Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)

Face Lift Surgery or Rhytidectomy – the medical term for this procedure – is an operation that can have the ability to make an individual appear younger and ‘fresher’ faced. Whether you are a man or a woman, a facelift is available to anyone.

Why have Face Surgery?

Wrinkles, signs of ageing and excess skin are all reasons why individuals seek to have a face lift. The surgery itself is to remove or reduce the amount of skin, which has become stretched over time, and has lost its elasticity.

The usual places where you can find skin like this is under the eyes, around the mouth, under the chin and around the jaw line. The outcome of having facelift surgery is that it reduces fine lines, smoothes out the skin and restores youth back into the skin and the features of the face. This surgery is so popular now, a trend originally started by the rich and famous but is now accessible to most people.

When considering facelift surgery, you must be aware that there are three types. The first is the ‘traditional’ facelift, the second is the ‘minimal access cranial suspension’ (MACS) and the third is keyhole surgery. At your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the positive and negative aspects of each kind of surgery and you will then choose which surgery is best suited for you.

Individuals who undergo this surgery sometimes have other plastic surgery at the same time. The kind of surgery that works well with a facelift can include; neck lifts, liposuction, eyelid surgery and more. Some people who have more than one kind of plastic surgery at a time have reported that this helps make them look 10 years younger.

The traditional facelift surgery has been around for years and consists of an incision being made along your natural hairline. The reason for the incision being made along your hairline is that it will not be visible and is hidden by the natural creases of the face, there will be a little scarring but it will fade over time ensuring no visible marks from the surgery.

After the incision, the surgeon will peel the skin away from the underlying muscle; this must be done with extreme care, as there are a lot of nerves in the face. After the separation, the surgeon will reposition the excess fat and then tighten the skin over the muscles. The skin is then stretched over the face and is then stitched up at the line of the incision. Depending on the individual, surgeons feel that it is necessary to insert a small drain behind the ears in order to prevent any build up of fluid, as this can be extremely uncomfortable.

MACS or minimal-access cranial suspension is similar to the traditional method however, the incision is smaller and the surgeon removes excess fatty tissue from the face in addition to tightening the facial muscles.

The final type of facelift surgery is keyhole surgery and consists of an extremely small incision, the size of a keyhole. The surgeon uses an endoscope to see how much fat needs to be removed and to also see which muscles need to be tightened. This kind of facelift surgery is often used for brow lifts as it provides the same outcome as the traditional facelift it just has less of a recovery time. This kind of facelift also has minimal scaring which can assist the individual recovering within a short time after the procedure.

Risks and Complications

Generally, modern day surgery is considered safe.

As this procedure takes place under a general anaesthetic, there are many risks that come hand in hand with a general anaesthetic and these include; suppressed breathing, blood clot in lung, blood clot in legs, low blood pressure, heart issues, heart failure and even death. Approximately one-third of patients who receive an anaesthetic during surgery will experience “anaesthesia sickness” or post-operative nausea and vomiting (POVN).

The risks and complications associated with the facelift surgery itself include:
Bleeding, the area around the scar can sometimes bleed, this is quite normal however in order to prevent any build up of fluid, the surgeon may choose to insert a small drain to ensure that no build up occurs as this can cause pain.

Haematomas are quite common and are a form of bruising. This will go down after a short amount of time.
Although it is quite unlikely, infection is possible and the surgeon will make sure that your face and scars will be wrapped in sterile bandage as a preventative measure. Infection can be painful and can result in the individual having to take antibiotics and may even mean a short stay in hospital.

Asymmetry is also possible where certain parts of the face heal but others do not. This can also be caused by a buildup of scar tissue under the skin. Skin necrosis is another complication and is where there is a loss of blood flow to an area of skin; this can be caused by the surgery and can result in those parts of the skin.

Q. Can facelift surgery help me to look younger?

A. Yes, facelift surgery can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and produce a smooth, wrinkle free look that can make the individual appear fresh faced and rejuvenated.

Q. How long do the effects of the surgery last?

A. Unless there are dramatic changes to the face caused by weight gain and weight loss, the usual affects of the facelift surgery can last for approximately 10 years. After 10 years, you may want to go back to the plastic surgeon if you so choose.

Q. How long will I have to be out of action for after having the surgery?

A. The recommended amount of time to have off from work can be around two to three weeks after the surgery. It does depend on which surgery you choose. If you have the keyhole, then you may be back to work in less than a week. It also depends on how fast you heal.

