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Rhytidectomy, meloplasty, facelift
"Gravity affects us all. A facelift is a repositioning operation to gently elevate descended tissue. A facelift has a number of parts which when combined give a full facelift. These parts incude necklift, midface lift and browlift."
Peter Callan

Peter Callan Facelift

Undergoing a facelift or one of its component parts can be an extremely positive experience but it’s important you discuss what you would like to achieve with a highly experienced and trusted surgeon. With the right approach, you will look revitalised, refreshed and more youthful. Most people will not know you have had anything done but may comment that you look well or perhaps have been on a holiday.

Full facelift addresses sagging of the neck, jowls and marionette lines (lower facelift, neck lift) and improves the nasolabial folds and lower eyelids by elevating the cheeks (midface lift), with the wave of elevation dissolving into the forehead and occasionally smoothing out the lines on the forehead with or without elevating the brows (brow lift).

Facelift Procedures

A facelift repositions facial tissues where they belong as when you were younger.

Many people say they are concerned about the appearance after a facelift or their immediate family are concerned. But what if you said you were just having the jowl fixed or the lower eyelids refreshed or some excess in the neck improved? Because that is all a facelift is. It repositions the tissues.

A facelift does not involve pulling the face tight or changing the way you look. It is about making you look refreshed and more youthful.

Your operation

Dr Callan performs all his surgery in state of the art facilities at St John of God Hospital in Geelong.

A facelift usually requires an overnight stay in hospital although occasionally can be day stay. Discomfort is minimal but you will be given medication to keep you comfortable.

A facelift is done via inconspicuous incisions in front of and behind the ear and in front of the hairline.  Women are able to wear their hair up after such an operation when the incision lines have faded sufficiently.

The facial tissues are reposistioned and the skin replaced in a more elevated, fresher and youthful position.  It may be accompanied by a fat transfer to improve the volume of the face and is often includes eyelid surgery or a browlift to give a pleasing harmonious result. A browlift can be done as a standalone procedure.

Before and After

Move slider right and left to see rejuvenated and refreshed look after facelift

Your Results

Natural and rejuvenated, with no signs of having had surgery. No one will know if you don’t tell them (but if you do tell them you may be pleasantly surprised by the reaction).

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you are welcome to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified specialist.

Your recovery

Recovery time is usually about a month.  After two weeks, most people look good enough to go out but may still be a little puffy or bruised in the cheeks which can be easily disguised with makeup. Our makeup artist will show you how.

After four weeks, people usually look very normal without makeup and will continue to improve.

You will have some bandages on for a few hours after surgery. You can shower the next day and wash your hair.

The incision lines are always present but will fade over the first six to 12 months. As a rule, the incision lines are inconspicuous.


Your consultation

The procedure will be discussed in more detail during your consultation with Dr Callan.  You will have the opportunity ask questions and talk through your reasons for surgery and the expectations you have about the result.  The operation and any risks associated with surgery will also be discussed.

You may also like to see other photographs of people who have had the type of facelift surgery you may be suitable for. Note that our web gallery is only of our patients who consent to their photographs being shown here(for which we are exceedingly grateful).

Your surgeon

Facelift surgery is one of Dr Callan’s specialist areas.  With 25 years’ experience, Dr Callan is renowned for his exacting standards and beautiful, natural results.

As an expert in the field, Dr Callan is in the best position to properly assess and discuss your concerns and expectations. He is a member and former president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons and is a member of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Academy for Facial Plastic Surgery, an international member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and honorary member of the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Committed to remaining at the forefront of advancements and innovation in his field, Dr Callan is a prominent figure and regular speaker at national and international conferences.

Dr Callan’s specialist areas also include rhinoplasty, blepharoplasty and breast surgery.

Dr Peter Callan

Dr Callan was trained by some of the world’s finest plastic surgeons both here and overseas. After obtaining his Specialist Plastic Surgeon qualification in Australia he undertook further training in Britain, Canada and the United States. He is an innovator and an educator, and is on the faculty of the Triennial Masters’ Symposium on Blepharoplasty and Facial Rejuvenation, co-convenor of the Triennial Masters’ Symposium on Facelift and Facial Rejuvenation, and is a faculty member for the Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course, the most prestigious facelift anatomy course in the world. 

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