Facelift surgery can smooth the skin on your lower face and tighten underlying tissues and muscles.
What is Facelift Surgery?
In a facelift procedure the skin on the face is lifted from its necessary tissue, and any excess skin is taken off.
Your heredity, bone structure and skin texture all determine the result of a facelift. It is common for a facelift patient to also require a necklift to meet patients expectations and cosmetic outcomes.
The more rooted tissues are also moved to help achieve a more youthful appearance. If required, a tiny incision under your chin can assist with the removal of fat and smooth out the cord-like structures in your neck.
FOUR LOCATIONS ONE EXPERIENCED TEAM
Suite 2.02 550 Stanley St Mater Private Clinic South Brisbane QLD 4101
We require a GP referral for all surgical procedures. Please book in with your GP to discuss and obtain a referral.
After referral, you will have two consultations with our team prior to booking in your procedure. The first consultation will be with the surgeon who will be performing your procedure and will be in-person – this is a great time to discuss the specifics of your situation, the outcomes you are hoping to achieve, your personal health and lifestyle concerns and attributes, along with all possible treatment options, the recovery process and any risks involved. Your second consultation may be with your surgeon again, or could be with another of our team who is qualified to consult on your treatment. At least one consultation must be in-person at one of our practices.
After your two consultation appointments, you can provide signed consent for the decided upon treatment and your procedure will be booked in. There is a 7 day cooling off period from the day of your signed consent.
If you are under the age of 18 years, please contact us directly to discuss your consultation process as it will differ to the process for adult patients.
3. FACELIFT SURGERY PROCEDURE
Facelift surgery is usually performed under a general anaesthetic. The length of the operation will depend on the type and extent of the surgery but could take anywhere from two to four hours. There are a number of ways to approach the surgery and your surgeon will discuss these in order for you to make an informed decision based on your goals.
4. POST PROCEDURE CARE
A one to two night hospital stay is recommended after your operation. Bruising and swelling will be expected. Exercise will not be encouraged until swelling has settled, usually around the 4-6 week mark. A headband garment is required to be worn for the first 2 weeks.
RISKS AND COMPLICATIONS
Potential risks associated with the procedure comprise bleeding and infection (<5%).
Should significant bleeding occur, it may require a return to the operating room for necessary repair.
If you are fit, healthy and capable of undergoing a general anaesthetic, this surgery may be suitable for you. Our experienced team will work with you to understand your unique goals and needs to ensure this surgery is suitable for you.
The ideal preparation is to stay fit and healthy by maintaining a good diet, with good sleep, minimising alcohol intake and not smoking.
We believe in finding the best treatment option to match a patient’s requirements and their financial circumstances. Please make an appointment to discuss costs in detail.
There are many low-cost options both in Australia and overseas and great care should be taken when dealing with a surgeon who is not an ASPS / AHPRA / FRACS recognised Plastic Surgeon. Unfortunately, many patients confuse plastic surgeons with cosmetic surgeons (as recently mentioned in the ABC Four Corners report) and the training varies significantly.
Always ask your surgeon about their experience. We recommend that you ensure your plastic surgeon has undertaken over 12 years of post-medical specialist training. It’s also recommended to always seek second opinions if you have concerns. Ultimately you should feel comfortable with the surgeon you are seeing.
Plastic Surgery Queensland advocates the National Law and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines that any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.