ICCM has a long history performing face lift surgery, also known as rhytidectomy. Our doctors’ vast experience in this procedure means that they work with the deeper facial planes and muscular structure, delivering a natural look that is virtually undetectable as cosmetic surgery.
FAQ: Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy) Sydney
Most commonly performed on patients in the 40-60 age range, face lifts can also produce great results for people in their 60s – 80s.
Good candidates for a facelift include healthy men and women with any of the following conditions:
- Deep nasolabial folds – the lines that runs from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth
- Sagging skin and deep wrinkles in the cheeks and cheekbone area
- Loss of jawline definition
- Redundant skin, wrinkles, or excess fatty tissue in the neck
A personal consultation with our surgeon is the first step for any patient considering face lift surgery. We will assess your physical and emotional health, discuss your aesthetic goals, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Your physical evaluation will include an assessment of your bone structure and underlying facial tissues, as well as the thickness, texture and elasticity of your skin and the severity of the wrinkles and folds being addressed. Your hairline will be carefully examined as well to create a plan for discreet incision placement.
Issues you should be prepared to discuss during the consultation include:
- Medical conditions, both past and present
- Current medications, including nutritional supplements and herbal remedies
- Previous surgeries
- Weight loss history and goals
- Other treatments you have received
For a more complete facial rejuvenation, we may discuss additional procedures that can be performed along with your face lift surgery.
Patients frequently combine facelift surgery with:
- Eyelid surgery, to address upper eyelid droop or bags beneath the eyes
- Brow lift, to smooth forehead lines or furrows
- Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
- Skin treatments, such as laser and dermabrasion, to improve skin tone and minimise fine wrinkles
Typically, an incision is hidden in the natural contour of your ear, and extended around the earlobe and into the hairline for easy concealment. A small incision hidden beneath your chin may also be needed. Using these facial incisions, the facial skin is separated from the underlying tissues, pulling it back. Any excess skin is then removed and the deeper tissues may be repositioned if needed to improve your facial contour.
If necessary, an incision may be made beneath the chin to remove fatty tissue in that area and decrease the appearance of muscle bands in the neck.
Though face lift surgery offers great benefits for many, it should to be approached with extra caution for those with any of the following medical conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Blood-clotting issues
- Problems healing causing excessive scarring
Although thousands of people undergo face lifts each year and experience no major complications, all surgical procedures do carry some degree of risk.
It is important you are well informed of these risks when considering a face lift. The discussion of potential risks and complications is one of the most important aspects of patient consultation. During your consultation, we will discuss these potential complications with you, listen to your safety questions, and offer recommendations on how to minimise your chance of risk.
You will be issued pre-operative instructions immediately after you make your decision to proceed. It is important to read and understand these instructions when preparing for surgery in order to ensure the best possible results.
Those instructions may include:
- Refraining from smoking for several weeks before and after surgery
- Avoiding certain medications
- Arranging for help following surgery, such as transport and in-home care for the first 24 hours
- Growing your hair to cover your incisions as they heal
- Taking the herbal medication Arnica for reducing post procedural bruising and recovery time. We recommend that it should be taken daily for at least five days before your treatment day. It is available over the counter through most pharmacies and herbal food stores.
For your comfort and convenience, the procedure will take place under local anaesthetic with intravenous sedation or under general anaesthetic. We will carefully monitor your physical status throughout the operation and during your recovery.
Directly after the face lift surgery, you will be taken to a recovery area. A bandage may be used around your face to control swelling, and small drainage tubes may be placed beneath the skin to prevent the accumulation of fluids. Though post-surgical discomfort is typically minimal, your pain can be controlled with medication.
Although everyone heals at a different pace, the following is typical of recovery from a face lift surgery:
The day of face lift surgery
You can expect to experience some bruising and swelling which can be reduced by keeping your head elevated.
The first week
- Bandages will be removed
- Bathing and showering will be permitted
- Stitches will be removed or dissolve
- Makeup may be applied to hide bruising and discoloration
- Swelling will reach its peak, then begin to subside
- Light activity will be permitted
- Sleeping with elevated head will continue to aid in the reduction swelling.
Within two weeks
- Most bruising will subside
- Normal activities and non-strenuous work will be permitted
After several weeks
- Swelling will continue to subside
- Numbness will diminish greatly; though some may persist for several months
- Exercise may be resumed
Direct sunlight should be avoided throughout the entire healing process. Sunblock should be used long-term to protect your skin.
Most people who undergo face lift surgery are very pleased with their results. The healing, however, will take some time, so you may not see the final results of your surgery for several months.
Most people who undergo face lifts are very pleased with their results. How long your face lift results last depends upon a number of factors, including your genetics and the lifestyle you lead.
Although a facelift cannot stop the ageing process, patients are typically very happy with their facial appearance for many years following their procedure. Additional improvements, such as a n or brow lift, can be performed at a later time to maintain a more youthful look.
Follow-up visits are important to answer any questions you may have and monitor your healing process. Your first post-operative visit will be scheduled after the initial healing period, during the first few days after surgery. In the following months, we may ask you to return for periodic check ups. Keeping these appointments is important to assessing your long-term results and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Pricing for a face lift starts at $16000.