Face lift (meloplasty, rhytidectomy, neck lift, lower face lift, mid-facelift)
What is it?Face lift is the repositioning of facial tissues back to where
they belong to eliminate sagging neck, jowls and marionette
lines (lower face lift, neck lift), and to improve the nasolabial
folds and lower eyelids by elevating the cheeks (mid face lift).
An upper face lift or brow lift may also be part of full facial
rejuvenation. It is important to note that a face lift does no t
involve pulling the face tight or changing the way you look. It
is about creating a more youthful and natural appearance.
Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?Mr Callan has over 20 years of experience at this procedure.
He performs face lift regularly and keeps up to date with the
latest techniques. As a fully trained plastic surgeon, Mr Callan
performs this procedure to the highest standard available.
Can I see photographs?You can see photographs of people who have had this
procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number
of photographs of those who had the type of face lift you may
be suitable for.
Who has a face lift?Women or men when their facial tissues start to sag to the
extent that it is distressing them, and their appearance is
significantly improved when the tissues are elevated (try this
with your hands in front of the mirror).
Am I suitable?You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for
wanting a face lift and happy with your informed decision.
You should also be as healthy as possible. A time of personal
crisis is no time to be making decisions about such surgery.
It is important to remember that face lift is used to fi x
gravitational changes in the face and is not a fix for fine line s
and animation lines which are best dealt with by wrinkle
What would make me unsuitable for surgery?Smoking, being outside the BMI (body mass index) range of
18-28, under stress when making your decision, or having a
medical condition that would make surgery unsafe.
How is it done?Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital
in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. Face lift is done via
inconspicuous incisions placed in front of the ear and the
hairline. Rarely does Mr Callan need to make incisions high
behind the ears or in the hair behind the ears, so it is easy
for women to wear their hair up after such an operation.
The facial tissues are then tightened and the skin replaced
in a more elevated, fresher and youthful position. It is often
accompanied with a fat transfer to improve the volume of the
face, and may be accompanied by blepharoplasty or brow lift.
What are the benefits?What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter but
a true rejuvenation of the face makes you look refreshed and
younger. Your identity is fully maintained while improving your
appearance. Most people will not know you have had it done
but may comment that you look well or have lost weight or
perhaps have been on a holiday.
What are the risks?All surgery carries some element of risk. You can
minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and
as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an
experienced and qualified surgeon, and by giving yourself
a stress free time during which to recover. The particular
risks and complications of this surgery will be discussed at
your first consultation. The most common of these is a little
asymmetry or delayed healing along the incision lines. There
are other risks common to all surgery and you will be made
aware of these.
Will I have scars?The incision lines are always present but fade over the
first six to 12 months. As a rule the incision lines ar e
How long will I be in hospital for?Face lift involves an overnight stay. Discomfort is minimal bu t
you will be given medication to keep you comfortable.
How long will I need to recover?Usually you will need a month. After two weeks most people
look fairly good but may still be a little puffy or bruised in
the cheeks. After four weeks people usually look good and
continue to improve. You must not drive until you are fully
recovered from both the anaesthetic and the discomfort of
surgery. If in doubt, don’t.
Do I wear a garment after surgery?Not usually. You will have some bandages on for a few hours
after surgery and in some cases will need to wear a chin/
neck strap for a period.
Will I need to be seen after surgery?Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for
the first few days and then will see you about four days after
surgery, then at eight days, three weeks and three months and
a year. You are of course welcome to call or visit any time
with any concerns.