Facelift Surgery

Rhytidectomy or Meloplasty
Facelift Surgery

Procedure overview

Discover the Different Types of Facelifts to Achieve Your Ideal Look

Facelift surgery is a selection of procedures designed to surgically lift specific areas of the face. There are several facial rejuvenation procedures that are classed as facelift surgery. The most popular types of facelifts include:

  • Traditional facelift (sometimes called a full lift)
  • Upper facelift
  • Mid facelift
  • SMAS lift
  • Lower facelift (often combined with a neck lift)

The effects of time, gravity, and sometimes even genetics, can lead to mild or severe sagging of the facial tissues. During an initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss your options based on your concerns and tailor a surgical plan for you. We also perform male facelift surgery, so men, don’t hesitate to let us know what you are looking to achieve also.

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Procedure FAQs

We understand that having surgery can be a big decision, so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions for each surgical procedure to provide you with more information and help you make an informed decision.

  • What is a traditional facelift?

    A traditional facelift, also known as a full facelift, is a surgical procedure designed to address sagging and loose skin in the mid to lower face and neck area. During the procedure, incisions are made around the hairline and behind the ears, allowing the surgeon to lift and tighten the underlying muscles and tissues. Excess skin is then removed and the remaining skin is pulled back and sutured into place. This procedure can provide significant improvements in facial sagging, deep creases, jowls and loose neck skin, resulting in a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.

  • What is an upper facelift?

    An upper facelift, also known as a forehead lift or brow lift, focuses on the upper portion of the face. This procedure is designed to reduce the appearance of forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and drooping eyebrows. The surgeon will make incisions in the hairline and lift the underlying tissue to create a smoother, more youthful appearance. The result is a refreshed look that opens up the eyes and brightens the face.

  • What is an mid facelift?

    The mid-facelift, as the name suggests, targets the middle part of the face, specifically the cheeks and the area around the nose. This procedure is ideal for those who have lost volume in the cheek area due to aging or weight loss. The surgeon will make small incisions near the hairline and inside the mouth, then lift and reposition the underlying tissue to create a fuller, more youthful appearance.

  • What is an SMAS lift?

    The SMAS lift, or superficial musculoaponeurotic system lift, is a technique that lifts the underlying muscle layer of the face. This procedure targets the lower two-thirds of the face, including the cheeks, jowls, and neck. The surgeon will make incisions near the hairline and ears, then lift and reposition the underlying SMAS layer to create a more defined jawline and smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

  • What is a lower facelift?

    A lower facelift targets the bottom third of the face, including the jawline, chin, and neck. This procedure is often combined with a neck lift to achieve optimal results. The surgeon will make incisions near the ears and under the chin, then lift and reposition the underlying tissue to reduce the appearance of jowls and sagging skin. The result is a more defined jawline and a smoother, more youthful-looking neck.

  • How can facelift surgery improve your appearance?

    This cosmetic surgery facelift removes excess skin and tightens the tissues below the surface of the skin which creates a more youthful appearance. It is often combined with procedures such as eyelid reshaping, neck lift and brow lift.

  • Who is suitable for this type of surgery?

    Surgery to rejuvenate the face is most common in patients over 45, and we perform both female and male facelift surgery. A consultation is needed to ensure we’re able to provide you the most suitable treatment.

  • What happens during facelift surgery procedure?

    Depending on the degree of surgery required it would be performed at the clinic or in hospital. Your surgeon will make incisions to allow the tissues to be tightened and the excess skin removed. This type of facial rejuvenation takes 2 to 3 hours, on average.

  • What is recovery like?

    You might stay overnight, especially if you’ve had general anaesthetic. There will be some swelling and bruising, which is normal, and painkillers can be prescribed to manage any discomfort.

    Patients are given full aftercare information, including how to care for their scars and when they’re likely to be able to return to work. On average, patients usually take around 4-6 weeks to recover, but this varies from patient to patient.

  • How long do the results of face lift surgery last?

    This will always depend on what type of facelift procedure you choose and the nature of your own tissues. Most patients find the results of face-lifting to be long-lasting.

  • Where can you get more information?

    We would be delighted to meet you to discuss your facial rejuvenation surgery journey. Please get in touch with us today for more information.

Anything we've missed?

If you have any further questions or concerns that we haven’t addressed in our FAQ section, please don’t hesitate to contact us – our team is always here to provide the information and support you need throughout your journey.


The information provided on this website is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

Surgical procedures carry inherent risks, and the specific risks and potential complications may vary depending on the procedure. It is important to consult with a qualified and experienced surgeon to discuss the risks, benefits, and potential outcomes of any surgical procedure. Individual results may vary.

For more detailed and specific information regarding the risks associated with a particular procedure, please contact our clinic directly to schedule a consultation with our skilled team of healthcare professionals.

Surgical Costs

Navigating Surgical Costs: Consultations, Insurance, and Financial Options

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we work with you to navigate the cost of your desired procedure, taking into account the various factors that influence pricing, and offering flexible payment options to accommodate your needs.

Medical Consultations for Non-Cosmetic Procedures (skin cancers, hand surgery etc.)