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Understanding the Face March 1, 2017 - Modern day facelifts are a world away from those overstretched, all-too-obvious ones of the past. We have more knowledge of facial anatomy and how the face and all its muscles, including the skin, works as well as the tools and know-how to work with it. And no one understands this more so than Dr Bryan Mendelson, plastic surgeon from Toorak in Melbourne. Anyone who’s done any sort of research, or has anything to do with the aesthetics industry, should be aware of Dr Mendelson’s skill and ability to make his patients look completely natural, and his book In Your Face has been read by thousands around the country and indeed around the world. We take a look at what makes Dr Mendelson so successful when it comes to facelifts and his innate understanding of the face and its spaces. Skin Deep – Not Any More We know that simply pulling the skin up and sewing it higher or tighter just does not work. This is the stuff of horror celebrity facelifts of the 80s and 90s. The way to a more natural looking facelift is to work on the internal support structures of the face. Dr Mendelson tells us, “It […]
Dr Geoff Barnett on Facelifts Dr Geoff Barnett from Cosmetic Surgery for Women Talks Facelift February 23, 2017 - Geoff Barnett: Hello, I’m Dr Geoff Barnett. I work at Cosmetic Surgery for Women in Hawthorn, Victoria. But recently since my addition there we’ve taken on some aesthetic surgery for men as well. Trish has asked me to talk to you a little bit about facelifts today. The facelift is a very personal thing and has to be modified and fitted to the patient. And younger patients are completely different to older patients. Their quality of skin, the volume of skin is incredibly different and most of these surgeons do show younger patients where it’s easier to achieve a good result and the older ones who have got a lot of skin are often a little bit more tricky. The quality of the skin may be reduced, and so it may be necessary for them to have some dermal therapy before hand in order to prep the skin ready for the operation. There are multiple techniques, multiple planes on which face lifts can be done. They all have a somewhat similar initial effect. A face lift may be done starting off with a thread lift, where no skin is removed and a thread is put in. And some people say […]
Blepharoplasty Mendelson Dr Bryan Mendelson – Top Things You Should Know About Facelift Surgery February 22, 2017 - Dr Mendelson: Hello. I’m Bryan Mendelson, a plastic surgeon from Melbourne. It’s a pleasure to be here today to talk with you. PSH: Can you tell us about the difference between a good facelift and a poor facelift? Dr Mendelson: The difference between a high-quality facelift and an ordinary facelift, there are several components. One is, and the most important overall thing is that it doesn’t look as though the person’s had a facelift, they just look fresh, well for their age. That’s not so easy to obtain because there is a tendency to overdo pulling, for example. The public think they can always pick a facelift. The reality is nearly all the patients that I do a facelift on will say, “You know what? No one has picked that I’ve had the facelift.” I’ll say, “Well, do they give you a compliment?” “Oh, they will say I’m looking well.” That’s really the best compliment you can have. Now, there are cultural differences in different parts of the world. For example, in Los Angeles, if no one picked you had a facelift you would feel like you didn’t get a good result or Brazil, for example. In more sophisticated areas […]
AAPSW 2017 21st Advanced Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Workshop 2017 – The Ageing Face – New Horizons February 17, 2017 - I attended this amazing conference last weekend and am loaded with new information, renewed energy and heightened respect for the aesthetics industry (not that I didn’t have that before, but I just keep getting more and more impressed with how clever this industry is and how quickly the technology and techniques move with the times!). This is a conference I look forward to attending each year as I rub shoulders with the best of the best plastic surgeons in the industry and they are truly an inspiration. Jam Packed Program This year’s topic was The Ageing Face – New Horizons, and the program was jam packed with info about why and how the face ages; beauty, asymmetry and how it is perceived; facial rejuvenation including the latest surgical techniques; fat grafting; facelifts; neck rejuvenation; PRP; Fillers and non-surgical to complement surgical; facial anatomy and why it’s important to know what’s going on underneath the skin; and, so much more! I was able to speak with some of the keynote speakers such as Dr Bryan Mendelson, world renowned plastic & facial cosmetic surgeon from Melbourne, on the difference between and “good” facelift and a “bad” facelift, and Dr Lionel Chang about […]
Deep Plane Facelift Dr George Marcells on the Deep Plane Facelift February 2, 2017 - Most of us look in the mirror every day, if not several times a day, and are intimately familiar with our face. It’s the first place we notice any signs of ageing, whether it’s smiles lines around the eyes or wrinkles on our forehead. Dr George Marcells is one of Australia’s go-to surgeons for the Deep Plane facelift, and we asked him what makes this particular facelift able to achieve such natural looking results and why it is so popular. Why is the Deep Plane Facelift better than the rest? You might have heard of an SMAS lift. SMAS stands for Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System and is a the musculo-fibrous layer of the face attached to the subcutaneous fat and skin. Dr Marcells explains why this more traditional style of facelift does not produce optimum results. “In a traditional facelift such as the SMAS lift, the SMAS layer is not free from the deeper tissues and can only be tightened by a minimal degree. This leads to several problems such as restricted lift; severe tension being placed on the skin leading to problems with wound healing and stretched scars that are often lumpy and red; the lift does not last […]
Dr Bryan Mendelson Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Great Neck Lift or Lower Facelift February 1, 2017 - You only have to have a look at a few before and after photos of neck lifts to know it can completely change a person’s appearance. Lots of patients mistakenly think they need a full facelift, when in fact a good neck lift can turn back the clock years. Dr Bryan Mendelson, esteemed plastic surgeon based in Toorak, Melbourne, sees many patients each year who benefit hugely from neck lifts and lower facelifts. He helps us to understand why the neck lift or lower facelift is perhaps one of the most underestimated surgeries you can have if you are looking for a refreshed and more youthful appearance. Jowls, or a lax jawline, is one of the first signs of ageing. Similarly, lines around the nose and mouth also appear before most of us are ready for them (are we EVER ready for them?!) and can make us feel as though we look older than we want to. Smiling, laughing, eating… whilst these are some of the best things about life, they also contribute to downward lines forming, and bring down an otherwise still youthful face. Neck lifts can also be life changing for those without a defined neck. Whether it’s […]
All I Want For Christmas All I Want For Christmas is to look awesome December 20, 2016 - You might have heard about the over the top American parents gifting a rhinoplasty to a daughter as a graduation present. Increasingly, there are also husbands who offer their wives a “Mummy Makeover” as a reward for having their children. Mmmmmm not really appropriate? For me, all I want for christmas is to look awesome. So, how would you feel if someone offered you an aesthetic procedure or treatment as a gift? While this trend is increasing, the answer depends – on a lot of things. Dr George Marcells, FRACS, gives his take on the topic and in the lead up to Christmas we thought it was a very interesting subject for discussion! Is giving surgery as a gift ok? Firstly, surgery is as personal as it is serious. It is not something to be lightly considered and is absolutely a decision that the person having the surgery should be making themselves. Being forced into, or encouraged, to undergo any cosmetic or plastic surgery or treatment (such as a nose job) by anyone is definitely not ok. A husband making his wife get a facelift or he’ll divorce her should be divorced. But what if the person receiving the gift has been […]
AAFPS Symposium 2016 Faces Of The Future – New Facelifting Techniques Launched at Sydney Symposium November 10, 2016 - AAFPS Facelift and Neck Symposium, Maritime Museum, Sydney, 11-12 November 2016; Dissection Workshop, Sydney Hospital, 10 November 2016 Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Neil A Gordon, will present a new technique combining his latest research into facial ageing and 21 years experience as a pioneer advancing the Deep Plane Facelift, for the first time internationally. The Vertical Platysma Advancement is currently being applied to celebrities and the well heeled throughout the world at Dr Gordon’s Retreat at Split Rock in Connecticut, USA. “The goal in facial rejuvenation is to reproduce our past appearance without any signs of a procedure. Elective facial procedures must be consistent, predictable and safe,” says Dr. Gordon. “The Vertical Platysma Advancement has revolutionized facial rejuvenation by creating a natural duplication of our former self. We are pleased to introduce the technique in Sydney with other thought leaders from around the globe.” The Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery (AAFPS) is hosting a two-day Symposium and Dissection Workshop in Sydney, providing a rare opportunity for the fathers of the deep plane facelift technique to share updates, insights and compare notes on the world’s best practice. The deep plane facelift is an advanced technique performed by highly skilled facial […]

