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At a Glance

Face Lift Procedure

Improves sagging facial skin, jowls and loose neck skin by removing excess fat, tightening muscles and re-draping skin. Often performed for men and women over 40.

Face Lift Procedure Time

The surgery takes an average of two to three hours and can be performed using either a local or general anaesthetic. Surgery time varies and is dependent upon the individual requirements.

Face Lift Side Effects

Some swelling and bruising can be expected and normally subsides within several weeks. Sutures are usually removed within approximately one week after surgery.

Face Lift Risks

Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles or feeling (usually temporary). Infection, bleeding. Poor healing; scarring. Asymmetry or change in hairline.

Face Lift Recovery

Back to work: 10—14 days. More strenuous activity: 2 weeks or more. Bruising; 2—3 weeks. Must limit exposure to sun for several months.


Although a facelift can last for many years, patients continue to age. Therefore, it is impossible to predict how long it might be before an individual would consider a second lift.

Facelift Before and Afters

What is a facelift?

A facelift is a surgical procedure designed to lift sagging and undefined facial features to reveal a refreshed appearance. The procedure is customised to suit your individual needs and surgical desires. Patients have many different motivations for wanting a facelift, but the desired results are generally reversing the ageing process.

Dr John Flynn performs his advanced facial surgery to:

  • Reduce facial fat and skin
  • Smooth deep lines, wrinkles and folds
  • Improve sagging skin in the cheeks
  • Well-defined jawline and neck
  • Restore a more youthful, refreshed look
Also known as:Facelift, face lift, modern facelift, face and neck lift, facelift surgery, micro facelift, lower facelift, mid facelift, upper facelift, facial surgery, facial lift surgery, face plastic surgery, surgical facelift
Patients visit us from:Most of our patients are from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and surrounding suburbs. Many patients also travel from all over Australia for Dr John Flynn’s surgical expertise and skill.

Types of facelift surgery

At Cosmedic & Skin Clinic, we understand age-related changes can make people feel as if their identity has changed over time. These changes can occur in the upper, mid and lower portions of the face due to the downward descent of facial fat and skin.

Facelift techniques

Dr John Flynn can help improve common age concerns with a variety of facial lift techniques, including:

•  Traditional facelift

•  S lift facelift

From a traditional facelift to the 'S' lift and a mini facelift, Dr Flynn can help both men and women restore a firmer, more youthful appearance. We also offer a range of special, minimally invasive lifts for the brow areas and neck tightening.

Who is a candidate for facelift surgery?

Both men and women of various ages request facelift surgery. A suitable candidate for this procedure has experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone around the face and neck region. If you have developed facial and neck wrinkles, you may also benefit from a facelift.

As a result of advancements in the technique, it is not uncommon for patients to request facelift surgery from the ages of the late 30's–70's.

Facelift surgery cost

Facelift surgery cost will be strongly dependent on your unique requirements and the surgical techniques used. At Cosmedic & Skin Clinic, a facelift starts from $14,300. Dr John Flynn will discuss all financial arrangements and payment plan options with you during your initial consultation. Learn more about our payment plan options, here.

How does a facelift work — Dr John Flynn

Facelift surgery procedure

During your facelift procedure, Dr John Flynn will mark the pre-determined incision lines. The surgical incisions usually begin in the hair near the temple and continue in front of the ear, around the ear lobe, behind the ear and into the hair. This placement prevents easy detection. The muscles and sagging tissue are tightened, excess skin is removed and the remaining skin is repositioned to create a more youthful look. If there is a double chin, sub mental lipectomy may be performed. A small incision is usually made under the chin so liposculpture can remove the fat.

A combination approach

The facelift procedure "lifts" the face and neck in a single operation. A "double chin" can be improved at the same time by a surgical procedure called sub mental lipectomy. Additional procedures, such as forehead lifting or eyelid surgery, can be performed at the same time to achieve a more complete facial rejuvenation.

How will I look after facelift surgery?

Some swelling and bruising can be expected. This will normally subside within several weeks. Sutures are usually removed within approximately 1 week after surgery.

There may be some discomfort after the operation. This is easily controlled by medications prescribed by Dr Flynn. Patients generally feel a sense of tightness and numbness that should gradually return to normal within several weeks.

After recovery, patients can expect a more rested and youthful appearance. Although a facelift can last for many years, patients continue to age. Therefore, it is impossible to predict how long it might be before an individual would consider a second lift.

Facelift surgery risks and complications

Bleeding is the most common complication after facelift surgery. It can almost always be treated without interfering with the final result. Occasionally, scars may have to be revised. There are risks in any surgical procedure. The degree of improvement varies with each patient. During your initial consultation, Dr Flynn will discuss all the benefits and risks with you.

Facelift Cosmetic Surgery on the Gold Coast

To learn more about our facelift procedure or to book your consultation, please contact us today.

