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Face Lift

Your complete guide and quick links to everything you want to know about a Face Lift in Sydney!

The Progressive Signs of Facial Ageing

As we age, our skin progressively loses its elasticity and starts to sag causing laxity, folds, and wrinkles. The deeper soft tissues of the face, namely the fat and muscle layers, also develop laxity and contribute to this downward migration of tissues.

These changes produce the following common signs of facial ageing:

  • Brows descend and contribute to a ‘heavy’ or ‘hooded’ appearance of the upper eyelids.
  • Cheek fat pads descend leaving ‘hollows’ across the mid-face that create a ‘drawn’ and ‘tired’ look.
  • Lower face skin laxity creates looseness around the jawline with jowls, furrows and folds.
  • Neck skin also becomes progressively looser and ultimately develops horizontal and vertical folds.

The net result of all this is an older, drawn and ‘tired look’ with loss of its former youthful firmness.

The GOOD NEWS, HOWEVER, is that a Face & Neck Lift can reverse all the above changes and make your face look fresher and more youthful.

The Different Types of Face Lift Surgery

1. Mini Face Lift

Before Mini-Facelift Surgery
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6 Months After Mini-Facelift Surgery
6 Months After Mini-Face Lift

A Mini Face Lift is all that is required if your facial ageing is not advanced, and your neck skin laxity does not extend below the level of the thyroid cartilage (your ‘Adam’s Apple’). It is a less extensive but an equally rejuvenating procedure that will leave your facial skin looking noticeably fresher and tighter.

2. Traditional Face & Neck Lift

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6 Weeks After Full Face & Neck Lift
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A Traditional Face & Neck Lift is a more rejuvenating option when there is significant skin laxity on the face and neck because it will address the signs of ageing in both areas and leave you looking dramatically fresher and less aged.

3. Deep Plane Face Lift

This is a very specialised type of Face Lift that can deliver a youthful and more natural-looking rejuvenation than a Traditional Face & Neck Lift.

However, not all face lift surgeons offer a true, extended Deep Plane Face Lift technique. At Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic, our Dr Honeybrook is one of only a few select surgeons in Australia qualified to perform a true, extended Deep Plane Facelift after having trained with pioneering experts in the United States, including Dr Andrew Jacono and Dr Kevin Duplechain

In contrast to the Traditional SMAS Face Lift technique, an extended Deep Plane Face Lift involves elevating and lifting  the skin and its underlying muscle layers together as a combined flap, thereby leaving the skin attached to its underlying muscle layer. This approach reduces the risk of an over-tight, unnatural appearance – the so-called ‘wind-tunnel look’ from over-tightened skin!

The Deep Plane Facelift technique effectively repositions the heaviness of the lower face and jowl upwards to the midface and cheeks to deliver a youthful, refreshed and very natural-looking rejuvenation without the tell-tale ‘windswept’ appearance when skin is overtightened.

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8 Weeks After Deep Plane Facelift & Deep Neck Lift
(Dr Adam Honeybrook)

In summary, the benefits of a Deep Plane Face Lift over a Traditional Face Lift include:

  • A more natural-looking rejuvenation.
  • Longer lasting results of 10-15 years compared to 7-10 years.
  • Restoration of natural volume and elevation of the cheeks.
  • Less noticeable face lift scars that do not separate or migrate with time.
  • Facial folds are softer.
  • Excess skin is removed leaving smoother skin contours.
  • Suitable for both males and females.
  • Can be performed at any age from 30s to 70s.

4. Deep Neck Lift

A Deep Neck Lift is an excellent option for individuals who have looseness of neck skin but who have an otherwise well-defined cheek and jawline contour. Individuals with good skin elasticity tend to make better candidates than those with significantly crepey neck skin. 

The main incisions in a traditional face & neck lift are typically made in front of the temporal hairline, in front of and behind the ears, with an extension along the occipital hairline. These are often avoided with a Deep Neck Lift. 

In most cases, a Deep Neck Lift requires only one incision carefully concealed in the crease underneath the chin. However, if there is a lot of neck skin laxity, it may require an additional incision behind the ears.

