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Facelift and Neck lift

A facelift or neck lift procedure with Brisbane Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Dr Matthew Peters is designed to improve the contours of the face and neck by tightening and removing skin. 

A facelift – also known as meloplasty or rhytidectomy – is a surgical procedure that tightens and removes skin folds on the face and neck. Facial muscles may be surgically tightened to improve their tone. Excess fat may also be removed or repositioned as part of the surgery.

A platysmaplasty – also referred to as a neck lift – is a surgical procedure that aims to revise the appearance of the neck region by removing excess skin and tightening the area.

Procedure details

Face lift and neck lift procedures are performed under general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital facilities.

Facelift procedure guide

To perform the facelift, Dr Peters will make an incision that begins in the hairline at the temples, continues around the ear and extends to the lower scalp. Depending on your requirements, your skin, underlying tissues, and muscles will be lifted and tightened, and the fat within the face will be redistributed or removed. The skin will then be placed in the new position, after excess skin has been removed. The procedure will be completed by closing the incisions with stitches. Details of the face lift procedure will vary from person to person.

Neck lift procedure guide

Dr Peters will make an incision in front of the ear lobe that wraps behind the ear and ends at the low posterior hairline. The loose skin will be lifted and the muscles in the region will be anchored as necessary. Excess skin and unwanted fat deposits will be removed before the skin is positioned in the right position over the neck muscle. To complete the procedure, the incisions will be closed with stitches. Specifics of the neck lift procedure will change from patient to patient.

Surgery preparation

The first step is to organise a consultation with Dr Peters in Brisbane, where you can discuss your concerns and expectations, ask questions, and learn more about what happens during the procedure. Then, you can begin to think about how you can prepare for your surgery to ensure a sufficient recovery afterwards. We suggest:

  • Preparing an area in your home designed for you to recover comfortably
  • Making sure that you will have access to pillows, ice packs, and entertainment to keep you comfortable and occupied while you are recovering
  • Pre-preparing some healthy meals
  • Ensuring that you have enough comfortable and loose-fitted clothing to wear
  • Filling any needed prescriptions before your procedure date
  • Organising for somebody to help you around the house for the period of time suggested by Dr Peters and/or a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse

You will be provided with information about how to best prepare for your specific procedure and post-surgery care requirements by Dr Peters and a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse.


Details of your recovery including symptoms that you may experience or specific postoperative care instructions that you need to follow will be provided by Dr Peters during your facelift and/or neck lift surgery consultation.

You can discuss any concerns you may have about your recovery during your pre-operative consultation with Dr Peters and a VPS clinic nurse as well as your review appointments post-operatively.

Potential surgery risks and complications

Every surgery has general risks, in addition to procedure specific risks. The risks associated with facelift and/or neck lift will be discussed with you during your consultation with Dr Peters.

Adhering to recovery guidelines can help minimise certain risks and complications. Ensuring that you closely monitor the state and health of your breasts and notifying your doctor of any concerns is the best way to mitigate your risk of adverse outcomes.

You can discuss any concerns that you may have about the possible risks and complications of undergoing facelift and/or neck lift surgery in Brisbane with Dr Peters.

Facelift and neck lift surgery costs in Brisbane

The costs associated with surgery vary greatly with the type and complexity of the procedure. When you attend an initial consult, and decide you would like to consider surgery, you will receive a surgical quote which will also include estimates for any rebates you may be eligible for.

As these procedures are typically performed for cosmetic reasons, they do not usually attract Medicare rebates or private health contributions.

Your questions answered Frequently Asked Questions

There is no right or wrong age for this procedure. As each individual ages differently, a consultation with Dr Peters is the best way to determine which procedures are appropriate for you and when.

Dr Peters will discuss your expectations with you. Your medical history, current health and requirements will be considered to determine whether surgery is the right option for you. If required, Dr Peters will undertake a thorough examination, and he will suggest a plan that suits your goals and lifestyle. This is an excellent time to raise any concerns or questions you have with Dr Peters to ensure you are fully prepared for surgery. You will often see a Valley Plastic Surgery nurse to discuss the procedure and recovery in more detail. Clinical photographs are usually taken as well.

If you and Dr Peters decide surgery is a good option to manage your concerns, you can opt to receive an obligation-free surgical quote and proceed from there

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