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Face Lift (Rhytidectomy)

The face often shows the most visible signs of aging. If you’re frustrated with excess skin or wrinkles that have gradually appeared, and are not being improved with other treatments, then a face lift could be the solution.


The face lift is an all-round appearance surgery which reduces wrinkles and excess skin around the face and neck. It tightens the underlying tissues, smooths out the wrinkles, and removes excess skin. Whether your first time or a touch up, our expert surgeon will maximise your skin’s elasticity to give you a fresher, younger looking appearance, leaving you feeling confident, vibrant and fresh.

Cosmetic treatments are more accessible than ever, and have become part of a wellbeing lifestyle. It is very rewarding to make people feel good about themselves.

Dr Piergiovanni Marzinotto
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Your initial consultation with one of our leading surgeons will consist of a medical assessment and examination, during which you will discuss your specific requirements and expectations. Photographs may be taken to assist in the discussion and will be saved to your clinical record as a reference. You’re welcome to bring a support person to your consultation, if this would make you more comfortable.

Treatment options

Your surgeon will discuss the treatment options and provide you with an honest recommendation of the treatment required and the anticipated results, as well as details regarding recovery. Usually pre-operative photos will be taken as part of the initial consultation as well. It’s important to take your time in considering your decision before proceeding with surgery and for more major procedures it is often helpful to return for a second consultation and discussion, as it is essential that you feel fully prepared and knowledgeable prior to surgery.

The term “face lift or “rhytidectomy” is not a single type of operation but rather a variety of options that would be tailored to your individual need. There are many factors to take into account, the most important of which have to do with your own anatomy (i.e. bone and soft tissue structure).

SMAS face lift
The SMAS or Subcutaneous Musculo-Aponeuritic system is a thin but strong layer underneath the skin to which the muscles and soft tissues are attached. The discovery of this layer in the late 1970’s was really the key step forward in being able to effectively and durably lift and replace the tissues of the face that have moved downward with age.

These deeper plane lifts do require a detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and meticulous surgical technique, but the gains are well worth the extra time taken to perform the surgery. In most patients, this is the technique that reliably gives the best and most impressive results that stand the test of time.

A neck lift can be done in conjunction with this technique with very good effect.

MACS lift/Short scar technique
In some patients it is possible to avoid extending the scar behind the ear. There are a number of names given to this approach but the important issue again is correct patient selection. Patients that benefit from this sort of approach are the younger patients who do not have significant age-related changes in the jaw line and neck.

Post-treatment care

Following your surgery you will have dressings and bandages on. You will stay overnight in hospital, and may have small drains in. The dressings and drains will be removed the next day before you leave hospital. This is a simple procedure, and generally not painful. You will be able to shower and wash your hair with a gentle shampoo that day.

You may have a facial support garment to wear, which will support the skin and tissues in your face.  If required this will initially be worn for 24 hours a day, then reduced to night time wear.

You will be asked to apply antibiotic ointment, which the nurses will give you instructions for.

It is essential that you take adequate rest. You should rest quietly in bed for the first 48 hours, with your head raised on several pillows, to reduce swelling, discomfort and tension on the sutures. You will need 10 – 14 days off work, and no heavy lifting or exercising of any kind for one month.

If you require pain-relieving medication, Panadol is best and should be taken regularly.

In general, it’s best to take pain relief medication regularly in the first 24 -48 hours after surgery even if it is not necessary. It is much easier to keep the discomfort under control with regular pain relief than to try to catch up with extra medication should the pain worsen.

Your sutures will begin to dissolve on their own over the next several weeks. Seven days after your surgery, you will have an appointment at Skin Institute, and any non-dissolving sutures will be gently removed, and any knots of the dissolving sutures will be snipped. Your wound will be checked, and any further instructions given.

Full post-operative instructions will be given, and it is important to follow these carefully.

You will be able to wear light make-up to cover any discolouration once the sutures are removed.

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