our patients, face lift before and after cases can be seen in our office during your consultation.

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How Much Does a Face Lift Cost?

Facial rejuvenation surgery is a cosmetic procedure and, as such, there are no rebates from Medicare or Private Health Insurance. Unfortunately your health insurance does not cover costs for cosmetic surgery, including facial cosmetic surgery.

Expenses for a full face lift start from $26,500 including surgeon, anaesthetist, assistant surgeon and hospital fees.

As there is a great range of available options, your individual treatment requires a consultation to advise you fully.

For an individual estimate, please contact us to schedule your consultation.

Additional Frequently Asked Questions About Face Lift Surgery

Will I Need to Be Hospitalised for the Procedure?

Yes, a face lift is performed in hospital, under general anaesthesia, and take between three to six hours. You will remain in hospital overnight. All surgeries at Pure Aesthetics are performed in fully accredited facilities to ensure the utmost safety.

Will My Face Lift Results Look Natural?

Only an expert facial plastic surgeon has the training and experience to minimise risk and prevent an unnatural-looking result from a face lift.

The Pure Aesthetics surgeons have the accreditation, skills and decades of experience in facial surgery. They have trained both in Australia and overseas and worked with some of the world’s best facial surgeons to master advanced techniques. Each of our doctors also acts as a mentor to train young surgeons in facial plastic surgery techniques at Sydney teaching hospitals.

It is a priority of Pure Aesthetics to ensure that our face lift patients are in good health, with realistic expectations about the results of any cosmetic surgery procedure. At your consultation you will be advised on what aesthetic goal you can expect from a face lift, based on your skin type, its elasticity, your current health, medical history and facial bone structure.

Following assessment, your surgeon may discuss options for alternative or complementary facial plastic surgery that may help you to reach your goals, such as a neck lift, brow lift or eyelid reduction.

At What Age Should I Consider a Face Lift?

There is no specific age to undergo a face lift. Facial changes become noticeable after the age of 30, when collagen production slows, facial volume is reduced and wrinkles become more visible. What is more important is that you are in good health to undergo the procedure, as well have the requirements for a face lift.

Are There Alternative Procedures to Face Lift Surgery?

Depending on how drastic of a change you desire and whether you want permanent or temporary results will determine whether a face lift is appropriate for you. If you only require subtle, and shorter lasting results, cosmetic injectables and dermal fillers may be suitable for you. A consultation with one of Pure Aesthetics’ plastic surgeons will help you to make an informed decision on the right choice for you that meets your expectations.

Can I Combine a Face Lift with Other Procedures?

Yes, a face lift is often combined with a forehead or eyelid lift. It can even be performed with rhinoplasty or other body contouring procedures. This can be discussed further in your consultation.

Do You Have Any More Questions About Face Lift Surgery?

If you have any other questions about face lift and neck lift surgery, please contact us to schedule your consultation.