Facelift Sydney Surgery by Top Facelift Surgeon - Dr Jeremy Hunt

Facelift surgery, accompanied by a variety of other facial surgery techniques like neck lift & brow lift is currently the gold standard in treating facial ageing. Despite the rise of non-surgical treatments, nothing can match Dr Jeremy Hunt’s ability to restore the basic architecture of the ageing face to a more youthful appearance.

Dr Hunt is one of the few facelifts Sydney plastic surgeons offering a wide range of facial cosmetic surgery to help rid you of unwanted loose skin and restore signs of facial ageing. If you are considering a Facelift in Australia, then read on to find what you need to know about the facelift procedure.

Dr Hunt's Facelift Philosophy

Dr Hunt’s philosophy for facelift is to create a rejuvenation of the face that your friends and family will notice for all the right reasons.

Nobody wants to be noticed for having had a bad facelift result and avoiding this is simply a question of precise and expert assessment of each individual patient’s needs, appropriate choice of the correct procedure for that patient, and then delivery of expert technique.

A facial rejuvenation that restores the damaging effects of gravity needs an upward lift. If gravity pulls down, then the surgeon needs to go up, and certainly not backwards. Backwards will create the “wind tunnel” look and this creates a poor outcome with an over pulled and over operated look. Patients don’t need to look like they are in a wind tunnel as this is a backward pull, what is needed is an upward lift or vector. The effects of gravity bring the tissue of the face and neck downwards, so the solution to rejuvenation is as simple as lifting the tissue upwards.

There are many planes in which to choose to perform a facelift, and you will hear about skin lift, S lifts, SMAS plication and suturing. The experience worldwide is showing that the deep plane facelift offers the longest lasting, most natural, as well as the safest way to perform a facelift and for these reasons, Dr Hunt chooses this technique.

The technique has evolved over many years, and after using all available facelift techniques, Dr Hunt feels it offers the best results for patients. In his hands, it will produce a natural and effective rejuvenation while minimising patient risk. The results of a deep plane facelift have shown to be long-lasting and it’s Dr Hunt’s procedure of choice for that reason.

Facial ageing though is not just limited to the face and it is often said that a woman’s age can be assessed by the look of her neck.

For this reason, rejuvenation of the neck is often performed with a facelift and again, there are multiple surgical procedure options.  A platysmaplasty will address laxity of muscle in front of the neck and correct the turkey gobbler deformity. Sometimes, the deep tissues of the neck need to be manipulated to improve the angle of the neck and define the jawline. The facelift and neck lift are procedures that often get performed together and the results of which will achieve a rejuvenation that should last 10 years.

Dr Hunt really enjoys the results that can be achieved with this combination of facelift and neck lift procedures as it meets patients’ expectations, delivers the results they are looking for and allows them to walk into a room confidently getting the compliments that they deserve.


Understanding facelift surgery

Facelift surgery, otherwise known as a Meloplasty or Rhytidectomy is a surgical procedure commonly performed on anyone who wishes to look younger, fresher, and relive their youth.

The visible changes associated with ageing are a net result of anatomical alterations that occur in all layers of the face. This includes bone loss, loss of skin elasticity, and loss of structure of our facial soft tissue. There are a variety of lifestyle factors that can contribute to your skin quality such as being overweight, sun damage,  and smoking.

Over time, our understanding of the complex facial structure has grown, as have our surgical abilities to reverse them. Dr Jeremy Hunt offers a range of facelift procedures that can be tailored individually to provide the best natural-looking results. Using techniques such as the deep plane facelift, Dr Hunt avoids unnecessary tightening of the facial skin that is commonly used to typify older methods.


Benefits of Face lift Surgery

Facelift surgery can help you regain your youthful appearance again. There are multiple benefits associated with undergoing these procedures such as:

  • Getting rid of saggy skin
  • Less wrinkles and fine lines
  • Improved aspect of the face
  • Better-contoured face
  • A rejuvenated look

Types of face lifts

Dr Jeremy Hunt uses advanced techniques to offer several different types of facelift procedures depending on your aesthetic goal. Each facelift comes with its own set of risks, downtime, and recovery phases. Facelift surgery aims to remove sagging skin and revert the visible signs of the ageing process.

