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Facelift Surgery in Melbourne: Plus Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation Explained by Melbourne’s top Plastic Surgeons group


Facelift Surgery: Are you thinking about having a facelift?

Definition of a Facelift surgery procedure

  • Facelift surgery (Rhytidectomy) is a surgery to help adjust and reduce visible signs of facial ageing such as loose jowls, sagging skin, lower face skin laxity and sagging facial appearances.
  • A facelift does NOT necessarily address all skin texture concerns such as wrinkles and lines (some, but not all).
  • However, lower facelift surgery and/or mid-facelift surgery MAY help target loose, sagging skin, skin folds and sagging jowls around the lower face, and minimise some textural concerns.

Non-surgical methods include skin peels, chemical peels, laser treatments, cosmetic injections, dermal filler and skin needling; all of which can help rejuvenate the face. For more info visit Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing, our in-clinic skincare rooms.

Looking for the best surgeon for your facial rejuvenation including Facelift surgery? Our team of Melbourne facial rejuvenation experts can help.

What does having a facelift HELP in terms of facial ageing and skin appearance?

  • The procedure helps to lift and firm sagging facial tissues to restore a more naturally youthful facial appearance.
  • It is often said that having a facelift works to ‘turn back the clock’, helping you to look more like a younger version of yourself – research does indicate that the average reduction in facial ageing can be as much as 7 to 8 years (e.g. the visual impact of facelift surgery is a reduction in perception of your age by up to 7 or 8 years, sometimes less and sometimes more for certain patients).
  • Remember results vary and invasive surgery has risks.

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Facelift Benefits and Reasons for Surgery

To help reverse the obvious signs of ageing, a facelift procedure can help to:

  • Reduce excess, sagging skin along the jaw & jowls
  • Restore a more defined jawline
  • Tighten up the face for a firmer facial appearance
  • Decrease the lines around your lower jowls, chin and lips
  • Lift & tighten the deep facial muscles to refresh your facial appearance

As we age, skin begins to lose elasticity and collagen. Facial tissues lose volume due to a number of reasons, including heredity/genetic conditions, personal habits, gravity, sun exposure and other environments.

While this is simply part of the natural ageing process, for those who are bothered by these changes to their appearance, a facelift, combined with non-surgical facial resurfacing treatments or anti-wrinkle injections, can be a good solution.

Types of Facelift Surgery: The Surgical Process


Choosing a Facelift Surgeon: Melbourne Surgery Checklist for Facelift Surgery

Before deciding on your Surgeon or proceeding with Surgery, there are a few important things you should consider:

  • Is my preferred Surgeon a highly skilled, FRACS qualified & experienced?
  • Is my procedure going to be performed in a fully accredited Private Hospital?
  • Am I in good health and do I maintain a nutritionally healthy lifestyle?
  • Do I have realistic expectations about what Facelift surgery can achieve?
  • Am I choosing to have surgery for the right reasons and at the right time?
  • Am I willing & able to undergo an initial recovery period of approximately 2-4 weeks?

How long does a Facelift take?

  • Typically, Facelift Surgery will take between 2-4 hours but this can vary.
  • The time taken to complete your procedure will depend on the surgical approach taken by your chosen Plastic Surgeon.
  • The exact technique your chosen Plastic Surgeon uses during a facelift depends on a number of factors, including your facial anatomy, the extent of the facelift, and whether or not another procedure is being performed at the same time.

Standard Facelift

  • A standard or ‘traditional’ facelift will more fully address moderate to advanced ageing around the mid-face and neck.
  • The results from a standard facelift are more dramatic than those of a mini or lower facelift.
  • Through incisions located just behind the hairline, starting near the temples, and around the front of the ear, hidden in the natural folds, your chosen Plastic Surgeon will separate your skin from the underlying connective tissue and muscles. This allows your Surgeon to reposition the deeper facial tissues, get rid of the jowls and create a firmer foundation for the skin.
  • Your Surgeon will then remove excess skin, and gently lay the remaining skin over the newly rejuvenated facial tissues, giving the face a smoother, more youthful contour without over-tightening the skin.

Lower Facelift

  • A Lower facelift can help to rejuvenate the bottom third of your face, targeting lax jowl skin that may have caused your jawline to look saggy or ill-defined.
  • Your chosen Surgeon will tighten the underlying facial structures and muscles, and remove excess, sagging skin from the lower areas of the face.
  • A Lower Facelift will help to rejuvenate the bottom third of your face, therefore it is often recommended for patients who are concerned with excess, sagging skin around their chin, jaw and neck area.

