Cosmetic Surgery

Facelift Perth

A facelift or also know as a macs lift is one of the most well known cosmetic surgery procedures. With over 20 years experience and combined with his international training, Dr Oates has performed numerous facelift procedures in Perth, and introduced short incision lifts also known as macs lifts to Western Australia. Following his training in the USA, Dr. Oates introduced short incision lifts, also knows as a macs lift to Western Australia. At Academy Face and Body, we now offer the Deep Plane Face lift which pulls on the deeper layer of muscle and tissue to give a stronger facelift.

If you have been looking in the mirror, putting your fingers on your mid-cheeks and lifted towards the top of your ears then you may be thinking of a facelift.

On his return from the United States in 1999, Dr Oates performed his first face lift and introduced the S-Lift (also known as short incision lift) and MACS lift to Perth and Western Australia.

Expanding his knowledge, skill and technique by attending a series of workshops and conferences Dr Oates now also offer Deep Plane Face Lift.

“My mentors in the USA had tried all forms of face lift and thought SMAS lifting was as good as Deep Plane and for over 15 years I had been happy too. Eventually, I was convinced that Deep Plane face lifts offers advantages in strength of elevation, more rapid healing and longer lasting results.”

“Results have been very satisfying. The Deep Plane is a slightly slower, more technical face lift but the step up in result from what made me happy before is totally worth it.”

Dr Oates will spend time with you and discuss your concerns and desires around undergoing a facelift. Academy Face and Body Perth offers the full range of facial rejuvenation treatments.

For some people, in their 40’s or with more minor jowling, for example, thread lift procedure is more suitable than a facelift. For some, fillers and the “liquid face lift” will make significant changes and delay the need for any surgery. Maybe it is really laser resurfacing and improving the skin quality, removing creases and pigmentation is what you really need. Sometimes a combination such as adding laser or fillers to the face lift will give you the best possible result. Dr Oates has a wealth of experience in combining cosmetic procedures.

Deep Plane facelift in Perth can usually be performed under twilight sedation in our fully accredited Academy Day Hospital.

Facelift FAQs

How much does a facelift cost in Perth?

Not every patient wants to achieve similar end results after a facelift, which is just one of the reasons why cost differs too. Full, mid and mini facelifts are all aimed at achieving slightly different results. Surgeon, anaesthetist and hospital fees are just a few of the factors that need to be considered when determining the cost of a facelift in Perth. Dressings and other aftercare costs will also need to be taken into account. Since this is such a personal procedure, it’s best to schedule a consultation with an Academy Face and Body surgeon to obtain and accurate quotation.

How long does a facelift last?

A common question around face lifts is “how long do they last?” The best way to understand the long-term impact of a facelift is to think of a face where only one side has been lifted; the treated side will always look better.

Natural aging may bring your face back to where you started after 8-12 years depending on your personal aging and lifestyle factors.

Who is a good candidate for a facelift?

A facelift is ideal for someone concerned about:

  • Loss of definition in the jawline
  • Jowling
  • Aging / heavy neck

Who is not a good candidate for a facelift?

Someone concerned with the upper face, regular smokers or someone with impaired healing abilities may consider a brow lift or eyelid reshaping over facelift.

The procedure

Dr Jayson Oates performs face and neck lifts at the government-licensed Academy Day Hospital on-site at Academy Face and Body in Subiaco, Perth under twilight sedation. Incisions from the facelift are hidden strategically within the hairline and the ear’s natural curve. The deep plane is accessed via these small incisions, the SMAS elevated and skin redraped and lifted into position.

Bandages are applied immediately after the procedure to the face’s peripheral areas. If performed under general anaesthetic patients stay in the hospital for one night. Face and neck lifts done under sedation will go home the same day.

How long will I need off work?

Facelift has been considered as an invasive procedure, so two to three weeks are generally taken off work by facelift patients depending on the level of physicality in their industry. You will get all required information during face and neck lift consultation.

The recovery

After 2-3 hours you will be able to go home accompanied by a family member or friend. The next day you will come into the clinic for bandage removal, and be able to shower and gently wash your hair. 1 week following the facelift cosmetic surgery our team will remove your stitches located around the ear. Dissolving sutures are used for hairline incisions and after a week you can begin wearing makeup again if desired.

Is there discomfort?

Mild to moderate discomfort from the swelling is felt by most Academy’s face and neck lift patients that can be eased with over the counter analgesics or as prescribed by Dr Oates.

Pre and post-operative care

At Academy Face and Body we believe in a holistic approach creating an optimal outcome for our patients.

Your pre and post facelift care will be discussed during your initial consultation with Dr Oates and managed by our professional team of Registered Nurses and Dermal Therapists.

Be sure to ask as many questions as possible during your initial consultation. Also, if you seek a second opinion to achieve more youthful appearance, or remove sagging skin, we are here to help. We are able to offer pesonally tailored combination of minimally invasive facial rejuventaion treatments.