When facelifts were first introduced to cosmetic plastic surgery, an incision would be made onto the face and neck and the skin would be pulled back. However, this “skin-only” wasn’t reliable and so over time plastic surgeons were able to hone their craft by introducing mini facelift procedures, the deep plane facelift, and a plethora of other facelift techniques.

Two of the most common basic facelift techniques are explained below:


The mini facelift is a modified version of traditional facelift surgery. During your mini facelift, your plastic surgeon uses limited incisions with an aim to lift elevate the fat pads of the face and tighten facial muscles in the lower midface and enhance jawline contour, eliminating your undesirable jowls.

The mini facelift has proved to be a desirable cosmetic procedure for younger people who seek facial rejuvenation. The ideal candidates for a mini facelift are those who are younger and display minimal photoaging and wrinkles and have moderate elasticity of their facial tissues.

Unlike the use of cosmetic injections like dermal fillers and other non-invasive treatments, mini facelifts can only be performed by an appropriately qualified health practitioner, certified by the appropriate facial plastic surgery boards.

Normal Face lift

A facelift surgery performed by Dr Jeremy Hunt aims to restore support for the deep tissues of the face and neck while simultaneously restoring facial volume.

A normal full facelift is traditionally performed to provide a comprehensive result. The traditional full facelift surgery is often carried out in conjunction with a neck lift, brow lift, and lip lift if deemed necessary.

This facelift procedure allows Dr Hunt to address the signs of ageing around the eyes, remove excess skin around the cheeks and neck, and tackle the frown lines around the mouth. The placement of deeper incisions allows the surgeon.

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Facial Rejuvenation Surgery - How Is It Performed

Facelift surgery is performed by following a series of steps. Although a cosmetic surgery, facelift surgery is still somewhat invasive, and so requires the use of an appropriate treatment room and anaesthesia.

Step One – Anaesthesia

Prior to your surgery, and assuming that all preoperative checks have been completed, you will be met by an anesthetist who will optimise a medication regime to put you at ease throughout your surgery. Facial surgery typically requires the use of general anaesthesia, meaning that you will be put to sleep.

Step Two – Incisions

Once you are under anaesthesia, your surgeon will commence your facelift surgery by making multiple small incisions. The depth and size of these incisions vary depending on the degree of outcome which you are expecting and the facelift procedure you have decided to undergo.

Traditional incisions begin at the hairline around the temples, continue around the natural contour behind the ear, and sometimes under your chin (if you are having a neck lift). These incisions are inconspicuously hidden behind natural skin folds and creases to create minimal scarring.

Step Three – The Lift

Once the incisions are complete, Dr, Hunt will identify the superficial muscular aponeurotic system (SMAS), which is the underlying musculature of the face that is lifted. Going under this SMAS layer is entering the “ deep plane” and this is where the SMAS layer, fat pads and muscle are lifted from.  This upward and outwards movement will  accentuate your jawline, address jowls and deep marionette lines at the corner of the mouth , and deep nasolabial folds that run from the base of the nose down past the corner of the mouth. The cheek fat pad will be elevated and restored to a more youth position on the cheek bone, achieving an overall  natural-looking definition to your face.

The tightening is done on the deeper layers of the skin so as not to create an obvious “skin-tight” look.

Step Four – Suturing Incisions

Once the skin, and depending on your procedure, the facial muscles have been tightening, Dr Hunt will secure it in place, removing excess skin during the process. A drain may be placed to prevent the build-up of fluid and reduce pressure on the incision sites. The incisions will then be sutured shut.

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5 Myths About Face lifts

With facelift surgery being amongst the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the country, it is inevitable that you may hear certain myths or rumours regarding the procedure safety and outcome. For example:

1. Conservative Treatments Are Better
Facelift procedures are one of the first techniques devised by plastic surgeons. And so, many people think that they may be outdated, with similar results being able to be achieved using conservative or non-surgical treatments.

Although there are a variety of treatments out there to treat signs of ageing, many patients report more natural and longer-lasting results following facelift surgery.