Mini Facelift

  • If you exhibit a mild degree of jowling and sagging skin, you may be a good candidate for a mini-facelift.
  • This is a less invasive technique that allows your chosen surgeon to tighten deep facial tissues through shorter incisions
  • Through these incisions, structural tissues around the cheeks are lifted and tightened to correct the jowls, refine the jawline, and rejuvenate a ‘tired’ appearance.
  • A mini-facelift can help you address unwelcome signs of ageing before they become too pronounced, postponing the need for more extensive surgery for many years.

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Am I A Good Candidate For Facelift Surgery?

Do you have concerns with any of the following:

  • Are you tired of looking in the mirror and being confronted by how much you’ve aged?
  • Do you now have sagging jowls or an aged appearance to your jawline, lower face and neck?
  • Do you wish you could turn back the clock a little to regain a firmer, younger facial appearance?
  • Do you feel less visible in society as your face has started to show its age, or do you feel you look OLDER than you are in biological years?
  • Have you declined social invitations or become self conscious when going out or when meeting new people for the first time?

A facelift is designed to reduce visible signs of aging, including facial wrinkles, sagging skin, and jowls. If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be a good candidate for a facelift procedure or, for less severe cases, a non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedure.

A facelift can typically help you look years younger, enjoy a rejuvenated and rested facial appearance, and therefore boost your confidence for those who feel self-conscious due to looking older than they are.

Common Reasons For Wanting A Facelift

Some of the reasons you may be exploring your facial rejuvenation surgical options are:

  • You have unwanted loose, sagging, or excess skin on the mid and lower face as well as the upper neck.
  • You have a constant tired or worried look, even though you’re well-rested, and would like to rejuvenate your appearance to better express how you feel inside.
  • You have jowls around the lower areas of your face that can often make you look heavier than you actually are.
  • You would like to reduce deep lines and/or wrinkled skin around your mouth, chin or jawline that cause your face to look severely aged.
  • You have sagging lower jowls or loose skin around the sides of your chin and your jawline that causes your jawline to blend into your neck.


More Information

On any of the Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation procedures we’ve mentioned, visit Coco Ruby Skin & Anti Ageing. or by speaking to one of our Patient Liaison Team today on (03) 8849 1444 


 Procedures patients can combine with a Facelift Surgery

Other Common facial surgeries that may be combined or sequentially planned before or after you Facelift include:

Dr Benjamin Burt performs Eyelid Lift procedures singularly or combined with a Facelift for both men and women. He also performs Revision Blepharoplasty and Corrective Eyelid Surgery as well as Eyelid and Brow lifts.



For More Information: on the surgical process of a Facelift, or anything you’ve read so far, you can speak to one of our Patient Care Team on: (03) 8849 1444 or email us at enquiries@plasticsurgeons.com.au

Our Plastic Surgeons customise Facelift Surgery for each individual patient to suit their particular condition, their desired surgical outcomes and the approach that will work best for a natural, long-lasting result.

Before & After Photos Facial Rejuvenation

For more photos of patients who have had facelift surgery, visit our Before and After photograph gallery.

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Facelift Surgery Recovery & Skin Healing

Post-Operative Recovery after Facelift Surgery

  • The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedure and other health & lifestyle factors. These can vary from person to person.
  • The general rule, however, is that you should allow 2-4 weeks for initial recovery following your surgery as you will have swelling and bruising and your incision lines need time to heal. Full scar maturation may take up to a year.
  • You will need to work with your Surgeon to allow for adequate and proper healing time. It is important to consult with your Surgeon before returning to daily activities such as driving, lifting and exercise.
  • It is also important to wear the post-operative compression garments throughout your recovery period for the designated time frames. At Cosmetic Surgery for Women and Men, your garments will be provided by your Surgeon.
  • Good results depend on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. You will need to be willing to follow the specific instructions given to you by your Surgeon, and attend all post-operative appointments.



Rapid Recovery

  • Our Plastic Surgeons provide a Rapid Recovery Pack that is called ‘Science & Love’.
  • This Pack contains evidence-based products aimed to facilitate your healing, as well as pampering products to use whilst resting after surgery.
  • Your Rapid Recovery Pack will also include a guide book with helpful information that can assist you through your healing and recovery period. Good results depend on numerous factors; so it is very important to follow your Surgeon’s specific advice.

