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Face Lift

What is a face lift?

A face lift, also known as meloplasty or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure to improve, and sometimes eliminate, evidence of ageing on the face and neck.

This procedure can be performed for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes or for medical/functional reasons, the latter being dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria.

When is a face lift desirable?

You may wish to have a face lift to correct signs of ageing such as facial lines and wrinkles, sagging facial skin or a “turkey gobbler” neck. The timing of a face lift is a personal decision and your options will become apparent at the time of your consultation.

How would a face lift help me?

A consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon is the first step when you are considering a face lift. You should frankly discuss your goals and expectations about looking and feeling better after surgery. You should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.

How important are psychological factors in relation to a face lift?

Your emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any aesthetic surgery is performed. A “new face” does not guarantee a new life or an end to all personal problems. It is mostly the mental attitude of the individual that determines a successful outcome. A face lift can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence; the rest is entirely up to you.

How is a face lift performed?

The surgical technique will depend on your physical features and your surgeon’s method. In most cases, an incision is made commencing in the hairline at the temple, extending in a skin crease down in front of the ear, around the ear lobe and then behind the ear finishing in the hairline of the scalp. This provides enough access for your surgeon to separate skin from the underlying fat and muscle. The skin is then stretched upwards and backwards, and the excess skin removed. In some cases additional procedures such as removal of the fat under the chin and tightening of the underlying muscles is performed.

The surgery is performed in Perth in a fully-accredited hospital under general anaesthesia and will require an overnight stay in hospital. Face lift surgery may last from two to five hours.

Will the face lift procedure leave any scars?

Although all surgical incisions leave scars, the aim of face lift surgery is to leave scars that are as inconspicuous as possible. Most scars fade considerably with time although there is an individual variation in healing time and scar formation. Occasionally thickened scars may develop which require specific treatment by your surgeon.

What results can I expect from a face lift?

A successful face lift operation will make you look refreshed and more youthful. A face lift performed to correct sagging skin before lines and wrinkles have developed will often prevent the formation of these lines and wrinkles for many years and thus preserve a more youthful complexion.

When can I resume normal activities following a face lift?

Returning to your normal activities is an individual matter, although most patients take two to three weeks off work. Normal makeup can be applied after 7-10 days and you should remember to protect your skin from the sun.

Are there any side effects of a face lift?

You may have some bruising and swelling for two or three weeks after surgery and you will need to avoid exercise and sports for up to six weeks. Some patients are aware of tightness and numbness on their face and neck. These feelings may persist for a number of months. You should ask your surgeon about any other side effects he or she may anticipate. You may have to wear post-surgical compression garments to reduce swelling and assist with the healing process.

How much does this procedure cost?

Please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information. Please note that pricing does vary from case to case.


The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.