Mid-Facelift Sydney

A Mid-Facelift gently improves the eye area, the nasolabial fold and the upper cheek. This procedure restores a more lifted and contoured mid-facial structure, paired with a reduced vertical height of the lower eyelids. It also improves sagging cheeks and lines running from the nose to the mouth.

Mid-Facelift Sydney

A Mid-Facelift gently improves the eye area, the nasolabial fold and the upper cheek. This procedure restores a more lifted and contoured mid-facial structure, paired with a reduced vertical height of the lower eyelids.

Signs of aging occur in this area due to the loss of facial fat. We have pockets of fat that run horizontally across our face, but as we age, the fat deflates, and we start to see vertical folds occurring in our face. A Mid-Facelift surgery improves the sagging cheeks and the lines running from the nose to the mouth to give a tighter appearance.

Womans face being marked to show facelift areas

How does a mid-facelift work to adjust the contours of the face?

It’s important to remember that every individual is unique and so too are their needs and desired outcomes for cosmetic surgery. If you’re considering a procedure, it’s essential to have a comprehensive consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. They can help you understand whether you’re a suitable candidate and what you can realistically expect from the surgery. The information provided here is meant to help guide you, but it’s not a replacement for professional medical advice. Always organise a consultation for personalised advice.

If you are concerned about the way you look or are thinking about cosmetic surgery for confidence reasons, there are alternatives. Talking to a counsellor or psychologist may help you overcome your concerns about your appearance.

Elevates sagging cheeks: A mid-facelift works by lifting and repositioning the fat pads in the cheeks to restore fullness.
Reduces nasolabial folds: The procedure reduces the appearance of deep lines running from the nose to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial folds).
Enhances lower eyelids: It can smooth and tighten the area below the eyes, reducing the appearance of under-eye bags or hollowness.
Enhances lower eyelids: It can smooth and tighten the area below the eyes, reducing the appearance of under-eye bags or hollowness.
Minimises scarring: Incisions are typically hidden in the hairline or inside the mouth, minimising visible scarring.
Offers a targeted solution: Ideal for individuals whose primary concerns are concentrated in the middle third of the face.

What to expect


The mid-facelift journey begins with a comprehensive consultation with our seasoned surgeon. During this meeting, your goals for the surgery, medical history, and facial structure will be evaluated. The surgeon will assess your cheek volume, skin quality, and the degree of sagging in the mid-face area. This consultation is a valuable opportunity for you to express any concerns or ask any questions you might have about the procedure.

Number and type of consultation

It is a requirement under the law, that a patient seeking cosmetic surgery must have at least two pre-operative consultations. The patient’s first consultation must be with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery or another registered health practitioner who works with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery (not a patient advisor or an agent). At least one of the two consultations must be in person with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. Other consultations can be in person or by video.

When consent can be given

A patient must not be requested to sign consent forms at their first consultation and cannot consent to cosmetic surgery until they have had an in-person consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the surgery. The decision to have the surgery (provision of informed consent) must be made at a consultation with the medical practitioner who will perform the procedure (in person or by video).

Cooling-off Period

There must be a cooling-off period of at least seven days after the patient has had two consultations and given informed consent (signed consent forms), before the surgery can be booked or a deposit paid. 


Once the surgical plan has been mutually agreed upon, you will receive specific instructions to prepare for your mid-facelift. These guidelines may include dietary recommendations, advice on smoking and alcohol consumption, instructions regarding specific medications or supplements, and facial hygiene procedures.


A mid-facelift typically takes between two to three hours and is commonly performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. The procedure involves making small incisions along the hairline and/or inside the mouth. The surgeon then lifts the fat pads in the cheeks, repositions them to a higher level, and secures them in place. This technique results in a smoother contour and reduces sagging in the mid-face area.


After the surgery, you’ll be monitored in a recovery room for a short period. Most patients can go home the same day, though occasionally an overnight hospital stay may be recommended. Swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort are expected but will begin to lessen after a few days.

Most patients feel ready to resume their daily activities and return to work within one to two weeks. Regular follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your healing and to ensure a smooth recovery.

The final results of your mid-facelift might not be fully apparent for several months, as it takes time for the face to fully heal and adjust to its new contours. Our team remains committed to providing ongoing care and support throughout your entire mid-facelift journey.

Surgery Time
2.5 to 4 hours
Hospital Time
Day stay with an option for overnight
Time off work
Working from home after 1 week, back in office after 3 weeks - Occupation Dependent
Cast Removal
Face garment for two weeks
Can shower next day, however incisions must stay dry
4 to 6 weeks
24 hours after general anaesthetic and not while taking prescribed pain relief. We also recommend checking with your CTA insurer as to the post surgery exclusion period.
After 14 days for national and 4 weeks for international
Full Recovery
6 to 12 months for final results

Considerations Before Cosmetic Surgery

While we aim to provide accurate information about the different surgical procedures available, it’s important to understand that the content provided here serves as a general guide only. The specifics of each surgery, including the procedure detailed above, can and will vary significantly from person to person, depending on their unique circumstances and physical characteristics.

Undergoing cosmetic surgery is a serious decision that requires ample thought, careful consideration, and meticulous planning. It should never be taken lightly or treated trivially, as it can have profound impacts on one’s lifestyle and wellbeing.

Recovery from cosmetic surgery, too, requires time, support, and proper aftercare. We strive to present realistic and transparent information about the recovery process, but individual experiences may vary. It is typical for recovery to involve certain services or requirements, such as the use of compression garments or receiving therapeutic massages. It also often necessitates significant lifestyle changes, which may include a period of absence from employment and temporary restrictions on certain activities.

