Cosmetic Surgery

Facelift Perth (Rhytidectomy)

A facelift, which is medically referred to as a rhytidectomy or meloplasty, is a surgical procedure designed to reposition skin and underlying muscle and tissue on the face and neck. 

Dr Oates has been performing facelift procedures in Perth for 23 years.

After specialising as an Otolaryngologist (Head and Neck Surgeon) in 1999, Dr Oates completed further training internationally (UK and USA) to gain experience and expand his knowledge, skill and technique in Facial Plastic Surgery read more.


Undergoing a surgical procedure is a serious decision, and requires requires careful consideration.

Dr Oates performs a range of  facelift procedures which vary in complexity based on the individual patient.

The consultation process provides patients an opportunity to have a detailed discussion with Dr Oates, and gain a better understanding of the procedure, potential risks, post operative recovery and possible outcomes.


The cost of a facelift procedure with Dr Oates will vary, due to the individual requirements of each patient.

Following an initial consultation, the patient will be provided with a detailed estimate of any recommended procedure/s, calculated based on the following:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Fee
  • Type of anaesthesia
  • Type of facelift technique
  • Post-procedure care and review appointments

Facelift FAQs

The Procedure

Dr Jayson Oates performs facelift procedures at the government-licensed Academy Day Hospital, on-site at Academy Face and Body in Subiaco, Perth under twilight sedation.

Incisions for a facelift are generally placed in the hairline and follow the natural curve of the ear. Through these incisions, Dr Oates elevates and repositions the underlying muscles and facial tissue. Any surplus skin is then removed, and the incisions are closed using a combination of staples and sutures.

Immediately after the procedure, sterile dressings are placed over the incisions and bandages are applied around the face and neck.

Patients are then discharged later that same day.

The Recovery

Following surgery, it is important for a patient to follow the comprehensive post-surgical instructions provided to them. Appointments are scheduled at regular intervals where post-operative care is provided and a patient’s recovery is monitored.

Patients can expect to experience mild bleeding from the incision line, pain and discomfort, swelling, bruising and numbness. These symptoms are part of the normal healing process following a facelift, however patients are advised to contact the practice if they become concerned or require further information.

Dressings and bandages are generally removed at one day, sutures at one week, and staples at two to three weeks following surgery.

A facelift is considered an invasive procedure, therefore Dr Oates generally recommends two to three weeks off of work. This will vary from patient to patient, and will also depend on the level of physicality required in their work.

The Risks

All cosmetic surgery, including facelift surgery, is invasive and carries risks.

The purpose of the information below is to provide realistic and educative information about the risks or potential risks of facelift surgery.

The following risks, as well as patient specific risks, will be discussed in more detail during the consultation process, to ensure each patient is fully informed before making a decision to proceed with surgery.


  • Swelling and Bruising
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Haematoma (collection of blood under the skin)
  • Seroma (collection of fluid under the skin)
  • Infection
  • Necrosis (skin loss)
  • Scars
  • Alteration of the hairline
  • Numbness
  • Asymmetry
  • Irregularities under the skin
  • Damage to the facial nerves / facial weakness



Any procedure that requires anaesthetic, carries risks.

Common risks include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sore throat

Rare risks include:

  • Damage to teeth and vocal cords
  • Allergic reactions
  • Blood clots
  • Aspiration of gastric fluid
  • Respiratory or heart problems
  • Death (in extreme cases)

Facelift Before and After Gallery

Contact Us

No referral is required for a consultation with Dr Oates or any of our Doctors.If you are not ready for initial consultation with a Doctor a complimentary consultation can be made with our Registered Nurses or Dermal Therapy team to discuss your surgical and non-surgical options to treat your concerns.

Dr Oates and his team of medical professionals have been providing cosmetic surgery in Perth for over 20 years and looking forward to assisting you.

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