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Facelift Surgery in Melbourne

Learn your Facelift surgery options including COSTS of a facelift (average price ranges), recovery periods, risks and scars. Plus, we have a downloadable PDF guide to Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation for men and women who want to smooth their skin as well as reduce a sagging jowl, neck or jawline.

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Facelift Surgery – What’s involved?

Definition of a Facelift surgery procedure

  • Facelift surgery (also called a Rhytidectomy) is a surgery to help adjust and reduce visible signs of facial ageing
  • It primarily involves the lower face (the jowls and jawline area)
  • There are, however, mid-facelift techniques and upper facial lifting such as a brow lift or eyelid lift (Blepharoplasty)
  • Many patients with sagging jowls often have sagging eyelids too
  • Up to half to 3/4 of facelift patients decide to have both a facelift and eyelid lift (either in one session OR sequentially)
  • The results can range from subtle reductions in ageing to dramatic, but be sure you choose your surgeon very carefully due to surgery risks

What does a facelift accomplish and how does it reduce ageing?

  • A facelift is a surgical procedure that involves the skin and underlying tissues, which are adjusted, tightened and/or excised (removed) in surgery
  • The procedure can take 2 to 4 hours on average, sometimes longer
  • The surgical Facelift essentially tightens underlying facial structures (muscles, tendons, tissues and facial fat)
  • Your Surgeon then re-drapes/reattaches your skin to the underlying structures to give your face a firmer and more uplifted appearance
  • It reduces excess skin but it is not simply a ‘pulling up’ of the skin – it must be performed properly to get a good result (otherwise it looks ‘pulled’ or unnatural)


New techniques for Facelift Surgery are a far cry from Facelifts of the past

  • A great facelift result is one that is lasting and natural looking
  • It’s not just SKIN excision only, or pulling the skin tighter
  • Good facelift surgery involves extensive strategic corrections to underlying tissue structures and skin supports

A good Facelift Surgeon is one who:

  • Fully understands variations in facial anatomy and skin conditions
  • Can apply complex surgical techniques in an artistic way to get a great result and minimise risks
  • Can add complementary procedures for a holistic rejuvenation effect
  • Often, a facelift is best combined with skin resurfacing such as:
    • Laser treatments to improve circulation and skin thickness
    • Skin pens/skin needling to assist with skin renewal
    • Dermamalen for pigmentation
    • Deep chemical resurfacing peels for textural improvements
    • Cosmetic Injections for wrinkles or lines


Melbourne Facelift Surgery costs, average price, recovery info and facelift risks

What if you have sagging jowls, lower face skin laxity and deep lines or crevice-wrinkles as well?

  • Lower facelift surgery and/or mid-facelift surgery are different procedures
  • They may be combined to help target skin laxity or appearance concerns
  • The main areas treated with a face lift procedure is sagging skin along the jowls (the lower third of the face)

A facelift, however, does NOT necessarily address all skin texture concerns such as wrinkles and lines

  • This elective surgery helps with some, but not all facial ageing concerns
  • Neck lifts are a separate procedure that may be chosen for an improved overall effect
  • There is also a new procedure for necklines that involves injections into the submental neck fat (double chin)

Ask your Surgeon what CAN and CANNOT be treated with a surgical approach.

Consider the holistic approach to facial surgery which includes:

  • facelift surgery including mid-facelift or brow lifting when beneficial
  • eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty) or peri-orbital fat redistribution around the eyes to reduce shadowing or eye bags
  • skin treatments, lasers, skin peels and prescription-based home care solutions to help reduce wrinkles, lines and uneven pigmentation

For more information about non-surgical additions to a facelift procedure, visit Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing.

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What does a facelift actually HELP in terms of facial ageing or skin appearance?

  • Helps lift and firm sagging facial tissues
  • Helps restore a more youthful facial appearance
  • Reduces signs of skin laxity that lead to an aged facial appearances

How many years does a facelift remove from your age appearance?

Average results and patient worth-it ratings for Facial Surgery and Facelift Surgery

  • It is often said that having a facelift works to ‘turn back the clock’
  • It is one option to help you look more like a younger version of yourself, but you must keep your expectations realistic
  • Recognise results vary from patient to patient and there are facelift and plastic surgery risks to consider

The truth is you can’t stop ageing, but you can visibly turn back the clock in terms of a firmer skin appearance vs sagging skin.

Facelift Research Findings and Patient Satisfaction with Procedure

  • 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, with some patients saying people think they look up to 10 or 12 years younger than their biological age
    • Remember, however, that results vary significantly
    • And all invasive surgery has risks including Face Surgery

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Facelift Benefits and Reasons for Surgery

A facelift helps efforts to visibly reverse obvious signs of skin ageing, such as skin laxity.