  • Initial consultation: $280
  • Follow-ups: $85

Cosmetic Consultations (in person or virtual)

  • Initial consultation: $350
  • Follow-ups: $100

Children Consultations under 18 years

  • Initial consultation: $250
  • Follow-ups: $85


All prices include GST. You will be required to make a deposit of $100 to secure your booking. Your appointment will be confirmed and secured once paid. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express via electronic banking details over the phone.

Skin cancer

Payment for skin cancer/ skin lesion surgery is due (7) days prior to your surgery booking date.

Cosmetic surgery

To secure an appointment for cosmetic surgery, you are required to make a deposit as outlined below. The final payment is due to FNQ Plastic Surgery 2 weeks prior to your scheduled date. Please reference your surname and contact us once payment is complete.

Surgeon feeDeposit required

Up to $10,000$1,000
$10,000 – $20,000$2,000
$20,000 +$3,000

Payment options

  • Direct Deposit
  • Bank cheque made payable to FNQ Plastic Surgery (we do not accept personal cheques)
  • Major credit cards accepted – including AMEX
  • Cash

Refund policy

If you cancel or reschedule your procedure less than (7) days prior to your surgery date, you will be responsible to pay thirty percent (30%) of the total costs of the procedure (non-refundable and cannot be applied to a future procedure).

Average prices paid for cosmetic and plastic surgery are different across Australia. Prices and Hospital Costs vary for plastic surgery as every patient has slightly different anatomy and varying surgical needs. Your Price for surgery depends mostly on which surgeon, which hospital, the type of prosthesis and how long the surgery will take. It will also vary based on eligibility for Medicare and whether you are insured or uninsured.

A fully personalised quote for your plastic surgery procedure is available when you come for a confidential consultation.

Your quote as part of a fully informed financial consent will outline your specific:

  • Surgeon Fee
  • Hospital Costs based on theatre time and length of hospital stay
  • Anaesthetists Fee
  • Assistants Fee (if applicable)
  • Prosthesis, Implant fee and post-operative garment fee (if applicable)
  • Any Medicare codes that may be applicable to your surgery

Many patients want to know if Medicare will cover plastic surgery. Medicare will cover what is deemed essential reconstructive surgery and procedures that have associated Medicare item numbers listed in the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS).

Dr Sorensen and his team can help you understand if Medicare may cover your procedure. However, if you wish to look up a particular type of surgery and its item numbers, refer to the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

Medicare will not cover cosmetic surgery procedures – like a cosmetic breast augmentation.

If you meet the strict criteria, you may be eligible for a Medicare item number Breast Surgery, Tummy Surgery, and post weight loss Excess Skin removal, amongst many other procedures.

You can undertake your surgery as a self-funded (uninsured) patient, or you may be covered by your Private Health Fund. There are many private health funds, some more generous than others.

Your Private Health Fund may partly contribute to the cost of your surgery. If you have a valid medical referral and meet the specific criteria for a Medicare Item Number.

You must also have the right LEVEL of insurance cover – Gold, Silver or Bronze – for the type of surgery you want. You may have to delay surgery after initially joining a health fund – typically, a 12-month waiting period needs to be served before you can have surgery.
If you have private health insurance, it is your responsibility to check your level of cover for this procedure. If you are not covered for the procedure, you will be responsible for hospital fees. Below are listed questions you should ask your health fund:

  • Am I covered for the Cairns Private Hospital or Cairns Day Surgery?
  • Am I covered for the item number(s) listed on my quote?
  • Will I be covered if this surgery is combined with a cosmetic procedure that does not have an item number?
  • Do I have an excess to pay when I go to hospital? if so, how much is it?

Nearly all plastic surgeons now charge a GAP fee on top of what Medicare and Private Health Funds are willing to contribute for your surgery. Medicare rebates have been fixed and have not increased for years. This has resulted in few, if any, NO GAP Plastic surgeons willing to charge the standard Medicare fee and health fund rebate.

You may be able to get early access to your Superannuation Fund to pay for your life-changing surgery.

This will most likely apply to Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck), Breast Reduction, Body Contouring, Arm lift, Nose Surgery or Skin Reduction after significant weight loss or Bariatric Surgery.

The Australian Tax Office (ATO) will assess your Early Super Fund Access application for medical procedures that treat life-threatening illnesses or chronic pain. The final decision, however, will be made by your own Super Fund, as some funds will not allow withdrawal. Find out more by visiting the ATO website or contacting Supercare.

Financing for cosmetic & plastic surgery

Flexible Financing Solutions for Your Procedure

At FNQ Plastic Surgery, we’re dedicated to making your desired procedure more accessible. That’s why we’re proud to partner with leading Australian financial service Total Lifestyle Credit (TLC) to offer flexible financing solutions tailored to your needs.

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TLC provides personal loans designed for financing medical and lifestyle expenses. With competitive interest rates, flexible repayment terms, and a simple application process, TLC can help you easily finance your procedure. Visit TLC’s website for more information.

DISCLAIMER – Our Practice is NOT a credit provider. We do NOT receive any rebates or commissions from ANY banks or credit suppliers. All finance and credit providers are independent external companies. We provide NO financial advice. You will need to consider your own financial circumstances when deciding if finance is suitable for you.

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