A facelift is an operation to tighten and lift the soft tissues of your face and neck. Dr Gillett will assess you and tell you if a facelift is suitable for you.

As you get older, gravity pulls down on your skin and soft tissues of your face. You are more likely to benefit from a facelift if

  • you have deeper folds in your skin on the sides of your nose and mouth
  • your cheeks have begun to sag
  • you have developed a double chin or folds in the skin of your neck


Before and After Facelift Photos

After the Surgery

1-2 days after the operation before cleaning the face, so when the drains have been removed you can gently wash the face with clean water. The hair can be shampooed with a baby shampoo 24 hours after the drains have been removed and daily thereafter.

Cleaning the Face

Once the drains have been removed you can gently wash the face with clean water and shampoo the hair gently with baby shampoo.


To help with swelling, we recommend you sleep with your head elevated. Raise the head of the bed or sleep on 3 pillows.

Support Garment

A facial support garment will be given to you whilst in hospital. We recommend you wear this continuously for the first two weeks. You must remove it for showering.

Pain Management

Your anaesthetist will discuss pain management with you and provide you with a prescription for any medications that you will need.


First Post Operative Appointment
We will see you in the rooms 4 – 7 days post op. At this stage we will check your progress, remove some sutures and answer any concerns you may have.

Second Post Operative Appointment
Your next post operative visit will then be scheduled for removal of remaining sutures or staples in the hair. Expect bruising, swelling and numbness of the face. With the numbness of the face this amount is individual. This will settle, in most cases, over the next 6 weeks although some numbness in front of/or on the ear can persist for longer periods.

When Can I Resume Activities?

Rest is very important after your operation. We recommend no strenuous exercise for 6 weeks. You will need to take approximately 2-3 weeks off work. Regular pain relief is recommended if you require it.

Psychological Factors

Frequently after cosmetic surgery patients will feel somewhat depressed for 2-3 days after the operation. This may be due to the fact that at this point your swelling is generally at its maximum level and you will be feeling a degree of pain/discomfort. Most people find that once the pain and swelling start to settle and they can see the improvement in appearance, the general mood improves. Important events (holidays, weddings etc) should be scheduled for at least 6 – 12 weeks after your operation.

Report the Following Post Operative Concerns

  • Fever (with a temperature of more than 38 C) or chills.
  • Heavy oozing or bleeding from a wound.
  • Increased swelling around a wound site.
  • Increased pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Difficulty in passing urine.
  • Spreading redness around the wound.
  • A foul odour from a wound
If you have any of these post operative concerns or queries please ring the rooms on (o8) 9284 4966.