Through these incisions, Dr Honeybrook is able to rework the deep muscle layers and fibrous tissues of the neck to effectively restore the neckline contour.

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Location of Single Incision Under the Chin for a Deep Neck Lift
The platysma muscle of the neck is tightened to improve the neck and jawline contour. (Image Reference: The Art and Science of Extended Deep Plane Facelifting and Complementary Facial Rejuvenation Procedures. Dr Andrew Jacono)

The reshaping of the deep foundation of the neck is the hallmark of this technique. However, it is important to note that because this procedure does not include the incisions around the ears that are performed during a traditional face lift, it may not fully address sagging and laxity in the lower face and jowl areas. In such situations, Dr Honeybrook will often recommend a Deep Plane Face Lift in addition to the Deep Neck Lift.

Determining whether a Deep Neck Lift is appropriate for you involves more than just a consideration of your age. Age is not the sole factor that causes an undefined neckline. Individuals of any age may experience this issue. Furthermore, individuals in their 20s and 30s may show signs of neck ageing earlier than others, even if their jawline contour is still well-defined.

The ideal candidates for this procedure are typically non-smokers, in good health, have a BMI of 30 or lower, and minimal skin looseness. 

At your initial consultation, Dr Honeybrook will assess whether a Deep Neck Lift is the correct choice for you. Dr Honeybrook may even suggest combining the Deep Neck Lift with another procedure such Buccal Fat Pad Reduction, Chin Implant, or other facial procedure in order to deliver a more comprehensive and harmonious rejuvenation.

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(Dr Adam Honeybrook)

Watch Our ‘Mini-Facelift’ Animation Video

Watch Our ‘Full Face Lift’ Animation Video

How Is Face Lift Surgery Performed?

  • In the best interests of patient comfort and safety, all Face Lifts are performed in a Licensed Hospital under General Anaesthesia administered by our Specialist Anaesthetist.
  • Under General Anaesthesia, you will be fully asleep and pain-free.
  • Depending on the type of Face Lift, your surgery will take anywhere between 2 hours and 5 hours.
  • Your Face Lift begins with your Surgeon making the incisions along the pre-operative markings and then carefully dissecting and repositioning the facial tissues.
  • The incisions are then closed.
  • Dressings are applied over the incisions and over those a soft, cotton crepe bandage. 
  • A Post-Operative Compression Garment may need to be worn for a limited period.
  • After a short stay in Recovery, you will be transferred to your hospital room for an overnight or short hospital stay depending on the extent of your surgery.

Recovery After Face Lift Surgery

  • Swelling & Skin Discolouration: Every operation, no matter how minor, is accompanied by swelling of the tissues and varying degrees of bruising. These appearances are expected and will subside over the ensuing weeks.
  • Pain: Is usually mild only and easily controlled by pain relievers. In fact, many patients express surprise as to how less than expected their discomfort is.
  • Removal of Sutures: Sutures and any staples in the hair are generally removed 7-10 days after surgery. 
  • Driving is not recommended in the first 2 weeks after your surgery because of the head and neck turning movements involved.
  • Wearing Glasses & Contact Lenses: Contact lenses may be worn the day after surgery. Spectacles can be worn as soon as the pressure bandage is removed.
  • Hair & Body Care: You may shower your body on the 3rd post-operative day but do not wet your face or hair until the 5th post-operative day.
    You may wash your hair in a shower with lukewarm water on the 5th day, or just before your appointment to get your stitches removed. Hair colouring should be deferred until 4 weeks after your surgery.
  • Household Activities: Once back at home, you can be up and about doing your usual activities within the limits of your comfort but do not bend over, lift heavy items, or engage in strenuous chores during the first 2 weeks after surgery.
  • Clothing: Avoid clothing that must be pulled over the head for one week after your procedure. Wear clothing that fastens at the front or the back.
  • Returning To Work & Social Activities: Your return to work will depend on the amount of physical activity involved, people-contact your job involves, and the amount of swelling and discolouration you develop. Most patients can return to work or go out socially 3 weeks after surgery when the swelling and discolouration have for the most part disappeared.
  • Resumption of Physical Activities: Avoid swimming, strenuous activities or exercises that involve turning the head for 6 weeks.

