What Does A Facelift Cost In Australia?

Facelifts are popular cosmetic surgery procedures in Australia. But try to find out how much a facelift costs, and you will have a hard time getting a clear idea. The cost of a facelift will vary according to the type of facelift you need, the extent of work necessary, the surgeon you pick and where the surgery is to be performed. This article helps you understand the full costs of a facelift in Australia. 

A facelift or rhytidectomy is a cosmetic surgical procedure that addresses wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, fat deposits and other visible signs of ageing on the face.

Surgeons have developed a number of different facelift techniques that focus on different tissue layers. The basic facelift technique, known as the skin-only facelift, addresses the most superficial layers of the skin. It often results in a ‘pulled skin’ look. The SMAS facelift, considered the standard facelift at present, works on the superficial musculo aponeurotic system or SMAS, a layer of fibrous connective tissue just under the facial fat layer. While the SMAS facelift results in a more natural looking type of facelift, it too may require some level of pulled skin for good results.

The third is the deep plane facelift, a technique employed by only a few surgeons around the globe. The deep plane facelift repositions the soft tissue of the face underneath the SMAS tissue layer, releasing it from muscles and reattaching it at higher anchor points. As a result the deep plane facelift avoids the pulled skin effect entirely. It also minimises trauma to tissue layers close to the skin.

There are also other techniques that are limited in scope, like the mid face lift, endoscopic facelift or the feather lift.

Each of these techniques carries their own cost, with more complicated and time consuming procedures coming with a higher price tag.

The specific techniques your surgeon recommends will depend on your needs as well as your surgeon’s preferences. These will also influence the total cost.

The best way to determine the costs of facelift surgery is in consultation with a surgeon. Although you may be able to get a ballpark figure online or from other sources, you will not find exact costs of a facelift. This is because the Australian Medical Board Guidelines for advertising of regulated health services prevents medical service providers, like your surgeon, from providing inexact information. Guidelines also discourage advertisements that give a price and then list conditions or variables that can change that price. As each person and his or her requirements are different, it is impossible for a surgeon to give a specific cost for any cosmetic procedure.

Once you visit a surgeon for a consultation and have an idea of the costs of a facelift in your area, you may also want to get a second opinion from a second surgeon before making the decision to undergo facelift surgery.

Facelifts can be combined with other surgical procedures like eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift and liposuction. If you plan to combine your facelift procedure with others, the costs will go up accordingly. Only a surgeon can give you an idea of the exact costs that may be involved.

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  • Debbie says:

    How much does a mini face lift cost

  • Tom Milikic says:

    Hi I am a 42 year old male. I have tried everything for acne scars from dermatologists with no results at all. Can a facelift/mini facelift offer something or any other alternative treatments? Tom

  • gail says:

    Hi I’m 62 years old i have wrinkles on my checks what is the cost to get the removed and were can i go to see .?

  • David Crash says:

    and this is why we go overseas for procedures… wow… expensive…

  • Michelle says:

    How much does a full face and neck lift cost. And can you get back any thing with priviate health insurance.

  • Heidi says:

    I just want to know how much does it cost to do a face lift it just on the face I’m in my eay 40 but because since an early age I have been looking after my parents and siblings I was the eldest in family I had to look after my mother who has major depression and my father who had passed away not long ago he had major heart problems and my two twin siblings that have Down syndrome and one brother who has schitozopina I had to to all and everything for them it was to much for me to handle as I was looking after my own family children of three and my eldest who is know 25 has been suffering from cardiomyopathy since the age of 11 as I had to chose to live in the same street opposite to my parents so that I can take of them on day to day basis I had no time to rest and I’m still doing the same thing things caught upto me then my younger brother got married also use to live next door to me so I was looking after my patents house and there needs and also looking after my brother that he and his wife started working andookong after my nephew for a couple of years and then also looking after my family I was looking after 3 family’s the hard work did not stop washing cooking etc for all I was to busy looking after all of them and forgot about myself where sometimes I would not realize that I have nothing to eat or drink for 3 or 4 days only if a friend or relative would ask me what have eaten today then I realize that it’s been a few days since I have eating I have forgotten about my self and I am to EMBARESSED and ashamed to go outside because many of my friends or relatives would tell me I look 15 years older than my age and even more and know I don’t look at myself in the mirror because what I see is not me I have list and forgotten about myself and to woored that I had to look after my family first

    • Deb says:

      Dear Heidi, As tempting as it is to focus on the outside appearance, because of your traumatic past I truly believe that you would do best seeing a ” Dr Phil a clinical psychologist).. You can get 10 free visits a year if you see a (GP) doctor for a Better Access to mental health plan and a referral.

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