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Face Surgery

Face Surgery options and facial procedures in Melbourne including surgery for eyelids, nose, chin, skin, neck, chin and lips:

Am I a Suitable Candidate For Face Surgery?

All surgical procedures have a specific set of requirements that need to be fulfilled in order for the patient to qualify as a suitable candidate. Every face is different and has different characteristics and surgeries should be individualised depending on the wants and needs of the patient. However, there are certain conditions that must be met in order to be a suitable candidate for facial surgery. While a person’s age and overall health are taken into consideration some of the other requirements are less obvious. For Example;

  • A suitable candidate will not be a smoker
  • They will have good overall health
  • Expectations will be realistic
  • Furthermore, they will not suffer from medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, bleeding disorder or heart disease
  • Finally, a suitable candidate will not have other medical conditions that could impair healing or increase the risk of surgery

Potential Outcomes Of Face Surgery

There are many options when it comes to face surgery. However, any type of facial surgery is designed to;

  • Either, may reduce excess skin along the jaw and jowls
  • May create a more defined jawline
  • May decrease the lines around your lower jowls, chin and lips
  • Or, may lift and tighten the deep facial muscles

It is important to note that the outcomes of facial surgery are individual. Some may notice smaller, more subtle changes, while others will find the changes more extensive.

Types of Face Surgery

Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

  • Face lifting is the most common face surgery.
  • The goal of this intervention is to remove excess skin and tighten the deeper connective structure of the face

Partial Facelift (S-Lift) (Rhytidectomy)

  • This technique targets excess skin in the lower third of the face.
  • It involves shorter incisions compared to traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) procedures.

SMAS Facelift (Rhytidectomy)

  • The SMAS Facelift, or Superficial Musculo-Aponeurotic System Facelift, is a surgical procedure designed to address sagging facial tissues.
  • By repositioning and tightening the deeper layers of facial muscles and connective tissues, it provides longer-lasting results compared to traditional facelift (rhytidectomy) techniques that primarily focus on skin tightening.

Brow Lift (Browplasty)

  • Brow Lift, or Forehead Lift, is the process of removing excess skin and fat whilst correcting the muscles of the forehead

Neck Lift (Platysmaplasty)

  • A neck lift (platysmaplasty) is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to address loose and wrinkled skin on the neck and jawline.
  • It may significantly change the overall appearance of the neck.

Fat Transfer To Face

  • Fat Transfer to the face refers to the method of processing and purifying fat for use as an injectable filler in order to achieve more volume in the facial area.

Recovery After Face Surgery

Recovery is as important as the operative procedure itself. Recovery largely determines the overall impression and experience of plastic surgery. Each recovery is individual and is determined not only by the patient’s age and general health condition, but also the experience of the specialist surgeon and the extent of the surgical procedure.

Recovery after face surgery, whether it’s a facelift (Rhytidectomy), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), or another procedure, is a crucial phase in the transformation process. It involves managing swelling, bruising, and discomfort, and it’s essential to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.

Your specialist surgeon will schedule follow up appointments, during your recovery. It is important that you attend these appointments so they can monitor your results and ensure optimal recovery.

For more information on recovery, you can visit our page with instructions and guidelines to help you get your recovery going as smoothly as possible.

All surgery has risks – for detailed information about the risks and potential complications of facial surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.

How Much is Face Surgery Melbourne?

Prices largely depend on the type of plastic surgery, the extent of the procedure, and the patient themselves. It is impossible to set a fixed price before going through a thorough consultation with your specialist surgeon and expressing your wishes and expectations.

Most cosmetic face surgery procedures do not fall under Medicare-covered procedures. As a rule, procedures that are only an aesthetic change are not covered by health insurance, while those that impair the functionality of your body and life are most likely to be covered. It is important that you consult with your provider to find out which procedures fall into the group of those funded by health insurance funds.

FAQ About Face Surgery

Can surgery change your face shape?

  • Yes, and this can be achieved in different ways. We recommend that you contact us so that we can refer you to the right specialist surgeon for you.

Can face surgery change my smile?

  • Yes. Some of the surgeries can greatly change the shape of your smile

Does Face Surgery hurt?

  • Pain is subjective, so everyone will experience pain differently
  • Patients can expect to feel mild discomfort.
  • Your surgeon may prescribe medication to help manage discomfort

For more information on the surgical process of any face surgery or anything you’ve read so far, you can speak to one of our Patient Care Team on (03) 8849 1400

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Download our 2023 Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Guide

This complete guide to Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a suitable candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
  • Learn more about Facelift (Rhytidectomy) Surgery

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Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

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