Face Lift ‘Before & Afters’

Mini-Face Lift

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6 Months After Mini-Facelift
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6 Months After Mini-Facelift Surgery
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6 Months After Mini Face Lift Surgery
6 Months After Mini Face Lift

Traditional Full Face Lift

Before Full Face & Neck Lift
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6 Weeks After Full Face & Neck Lift
6 Weeks After Traditional Face & Neck Lift

Deep Plane Face Lift

PLEASE NOTE: All the following results are examples of the Deep Plane Facelift technique by Dr Adam Honeybrook, one of only a few select surgeons in Australia qualified to perform a true, extended Deep Plane Facelift after having trained with pioneering experts in the United States, including Dr Andrew Jacono in New York, and Dr Kevin Duplechain in Los Angeles.

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11 Weeks After Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift, Lower Eyelid Surgery & Facial Fat Grafting
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(Dr Adam Honeybrook)
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(Dr Adam Honeybrook)
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(Dr Adam Honeybrook)
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Deep Neck Lift

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How Long Does The Correction Last?

As facial ageing is a natural, ongoing process that never stops, you will continue to age at your normal rate after the surgery. In other words, you must not expect that your rejuvenated facial appearance after surgery will last indefinitely. However, on average, most Traditional Face Lifts can be expected to last around 7-10 years but Deep Plane Face Lifts usually last in the order of 10-15 years. In any event, they can be repeated earlier or as often as you wish.

What Improvements Should You Realistically Expect?

Not infrequently, patients considering Face Lift Surgery have pre-conceived expectations as to how they will look after the surgery. Accordingly, it is important that you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can, and cannot, achieve.

Realistically, the positive changes you can expect are:

  • ‘Lift Surgery’, as the name applies, will effectively lift and tighten loose, saggy skin.
  • Face Lift Surgery will not remove wrinkles or deep facial lines. If you wish to correct specific wrinkles, you will need to consider non-surgical treatments after your Face Lift such as:
  • Face Lift surgery may improve, but will not totally remove, the ‘Smile Lines’ that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth.
  • Face Lift & Neck Lift Surgery cannot make you look 20 years younger! You will look impressively fresher, more youthful, more attractive, and perhaps even some years younger than your chronological age, but you shouldn’t expect to look decades younger!

‘Pros & Cons’ of Face Lift Surgery

The Pros:

  • Face Lift Surgery enjoys a high patient satisfaction rate because of the dramatic rejuvenation it can deliver.
  • In those with advanced facial ageing, a Face & Neck Lift may well be the only option as non-surgical treatments alone will not deliver a major overall improvement.
  • The improvement lasts for years.
  • Today’s modern Face Lift techniques coupled with the safety of anaesthesia nowadays can make Face and Neck Lift Surgery a very worthwhile option.
  • The final scars for most people end up white and inconspicuous. In any event, they can be camouflaged with make-up.  

The Cons:

  • Face & Neck Lift Surgery will only lift and tighten loose, sagging skin in the areas targeted. If you wish to also reduce/remove facial lines, you will need to consider additional non-surgical treatments after your Face Lift such as Dermal Fillers, Anti-Wrinkle Injections, Laser Resurfacing, and so on.
  • As with any surgery, risks and potential complications do exist (see below). Your surgeon will discuss these with you at your Initial Consultation.
  • Face & Neck Lift Surgery is not eligible for a Medicare Rebate nor is it covered by Private Health Insurance.

Potential Risks & Complications of Face Lift Surgery

Specific to Face & Neck Lift Surgery:

  • Post-operative bleeding with possible hematoma formation (a collection of blood under the skin) which if large, may require a return to theatre for it to be evacuated.
  • Infection of the incisions requiring topical wound care and antibiotics.
  • Poor wound healing and skin loss, more likely in smokers and diabetics.
  • Numbness or other changes in skin sensation, usually temporary.
  • Seroma (excess fluid accumulation under the skin) requiring one or more aspirations.
  • Contour irregularities of the skin and discolouration.
  • Facial nerve injury with weakness of the facial expression muscles.
  • Temporary or permanent hair loss at the incisions within the hair.
  • Wide or thickened scars (hypertrophic or keloid) could occur if you are prone to them and pigmented scars are more likely in those with brown or Asian skin.
  • Sutures may spontaneously extrude through the skin or be palpable under the skin.
  • Asymmetry between the two sides.

