Face Lift (Mini Face Lift)

Face Lift

Aging of the face affects each patients individually. Therefore, consideration of any facial rejuvenation or recountoring is a very personal decision. The facelift procedure, or rhytidectomy, addresses many aspects of the aging face in order to restore a refreshed, more youthful appearance.

Commonly, the regions of the jowls and cheeks are of particular interest to patients. With age, there is a loss of the youthful volume in the mid-face region in most patients. There also may be a concern regarding the definition of the jaw line, or excess tissue of the neck that can be seen as fullness, vertical bands, or the blunting of the angle below the jaw. The appearance of lines near your eyelids or around the mouth, or a lowering of the position of your brow may also be evident. The facelift operation must be specifically customized to each and every patient.

The 21st century approach to facial rejuvenation and face lifts involve more than tightening of the skin and deep tissue. It is a comprehensive strategy to produce youthful appearance. It involves minimal scaring, skin resurfacing, liposuction, targeted liposuction, volumetric restoration, laser surgery, all in a synergistic surgical approach. It is specific knowledge of facial anatomy, combined with a breadth of surgical techniques and latest technology in plastic surgery that enable us to create an individualised approach for facial rejuvenation to achieve a youthful appearance. The 21st century approach of facial beauty emphasises the importance of shifting facial volumes rather than applying traction on the skin. The restoration of facial volumes is more important than the amount of skin resected and the tension on the skin and superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS).

Being one of the most technically demanding areas in plastic surgery, Doctors Barnouti and Kohout take pride in sub specialising in a 21st century approach to face lift, rejuvenation, and recontouring surgery.

At Australia Plastic Surgery, we advise you to bring with you images of yourself, preferably not smiling, of when you were younger (20-30 years of age). We will study these photographs to determine the volumes and shapes needed to restore the healthy, desirable structure of youth.

Planning Your Facelift Treatment

Your Facelift Consultation

When considering a facelift procedure, careful assessment must involve evaluation of your facial balance including your skin quality, the appearance and position of facial lines, and the bony facial structure. The meticulous analysis of the patient’s facial form is one of the most interesting and complex aspects of plastic surgery. Our surgeons, Dr. Kohout and Dr. Barnouti, will take you through all of your facial issues that need to be addressed and thoroughly explain the treatment available for your specific condition. You will find the consultation very informative and educational. One of the most important issues in facial surgery is to establish patients expectations, and distinguish between facial rejuvenation and facial recontouring.

Facial Rejuvenation

When the patient wants to look themselves but 10-15 years younger and fresher. It is what most patients want to achieve.

Facial Recontouring

This produces significant significant facial changes. Not many patient elect to undergo major changes. It is of paramount significance to establish this so we can carefully plan the right surgery.

Options for facial rejuvenations and recontouring range from mini face lift, laser, chemical peel, dermabrasion, liposuction, lipofilling, soft treatments, or a combined synergistic approach.

Your Facelift Surgery

The difference between mini, short scar, and full face lifts are:

Mini Face Lift: The incision/scar will be totally invisible, hidden above the hairline. Mini Face Lifts have a short recovery time of 2-5 days, and lower cost.

Short Scar Face Lift: The incision/scar is at the junction of the ear and the side of the cheek, and finishes at the earlobe and does not extend behind the ear. This incurs an average cost, and an average recovery time of 5-8 days.

Full Face Lift: The incision/scar is at the junction of the cheek and the side of the cheek, and extends behind the ear and reaches the scalp. This has a higher cost and is a longer procedure. Recovery times can be up to 8-14 days.

After making the right incision, the surgeon then separates the skin from the fat and muscle below.

Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour.

The surgeon then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back, and trims the excess.

Volume is usually added to certain areas to enhance it e.g. cheek bone areas.

Liposuction usually done for the neck and targeted facial area.

Other synergistic procedures e.g. tear trough, eyelids, and cheek enhancement surgery will often be done to optimise the results.

Finally, the incisions are secured with resorbable stitches, so you do not need to go through the inconvenience of removing them.

The procedure will take between 90 minutes and 6 hours depending on the extent of face lift, rejuvenation, or contouring procedure. It can be done under General Anaesthetic or Local Anaesthetics with some sedation.

After Your Facelift Surgery

If a general anaesthetic is used, you will need to stay in hospital overnight. If only local aesthetic and sedation is used then we help you to arrange to go home on the same day with some support.

A bandage covering the whole treated area must be worn for 24 hours.

Routinely, we will be seeing you twice within the first week to review the wound and make sure that you are comfortable. The stitches are usually resorbable so they do not need to be taken away; they usually fall apart by themselves.

Temporary bruising under the eyes is common and subsides gradually after the first week.

Initially, your face will feel stiff and appear artificially tightened.

This subsides naturally and the process can be accelerated by the application of cold compresses to the affected areas.

Getting Back to Work and Daily Activities After Facelift Surgery

You will need to rest completely for the first 48 hours and should be careful to avoid sudden head movements.

Normal activity can be resumed in about 5 days after mini face lifts, 8 days after short scar face lifts, and 14 days after full face lifts.

More Sydney Face Lift Synergistic Procedures that may be utilized to achieve optimal results:

Eyelid surgery (Upper and/or lower eyelids), also known as blepharoplasty

Neck lift, fat suction and recountoring

Brow elevation,

Lip lifting, augmentation, resurfacing or combination

Tear trough (the displeasing groove under the eyes) procedure

Cheek bone enhancement

Smoothening the Nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty)

Chin Reshaping

Cheek bone enhancement


Soft treatments



Plastic Surgery Costs

Short Scar Face Lifts

Total Cost – $11,900 (including Surgeon’s fee, Assistant Surgeons fee, Hospital, operating theatre and all follow up visits cost).

Full SMAS Facelift / Necklift

Total Cost – $16,900 (including Surgeon’s fee, Assistant Surgeons fee, Anaesthetist’s fee, Hospital, operating theatre and all follow up visits cost).

Total Facial Rejuvination

(Includes facelift, neck lift, upper eyelid, lower eyelid surgery, browlift, skin resurfacing/ rejuvenation.)

Total Cost: $29,900 (including Surgeon’s fee, Assistant Surgeons fee, Anaesthetist’s fee, Hospital, operating theatre and all follow up visits cost).

Before and After Images

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