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.

3rd Triennial Masters Symposium Catching up with Dr George Marcells at the Master’s Symposium – Eye, Face and Brow Surgery October 6, 2017 - It’s always a pleasure to catch up with Dr George Marcells, ENT and Facial Plastic Surgeon based in Bondi, Sydney and I was able to grab him for a chat at the Masters Symposium on Blepharoplasty and Facial Rejuvenation in Sydney recently. The symposium was attended by 165 of the who’s who of the world’s best plastic surgeons. All things blepharoplasty and facial rejuvenation, both surgical and non surgical were discussed and our Australian plastic surgeons proved why they are considered some of the best in the world. Dr Marcells agreed, “Folks have been of a very high calibre. And it’s been a lot of relatively new and very interesting information shared between all the specialties.” Dr Marcells agreed that one of the highlights of the conference was Dr Bryan Mendelson, respected Australian Plastic Surgeon, who is a pioneer in the area of facial rejuvenation and understanding of facial anatomy. He said, “Over the past several years, I think even for more than 10 years, he’s (Dr Bryan Mendelson) been following up on studies that show where there’s bony loss around the orbit and eyebrow and mid-face area. And he’s been augmenting those with a coral bone hydroxyapatite that turned […]
S-Lift Facelift Podcast with Dr Jayson Oates on the S-Lift September 1, 2017 - The S-Lift is like a mini face lift, a popular procedure for those not quite ready for the full facelift. Dr Jayson Oates gives us some great insights into the S-Lift (mini face lift) procedure, who and when it’s suitable for, what’s involved with the recovery and a whole lot more. Trish: Great. I’m here today with Dr Jayson Oates again who is from Academy Face & Body in WA and also in New South Wales. He’s a facial plastic surgeon, specialist ENT. Thank you so much for joining us today, Dr Oates. Jayson: Great to be with you again, Trish. Trish: Excellent. Actually, can I just call you Jayson? It just seems so much better. Jayson: Yeah. Yeah. Trish: Great. I’m really excited because we’re going to talk about the S-lift procedure today, which for those listeners out there that don’t know, the S-lift is like a Mini Face Lift. Is that right? Jayson: Yes, it is. Exactly. Trish: Do you want to tell us exactly what it is? Jayson: It’s an interesting thing because exactly what it is will vary depending on who’s doing the procedure. The original description of the S-lift was a fairly small incision that […]
Fat graft mid face Fat grafts to the Mid-Face August 24, 2017 - When patients are considering facelift surgery we need to firstly ascertain whether the problem is only with the Mid Face being from the temple down to the jawline or Full Face which also includes the neck. In many younger patients the mid face is the main issue as their neck still has quite good tone. There are many techniques used to perform a mid face lift and each surgeon has there own personal preference. In younger patients I prefer to use a premasseteric space lift to raise the tissues off the chewing muscle. I then use a deep plane technique to maintain the internal fixation and then plicate the deep SMAS layer, which, gives a good longterm result for the patient. Fat grafting has become an important part of facial surgery over the last 5-10 years. In the early days of facelift surgery it was thought that everything dropped down, but now there is a real sense that there is a loss of volume and deflation of all facial tissues and this is why facial fillers have now become so important. When we do the elevating in a facelift, we always need to plump out, augment and add volume with […]
No longer fear the facelift I Want To Look Beautiful But Not Different – No Longer Fear the Facelift August 20, 2017 - When it comes to facial aesthetic treatments and surgery most of us want just want to look great for our age (or a few years better!) and beautiful; but not so different that our kids freak out when they see us, or our friends don’t recognise us when we’re on the other side of the street. Renowned Australian Plastic Surgeon Dr Bryan Mendelson is considered one of the world’s most prominent facial plastic surgeons, and he says his patients most commonly expressed sentiment is “I want to look less tired… refreshed but not altered.” We asked Dr Mendelson about how he achieves his sought after natural looking results. It’s All About YOU Our understanding of the face and techniques for facelifts has advanced dramatically in the last 20 years. Plastic and cosmetic surgery, especially on the face, is a fine art and a good surgeon will know just how to “tweak” things to suit you. Dr Mendelson says, “Traditional techniques were based on a one-size-fits-all surgical approach of stretching facial skin over the ageing face. However, facial ageing doesn’t occur on the skin; it’s the result of changes in the position of the facial tissues, and loss of bone projection […]