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The surgery takes an average of 2—3 hours and can be performed using either a local or general anaesthetic. Preferences will be discussed with Dr Flynn during your consultation. This operative procedure can be performed in the hospital or a day hospital.


A lower facelift can be performed using different types of incisions, depending on the patient’s individual needs and wishes. A single incision is commonly made within the hairline that extends downward around the perimeter of the ear and into the hairline on the backside of the head.

Through these hairline incisions, the skin is lifted from the underlying tissue of the lower face, jaw line and neck to expose the SMAS, a layer of tissue composed of muscle and fibrous connective tissue.

The SMAS is then repositioned to elevate and tighten the underlying facial structures to a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing position. There are a variety of methods that can be used to lift the SMAS, such as excision or plication in which the tissue is augmented and suspended in a higher position with sutures.

After the necessary adjustments, the skin is then repositioned over the face and any excess skin is removed. In some cases, the surgeon may place a surgical drain beneath the skin to prevent fluid build-up during healing, although this is not usually necessary. The incision is then closed with sutures. A lower facelift procedure typically takes around three hours, depending on the extent of surgery.


During a mid-facelift, the underlying tissues are tightened, and fat pads that give the face shape and volume are lifted to restore a firmer, younger looking appearance. A mid-facelift cannot correct loose skin in the neck or along the jaw line, nor can it address fine lines or uneven skin tone and texture. A mid-facelift can be performed using a variety of different incisions and surgical techniques. For example, when combined with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), the surgeon may choose to make incisions in the lower eyelid. When performed in conjunction with a lower facelift, the physician may make additional incisions inside the mouth along the gum line to help release the mid-face tissues.

Another approach is the endoscopic technique, whereby small incisions are usually made just above the hairline, above the ear or by the temple. Additional incisions are made inside the mouth over the cheekbone. With the aid of an endoscope, a thin tube-like instrument with a tiny camera on the end, the surgeon can gently manipulate the facial tissues and lift them to a more youthful position. The tissues are typically suspended by use of sutures or absorbable medical-grade material that dissolves over the course of a few months. Once the underlying tissues are tightened and the fat pads are lifted, the incisions are closed using sutures. A mid-facelift procedure takes around one and a half hours, depending on the extent of treatment.


Advances in surgical procedures and technology mean there are several different facelifting techniques available today. They are designed to address each patient’s individual needs more specifi cally, helping to ensure optimal results.

SMAS lift

The SMAS (Superfi cial Musculoaponeurotic System) technique concentrates on the thin underlying connective tissue and muscle layer called the superfi cial musculoaponeurotic system, as well as repositioning and removing excess skin. Tightening this foundational tissue gives a smoother and improved shape without noticeable tension in the skin.

Deep plane lift

A deep plane facelift is designed to reshape the entire face, including the upper and lower eyelids, the brow and the neck, by lifting facial tissues, fat, muscle and skin in one continuous section. Because the dissection is deep, the flap is thicker than in the SMAS method. Some surgeons prefer this technique as they believe restoring the neck, jawline and mid-face together delivers more natural results.

Endoscopic lift

Commonly performed with the aid of an endoscope, this lift is designed to reposition skin, fat and muscle simultaneously since the tissues tend to sag together, not individually and is often performed partially in the subperiosteal plane. This type of facelift releases tissues off the bony layer, separating the bone from all of the tissues covering it. There is more swelling with the endoscopic lift than with more superficial lifts due to the depth of the dissection. It also usually causes more swelling and takes longer to recover.

Composite or SOOF lift

The sub-orbicularis oculi fat (or SOOF) lift is similar to a deep plane lift, with the addition of an extra step to include the muscle around the lower eyelid. The orbicularis oculi muscle (around the eye) is separated from its attachment to the cheekbone through an incision in the lower eyelid and then lifted and sutured into place.

The composite facelift essentially involves elevation and resection of the SMAS layer, orbicularis muscle and cheek fat pad. There is typically more swelling with the composite lift than with more superficial lifts.


The S-Lift is a type of facelift named after the S-shaped incision or short incision made in the hairline at the temple and in front of the ear. The SMAS and attaching skin is usually elevated as one unit and only excess skin is removed. The best candidates for an S-Lift are those who do not have significant skin laxity of the neck and jowls. It is most suited to patients beginning to show signs of facial ageing and want some tightening of the lower face without longer incisions.


This type of facelift typically refers to any limited-incision facelift, usually with a quicker recovery time compared with other more invasive techniques. Also referred to as a MACS Lift (Minimal Access Cranial Suspension) and the shortscar facelift, it is typically suited for patients with early signs of ageing, usually aged in their 30s and 40s, to achieve a natural-looking facial rejuvenation. During a mini-lift, the surgeon usually makes a short incision on the front side of the ear. Via this incision, deep plicating sutures lift the deep tissues and the extra skin is then removed. Due to its less invasive approach, this type of facelift typically offers less recovery time and a lower risk of complications.