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    I had a lower facelift SMAS lift and my plastic surgeon did a CO2 Fractional Laser combined with PRP (only using the plasma) and I am wondering do you guys do this?

    • Trish

      Oh how exciting! It seems its quite common to do these combination therapies. We’d love to see pics! Its EXACTLY what I want done!

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    Hi – Focus area is my eyes, they’re very wrinkly for my age.

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      A facelift is a procedure designed to restore a youthful appearance to the cheek, reduce the appearance of the laughter lines and improve the jawline, by removing the jowls. it is commonly performed in conjunction with a neck lift, fat transfer to the face, and eye rejuvenation.

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    Looking for my third and final face it’s been about ten years. I also want a second neck lift. I’m a non smoker, sun aged skin and very much have a turkey neck. I am not new to plastic surgery, was a GG client with 12 hours of surgery in KL and about 30 years ago had my first mini face lift in Florida as had bad jowls. Now I’m on a pension but have saved hard for 5 years. Also had problems with my breast implants done in KL, thus had them replaced in Turkey..bad idea as they now look deformed. Also Lipo suction was done in KL and it’s completely uneven. Currently I’m seeing if I can afford a full facelift, eyes and neck lift…I’ll work on the overseas botched surgeries once I know what I approximately will need for my requested surgeries

    • Trish

      Oh wow, yeah we are of the opinion do it right first time.
      Good luck!


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