In light of these considerations, we strongly encourage potential patients to engage in comprehensive discussions with their GP and our surgeons. The goal is to fully understand the implications, requirements, and likely outcomes of any chosen procedure, and to make informed decisions about their health and aesthetics.

For more information on preparing for cosmetic surgery visit health.gov.au/cosmeticsurgery

General risks and complications of surgery include:

Substantial Hemorrhage: This involves severe blood loss from the area that underwent surgery, which may necessitate additional medical interventions.
Susceptibility to Infection: Post-surgery, the risk of infection can rise, potentially requiring either antibiotic treatment or subsequent surgical interventions.
Allergic Responses: Patients may exhibit allergic reactions to medical materials such as sutures, dressings, or antiseptic solutions used during and after the procedure.
Hematoma Formation: This involves the development of a sizable clot of blood beneath the incision site, which may necessitate medical drainage.
Post-Surgical Discomfort: Patients may experience pain, bruising, and swelling in the area surrounding the surgical site.
Scar Development: There's a risk of developing keloids or hypertrophic scars, which are elevated, red, and thickened scars over the healed incisions. Though they can be bothersome and aesthetically displeasing, they don't pose a direct health threat.
Delayed Healing Process: Healing can be sluggish, especially in patients with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or those who smoke.
Anaesthesia Risks: Patients may experience short-term nausea following general anaesthesia, along with other potential risks associated with anaesthesia.

Mid-Facelift Surgery risks and complications include:

Pain and Discomfort: Mid-Facelift surgery can result in substantial post-operative pain, necessitating an effective pain management plan.
Infection Risk: As with all surgical procedures, there's a potential for developing an infection post-surgery, which may require additional treatments or interventions.
Visible Scarring: Despite efforts to minimize and strategically place incisions, any surgical procedure, including facelifts, can result in noticeable scarring. In some instances, scars may be hypertrophic or form keloids.
Hematoma or Seroma Formation: There's a possibility of developing a hematoma (a collection of blood) or seroma (a collection of serous fluid) in the surgical area, which might require additional medical procedures.
Facial Nerve Damage: Facelift surgery could potentially lead to temporary or permanent damage to facial nerves, resulting in facial weakness, asymmetry, or altered sensation.
Unmet Aesthetic Expectations: There's always a risk that the aesthetic results of the surgery may not meet the patient's expectations, necessitating further revisional surgery.
Skin Necrosis: A small risk of skin necrosis, or tissue death, exists, particularly among patients who smoke or have other risk factors. This can affect both the healing process and the final outcome.

How Much Does Mid Facelift Cost?

Your personalised quote will be prepared following an in-depth evaluation by our expert surgeon. This includes a thorough assessment of your individual needs, detailed explanation of the procedure, and a tailored approach to best achieve the desired outcomes. The quote considers various elements including surgical supplies, hospital requirements, and the specifics of the surgery itself.

Potential rebates might be available if the procedure is deemed medically necessary by relevant health authorities. Conditions for this include providing evidence supporting the medical necessity of the surgery and a referral from a healthcare professional. Your private health insurance may also provide coverage, so it’s essential to discuss this with your provider.


If you are in otherwise good health and you have realistic expectations about dealing with the appearance – you are a good candidate.
No treatment or surgery can totally stop the effects of aging. A facelift can produce a tighter skin appearance, however continued stretching and settling of the skin and soft tissues of the skin will occur. Thus after surgery, patients will continue to age, but retain the improvement gained from their procedure. Facelift surgery will not cause a patient to age more quickly.
Self Assess Your Readiness

Are you sure that you are ready for a Facelift? There are many important factors that could influence whether you are in a position to handle a Facelift surgery, and how your current lifestyle can impact the quality of the results that you can achieve. We’ve provided a simple assessment to help better focus your mentality around how prepared you may be for getting a Facelift. This is not a replacement for a proper consultation with a qualified surgeon like Dr Zacharia, which will be the determining factor for whether or not to proceed, but this assessment can help focus your thoughts and prepare you mentally for what is in store and it will be looked through by Dr Michael Zacharia and the team to provide feedback and thoughts on your responses.

Self-Assess Your Readiness For a Facelift

Thank you for taking the Dr Zacharia self-assessment form to better understand how mentally and physically you are for achieving the best facelift possible. Please answer all questions below, and provide photos for a pre op screening by Dr Zacharia.

Disclaimer: Please note that Dr Zacharia has the same rights as a patient. If you choose not to go ahead with Dr Zacharia based on his recommendations, he also has the right to turn away patients who he feels may be too high risk for surgery or show a lack of compliance for surgery protocols.

Surgery is a serious decision, and we are striving for the best outcomes for all. However, all surgery comes with a risk of complication or revision. Follow your pre and post op instructions for your safety and best possible outcome. However, the human body is not an exact science and Dr Zacharia and his team can only use their extensive experience to help guide you through any issue that could arise.

Please complete the following information, so we can send you your results and contact you for further discussion later.

Dr ZACHARIA’s opinion will be based on your anatomy. If the budget you have specified does not meet his recommendations, we will highlight the limitations of lesser invasive treatments based on your budget/ anatomy.

Please provide a front on and profile photo of your face. Also, a photo of you on your profile looking down. Ideally stand in front of a plain wall or door and have someone else take the photos for the best pre op consult advise.

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