Lower Facelift Surgery Sydney NSW

Lower Facelift or Jowl Lift Sydney

Do you have excess skin beneath your lower jaw? Are you looking older than you feel?

A jowl is a pouch of extra skin which hangs below the jaw. An operation called jowl lift or lower facelift is a surgical procedure used to elevate the excess skin and restore a defined jawline.

A jowl lift or “lower facelift” is a surgical procedure designed to address the signs of ageing in the lower third of the face. The surgery is done on the lower jawline and below the chin, tightening the cheeks and removing excess fat and skin. If you are looking to keep up an impressive facial profile without sacrificing a youthful appearance, a jowl-lifting treatment is a perfect solution for you.

A Lower Facelift can help address a heavy jowl or turkey neck. It can help redefine your jawline, making you look younger and more refreshed.

Dr Jeremy Hunt is a top Sydney plastic surgeon with over 20 years of face lift experience and thousands of happy patients. He has done numerous lower face lift surgeries and is considered one of the best cranio facial surgeons in Sydney.







What is a Lower Facelift Surgery?

A lower facelift or jowl lift is a surgery that removes excess skin and fat from under the chin, tightens the underlying support structures, and lifts the facial muscles. This procedure usually only focuses on the lower and outer parts of the face.  The results of this procedure are less dramatic than a full face lift, but it can improve the overall look of your facial features.

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Benefits of Lower Facelift Surgery

As one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, a Lower Facelift provides a range of benefits for prematurely ageing patients. As with any surgical procedure, it is important to understand what to expect from your face surgery.

    • The first benefit, which is quite common for all facial procedures, is that it will make you look younger and can give you increased self-confidence
    • Due to its less invasive nature, lower facelift results in smaller scars than other types of face lifts
    • The scarring is also minor as it’s well hidden
    • You will experience less pain during recovery period and it is performed with local anaesthesia
    • The chin is more prominent and defined with smooth skin
    • The surgery is more natural-looking and long-lasting effects
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Are you a Suitable Candidate for Lower Facelift Surgery?

The best candidates for this procedure fulfil certain criteria:

  • The ideal candidate for this operation is someone who has a prominent jawline but has developed loose skin in the jowls and neck area
  • Any person bothered by the signs of ageing in their lower face and neck
  • People with a “double chin” appearance
  • People over 30-35 years old usually benefit from this surgery
  • Someone with realistic expectations about what this procedure can achieve
  • A person who has no systemic disorders that contraindicate lower facelift surgery
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Lower Facelift Surgical Procedure

The procedure is straightforward and will be performed in a hospital. There will be some paperwork to do after you visit the doctor’s office, and once admitted to the hospital, you’ll be given drugs that will make you feel drowsy and relaxed, so you’ll either be fully asleep or drowsy yet not quite asleep.

The following procedure will take place, Dr Hunt will make a very small incision close to your ears, in the hairline. Another incision just under the chin may be necessary if the neck skin is too loose. The size of the incisions and how visible they are depends on your surgeon’s skillful technique and your facial anatomy. Fortunately, Dr Jeremy Hunt is an experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeon so you can count on a minimal scar

Dr Hunt will then lift the skin and underlying tissue that has started to droop over time. He might also remove some excess fat, but this is optional. Finally, to ensure a long-lasting rejuvenation of the jawline and mouth area, Dr Hunt will lift any sagging muscles in the area’s “Superficial Muscle Aponeurotic System,” or SMAS. This reduces the appearance of the nasolabial folds (smile lines) and marionette lines that can downturn the corner of the mouth.

After that, the surgery is almost done, and Dr Hunt will suture the incisions.

Recovery after Lower Facelift Surgery

A lower facelift is performed with the patient under general anaesthesia. The whole procedure typically takes around two hours! You may stay overnight after your lower facelift procedure. However, because you’ve been under general anaesthesia, you’ll be groggy afterward and will need someone responsible to drive you around.

A few days after surgery, you can resume light activities. Most patients choose to go back to work 1-2 weeks after their lower facelift.

As your skin is pulled taut during surgery, you may experience some swelling and bruise around the incision site for about one week. It is also recommended that you avoid strenuous activities at least two weeks after your operation. But to ensure a smooth recovery, take plenty of rest!

