Frequently Asked Questions

Each of thefacelift techniques has advantages and disadvantages and may be indicated for a specific reason by Dr Edinburg during your consultation.

No two facelifts are the same, as this is not ‘off the shelf’ surgery. Realising that you are an individual, Dr Edinburg tailors your surgery according to what you specifically require in order to address your unique concerns.

Dr Edinburg will work with you to design a treatment plan that is realistic and which addresses your specific needs. Your consultation with Dr Edinburg will give you time to explore and discuss all your options with him.

Dr Edinburg has the skill and expertise to devise, alter, modify and adapt the surgical technique to best suit you. For example, you may benefit from Eyelid Surgery, Brow Lift Surgery, or Neck Lift Surgeryas part of your facelift.

You can rest assured that your procedure is in the very capable hands of a highly qualified and experienced plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience.

The best candidate for a Facelift Surgery is a person whose facial skin has sagged and who has sagging of the jowls and neck. This may be a result of ageing in general or if you've experienced significant weight loss, either naturally or via Bariatric/Gastric Bypass Surgery. Facelift Surgery can help to restore a more firm-looking complexion by tightening the loose, draping skin and underlying structures that have all been affected. You are a good candidate for Facelift Surgery if your weight is stable, you are medically cleared for surgery, and you do not smoke. You should have a positive outlook and have realistic goals for improvement in appearance.

Deeper wrinkles created by loose skin and muscles will improve after a facelift but the finer superficial wrinkles may require an adjunctive Laser Skin Resurfacing procedure to reduce wrinkles and rejuvenate skin texture, especially around the mouth and under the eyes. The Eden Institute at Baulkham Hills offers an extensive range of advanced skin rejuvenation procedures. 

The decision to have Facelift Surgery is highly personal and there is no set age limit. Dr Edinburg will be able to discuss your personal needs and desires to help you make your decision. Partial Facelifts or Isolated Neck Lift Surgery may be more appropriate for younger patients with lesser degrees of ageing. Ultimately, the prospective patient needs to look at their face and decide what bothers them before going to the consultation with the plastic surgeon. Younger patients are now undergoing more minimally-invasive facelift procedures (e.g. Mini Facelift or Short-Scar Facelift) to slowthe ageing process. The advantage of undergoing facial surgery at a younger age is that it lasts longer because the facial structures lifted are stronger, tends to be less invasive, less complex and usually involves less downtime. However, it is often appropriate for people in their 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th decades to have a facelift instead of a mini facelift.

At the Eden Institute, all our surgical and non-surgical services are about giving you a natural look whilst enhancing your features. Dr Edinburg performs his SMAS Facelift with the aim of making you look like you have just returned from a relaxing holiday.

Instead of noticing you have had a facelift, people may instead notice how refreshed and rejuvenated you look. View the Before & After Gallery.

Ultimately, it depends on your wishes and requested outcome. Facelift Surgery can be modified. Dr Edinburg particularly likes to see his facelift as providing a more youthful appearance. Discussion between Dr Edinburg and yourself is vital to planning your facial surgery. Dr Edinburg likes to sit with you in front of a mirror, and together with your input, he will show you what your expected outcome would be like.

To minimise scarring, incisions are made along the hairline and in the creases in front of, and behind your ears. Dr Edinburg personalises each facelift, so your scar lines may be placed differently compared to those of another person. Dr Edinburg will always use his specialist expertise to ensure you obtain the best possible scars for your face’s contours and features.

You don’t lose the benefit of facial surgery. Those benefits, once gained, are never lost.

However, we cannot predict how you will age in the future. Many factors beyond the plastic surgeon’s control affect this including diet, nutrition, lifestyle factors such as stress and pollution, UV damage and genetics.

The cost will depend on the method and extent of the face lift. To know more about the cost, please go to "How Much does It Cost" section.

Dr Edinburg usually takes around 3 to 5 hours to conduct a full facelift. The procedure is conducted under general anaesthetic in a hospital.

Normally your hospital stay lasts 1 night, after which time you should be up and about. You should rest for about a week afterwards.

Swelling and bruising will settle within 1 to 3 weeks, with the best results seen in 1 to 2 months. Most scarring will refine over the next year.