Facelifts Everything You Need To Know About Facelifts August 2, 2017 - Dr George Marcells, ENT and Cosmetic Surgeon based in Bondi Junction, NSW is known for his expertise in facial plastic surgery and his natural looking results. As the surgeon other surgeons refer to, Dr Marcells is one of the best surgeons to ask your Facelift questions. We managed to sit down with Dr Marcells to ask all the questions you guys often ask us. PSH: How do you identify if a patient is a good candidate for a facelift? Dr Marcells: There are various considerations when identifying if a patient is a potential candidate for a facelift. Some examples of these considerations are how you perceive yourself or if you feel that your appearance does not match your age. A facelift is designed to correct the common signs of aging: a sagging neck line, the appearance of jowls, the deposit of fat along the jawline and neck, and a deepening of the lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds). Consideration must be given to facial bone structure and skin elasticity in planning and performing a facelift. Age is generally not a factor in determining whether a patient is a candidate for facelift surgery. Most are […]
Beautiful face A Beautiful Face – It’s All In the Balance June 29, 2017 - Preferences for what is more beautiful changes as often as the tides. One minute it’s the natural, blonde, beachy look – the next it’s a more exotic, darker complexion. While these are just fads, it can be argued that beauty generally has a formula. No matter what part of the world you come from – Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia or anywhere else, we are all generally more attracted to faces that are proportional and symmetrical, no matter what the colour, race or shoe size. We take a look at what makes a beautiful face – it’s all in the balance. There’s no one better to ask about what makes a face more beautiful than Dr George Marcells, ENT and Cosmetic Surgeon based in Bondi Junction. He is considered a master of rhinoplasty and one of Australia’s premier facial plastic surgeons. He believes facial cosmetic surgery should be all about tailoring natural looking and well-proportioned results to the individual. Why are proportions, symmetry and balance so significant? Human nature generally makes us attracted to someone based on our subconscious (or conscious) evaluation of a potential mate to provide us with healthy, fit, offspring. This process is called “natural selection” and it […]
Facelift Surgery Looking in the Mirror Ten Years Ago… March 28, 2017 - We’ve all done it. We’ve all looked in the mirror and realised that age is catching up with us. We still feel full of energy, life and vitality on the inside and are living lives that are busy and full, but our reflections bring us back to earth, sometimes with a thud! Facial ageing is an inevitable part of growing old. No matter how well you take care of your skin, ageing signs will appear. They can also be aggravated by numerous factors including gravity, toxins, sun exposure the environment, lifestyle and stress. Some of the earliest ageing signs appear in the face, and this is where people begin to see a gap between their appearance and still youthful energy. Dr George Marcells, Facial Plastic Surgeon based in Edgecliff, NSW, is known for his natural looking facelifts that rejuvenates you in such a way that it’s like you’re looking in the mirror ten years ago, and reflects the way we still feel on the inside. You Can’t Stop Time A facelift does not stop time and the ageing process. What they can do is turn back time a little to give you that refreshed, natural and youthful appearance. Your facial […]
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 […]
Dr Bryan Mendelson on Facelifts 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 […]
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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 […]
Facelift Tricks Dr Allan Kalus and his Facelift Tricks! September 26, 2016 - Dr Allan Kalus from Avenue Plastic Surgery in Melbourne has a great trick. He says to hold a mirror down near your belly and look down into it. This will give you a glimpse of what you might be looking forward to in the future! However, there is hope! He then tells us to hold the mirror up high and look into it. This, thank goodness, is what is achievable through a well performed facelift! Book me in lol! Fat is good! Wait… What? In all seriousness though, ageing in the face is caused by reduced skin elasticity and stretching of the face muscles. We lose facial fat as we age which leads to thinning of the lips and hollowing of the cheek grooves. This is where Dr Kalus and his expertise of fat transfer comes in so handy. Replacing the lost fat along with tightening of the skin can do wonders for reversing the ageing process, so long as it is done in a way to ensure a natural looking result. We’ve all seen the “windblown” facelift effect which is scary to most of us and is what turns many of us off the idea of a facelift. Dr […]