It may help:

  • Reduce excess, sagging skin along the jawline and jowls
  • Help restore a more defined neckline or jawline (particularly when combined with a neck lift or neck procedure)
  • Firms up the face for a less saggy facial appearance
  • Decreases some of the deeper lines around your lower jowls, chin and lips
  • Lifts & tightens deep facial muscles to refresh your facial appearance

A facelift is NOT a skin wrinkle treatment. It’s more a facial contour treatment to reduce the ‘sags’ and return a firmer, distinguished contour to the lower face or jawline.

Why do patients want to lift their facial skin and restore more firmness?

As we age, skin begins to lose elasticity and collagen and the jowls begin to sag.

  • Facial tissues lose volume due to a number of reasons
  • These include heredity/genetic conditions, lifestyle habits, gravity, sun exposure and other environmental exposures.

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


Who should I choose for my facelift in Melbourne?

Checklist for Facelift Surgery

Melbourne boasts some of the most sought-after Plastic Surgeons for facial rejuvenation including facelift procedures. Phone us on 0388491444 to discuss your options at our elite team of Specialist Plastic Surgeons.

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 Surgery take (hospital theatre time)?

  • The time taken to complete your procedure will depend on the surgical approach taken by your chosen Plastic Surgeon
  • Typically it requires 2 to 4 hours or more
  • Variables are based on which technique(s) your Plastic Surgeon uses

Best facelift approaches for a specific patient are based on facial anatomy, the extent of the facelift required, and whether or not another procedure is being performed at the same time.

Standard Facelift Options vs Customised

  • 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 surgery vs full face lift and costs

Mini Facelift (Melbourne) or short-scar facelift

  • If you exhibit a mild degree of jowl sagging, you may be a good candidate for a mini-facelift
  • This is a slightly less invasive technique
  • It allows your chosen surgeon to tighten deep facial tissues through shorter incisions (Short scar facelift)
  • 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.
  • It may help you postpone the need for more extensive surgery for many years but must be done at the right age (stage of ageing)

More guides:

Planning Guides for Plastic Surgery

Patient Journey Guides

Facelift Timing: When To Consider Facial Rejuvenation

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Good Candidates For Facelift Surgery: Do you have these specific concerns? Are you…

  • tired of looking in the mirror and feeling confronted by how much you’ve aged?
  • unhappy about sagging jowls or an aged neck/jawline appearance?
  • considering using plastic surgery to help regain a firmer, younger facial appearance and/or tighten the jawline/jowls?
  • feeling less visible in society as your face has started to show its age?
  • feeling you look OLDER than you are, in biological years, or older than your peers or partner?
  • declining some social invitations or feeling self conscious when meeting new people, or younger partners, 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
  • boost your confidence
  • feel self-conscious when around younger peers, partners or inlaws


Your Next Steps

Want info about Surgery or Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation procedures we’ve mentioned?

For skin care, visit Coco Ruby Skin & Anti Ageing.

For surgery options and recommended Melbourne Facelift Surgeons, phone our Patient Liaison Team today on (03) 8849 1444 


Combination approaches and other facial surgery

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.

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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Recovery after Facelift Surgery

  • The length of your recovery period will depend on your specific procedure and other health & lifestyle factors
  • These vary from person to person.
  • The general rule, however, is to allow 2 to 4 weeks at a minimum for your initial recovery
  • Remember, you will have swelling and bruising and your incision lines need time to heal
  • You’ll be advised to sleep in an elevated position and may feel uncomfortable for several days/weeks or months depending on your healing capacity and extent of facial surgery
  • You will have scars
  • 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.

Facelift Surgery risks

Please visit our Surgery risks page for details.


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.

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.

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 cost?

Average Facelift Surgery Prices (Melbourne, Australia)


  • Facelift surgery prices vary depending on who you choose and what approach they believe will suit you best
  • A Specialist Plastic Surgeon may start from $20,000 for a comparatively minor procedure to $40,000 to $60,000 for a fuller facial rejuvenation approach
  • So it depends on WHAT procedure you’re having and if you’re combining surgery (such as an Eyelid lift and facelift, or a lower facelift with a chin augmentation)
  • The qualifications and expertise of the Surgeon performing your operation also count
  • 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.

Facelift Price Quotes – ranges

At a consultation, your needs, goals and skin condition are evaluated.

  • Options will be discussed and recommendations or options may be offered by your Surgeon.
  • You will then 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.
  • There is a waiting period before you can have/schedule surgery due to cosmetic surgery elective procedure guidelines.
  • 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.