Post facelift information

Each patient’s experience is different and it is important to have realistic expectations with regards to the outcome of your surgery and the risks associated with plastic surgery procedures.

Discuss any concerns with Dr Oates and his team of medical professionals.

A large turban-like bandage will be on your head to under your chin when you wake up following the facelift which will be removed a day after the procedure when the drain is removed. Hair is to be washed before the bandage is put on but you can expect some matting and hair to be stuck down when the bandage is removed.

Swelling and bruising
Since facelift is an invasive procedure, some swelling and bruising is to be expected depending on the extent of the facelift, often extending down the neck. Bruising goes through a range of colours including purple, green and yellow. After a week you may be reasonably presentable, however most of our patients don’t feel ready to go back to work for two weeks as a minimum. For 6-8 weeks some swelling may be persistent on face and neck, but will go down.

The incision line
Keep incision lines clean is integral so wash them gently 3-4 times a day using cotton wall balls and salt water. Oozing and crusting around the incision lines are to be expected within the first 48 hours after a facelift. Until there is no crusting around incision lines, a thin layer of vaseline is good to keep the site moist.

Wearing shirts that button up from the front will be easier to wear and will avoid catching when pulling shirts over your head.

We recommend dedicating some face washers and towels to cleaning the incisions as these will likely become soiled.

Non-dissolving sutures are removed at around 7 days and if you have been keeping up with the recommended cleaning steps, dissolving stitches will drop off at roughly the same time.

Pain is not a significant feature of facelift surgery for most patients. While there is some discomfort from ‘tightness’ most noticeable under the chin, rarely is the experience described as painful.

It is sometimes reported that cheeks and ears become numb which is a regular part of face lift healing which will return to normal after some weeks. As healing progresses you may experience a feeling similar to insects crawling on the skin which is nothing to be concerned about.

Blood collection under the skin
Haematoma, a collection of blood below the skin, is a potential face lift complication as a large amount of skin may have been elevated off of the deeper facial structures. It is rare and occurs in around 1% of face and neck surgeries 1-2 days after this plastic surgery.

Mild haematoma can be aspirated in theatre with a needle. Larger haematomas may need to be removed in theatre.

Later fluid accumulation is a seroma and is a collection of tissue fluid treated simply with aspiration via a needle. Multiple aspirations may be needed for it to settle completely.

Whenever skin is cut there is the possibility of infection, however, this is unusual during a face lift and antibiotics are given pre-emptively to minimise the risk.

Skin loss
Smokers, diabetics and people that have had facial radiations are at an increased risk of superficial or full thickness skin loss, most frequently found in the hairless spot behind the ear. This can leave a more noticeable, pale scar so please inform Dr Oates if you are a smoker or diabetic.

A scar will always left with any skin incision but facelift surgery should have the scar hidden where they are less noticeable and finer.

Scars in front of the ears are often hidden in the natural crease of this spot. Behind the ears scars are hidden deep in the ear crease and into the hairline to hide them.

Some people do have an increased risk of abnormal scarring so if you have any history of hypertrophic or keloid scarring you should let Dr Oates know before the procedure.

People with darker skin are at greater risk of keloid scarring

Rarely, abnormal scarring occurs without a predisposition for this. Scars can be treated with an injection into the scar.

Scar maturation takes place over 6-12 months but in the first 6-12 weeks scars are pinker and may feel thick. This is regular and a gentle massage will see them settle down quickly for most. By 6 months post-surgery you should expect flat and fine lines from any scars.

Alteration of the hairline
Keeping a normal hairline is vital to the success of a more subtle facelift. With Deep Plane face lifts a lot of skin can be elevated and it is necessary to have an incision inside the hairline running to the temple region. You can expect this to fade so only you will notice when looking for it and others won’t notice.

Numb skin is a common outcome from making incisions and elevating skin. In face lift this includes the ears and the skin in front which will resolve itself over a period of weeks.

Because one side of the face is completed before the second side is started the face can appear asymmetrical shortly after surgery is carried out due to the delay in swelling in one side.

Another aspect of a facelift which can be expected is uneven swelling from one side to the other based on sleeping habits and has no impact on the resulting outcome.

Some lumpiness of the skin may be noticed after the facelift due to little pockets of increased swelling under the skin and is expected in the first 6-8 weeks. To settle this you can gently massage the skin.

Occasionally long-term asymmetry can result from pre-existing asymmmetry and the facial bone structure. When noticed in pre-operative face lift consultations improvements and corrections can be made but asymmetry shouldn’t be expected when it did not exist previously.

Facial weakness
Modern facial techniques address the deeper tissue layers, not just the skin, meaning a more natural and longer-lasting result is achieved from the face lift surgery.

Deeper tissue adjustment brings surgeons closer to the facial nerves that control movement of the face. Very, very rarely this nerve can be damaged but it has been recorded. Nerves are known to spontaneously recover but it is possible for facial nerve damage to be permanent.

Facelift Before and After Gallery

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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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