What is an S-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 of the face to give a more youthful appearance.

Who is a good candidate?

Someone concerned with the following characteristics:

  • Jowls to lower face
  • Loss of definition to the jaw line

Who is not a good candidate for the S-Lift?

Someone concerned with the following characteristics:

  • Extensive cheek and neck lifting
  • Excessive skin laxity, especially in the lower neck
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Impaired healing

The Procedure

Dr Oates performs the S-Lift procedure at Academy Day Hospital under twilight sedation and local anaesthetic. An incision is made in the creases in front of the ear and the deeper layer of soft tissue is elevated and tightened. The procedure takes approximately 2 hours and bandages are then applied.

How long do I need off work?

10-14 days off work

The Recovery

On the fifth or sixth day after surgery, your stitches will be removed. Swelling and bruising may still be present. Depending on the amount of swelling, Dr Oates may also recommend you wear a facial garment for five to seven days or just at night while sleeping.

Is there discomfort?

Discomfort can be managed by 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.

Risk 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 S-Lift procedure.

I’m interested, what’s the next step?

Your first step is an initial consultation with Dr Oates. If you have a GP referral letter you will be able to claim some cost of the consultation from Medicare. If Dr Oates decides you are a suitable candidate for an S-Lift and you want to go ahead with surgery, a booking for the surgery and pre operative care is scheduled. The usual waiting period is approximately 3-4 weeks.

Complimentary Consultations

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

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