Vie Institute Manning Up for a Facelift September 15, 2016 - Men and facelifts – No longer is facial surgery a female only domain. The tides are changing and more and more men are seeking out facial surgery to keep up with the modern day world where appearance does, for better or for worse, matter. Manly Motivations In this competitive world we are expected to not just be at the top of our game, but to look good as well. Many men are choosing surgical and non-surgical facial treatments to remain competitive and to be more employable in their chosen career. But not everyone has the same motivation. It is totally acceptable these days for everyone to want to look better and to do whatever it takes to achieve that. Regardless of motivation, Dr Mark McGovern from VIE Institute on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland says men are becoming a larger percentage of his facelift patients. “Facelift surgery was once the domain of movie stars and rock stars, but these days facelift surgery for men has become more widely accepted and more commonly performed.” It’s difficult to get exact statistics and figures on cosmetic and plastic surgery in Australia however it is estimated that there has been at least a 20% […]
Dr Allan Kalus on facial rejuvenation Dr Allan Kalus on Facial Rejuvenation July 29, 2016 - Trish: I’m here today with Dr. Allan Kalus from Avenue Plastic Surgery in Windsor here in Melbourne, Victoria. I’m just going to have a chat with Dr. Kalus today about facial rejuvenation, which is something I’m really passionate about because I’m at about that age where it starts to concern me. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. Dr. Kalus: It’s a great pleasure, Trish. Trish: Lovely. Being over 50, I’ve started to think, oh wow I need a bit of facial rejuvenation. We do get a lot of inquiry from ladies that are my demographic, so I’d just like to have a bit of a chat to you about face lift, neck lift, anything that can be done to rejuvenate someone of my age who’s starting to think, I need something a bit more than just the old non-surgical injectables. Dr. Kalus: Trish, first thing I have to say is that you don’t need much at all. Trish: Thank you! Dr. Kalus: The critical thing with any facial rejuvenation procedure, is that you don’t really want to look like you’ve had a face lift. Trish: Definitely. Dr. Kalus: You don’t want to look […]
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Trish with Dr George Marcells Dr George Marcells Speaks at the 8th World Congress of Facial Plastic Surgery in Brazil May 23, 2016 - We love following our Australian surgeons and keeping abreast of what they are doing, not just within Australia but on the international plastic surgery stage as well. Dr George Marcells has been over in South America, Brazil presenting and speaking at the 8th World Congress of Facial Plastic Surgery from 11 – 14 May 2016. Some of the best facial plastic surgeons in the world get together to network, teach and discuss all the latest advanced aesthetic procedures and reconstructive techniques. With Rhinoplasty being a core topic throughout the meet, Dr Marcells is a perfect surgeon to represent Australia as he is renowned for being one of our best rhinoplasty surgeons. Also celebrated for his Deep Plane Facelift technique, Dr Marcells presented on both subjects. The World Congress of Facial Plastic Surgery covers all things facial and every aspect of the specialty. With non-surgical lasers and light treatments becoming a permanent and important fixture in facial aesthetic enhancements, it too was a hot topic for discussion along with surgical. Brazil certainly has a lot going on this year, with this meet and the Olympic Games coming up… the spotlight is certainly on them! We look forward to asking Dr Marcells […]
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Working Longer Looking Younger Working Longer, Looking Younger March 17, 2016 - People are living longer than ever before. Australians on average can now expect to live to be approximately 82 years old. Compare that to the average of 48 years in 1890, this has all sorts of consequences, including the fact that people are working longer into their lives – in fact, the official Australian retirement age has now just gone up to 70. In order to compete with younger workers, our older generations have had to find ways to keep up their appearances. It is also well documented in studies that better presented (or more attractive) people find it easier to get, and keep, a job. This leads us to looking at the measures that people will take in order to maintain their polished, or well presented, appearances. Plastic surgery is a massive part of this movement and Dr Patrick Briggs, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon based in Subiaco in Western Australia, discusses what procedures people are undergoing as part of their need to compete with younger generations. We look at some of the procedures that are considerations for anyone wanting to look more youthful. Face Lift This is the most obvious choice for anyone wanting to turn back the clock […]