General Risks:

  • Allergic reaction to medications, sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions.
  • Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) and its potential to cause life-threatening Pulmonary Embolism. To reduce the risk of DVT, Calf Massagers can be applied for the entire duration of your surgery to prevent the blood in your leg veins from pooling and clotting.
  • Adverse Reactions to Anaesthesia or Medication: The safety of anaesthesia nowadays in Australia is well established. Nevertheless, potential risks exist with all anaesthesia and unexpected reactions can occur. These may include nausea, vomiting, and allergic reactions ranging from minor to severe. Respiratory failure, heart failure, heart attack and stroke are rare but documented risks of any general anaesthesia.

Additional Procedures Often Included With A Face Lift

Not uncommonly, additional procedures may be recommended and performed with any of the foregoing varieties of Face Lift to deliver a more comprehensive and overall harmonious aesthetic result. These include:

  1. Eyelid Surgery: Upper and/or Lower Eyelid Surgery are common additions to many Face Lift procedures.
  2. Brow Lift: A Brow Lift may be recommended if the brow has significantly descended and is causing or contributing to  ‘heaviness’ of the upper eyelids.
  3. Facial Liposuction: Irrespective of the type of Face Lift planned, if you also have excess fat deposits in the jowl areas or under the chin, you will also need liposuction to those areas at the same time.
  4. Facial Fat Grafting: To enhance facial features such as higher cheekbones, or restore areas of lost facial volume.
  5. Neck Lift: In patients with loose neck skin,  a Deep Neck Lift may need to be included. This is done through a short, inconspicuous incision under the point of the chin.

The Cost of Face & Neck Lift Surgery

  • Face & Neck Lift Surgery

The total cost of any variety of Face & Neck Lift Surgery will be made up of the following individual costs:

  • Surgical Fee:
  • Deep Plane Facelift & Deep Neck Lift from $20,000

Any additional procedures such as facial liposuction, eyelid surgery, brow lift, etc will incur additional surgical fees to the above.

  • Hospital Fee: Hospitals differ in their hourly rates for Operating Theatres and In-Patient Fees should you need to stay in hospital after your procedure. Your surgeon will advise you of the expected hospital costs once it has been determined which hospital you will be attending, how long your procedure will take, and how long you will need to in hospital.
  • Anaesthetist Fee: This will basically depend on the duration of your surgery. Anaesthetic Fees are generally around $880/hour.
  • Post-Operative Support Garment

Can I Claim a Medicare or Private Health Insurance Rebate?

Unfortunately, there is no Medicare Rebate for any form of Face Lift Surgery, nor can you claim on your Private Health Insurance.

Our Specialist Surgeons

Terms & Conditions


  • Consultations must be pre-paid at time of booking.
  • Once pre-paid, all consultations are non-refundable and non-transferable but can be moved to another date with at least 3 working days’ notice.
  • Cancellations with less than 3 working days’ notice and ‘no shows’ are not refundable or transferable and will incur a new consultation fee to re-book.
  • All payments by Credit Card & Debit Card attract a 0.3% surcharge and Amex a 1.5% surcharge.
  • The Medical Board of Australia’s new Regulations which came into effect on 1 July 2023 require that:
    • All patients seeking a consultation regarding cosmetic surgery must provide a referral and the referral must be from a GP or other specialist who does not perform cosmetic surgery or non-surgical cosmetic services themselves.
    • If a patient arrives without a referral, the Regulations recommend that the doctor should refrain from seeing the patient – in which event, any pre-paid consultation fee would be lost.

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Our Specialist Surgeons


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Dr Kenneth Brito, Cosmetic Doctor

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