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The results of facelift surgery typically remain fresh and vibrant for many years. However, after this period, some patients may feel that their look no longer meets their goals. In such cases, revision surgery can help reverse the effects of natural ageing after the first facelift. A revision facelift can also correct health issues caused by the initial surgery. Whatever your reasons for seeking surgery, the procedure will be tailored to your specific needs and concerns.

What is a Revision Facelift?

Although most patients are pleased with the results of their facelift, there are cases in which some people may want revision surgery. The most common reason for revision surgery is continued ageing after the primary facelift, usually over the course of 10 or so years. Another reason is that the patient is unhappy with the original surgery due to:

  • Scarring
  • Asymmetry
  • Tension deformities
  • Poor initial results
  • Continued skin laxity
  • Distorted ears
  • Hairline issues

Revision surgery can address these issues to create a smoother and more pleasing result.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

If you are concerned about further ageing after a facelift, or want to correct an issue from past surgery, you may be a good candidate. Ideal patients are generally in good health and do not smoke, as smoking can slow the healing process. They also have a realistic vision of their results.

During your first appointment, you will be able to express your concerns and reasons for seeking a revision procedure. You will discuss your past facial surgeries and medical history, as well as your aesthetic goals. Dr Richardson will then assess your skin and soft tissue to see how it has aged and which areas need to be corrected. After this, we will be able to develop a treatment plan suited to your needs and ideal outcomes.

The Procedure

Every revision facelift procedure is different, depending on the issues that are being addressed. Dr Richardson will apply the best techniques for your specific situation in order to tighten the skin and sculpt a more ideal shape. For some patients, a mini facelift (or short-scar facelift) is a good option for revision surgery, as it results in a shorter scar and recovery time. However, others may require a more extensive procedure with longer incisions. Dr Richardson will adjust the tissue as needed before closing the incisions with sutures.

When performed by a trained surgeon such as Dr Richardson, a revision facelift can improve or revive the results of your past facelift. Many patients have longer lasting results after their second surgery.

Cost of a Revision Facelift

The fees for revision surgery can depend on several factors, such as the extent of your procedure. If you are seeking to fix a large or complex issue, this can make the surgery more extensive and, therefore, more costly. We must also consider the anaesthetist fees, hospital fees, and other costs such as medication. If you have further questions about the fees for a revision facelift, we can discuss further during your first appointment.

Your Personal Consultation

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Your consultation is the first step to finding the right procedure for you. Dr Jeremy Richardson is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, committed to providing quality results and a positive patient experience.

Book your appointment to
  • Discuss your physical concerns and goals
  • Receive an outline of your surgical options
  • Get quality advice from a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • Receive a customised treatment plan
  • Meet Dr Richardson’s Patient Coordinator and team who will support you through your journey


It is common to have some swelling and bruising straight after the procedure, and you may feel some tightness. However, these symptoms should fade as the area heals. Most patients do not have any severe pain, but we can prescribe pain relief to help ease any discomfort.

Aftercare plays a vital role in your recovery. You should get plenty of rest and take some time off work. Dr Richardson will advise the best at-home care methods to aid in a good recovery. For example, you may need to:

  • Get someone to help with daily tasks around the house
  • Sleep on your back with your head propped up
  • Refrain from tasks that put a strain on your body
  • Maintain a healthy diet and drink lots of water
  • Take pain medication and wear support garments
  • Advise Dr Richardson if you notice any issues

Generally, you can expect:

  • Some pain, bruising, and swelling for the first few days
  • Return to light movement after one week, such as walking
  • Resume driving and work after two to three weeks
  • Return to your normal exercise routine and social events at six weeks

Risks and Complications

Although most patients are happy with their results, the surgery does come with some risks. Being aware of these risks will help you make an informed decision about what is best for your body. Severe side effects from revision facelift surgery can include things such as:

  • Prolonged pain and swelling
  • Bleeding and infection
  • Injury to nerves and muscles
  • Asymmetry
  • Unwanted results
  • Changes in skin colour or texture
  • Poor scarring
  • Further revision

Adhering to your at-home care guidelines will help reduce your risks as well as help you achieve a great result.

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