Maintaining Your Facelift – results that look natural, but last long

  • Please keep in mind that your results from Facelift surgery or non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation may be impacted by fluctuations in your skin health or weight, as well as the effects of gravity and the natural process of ageing as well as climate and environment.
  • Although a Facelift will help to rejuvenate and refresh your facial appearance, it does not stop the process of ageing.
  • To maximise the longevity of your Facelift surgery results, it is important to maintain a healthy diet & lifestyle. We also recommend following a regular, high-quality, anti-ageing skin care regime.
  • If you look after your skin properly and have good nutrition and a stable weight, your facelift results should be satisfactory for several years or longer.
  • Future surgery may be selected to ‘refresh’ the look or work on further ageing related concerns, e.g., fat pad redistribution, skin reduction, neck lift surgery, skin resurfacing and more.


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FAQ’s About Facelift Surgery

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How will I FEEL after having a Facelift?

  • Immediately after surgery, expect swelling, redness and bruising.
  • You’ll need to sleep in an elevated position for several days (ask your Surgeon) and sleep may be disrupted; this can impact your emotions but tends to pass as you  heal.

Is having a facelift painful?

  • All surgery involves some form of discomfort but pain after a facelift can vary.
  • Be sure you allow adequate time to heal, rest and recover.
  • Your face may be numb or sensitive (or both) for up to several months after your surgery procedure.
  • As it heals, your skin may itch (but ask your Surgeon how to spot a potential infection as these need to be treated early).
  • In general, most surgery does involve a degree of discomfort or pain during the initial post-surgery healing periods – facelift surgery included.

It can be difficult to predict the discomfort levels a patient will experience as there are so many variables to consider.

  • Discomfort after surgery is also partially subjective.
  • Each patient has a unique perception or sensitivity to pain and discomfort. Fortunately, most pain during your healing period (particularly just  following your surgery) can be managed by following your Surgeon’s recommendations and post-surgery instructions.
  • If you have any concerns during your healing & recovery period, you will have access to our 24/7 patient care line, so there will always be someone available to help.



Will I need to stay in hospital overnight after plastic surgery?

  • Yes, typically you will stay overnight in Hospital after a facelift.
  • This hospital stay is designed to aid your post-op comfort and care, as well as offer prescription-based pain management and post-op monitoring.
  • As part of an individually tailored surgical plan, your Surgeon will be able to advise you on the most suitable option(s) for you.

Can you speed up facelift surgery recovery?

  • Our Dermal Clinicians or your Surgeon may recommend steps you can take to HELP minimise any redness, bruising or swelling
  • They can facilitate your healing process post-treatment, including applying ice packs and moisturiser sunscreen to treated areas,  Healite II treatment sessions and avoiding the sun.


How soon will I see the results of a Facelift?

  • You’ll need to be patient
  • Allow time for swelling and bruising to resolve – so although you may see SOME results immediately JUST after your surgery, it can usually take 4-6 weeks, sometimes longer, to view the full results of your facelift procedure
  • This may be even longer for some patients; you will have a better idea of your post-surgery results after your healing and recovery period is over.

Returning to work after having a Facelift – what are the recovery time-frames?

  • Your Surgeon will advise you on recovery processes and general time frames but every patient’s surgery recovery is different.
  • Allow time to rest and recover and follow the post-op guidelines and recommendations.
  • The Facelift RECOVERY TIME before you return to work or other daily activities, such as driving, varies from patient to patient, and depends on your particular procedure, your surgery responses, as well as the type of work undertaken and how comfortable you are to go back to work at any specific time-frame.
  • Avoid doing too much too soon.

Typically, most patients find they can return to work 2-4 weeks following Facelift Surgery. If your work is highly physically demanding, it may take longer before you are able to return.


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How can I help to maintain my Facelift surgery results?

  • A Facelift procedure will help to rejuvenate and refresh your facial appearance
  • It does not, however, stop the process of ageing
  • To maximise your changes of a good Facelift result, it is important to follow the post-operative instructions from your Surgeon
  • Also ensure you follow a healthy diet, wear high quality, high protection sunscreen & try to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun
  • Investing in high-quality skin care regimes may help keep your skin hydrated and refreshed
  • Consider skin resurfacing, chemical facial peels, laser treatments or cosmetic injections if textural concerns or volume loss is a concern

To support your surgical results, and keep the natural signs of ageing at bay, you may opt to combine a Facelift procedure with non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments.

