The Jowl Lift Procedure – Everything You Need to Know

A popular cosmetic surgery procedure is jowl lift surgery. It can be challenging to find a specific price range or figure for this surgery. This is because the cost of a Facelift surgery varies depending on several factors. The surgical approach/technique, your surgeon of choice, and the hospital where your surgery is performed may all have an impact on cost. This blog post will look at the differences in facelift surgery costs and help you understand the full costs of jowl and facelift surgery in Australia.

What is a Lower Facelift (and how does it work)?

The lower facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure that corrects age-related changes in the lower face and neck. It’s an excellent procedure for patients concerned about loose, sagging skin around the jawline and neck.  The term “jowls” refers to sagging skin along the jawline. The cheeks are one area that the lower facelift does not address. The deep plane facelift is the best procedure to address deep creases just below your cheeks (the nasolabial folds) or if your cheeks and midface need to be elevated. A brow lift, blepharoplasties, or rhinoplasty can all be combined with a lower facelift.

What Are Areas of the Face Treated with a Lower Facelift?

  • Jowls
  • Deep wrinkles
  • Corners of the mouth
  • Loose neck skin
  • Loose jawline skin

What is a Jowl Lift?

Dr Mark Duncan- Smith performs a jowl lift (lower facelift) to tighten loose skin around the jawline and neck. It tightens jowls and the classic “turkey neck” by lifting redundant skin and muscle back into the face, where it used to be.  Deep wrinkles can be smoothed out with a lower facelift, and the appearance of the corner of the mouth can be improved. It differs from a complete facelift in that it targets the lower third of the face and the entire neck. Patients who believe the lower part of their face and neck is their main problem area and want a smaller operation than a full facelift may be interested in the lower facelift.

Types of Facelifts

1. Deep Plane/SMAS Facelift Facelifts address sagging skin, excess fat, jowls, and loss of volume in the cheeks in the lower two-thirds of the face. The appearance of the neck is also improved with a deep-plane approach. 2. Mini Facelift Mini Facelifts address sagging skin, excess fat, jowls, and loss of volume in the cheeks in the lower two-thirds of the face. The appearance of the neck is also improved with a deep-plane approach. 3. Mid-Facelift A mid-facelift, also known as a cheek lift, is a cosmetic procedure that tightens the skin from the top of the mouth to the corners of the eyes. A mid-facelift can rejuvenate the appearance of the face and make the under-eye area appear less sunken. The jawline and forehead are not targeted in a mid-facelift. 4. S-Lift The S-Lift is a type of mini-facelift that improves the appearance of mild to moderate sagging of the face and neck, restoring a more youthful and refreshed appearance. This procedure is less invasive than a traditional facelift, with fewer risks, shorter recovery times, and smaller incisions. 5. Temporal or Brow Lift A temporal or brow lift, also known as a lateral brow lift, is a procedure that involves making changes to the forehead while also lifting the brows. It is used to enhance the appearance of your eye while correcting the outer one-third position of your brow. 6. Liquid Facelift A liquid facelift is a non-surgical facelift that involves injecting dermal fillers into the skin to smooth wrinkles and sagging skin. For those with fewer wrinkles and mild sagging, liquid facelifts are the best option. Your doctor may recommend a surgical facelift if you have a lot of sagging skin.

PreOperative Considerations

A month before jowl lift surgery, patients are asked to stop smoking and using tobacco products. Smoking and chewing tobacco are bad for people’s health in general, but nicotine can slow down the healing process and make patients more susceptible to infections. Patients are also asked to stop smoking for several weeks after a jowl lift to ensure their overall health and well-being during the recovery period.

Surgery Preparation

You may be asked to do the following to prepare for a jowl lift:
  • Obtain laboratory testing or a medical examination.
  • Take certain medications or make changes to the ones you’re already taking.
  • Pre-operatively, apply certain products to the skin of the face.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Because aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements can cause excessive bleeding and bruising, they should be avoided.

Post-Operative Care Instructions

Aftercare Instructions: 
  • Lift your jowls
  • After surgery, rest in a reclining chair or elevate your head and shoulders on a 45° angle wedge (no pillows!)
  • For the first two weeks, avoid bending forward at the neck by not using any pillows
  • For the first five days, avoid any strain

Who Can Benefit From a Lower Facelift?

Lower facelifts are best for patients in their forties, fifties, and sixties who are showing early signs of aging. Patients should ideally be nonsmokers willing to have realistic expectations about the surgery’s outcomes once they have been explained.

How Long Does a Jowl Lift Last?

The skin on your face may begin to droop again as you get older. A facelift (Rhytidectomy) can last up to ten years in most cases.

How Much Does a Jowl Lift Cost?

Though lower facelift costs will vary depending on the locale and skills of the surgeon, prices for the procedure generally range from $4,000 to $10,000, with an average cost of about $7,000.

Surgical costs are likely to fall within the following ranges:

  • $6,500 – $12,000 for a short scar facelift or an endoscopic facelift (AUD)
  • The cost of a SMAS facelift and neck lift ranges from $17,000 to $25,000 dollars (AUD)
  • $20,000 – $30,000 for a deep plane facelift (AUD)

The total costs of a facelift can be broken down into several categories:

  • Fees for surgeons
  • Fees for assistant surgeons
  • Fees for anaesthetists
  • Expenses for hospitals and theatres
  • For a set period, make follow-up visits.

How Long Does the Recovery Time Take After the Procedure?

The majority of patients experience some discomfort, but medication can help to alleviate it. After two days, the bruising and swelling will be at their worst, and they may last for a few days.  However, recovery takes about two weeks on average, and vigorous activities can be resumed after four weeks. About 5 to 10 days after surgery, the sutures are removed.  
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