Your lower face will look firmer, more youthful, and beautifully contoured almost immediately after a lower facelift. In addition, swelling and bruising will subside, giving way to a younger you — the you that’s been hiding behind extra skin around the mouth and neck. A lower facelift can restore your youthful appearance and is a bonus is that the benefits can last for years.

Results after the Lower Facelift Surgery

To get the best results from a lower face lift, you need to have realistic expectations.

The perfect result from a facelift is one where the signs of agieng are addressed and you achieve a natural look. Not all of the wrinkles will or can be removed, and ensuring that you’ll still look like yourself is one of the key objectives.

Your friends will recognize you if you smile or frown. People won’t walk up to you on the street and tell you that they love your plastic surgeon. If they do notice a difference, they’ll say that you look rested or more alert.

Lower Facelift Surgery Aftercare

After you have had lower facelift surgery, your face will be wrapped in bandages to minimise bleeding and swelling. Dr Hunt will provide instructions about how to care for yourself after surgery, including how to clean your face, what medications to apply or take orally to support healing and prevent infection, specific concerns from looking for at the surgical site or in your general health, and when to follow up with Dr Hunt.

The final cosmetic result of a lower facelift is not apparent until three months after surgery, once the swelling has subsided.

Lower Face Lift Cost Sydney - How much does lower face lift surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

A lower facelift can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $28,000 on average. This is the price range in Sydney, so the price may be higher or lower based on different factors. The lower facelift price depends on the surgical facility, anaesthesia and other aspects. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, it is unlikely the insurance company will cover it.

Is Lower Face Lift surgery covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

Medicare and insurance in Australia do not usually cover the costs of facelift. It’s considered a purely cosmetic surgery and so you will need to cover the costs.

Find out more about a Lower Face Lift Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for other face surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Lower Facelift Worth It?

Getting a lower facelift surgery is worth it. It’s that simple. Realself Past Patient Survey data shows that 96% of women who got a lower facelift surgery find that it’s worth it. It is a simple and straightforward procedure with minimal recovery symptoms and downtime.

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 get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques. Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

Dr. Jeremy Hunt prides himself on providing some of the Best Face Surgery Sydney has to offer.

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

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FAQs for Lower Facelift Surgery

How painful is a lower facelift?


The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic, so there is no pain felt during the procedure. Nevertheless, a lower facelift is a surgical procedure. So, of course, there will be some level of pain and discomfort during the recovery period. But, it will be easily managed with painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication.

What is the difference between a mini facelift and a lower facelift?


A mini facelift involves a shorter incision and less lifting of the tissues of the lower face than a traditional facelift. It tends to be done for patients who are younger, have less jowling, and do not need as much lifting.

On the other hand, a lower facelift involves a longer incision that allows access to deeper tissues so they can be lifted as well as skin. This is helpful for older patients with more sagging of their faces or patients who want to remove more facial lines. In short, a mini facelift is a smaller-sized lower facial lift.

What is the difference between a neck lift and lower facelift?


A lower facelift is a procedure that rejuvenates the lower third of the face. It tightens the skin, removes excess skin and repositions the underlying fat pads and muscle.

The neck lift tightens the muscles in the neck, removes some fat from the neck and focuses on tightening loose skin from underneath the chin. The two procedures often go hand in hand to give a more balanced result.

Does a lower facelift include the neck?


A lower facelift includes the jawline and neck. The surgery lifts the skin from the lower part of the face, smoothing out cheek and jawline folds, improving sagging jowls and tightening and smoothing the skin under the chin.

Will there be a large scar?


Dr Hunt will take great care to place your incisions in areas where your facial contours and your hairline can hide them. So, it won’t be noticeable. There may be a small scar on the neck and below the chin that is not that noticeable. Scar Minimisation treatments can also help.

What are Risks and Complications of Lower Facelift Surgery?


Here’s a quick rundown of some of the risks and complications that may occur after lower facelift surgery.

  • Sometimes an infection will develop along the incision line or in the deeper tissues. But the risk is very, very low, and as long as you take care of yourself and take the medicines given to you, you should be fine.
  • Bleeding after surgery can occur for several reasons. However, it is highly unlikely.
  • Poor wound healing.
  • Skin discoloration or swelling at the incisions.

Risks are part of any surgery. However, lower facial lift is a minor surgery, so the risks are incredibly low. Find out more about risks and complications of plastic surgery.

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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.