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Face Lift

Face lift, also known as meloplasty is a rejuvenation procedure of the face that addresses aged cheeks and jowls. This is often reflected by sallow cheeks and heavy jowls with a loss of jaw and neck definition. It is a procedure often done in conjunction with other facial procedures listed below to achieve overall facial harmony and youth.

There are many types of face lift in the literature. Essentially they fall into short scar (hidden around the ear) and traditional longer incision techniques that extend to the hairline above and behind the ear. Which incision technique generally depends on the amount of excess skin that requires removal.

More important however is how the underlying structures to the skin are addressed as this gives the result and longevity to the facelift. The deeper structures and SMAS (Superficial Musculo Aponeurotic System) muscle layers are repositioned through various techniques (rather than tightened) to where they were in youth. This repositioning may take the form of suture techniques like MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) lift, removal of excess tissue or even the placement of fat in youthful sites.

Fat grafting is a powerful regenerative technique that involves the removal of fat from unwanted areas and its placement in favourable, youthful sites. This fat not only has its own growth factors and stem cells that rejuvenate the surrounding tissues and skin but it can also be used to fill hollows around the eyes and cheeks that develop with aging.

Once this foundation is established, excess skin is removed such that there is no tension on your incisions – thus the incisions heal well and the result is not dependent on skin tightening which gives an unnatural ‘operated on’ appearance not to mention a result that disappears once the skin stretches. This comprehensive approach avoids the tell-tale signs of having undergone a face lift such as widened, visible scars, and distortion to the ear and hairline.

My philosophy in face lift is to address the components of your anatomy to restore them to where they were in youth. This retains your identity and features whilst giving a natural, youthful result that lasts. Please refer to our facelift informational post, should you require further information.


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Time

The operation takes on average 2.5-4 hours depending on the individual’s requirements.

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Hospitalisation

1-2 nights stay depending on the extent of the facelift.

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Risks

Risks are general to any procedure and specific to facelift. I will go through these with you in detail based on your individual risk profile and the ways we minimise these risks. This will also be included in your surgery pack that will be provided after your initial consultation. If you smoke, it is essential you stop 4 weeks prior to surgery.

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Recovery

Usually takes 2-3 weeks. In the first two weeks, you will be required to wear a garment that minimises bruising and swelling.

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Cost

Initial consultation is $300. The second consultation is at no charge.

The total cost of the procedure (surgeon, anaesthetist, hospital fees, garment) and any rebates you may be entitled will be calculated for you after your initial consultation. Post-operative consultations are not charged.

It is advisable to bring a referral from your GP as in some clinical circumstances, you may be entitled to a Medicare or private health fund rebate that will reduce the above costs (this can only be determined at your first consultation as the criteria is determined by Medicare). You will be given an accurate written quote after your first consultation.

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