Facelift in Melbourne Vic and Sydney NSW

Facelift Surgery or Facial Rejuvenation, (medically known as Rhytidectomy) is a surgical procedure that can help correct the signs of ageing of both the face and neck. This includes sagging or loose skin, lines, deep wrinkles, folds and heavy jowls that often appear around the lower face.


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Are you a candidate for a Facelift?

  • As we age, the collagen in our skin either weakens or is lost altogether. This results in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • While some patients are able to correct their issues with non-surgical injectables, patients with more pronounced ageing issues require a more drastic approach.
  • Operations like the Facelift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift and Blepharoplasty correct these ageing-related facial effects. This is achieved by reducing excess skin and smoothing out not only the remaining skin but also underlying fat and muscle layers.
  • Tightening these layers will smooth facial contours, remove sagging and give you a more youthful appearance.

Meet Dr Richard

Dr Richard Sackelariou is a leading facial plastic surgeon for Facelift surgery in both Melbourne and Sydney. He helps patients seeking a younger, more refreshed natural look. With over 20 years of experience, he is a calm, caring and precise surgeon.

If your facial skin looks droopy, you have sagging jowls or a heavy neckline and/or hallowed areas on your cheeks or temples,  it may be worth exploring your options for Facelift Surgery with Dr Richard Sackelariou. With precision planning and his advanced facelift surgical skills, he is an expert in helping restore your facial anatomy to a more youthful, firmer yet natural-looking appearance.

At a certain stage in life, you’ll likely be exploring your cosmetic injecting options or eyelid surgery, facelift and neck lift surgery.

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Facelift Surgery Melbourne

One of the most common and effective methods to restore a youthful facial appearance is the facelift, although most patients have eyelid surgery either before or after their facelift, to have a more holistic rejuvenation result.

Remember, this operation will not quite achieve as much tightening as fingers in front of a mirror. However, we can produce a significant degree of improvement. The aim of the operation is not to look different but to look “rested and refreshed” or “better from your holiday” when your friends see you again.

To achieve this a Facelift involves incisions on each side of your face. These are hidden along the natural crease of the ear and in the hairlines. The discrete placement of the incisions means no one should be able to tell you’ve had an operation.

How long does facelift surgery take?

The length of the procedure will depend on what type of facelift you have. Procedure time can vary between three and seven hours depending on whether or not you have:

  • Upper facelift (involving browlift, eyelift and mid-facelift)
  • Lower facelift (neck lift, submental liposuction and platysmaplasty)
  • Both upper and lower facelift

A facelift is carried out under general anaesthetic, and for 36 hours after treatment, you will have a large well-padded bandage. It is to be expected that after the procedure your face will feel a little strange as well as tight and there will be some pain along the incision lines. Simple pain relief will be prescribed to deal with this.

Watch this video on how a facelift procedure is performed

Sagging Facial Tissues

Droopy Eyelids, Sunken Eyes or Under Eye Bags can be Corrected with Plastic Surgery of the Eyelids (Upper or Lower Eyelid Surgery and/or Dermal Fillers)

  • Sagging skin around the eyes as we age also leads to a sunken, less attractive or less rested appearance.
  • An Eyelid Lift in combination with a Facelift can restore the appearance of your eyes, giving you a more youthful appearance.
  • Sometimes dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections can also assist with eye area rejuvenation, by reducing wrinkles or lines and slightly adjusting the size or shape of certain features.
  • A brow lift may be the better solution for people with low-brows or hooded eyes; ask Dr Sackelariou for advice during a confidential consultation; you’ll get honest, expert recommendations on what each procedure CAN (and CAN NOT) accomplish for your ageing-related appearance concerns.

Redefined Jawline and Less Sagging Jowl Skin

  • As we age, excess tissue gathers around the lower face and masks the jawline.
  • Many women and men find this affects the shape and balance of the face.
  • A Facelift can remove this excess tissue and contour what remains to create a more defined jaw.
  • Facial Implants can further enhance a weak chin or strengthen a jawline.

Wrinkles and Fine Lines – some are reduced, others may need additional cosmetic approaches such as deep chemical peels and/or dermal fillers, muscle relaxing injections or other forms of skin resurfacing.

  • Fine lines and wrinkles are an unfortunate part of the ageing process.
  • As our collagen production weakens, wrinkles can appear around your mouth and nose.
  • Often fine lines and wrinkles can be treated with Injectables. However, some lines can be stubborn and require a Facelift or another surgical approach such as a Bullhorn Lip Lift.
  • Lifting and tightening the facial tissues also smooths out fine lines and wrinkles, resulting in a brighter and more youthful appearance.

Another option for facial rejuvenation is Cosmetic Injections including wrinkle-relaxers and Dermal Fillers.

Restoring Ageing Neck Profile

  • Many people do not realise the prominent role their neckline plays in the process of ageing.
  • Neckbands and sagging jowls can hide a once defined and graceful neck.
  • Neck Lifts can tighten loosened neck muscles and remove excess skin to restore a more youthful neck.
  • Sometimes cosmetic injections or facial implants can also assist in improving the jawline, or chin area, which may also help along the jawline/neckline.

Real Patient Facelift Before and After Photos


Face Lift Before and After Photos

A Facelift Surgery or Facial Rejuvenation, medically known as Rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure that helps to correct the signs of ageing.

Recovery after Facelift Surgery

How long do I have to stay in hospital?

Typically you’ll spend 1-3 nights in hospital. It does depend on what sort of procedure you have, as there are some facelifts that are day-stay treatments. The first night of your stay is spent with your face kept in bandages, and a day or so later the bandages are removed and the results of the operation inspected before your face is redressed.

When can I return to normal activities?

When you can return to activities will depend on what type of treatment you have. But generally speaking, by the time the swelling has gone down and the stitches are removed and your face has had time to heal, it will have been three weeks since you have had your surgery.

Longer-Term Results of a Facelift – How long does a facelift last?

After your facelift you will continue to age and gravity will impact your face. Some patients we have treated have requested another operation 7-10 years later, and usually, it is no more difficult than the first time.

Planning for your Facelift

If you have any further questions about the facelift procedure, be sure to ask us during your initial consultation. This is the best time to raise all questions and concerns so that you can be fully informed about the procedure and have realistic expectations.


About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive  Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.

Dr Sackelariou is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks, breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lift procedures.

He is particularly known for his signature surgeries – neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.

Patients love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.

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Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou in Melbourne or Sydney. A caring discussion with a Plastic Surgeon about all your options can really help. The best thing is to start with a phone enquiry and consider having a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou. Try the Free Nose Simulation Tool.


If you are considering cosmetic plastic surgery then Dr Richard Sackelariou is the specialist plastic surgeon for you.

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