What Is the Cost of Facelift Surgery in Sydney? (2023)


If you have visible signs of ageing in your lower face, you may be wondering if a facelift could be right for you. Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a significant decision that requires careful planning and consideration. One of the deciding factors for many patients is the anticipated cost of their procedure.

Finding a specific figure (or even a price range) for facelift surgery can be challenging. This is because every procedure is tailored for the individual patient, and many different factors impact the final price.

Below is a general breakdown of how much Sydney facelift surgery can cost. We hope it will help you to understand what your investment might be, and we invite you to schedule a consultation to receive a personalised quote.

What Costs Are Involved in Plastic Surgery Generally?

What patients pay for a surgical procedure can vary widely. The total price comprises various smaller fees, each of which has its own price range. Some elements that may factor into the final cost of your procedure include:

  • Consultation — some surgeons charge a fee for consultations (in some cases, it is applied to your procedure if you choose to proceed); other surgeons offer complimentary consultations
  • Medical Tests — some patients require blood work or other tests before their surgery 
  • Surgeon — the surgeon’s fees are fixed and typically include the cost of the entire procedure, including preoperative care and postoperative care 
  • Surgeon’s Assistant — an assistant is not necessary for every procedure but will add to the cost when required 
  • Facility — the fee for the operating theatre, which can be in an inpatient or outpatient facility; this fee is affected by time spent in the theatre and whether it is a day case or requires an overnight stay
  • Anaesthesia — this fee encompasses the cost of the anaesthetics and the anaesthetist treating you 
  • Postoperative supplies — postoperative items requiring purchase may include medications, special garments or dressings

These fees vary based on the experience level of the provider, the complexity of the operation and the geographic region where the surgery takes place.

How Does the Type of Facelift Affect the Cost?

One of the most impactful factors to consider is the type of surgery you wish to undergo. Facelift patients have a variety of options to choose from:

Standard Facelift

A standard facelift (also called a full facelift or traditional facelift) addresses moderate to advanced ageing in the lower two-thirds of the face.

Full Facelift and Neck Lift

A full facelift and neck lift rejuvenates the lower two-thirds of the face and the neck simultaneously for a comprehensive result.

Short-Scar Facelift

A short-scar facelift (also known as a mini facelift) is a less invasive technique with shorter incisions that improves the lower third of the face only.

SMAS Facelift

A SMAS facelift addresses both the skin and the underlying tissues of the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) layer for durable results.

MACS Facelift

A MACS (minimal access cranial suspension) facelift is a short-scar technique that can be performed under sedation for younger patients with good skin elasticity.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift addresses the layer below the SMAS. Many plastic surgeons and patients believe this creates more natural and long-lasting results.

These facelift techniques vary greatly in terms of complexity and time required in the operating theatre, which ultimately means the pricing varies as well.

Are There Financing Options for Facelift Surgery?

Medicare reimbursements only cover procedures deemed medically necessary. As facelifts are considered cosmetic, they are not covered. All patients considering facelift surgery are advised to prepare for out-of-pocket costs.

If paying for your surgery is a concern, please ask our team about financing options. We may be able to distribute the cost over time with an instalment plan. Alternatively, a medical loan may be available from a third-party provider to assist with the cost of the procedure. Note that financing may include interest that accrues, which will increase the overall payment. Only proceed with financing if you understand the terms clearly.

The Final Tally: What Is the Cost of a Facelift in Sydney?

While the cost of a facelift in Sydney can range significantly, we suggest having a budget of $20,000+. If you wish to undergo complete facial rejuvenation, you can expect a higher estimate, typically in the $30,000-$40,000 range. You will receive a personalised quote for your facelift and an explanation of the costs breakdown after your consultation with Dr Choy.

As all cosmetic surgery carries risk, we strongly advise patients to avoid ‘discount shopping’ and be sceptical of underpriced procedures. A qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon is invaluable for helping you achieve your goals in a safe and detail-focused environment.

Meet With Dr Ellis Choy to Discuss Your Facelift

Dr Ellis Choy is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). His breadth of experience ensures patients receive detailed consultations that outline the benefits, risks, costs and appropriate expectations of their procedures. 

For more information about Sydney facelift surgery, please fill out this form or call 02 8962 9388 to schedule your consultation with Dr Choy.