Facelift Surgery

Rhytidectomy (facelift) in Melbourne

Your face projects an image to your family, friends, colleagues and strangers about who you are, how you think and feel. It is your identity!
There are many types of facelift procedures and facial treatments available. Whether you are interested in enhancing facial features or looking for a refreshed look, the options are many. However, no one size fits all and artificial results can result from inadequate treatment selection. Moreover, most non surgical and minimally invasive procedures have limited results, overdoing them is not the solution.

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira is a specialist plastic surgeon in Melbourne. Dr Rodrigo’s approach to facial plastic surgery respects your identity and who you are, by enhancing facial features and improving facial harmony. He aims to achieve beautiful natural results to restore your image.

Facial Rejuvenation is a broad term that includes surgical and non surgical treatments.  Minimally invasive procedures are an option for moderate improvement and have the advantage of quick recovery. However, some of those treatments require ongoing maintenance, like injections and fillers. Finally, facelift surgery offers more profound and long lasting results.

Non Surgical procedures

Plasma Pen Treatment

You may already have a facial skin care routine that you like and want to keep. Otherwise your journey may start with skin care treatment to improve the quality of your skin. In addition, skin care is part of the facelift surgery process, so you can maximise your results.

Dr Rodrigo has introduced Plasma Pen to his practice. Plasma Pen advanced technology delivers low frequency of plasma arc. It is a non-surgical alternative for correction of lines, wrinkles, creases, skin tightening and mini lifting. It is especially popular for eyelid and brow lift treatments.

Check other procedures available…

Nonsurgical Treatments available at MIPS:

  • Fractional resurfacing
  • Coolsculpt
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Plasmapen
  • Thermage
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Micro skin needling
  • Skin peels

Fillers and fat grafting

Facial fillers are very popular and widely offered. It is quite appealing to have immediate improvement at a lower cost and quicker recovery. On other hand, results are not as durable and may require ongoing maintenance.

Facial fat grafting or lipofilling, uses your own excess fat tissue that is removed from other parts of your body. The fat is carefully harvested and processed before injection with fine cannulas. That process optimises fat quality and fat survival to achieve more predictable and consistent results.

Fat grafting may be repeated, and it is a long-lasting procedure that does not require maintenance.
None of those procedures are risk free. It is important to know the risks involved before having treatment.

Cosmetic surgery of the face

Your face undergoes gradual changes as time goes on, and is influenced by your lifestyle and heredity. Surgery can restore your image by smoothing the texture of your skin, reshaping the underlying tissues and removing excess skin. With so many providers and procedures on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start. Dr Rodrigo is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon. He will be able to perform a facial assessment and take into consideration your characteristics and expectations. He will help you find the right treatment. In doing so, common points to consider are:

Facial Balance

The face is subdivided in anatomic and subatomic regions. Each unit can also influence the appearance of the neighbouring areas. For instance, a prominent nasal dorsum (large hump) makes the distance between the eyes seem smaller. Likewise, a small chin may make the neck look less defined.


We are all more or less affected by it, an irreversible relentless process of tissue degeneration. Gradually, loss of elasticity, stretching of the skin and weakening of suspensory ligaments, will lead to signs of ageing.

Volume Changes

geing also causes fat deflation and displacement. For instance, the malar (cheek) fat pad deflation and drop will contribute to eyelid ageing.  Furthermore,  it reduces cheek projection and cause skin folds along the jaw (jowls) as well as skin folds.

The aim of cosmetic facial surgery is to improve your appearance safely. It requires careful consideration and thoughtful planning in assessing the patient’s needs. As a result, cosmetic surgery is tailored to the individual. Surgery can focus an specific area, such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), nose job (rhinoplasty), upper face (brow lift and temporal lift), mid face lift, lower face lift and, neck lift. It can also be a combination of a facelift procedure and non surgical treatments, depending on your areas of concern.

Modern face lift

The original superficial rhytidectomy as described over 40 years ago involved hidden incisions in front and behind of the ear and incisions in the hair bearing scalp. It relied on skin tightening only, and often produced unnatural and short-lasting result. Another frequent problem was displacement of the hairline resulting in an operated look stigma.

Facelift techniques have evolved dramatically. Modern techniques focus on release and reposition of facial structures for tightening and supporting, instead of simply relying on sutures to lift sagging skin. This special layer of tissue is called SMAS (smas lift) in the face, and platysma muscle in the neck. Furthermore, more advanced facelift include deep plane facelift and composite facelift.

Dr Rodrigo Teixeira will be perform a full face assessment and discuss the best facelift option to address your concerns. Sometimes the combination of different treatment modalities may enhance the final result of you facial cosmetic treatment. See our rhinoplasty page…

Things to consider before surgery

Facelift surgery is not for everyone. Talk to your medical practitioner and consider the following:

  • Your doctor can only work with the existing skin and soft tissues. The facial skeleton also ages in the form of bone loss. So there are limits to how far you can rejuvenate your face.
  • When can I have a facelift?
    20s and 30s – non surgical may also improve your appearance non surgically. Consider facial fat grafting for fine and long lasting results.
    30s and 40s – some procedures like eyelid surgery, temporal lift or brow lift may be indicated before having facelift surgery of the midface and neck
  • How much does a facelift cost?
    Consider the cost of treatment. Generally, cosmetic facial surgery does not qualify for rebates from Medicare or private health insurance companies. Also, it is important to have some extra savings available or consider hiring surgery insurance. Generally speaking facelift surgery ranges from $16K – 25K depending on the amount of correction required.
  • Smokers are at increased risk of tissue necrosis and poor wound healing. For your own safety, general health and wellbeing, quit smoking before having surgery.

Facelift risks and complications

There are many factors that may impact on your result and recovery. Your personal circumstances such as your habits and lifestyle and well as your medical history, previous procedures and operations. Also important are the medical facility where the procedure is undertaken, training and experience of the staff and your surgeon’s qualifications. In addition, there are risks with allergic reactions, medications side effects and anaesthetic, during and after surgery.

Some of the general side effects are allergic reactions, severe swelling and bruising, bleeding, infection and blood clots. Similarly, there are specific complications. For example: scarring, skin loss (necrosis) and slow healing wounds, pain, facial asymmetry, facial nerve weakness or palsy, numbness, under and over-correction. To minimise risk in facelift surgery, it is important to have a clear surgical plan, safety checklists and good communication. Likewise, it is important to fully comply with medical instructions, attend appointments and communicate any concerns early on.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you have the option to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Recovery time and treatment results will vary from patient to patient and depend upon a variety of individual patient factors. Despite your surgeon’s experience, the medical literature recognises that problems may occur even with the best care.

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Dr Rodrigo at the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course 2019

Find your plastic surgeon

Trust your instincts and choose a surgeon that makes you feel comfortable and communicates well with you during your consultation. He /she should understand your complaints and be realistic about outcomes. There are excellent surgeons and facelift experts in Melbourne, make sure you check their qualifications. Facial plastic surgery requires in depth knowledge of the intricate facial anatomy, appropriate training and experience with proven surgical techniques.

Dr Rodrigo has a special interest in facial surgery. His expertise in craniofacial surgery, cleft surgery and reconstructive surgery are assets when performing facelift surgery. He will provide you with adequate follow-up and his work speaks for itself.

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