Facelift Scars: can anything be done to minimise facelift scars?

  • The appearance and level of scarring will vary depending on the incision technique used during your procedure.
  • Incisions are usually made in less noticeable areas such as along the hairline above each ear and/or in the natural creases surrounding the ear.
  • What you do after surgery also has an impact on scar formation; follow your post-op instructions carefully and ensure you wear your surgical tapes & post-surgery support garment as advised by your Surgeon.
  • Consider Scar Minimisation using Fraxel Laser, Dermapen or Healite II Low Level Light Therapy, which may be available for patients at our Facelift surgery and Dermal Skincare Clinics in Melbourne.
  • Be sure to talk to your chosen Surgeon about the Scar Minimisation techniques available and what level of scarring you can generally expect.




Exercising after a Facelift: How long should I wait to exercise after getting a Facelift?

  • Our Plastic Surgeons typically advise that you should wait at least 3-4 weeks before returning to mild to strenuous forms of exercise.
  • However, you must advise your Surgeon before you return to ANY form of exercise or other similar activities.

Do I need a referral from a GP to book my initial Facial Rejuvenation consultation?

  • You do not need to have a medical referral (from a GP) to book a consultation with one of our Plastic Surgeons.
  • If you have medically indicated vs cosmetic reasons for a facial consultation (such as eyelid ptosis or facial palsy), getting a referral might allow you to claim a small rebate (around $70) from Medicare IF your condition meets certain criteria.  Most facial surgery is COSMETIC and not eligible for a rebate, although some eyelid ptosis conditions may attract a Medicare rebate/healthcare rebate (strict criteria must be met and reporting and documentation is very extensive).

How much does a Facelift in Melbourne COST?


  • Facelift surgery prices vary.
  • With a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, they may start from $20,000 to $40,000 but go up to over $60,000 depending on WHAT procedure you’re having, combined procedure options, and the qualifications and expertise of the Surgeon doing performing your operation.
  • Your selected Facelift Surgery Surgeon can offer you a price range for your surgery depending on the type of procedure, hospital and how long you are in hospital.
  • At your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed Quote for your chosen procedure. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the Hospital fees.
  • An approximate range of out-of-pocket expense for your Facelift surgery can be provided over the phone from a Patient Care Advisor – call us on (03) 8849 1444.

What Happens at a Facelift consultation?

At your initial appointment with your Surgeon you will typically:

  • Have a physical examination
  • Have your photos taken
  • See before & after photos from past patients
  • Find out more about your recommended surgical options
  • Receive detailed information about your surgery
  • Go through the possible risks and complications associated with your procedure/s
  • Find out about surgery pricing and available dates
  • Have all of your questions answered

Choosing The Right Surgeon For Facial Rejuvenation


Plastic vs Cosmetic Surgeons

Not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and testing qualifications. Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon, a General Surgeon, Cosmetic Surgeon or other type of Surgeon.

Book your Facial Rejuvenation Consultation

  • Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1444 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • Schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Plastic Surgeon by paying the $200 booking fee.

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly

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*Disclaimer:  This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may be impacted by a variety of factors. Consult your Plastic Surgeon for details.

Medical Journals and Scientific Research about Cosmetic Facelift Surgery (Peer Reviewed Articles)

Journal: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: August 2015 – Volume 136 – Issue 2 – p 239–242

Face-Lift Satisfaction Using the FACE-Q

Authors: Sinno, Sammy M.D.; Schwitzer, Jonathan B.S.; Anzai, Lavinia B.S.; Thorne, Charles H. M.D.

DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000001412
Author address: Charles H. Thorne, M.D., 812 Park Avenue, New York, N.Y.
Accessed online: January 21, 2019.

Face Lift (Facelift Surgery)

Warren, Richard J. F.R.C.S.C.; Aston, Sherrell J. F.A.C.S. (NY); Mendelson, Bryan (Melbourne VIC Australia) C. F.R.C.S.E., F.R.A.C.S., F.A.C.S.

DOI: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318230c939

Accessed online: January 21, 2019.

Page last updated January 21, 2019.