Cost of Face Lift

Face Lift Cost

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Cost of Face Lift: $11,000 – $16,000

Average Cost: $13,500

Prices Include: Surgeon Fee, Anaesthetist, Anaesthetic, Hospital, Accommodation, Theatre and Follow Up visits.

Variables: The cost will depend on the type of face lift you choose and the extent of the lifting required.

Private Health Insurance: Usually the surgeon fee and hospital charges are covered. Enquire with your health fund.

Medicare: You may be able to claim some facelift costs from Medicare.

Ask the clinic for a written quote with the total cost outlining what fees are included and whether any rebates, specials or discounts apply.

Subcutaneous Face Lift

This is the original method used for lifting facial skin and is now rarely applied by surgeons. The best candidates for this surgery are those who have already had a prior facelift performed or older patients. The incision is made from the temples, running down in front of the ears and then back around behind the ears onto the scalp. The surgeon lifts and tightens the skin above and behind the ears. Excess skin is trimmed off and the incision is closed with stitches.

This method does not produce long lasting results (unlike other face lift techniques which also involved muscle tightening). Over time, the scars stretch after this type of lift, making them more visible and pulling down the ears.

Mask Lift (Subperiosteal Face Lift)

This is another type of lift which is slowly being phased out. It requires incisions in the scalp and mouth. It’s used to lift the forehead and mid face region. The surgeon lifts the deepest layers of the face together with the skin and the muscles. This type of lift greatly enhances the cheeks, laughter lines, eyes and nose-to-mouth lines (nasolabial folds). It’s best suited to younger patients. There is an increased risk of nerve injury, permanent loss of sensation in the scalp and hair loss. It doesn’t have much impact on the jowls or saggy neck line.

SMAS Face Lift

This type of facelift involves tightening the skin and the underlying muscle tissue, called the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS).  This lift also tightens the upper neck. The incision is made in the same position as the subcutaneous lift (starting at the temple, continuing along the ear front, around the ear lobe and behind). Stitches are used to elevate the muscle tissue. Excess skin is then cut away and the wound closed with sutures.  Whilst this face lift option provides longer lasting benefits and improves the neck line, there is a higher risk of damaging facial nerves than with the subcutaneous method. Also, the SMAS lift provides a more natural looking result.

Deep Plane (Extended SMAS) Facelift

The deep plane face lift is more invasive than the standard SMAS lift. The purpose of this method is to improve the cheeks and nasolabial folds and to provide a less of a stretched out appearance. During surgery, the SMAS is actually lifted away from the cheek ligaments before it is lifted and tightened. This lift lasts longer than other face lifting options. However, it’s also very delicate since it involves working very closely to the facial nerves and therefore greater risks are involved. Not all surgeons can perform this procedure.

Endoscopic Face Lift

Small incisions are made in the scalp. A tiny camera (endoscope) is inserted in one of the incisions. It’s used to guide the surgeon by providing visibility through a TV monitor. A cutting instrument is inserted into the other incision to cut beneath the bone lining. This avoids damaging the nerves and other structures. Whilst this method eliminates scarring, there are other risks involved including numbness and restriction of movement in some facial areas.