Face Surgery

The face shows our character, emotions, but also our age and signs of aging like no other part of the body. The pace of life filled with stress and lack of sleep, inadequate diet, excessive sun exposure, and smoking, leave marks on our face and neck.

Wrinkles, fine lines, eye bags and sagging jowls are just some of the inevitable signs of ageing. In addition to the effects of time on your skin, several factors such as prolonged sun exposure, genetics, medications, smoking, and repeated facial expressions can also play an integral part in the development of these skin imperfections. If you want to achieve smoother, radiant, and younger-looking skin on your face, facial surgery might be right for you. The facial surgeries offered by Dr Mark Doyle, a specialist plastic surgeon are outlined below.

What is Face Surgery?

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Face surgery includes a set of surgical procedures that achieve facial refreshing and shaping to achieve the desired result. The goal of face surgery may be to remove excess skin or fat or to tighten the skin on your face, eyes, nose, forehead, neck, jaw, and lip area.

In the case where non-surgical methods can no longer keep up with the results of aging, undergoing cosmetic plastic surgery might be the productive step that can result in more visible and lasting results.

Am I a Good Candidate for Face Surgery?

A candidate for facial surgery is any person who is to some extent dissatisfied with their appearance.

If you suffer from image issues caused by the appearance of your face or other facial features, and you have exhausted all non-invasive options or want more lasting and obvious results, considering face surgery might be the right solution.

But due to the extensiveness of most facial procedures, certain prerequisites must be met in order to be a good candidate for this type of surgery.

You should be a non-smoking person with good overall health. In the first place, this means that you do not suffer from serious illnesses and other medical conditions that could endanger your safety.

Also, you need to be a mentally stable person, confident in your decision, and aware of all the risks, complications, and results that this procedure can provide you.

During your initial consultation with Dr Mark, he will assess your health history, current medications, body type, and aesthetic goals to determine if face surgery is right for you. In general, you are a good candidate for a face contouring procedure if:

  • You are bothered by the visible signs of aging on your face.
  • You are not taking any medications that can significantly increase your risk of bleeding.
  • You are willing to adhere to pre-and-post-surgical instructions.
  • You don’t have a bleeding or clotting disorder.
  • You don’t have any chronic debilitating disease.
  • You don’t smoke.
  • You have a positive outlook on life.
  • You have realistic treatment goals.
  • You have wrinkles, fine lines, eye bags, sagging jowls, and other visible signs of aging.

Benefits of Face Surgery

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The goal of facial surgery is to restore your face to its natural contours and freshness. Depending on your procedure, some benefits of facial surgery include:

  • Improved breathing
  • Tighter skin
  • Long-lasting results
  • Improved visual function
  • Improved outlook in life
  • Smoother, radiant facial skin

The results of facial procedures are individual and may vary due to the patient’s condition and their anatomical predispositions. Patients are generally able to achieve their aesthetic goals.

Dr Doyle is a top facial surgery expert with years of experience and has performed thousands of facial surgery procedures.

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Your face is made up of many structures that give it personality. It contains over 40 different muscles, almost half of which we use just to smile!

With the development of plastic surgery, various methods have emerged that focus on your face as a whole, the contours of your chin, the look of your neck, and the appearance of your ears.

The most frequent procedures performed by Dr Doyle, a plastic and cosmetic surgeon specialising in facial surgeries are:


A Face Lift, also known as Rhytidectomy, is the most well-known and widespread procedure in facial plastic surgery, with the goal of achieving a more radiant appearance. A facelift can help restore the contour of your face and neck to produce a more pleasing, smoother appearance.

Mini Facelift

The Mini Face Lift is a less invasive version of the classic facelift, and it is ideal for all those who have less pronounced signs of aging. A mini-facelift (also called S-lift, or mini-lift) is a facial procedure that’s designed to tighten your face and neck and smoothen any wrinkles and skin folds that might be fading out your jaw and necklines and making you look old.

Eyelid Surgery

Eyelid surgery or Blepharoplasty can correct droopy and puffy eyes with excess skin by restoring the skin around the eyes. The result is a natural, restored appearance that reduces visible signs of ageing. Vision improvements can also be achieved by minimising the sagging lids.

Brow Lift / Forehead Lift

A Brow Lift can lift and tighten the forehead skin minimising wrinkles and removing the excess upper eyelid skin. This procedure can also raise lowered eyebrows to brighten your overall facial expression. The result is a more refreshed, and well-rested appearance to the eyes.

Ear Reshaping

Ear pinning (or Otoplasty) is a surgical procedure that changes the size and shape of the ears, often placing them closer to the head. Ear reduction is an aesthetic correction of the ears to form a more harmonious ears shape and appearance. This is a optimal procedure that can permanently improve the appearance of your ears.

Neck Lift

A neck lift, also known as a lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that removes excess skin and tissue from the neck region to tighten the skin and enhance the natural contours of the neck and jawline. It is important to note that this procedure is only a restorative surgical procedure meaning that it can only enhance the naturally present contours, not stop the aging process.

Neck and Chin Liposuction

Liposuction of the neck and chin is clinically one of the most rewarding procedures in cosmetic surgery. With a short, low-risk, and relatively cheap procedure, patients achieve a significant change in their appearance. Liposuction is performed for areas of fatty tissue that won’t go away with weight loss and exercise. This procedure can remove stubborn fat pockets and contours the curves of the body.