2. You can be too old or too young for a facelift
Everybody ages at a different rate, experiencing the signs of ageing differently. Although commonly performed in those between the ages of 40 and 65, you may find that you may not be a good candidate until you reach the late 60s or 70s. Likewise, those who smoke or have chronic illnesses that affect facial musculature may find themselves eligible at a younger age.

3. Facelifts will completely change the way you look
If you’ve seen somebody completely transformed and looking “plastic”, it usually means that either surgery has gone wrong, or they have opted to go for their desired look. Advancements in medical technology allow surgeons to rejuvenate your face and provide aesthetically pleasing natural results. Dr Hunt’s philosophy is not the change who you are are the way you  look, but achieve a more youthful, rejuvenated and fresher version of you

4. You will have obvious scars
Surgeons are able to place incisions within the natural contours of the face and neck to ensure that there is minimal visible scarring.

5. All facelifts are the same
Each facelift is performed differently depending on the patient’s characteristics. You’re not going to wake up looking like somebody else. You will, however, receive a completely individualized and unique treatment plan designed to accentuate your beauty.


5 Face lift Mistakes

Along with myths and rumours, multiple mistakes can be made when opting for a neck lift or facelift surgery. These include:

1. Not doing your research
You must use your due diligence to select an appropriately qualified plastic surgeon who has the credentials needed to perform facelift surgery. Rushing your decision can lead you to choose a surgeon who, although may have had a few successful procedures, may have not been trained and certified by the appropriate boards. Dr Hunt is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons ( FRACS ) , a member of the Australian Society of PlasTic Surgeons  ( ASPS)  and Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic surgeons ( ASAPS ) Also a member of the American society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and International Society of Plastic Surgeons ( ISAPS), these credentials are ones you can count for when looking for a surgeon who maintains the highest levels of technical expertise and is a true expert in his field.

2. Choosing a bargain
Our prices, as well as most other facelift costs in Australia, are priced to pay for your surgeon’s expertise and any equipment that may be used. Although this does not mean that the most expensive surgeon is the best, it is important to keep perspective surrounding facelifts costs when choosing your surgeon.

3. Not reading up on the risks and precautions
As with all invasive surgery, cosmetic procedures carry a certain degree of risk that is minimised by following the appropriate clinical protocols. Unfortunately, risk cannot be reduced to zero. Understanding your potential risks (which will be explained during your consultation process) will help you identify them quickly and allow you to seek appropriate treatment.

4. Not giving your full medical history
Certain conditions, whether chronic or acute, may be a cause for concern when performing surgery. It is therefore vital to inform your surgeon of your entire medical history during your initial consultation in order to prevent complications.

5. Not expecting scars
Although a myth, a common mistake made by patients is assuming that a facelift will be scar-free. This is, unfortunately, not the case. Although Dr Hunt will do everything within his capacity to reduce the visibility of your incisions, some patients may experience a certain degree of visible scarring.

Recovery Time

The recovery process varies between individuals. However, below is a rough guideline to the recovery process following a facelift.

The first couple of days – Depending on the facelift technique performed by Dr Hunt, you will wake up with a large bandage covering your face and head, and have a drain inserted in the incision sites. You may be required to stay in the hospital overnight for observations. Patients typically report pain that peaks around 48 hours after surgery that can be alleviated using painkillers. Swelling and bruising is very common, and so applying regular ice compresses is important once the dressings are removed. You will visit Dr Hunt during the first week for a follow-up and suture removal.

Week 1 and 2 – You may be wearing a compression garment to help with the pain. In addition, you should try and refrain from straining or carrying out strenuous household activities and exercises.

Week 3 and 4 – You will notice considerably less swelling, but any tightness or numbness may still be felt which is completely normal. You should start feeling comfortable attending social events using makeup to mask any left-over bruising.

Week 6 to 12 – This is when patients typically come to the end of their recovery. Dr Hunt will clear you for more intense activities if you are doing well.

Facelift Costs Sydney - How much does a facelift cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

The cost of a facelift in Sydney, Australia varies for each patient depending on the type of facelift procedure, the extent of the results you are looking for, and the time required in theatre.

Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.

