What is a Facelift?

A Facelift is a surgical procedure designed to reposition the skin and muscles to a more youthful position. Using modern techniques, the procedure corrects facial ageing by lifting not only the skin but also the deep soft tissue called SMAS. This gives a more natural and longer lasting uplifted appearance. A FaceLift will correct changes in the lower face and upper neck. It does not treat the eyes or the forehead (separate procedures are required).

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

Someone with the following concerns may consider a facelift:

  • Jowling
  • Loss of definition to the jaw line
  • Ageing or heavy neck

Who is not a good candidate for a facelift?

Someone concerned with the following characteristics:

  • Upper face
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Impaired healing

The procedure

Dr Oates performs Face Lift procedures at Academy Day Hospital under twilight sedation and local anaesthesia.
The procedure takes 3 – 4 hours. The incisions are well hidden within the hairline and the natural curve of the ear. Through these incisions, the SMAS is tightened and the skin is then re-draped into an uplifted position.

How long will I need off work?

Approximately 14 days off work.

The recovery

On the day after the surgery the wound area will be checked by our nurse, you may be required to wear a specially designed facial garment for 7 days. One week after surgery your stitches are removed. Swelling and bruising may still be present so camouflage makeup can be applied.

Is there discomfort?

Most patients will describe the feeling as mild to moderate discomfort (this is mainly due to the swelling). This discomfort can be eased with Panadol or Panadeine Forte.

Pre and Post-Operative Care


Your pre and post operative care is managed by our registered nurses. This will include pre-operative assessment and post operative wound management.

Risks and Complications

There is a small risk of complications with any surgical procedure. This will be discussed at your consultation. You will also be provided with written information for the FaceLift procedure.

If I am interested, what now?

Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. If you have a GP referral letter you will be able to claim some of the cost of the consultation from Medicare. If Dr Oates decides that you are a suitable candidate for a facelift and you want to go ahead with the surgery, a booking for the surgery and the pre-operative care is scheduled. The usual waiting period is approximately three to four weeks.

Complimentary Consultations

You may wish to speak with our Nurse Consultant prior to seeing Dr Oates. During this complimentary consultation, the Nurse Consultant can discuss both surgical and non-surgical options to treat your cosmetic concern(s).

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