Cosmetic Injections

In cases of milder signs of aging, especially in middle-aged patients, minimally invasive anti-ageing wrinkle injections can be a great solution for concealing unwanted age-marks. Anti-aging injectables block the nerves responsible for muscle activity. It is a non-permanent procedure that decreases lines and wrinkles by reducing muscle contractions.

Recovery After Face Surgery

Several factors are important for recovery, the most important being the patient’s ability to recover and the extent of the procedure. Your recovery time will greatly depend on the type and extent of your face contouring procedure as well as your desired cosmetic goals.

Most facial procedures are outpatient, meaning that patients are discharged to home care on the same day of surgery. Once you are stable, your surgeon will allow you to go home and will provide you with instructions regarding how to care for your surgical wounds, medications to take at home, and when to return for follow-up.

Most patients return to normal daily activities a week after the procedure, and for a quick and successful recovery, it is necessary to follow all the instructions given to you by Dr Doyle.

Depending on the procedure, you may normally experience pain and soreness on your face following your procedure., but with the prescribed medication, it is easily manageable and does not pose much stress during recovery.

It is important to keep in mind that the recovery period may vary from patient to patient. You will also be advised to refrain from strenuous activities to prevent tension on your suture lines.

What Dr Doyle does differently?

Dr Doyle is particularly well-known for his signature surgeries – neck lift, facelift, and eyelid procedures.

Patients love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence, and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result. In your initial consultation with Dr Doyle, he will answer all questions you may have and help you to overcome any anxiety, fear or stress regarding your surgery.

How Much Does Face Surgery Cost?

No part of our body is as individual as our face. For this reason, each facial operation is different and requires an individual approach. The average prices and costs of facial surgery vary as every patient has different medical conditions and treatment goals.

During your consultation, your surgeon will provide you with a customised estimate and price range for your desired facial contouring procedure. This quote includes the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee, and hospital fees.

Some face procedures are covered by Medicare health insurance and mainly relate to procedures that are closely related to the functionality of the nose. You can access our list of patient resources to find about more about the cost of face surgery:

Complications and Risks of Face Surgery

Risks and potential complications are very rare in facial procedures performed by Dr Doyle. However, all surgery has risks. The most common possible risks and complications are:

  • Bleeding
  • Loss of sensation
  • Haematomas
  • Infections
  • Pain
  • Seroma
  • Scars (Almost or completely invisible)
  • Risk of poor reaction to anesthesia

Like other surgical procedures, face surgery also has specific risks. When recovering at home, it is important to watch out for the following signs and symptoms associated with your procedure:

  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia such as skin rashes and difficulty breathing
  • Changes in your facial sensation
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Facial weakness
  • Increasing pain in your face
  • Numbness in one or both sides of your face
  • Pus draining from your wound
  • Severe swelling
  • Skin discolouration
  • Skin loss
  • Sutures that protrude through the skin
  • Unwanted scarring
  • Wound dehiscence

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Face Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does face surgery take?

Most of the facial procedures performed by Dr Doyle last between 2-4 hours.

How long after the facelift will I look normal?

It takes some time for the swelling, redness, and bruising to pass. But as time goes on, little by little, traces of facial surgery will be lost. Thanks to the experience and skills of Dr Doyle, this recovery period is minimal.

What age should I get a facelift?

There is no set age that conditions a facelift. Some of us age earlier, some later. But most patients who opt for a facelift are between 45-60 years of age. A mini face-lift, however, is best suited to patients who are showing fewer signs of ageing. These are typically men and women between the age of 30 and 50.

Will my Medicare or my Health Insurance cover my Face Surgery Expenses? 

In most cases, your insurance plan will not cover your facial surgery expenses because it is considered “elective surgery”. To reduce your financial burden, our renowned facial surgeons will provide you with financing options during your consultation.

What should I do before my Facial Surgery? 

During your consultation with a top surgeon, you will be advised to avoid any blood-thinning medications, smoking, alcohol, and prolonged sun exposure a week before your surgery to ensure optimal results and lower your risk of complications.

How can I minimize facial discomforts after my procedure? 

Aside from taking pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, your surgeon will advise you to use an ice compress over your surgical wound to minimize facial discomforts. Before discharge, your surgeon will teach you how to care for your wound.

How long will the results of my face surgery last? 

Several factors will affect the clinical outcome of your surgery including your surgeon’s skills, the type and extent of your surgery, how you care for your wound, and how you adhere to post-surgical instructions. In general, the results of facial surgery are permanent and can last for several years. However, due to the effects of gravity and further ageing, you may need another surgery at some point in your life to maintain your younger-looking skin.

Book a Consultation

If you are considering face surgery, Dr Doyle has over 30 years of experience as a specialist plastic surgeon. To learn more about facial plastic surgery procedures, or to book a consultation, please contact us today.

About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing BreastBodyFace and Nose surgery. Dr Doyle is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon with 30+ years of experience. He has completed all required training and only carries out approved surgical practices. There are absolutely NO undertrained doctors or cosmetic doctors acting as surgeons in our clinic.

As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is committed to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.


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*DISCLAIMER: All information on Gold Coast Plastic Surgery website is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Results can vary significantly and depend on individual patient circumstances. All images on this website, unless specified as real patient images, are stock images used for illustrative purposes only. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your surgeon. Book a consult for details regarding your cosmetic surgery procedure.