A detailed facial surgery consultation with Dr Jeremy Hunt is required during which he will perform a comprehensive assessment of your facial features, establish any medical history concerns, and provide you with an accurate cost for your procedure.

You can also learn more about your anticipated costs for a facelift or any other plastic surgery procedure on our Surgical Costs page.

Take the next step today

With over 20 years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to accentuate a person’s beauty using the most innovative surgical techniques.

Dr Hunt prides himself on the level of care which he offers every patient and that begins from the day of first consultation. Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

A One on One Consultation with Dr Hunt is $300 and lasts 30 to 45 minutes

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Dr Jeremy Hunt is one of Australia’s leading specialist plastic surgeons. With over 20 years of experience and thousands of happy patients, Dr Jeremy Hunt is the smart choice for your plastic surgery or non-surgical procedure.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health professional.


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Facelift FAQs - Your Questions Answered

Can I combine a face lift with a neck lift and other procedures?


Yes. In fact, most patients tend to have a facelift in conjunction with a neck lift, brow lift, or lip lift to achieve a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation.

Is there an ideal age for face lift surgery?


Typically, patients are aged between 40 and 65 when opting for face lift surgery. However, those who smoke or have chronic illnesses affecting their facial musculature can be good candidates at a younger age. Likewise, you may not be a good candidate for a facelift until your late 70s.

What are the Different Types of Face lift Surgery?


Sydney plastic surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt discusses the different types of face lift surgery and the results they can achieve. More and more people are choosing to undergo facial surgery to turn back the clock and give themselves a fresher more rejuvenated appearance. A face lift aims to reduces lines and tighten sagging skin on the face that has lost its natural elasticity due to ageing. A face lift should be subtle, achieving a rejuvenated look rather than looking unnatural, tight or pulled back.

1. Traditional Face Lift

A traditional face lift tightens the facial muscles and removes any excess fat from the underlying facial tissue. An incision is made along the hairline, starting at the temple and running down behind the ears and into the hairline. Scars usually fade quickly until they are barely visible, and the positioning of the incision means most scarring will be hidden by the hairline.

2. SMAS Face Lift

A SMAS face lift targets the lower two-thirds of the face and mainly addresses sagging skin, excess fat, jowls and loss of volume in the cheeks.

3. MACS Facelift

A MACS (minimum access cranial suspension) is less invasive that a traditional face lift as it requires much smaller incisions and offers a much quicker recovery time. The incisions are much smaller, with the tightening of the facial muscles and removal of fat performed through these small incisions.

What are the Benefits of a Deep Plane Face lift or SMAS Face lift?


If you have been researching different facelift techniques then you have probably heard of the term ‘deep plane facelift’, but do you know what this actually means or entails? Face lifts can be performed at different depths ranging from skin only to SMAS, more commonly known as the “deeper plane”. A deep plane facelift is potentially the most powerful option when it comes to facelift surgery, and often has the most natural, rejuvenated look and the longest lasting results.

This technique has become increasingly more accepted as it has been shown to have minimum downtime with potentially less complications than the other techniques. For Dr Hunt a deep plane facelift is his preferred choice for facial rejuvenation as it provides a more youthful look without the appearance of having undergone a facelift. A deep plane facelift is achieved by operating below the SMAS level. This allows maximum elevation of the fat pads, with minimum tension on the skin resulting in finer scars and minimum downtime. The deep plane facelift can be combined with other facial procedures such as a platysmaplasty, more commonly known as a neck lift, eyelid surgery in the form of an upper or lower blepharoplasty and brow surgery in the form of a brow lift. In Dr Hunt’s experience patients do not want to change the appearance of their faces, instead they want to rejuvenate their look and a deep plane facelift is perfect to achieve this result.

Can it be combined with other facial procedures?


A full assessment is required when patients come to Dr Hunt for a facial rejuvenation procedure and this ranges from the neck through to the face, eyes and the brows. If patients are seeking a rejuvenation of all these areas, then a neck lift could be performed at the same time as a facelift and this is a very common combination in Dr Hunt’s practice. Eyelid surgery or brow surgery can be added as needed, and each procedure is tailored to patient-specific needs and requirements.


About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.