Neck Lift Don’t be a Turkey – The Growing Trend for Neck Lifts in 2016 February 4, 2016 - One of the trends surgeons are predicting for 2016 is neck procedures. With the increased self awareness and exposure through social media, especially with the selfie fad not looking to slow any time soon, focus on the face and neck is only increasing. Whilst patients often have a focus on their face when identifying what procedures they do and don’t want, there are also a growing number of us concerned enough about our neck and jaw areas. As we age, necks tend to get a large number of deep creases, excess or drooping skin, banding or excess fat, and our jaws can start to droop causing a real jowl effect – the double chin. Contouring the neck can also help create a more defined jawline which can take years off our aged appearance. In fact, our neck area is often the earliest place to show signs of ageing. Dr George Marcells, Ear, Nose, Throat, Head and Neck Surgeon based at About Face in Bondi Junction Sydney, is one of the most experienced Australian surgeons to ask about what a difference a neck lift or jaw contouring can make. ”The deep plane Face and Neck lift is the gold standard for […]
What Does Your Forehead Say About You? January 29, 2016 - Your forehead or brow is where a lot of the expression and emotions are held on your face. A lot of our non-verbal communication and interaction happens through the top half of our face, especially around the eyes. When you raise your eyebrows because you are surprised, shocked or exasperated; or bring them together when you are concerned or thinking hard… your forehead, eyes and brows are the areas of the face that do the most work. This means the muscles and skin can age quicker than other parts of the face, causing wrinkles often before they begin to appear anywhere else. If the sagging and drooping of your forehead is bad enough it can even begin to affect your vision by narrowing your eyes. It can also make you look angry or concerned all the time due to the placement of the lines and wrinkles and general looseness of the skin. So, what’s the solution? There’s only so much a great eyebrow shaping can do! A popular surgery to rectify the forehead/brow wrinkle issue is the brow lift, or forehead lift. Dr Jeremy Hunt from Edgecliff in NSW, a specialist craniofacial surgeon with over 15 years experience, says it […]
Dr George Marcells Interview Interview with Dr George Marcells, Facial Plastic Surgeon November 19, 2015 - Trish: Now we’re here today with Dr Marcells. Dr Marcells is an ear, nose and throat specialist and he’s also a facial plastic surgeon. He is the current President of the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons. He is the Medical Director of Bondi Junction Private Hospital and he also consults at About Face Clinic which is located in Bondi. Thank you so much for taking time to talk to us today Dr Marcells. Dr Marcells: Thanks for having me Trish. Trish: You’ve got a reputation as the guru on the deep plane facelift, can you just give is quick run down of the procedure and who can actually benefit from this procedure? Dr Marcells: Ok, well Trish, I think the deep plane facelift is the best facial and neck rejuvenation surgery available. I think it gives the most natural results; it doesn’t give that telltale sign of a pulled look. It’s not a new surgery; it’s been around for 20 years, even since the 1990s so it’s very tried and tested. In fact, when it came into vogue, it was touted as the new facelift to give natural results. A lot of doctors started to do it and they […]
Silhouette Soft SILHOUETTE SOFT – What’s in a Thread? July 16, 2015 - Up until now, thread lifts have received mixed reviews, and results. However, taking the non-invasive cosmetic world by storm is this revamped technique that is exciting patients due to the instant and noticeable results. As we age so does our skin, and as we all know trying to hold off the sagging or drooping of our skin is one of the desires of women (and men!) everywhere. Not all of us want to undergo the knife though, and sometimes fillers and injectables are just not enough on their own or don’t appeal for one reason or another. This is where thread lifts are finding their niche in the market. The new generation threads are a product of Silhouette Soft, who have created absorbable bidirectional anchor cones and threads meaning you no longer have to have them removed further down the track as you did with other types of threads, making the procedure a more attractive option for those wanting a lift but who are not ready for a full facelift. Concerns regarding the “barbs” that were previously used in thread lifting and were known for causing pain and discomfort are no longer relevant with Silhouette Soft.   Silhouette Soft threads […]
Plastic Surgery Cost Pricey Procedures – What does Plastic Surgery Cost? January 28, 2015 - What does it cost? This is one of the first questions anyone usually asks when it comes to looking at plastic surgery. The answer is it greatly varies. We have done the research for you and come up with a general price guide for each procedure. These are an approximate guide only; each doctor, surgery and clinic can vary dramatically in their pricing. It can also depend on how much work is involved in your particular procedure, which hospital you choose and how much after care is required. Whether you are insured or not can also make a big difference. It pays to note that just because a particular surgeon charges less, does not by any means make them a less competent surgeon. In fact, quite a few of the leading surgeons actually have very competitive prices. When asking for an estimate on a particular procedure make sure you ask the surgeon if that includes your hospital stay, the anesthetist and the pre and post op consultation fees. The prices we have listed below are inclusive of all charges involved in the procedures and are in Australian Dollars. Breast Augmentation $7,000 – $15,000 Abdominoplasty $6,000 – $16,000 Rhinoplasty $8,000 – […]
S-Lift Mini Facelift Not up for a full face lift? What about a mini face lift (or S-Lift / Short-Scar Lift) December 4, 2014 - Having hit the big 50 last year I find myself looking at my facial features as they change and age with the years. I keep thinking “mmmm I’d love a facelift” and then in the next breath I say to myself “nope, you’re way too young”. And anyway, I don’t want it to look like I’ve had a face lift. Maybe I’ll feel differently in 5 to 10 years time, who knows? So I’ve been researching other options to satisfy my desires. Non-surgical face lift? Injectables? Then I discovered the “S-Lift”, which can also be known as the mini face lift, or short-scar lift, and thought it would be great to share as I’m sure there are many people in my shoes. What is an S-Lift? (Mini Face Lift or Short-Scar Lift) The S-Lift gets its name from the smaller ‘S’ shaped incisions made in front of the ear. Through this incision, the surgeon can lift the skin and underlying tissues to give a more youthful appearance. It does not do quite as much as a facelift, especially for very heavy or saggy necks – but it costs less too. It is especially good for the 45 – 55 age […]
Dr George Marcells Dr George Marcells – An Interview November 6, 2014 - Dr George Marcells is undisputedly considered a leader in the field of Rhinoplasty and is often consulted by other top plastic surgeons looking to tap into his expertise. President of the AAFPS, he presents regularly at Facial Plastic Surgery conferences both in Australia and overseas, and was recently one of the key players at the Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery’s (AAFPS) The Triennial Masters’ Symposium, focusing on Blepharoplasty and Upper Facial Rejuvenation held in Sydney in September. We were lucky enough to be able to ask Dr Marcells a few questions. You are the leader in the Deep Plane Facelift. Can you give us a brief description of what that is? The deep plane facelift is a highly anatomical lift that places an emphasis on structure to give long lasting, natural results. My aim is to re-contour the neck, jawline and mid-face into a natural, more youthful position. This deep fixation takes the tension off the skin so as not to get a pulled appearance. While the Deep Plane Facelift is heralded as a much more successful and natural looking facelift, are there any candidates for the procedure you would not recommend for this kind of lift? Are there […]
Facelift “OMG I need a facelift, how can I get the best one?” My Consultation with Dr Bryan Mendelson October 21, 2014 - Dr Bryan Mendelson is one of the most highly regarded plastic surgeons in Australia. He is renowned for his techniques in neck and facial rejuvenation. Dr Mendelson is invited to seminars and industry events all over the world to discuss his knowledge and expertise in the field. He is regularly enlisted to perform “live surgery” for other plastic surgeons, doctors and industry professionals to demonstrate his procedures and advances that are followed and learned by other surgeons worldwide. It was because of this that I was extremely enthusiastic to have a consultation recently with Dr Mendelson. Having just turned 50, I think something happened to my brain! I don’t know what it is about that number, but I’ve been thinking about a neck and facelift for sometime but never actually moved forward on it, so today is the day. So in I headed with my 2 pages of questions in hand. I wanted to make sure everything I have always wanted to know was covered. I needed to be fully informed before I take the next step – or if I even DO the next step. Thorough and considerate to my particular circumstances, Dr Mendelson asked me about my lifestyle […]

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