Dr. Alexandra Turner Plastic Surgeon MBBS BSc FRACS

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Face Lifts, Neck lifts, Eyelid Surgery, & Otoplasty

Procedures for the face don't just include neck and face lifts, but also eyelid lifts to remove excess skin, otoplasty to fix prominent ears, and surgery to treat facial fractures.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is a procedure for removing excess or sagging skin caused by the effects of ageing. It can also correct the ‘turkey gobbler’ appearance. The incision is behind the ear extending around to the back of the hairline. You may also need a small incision under the chin.

What's Involved

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia in a hospital, and overnight stay. A head bandage is worn for compression for 1 week. Recovery time is usually 3 weeks.

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Prominent Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

This operation is for people who dislike their prominent ears (also known as bat ears). This can be performed as a day case under sedation, or general anaesthetic.

What's Involved

The ears are restored to a normal appearance via an incision behind the ear, which is not visible. A head bandage is worn for 2 weeks which maintains the new shape of the ears. A sweat-band or something similar is then worn at night for 6 weeks.

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Face Lift

A facelift is a procedure used to correct the effects of the ageing process. This involves removing excess skin and tightening the remaining saggy skin. It is an incision in front of the ear extending behind the ear and into the hairline on the side of the head. This is sometimes performed in conjunction with a neck lift or eyelid lift.

What's Involved

The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic with an overnight stay in hospital. A compression bandage is worn for 1 week. Recovery time is often about 3-4 weeks

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Eyelid Lift (Blepharoplasty)

An eyelid lift can be performed on the upper or lower eyelids. It is more common on the upper lids. The surgery involves removing excess skin and sometimes pockets of fat that have become more prominent. The upper eyelid lift can be performed under sedation or even local anaesthetic.

What's Involved

The lower eyelid lift is a more complex procedure and requires a general anaesthetic in hospital but can still be performed as a day case. Expect some swelling and bruising after surgery, Recovery time and return to work is typically 2 weeks.

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Facial Fractures

Facial bones are often broken (fractured) following significant impact such as motor vehicle accidents, assaults or simply following a fall. Sometimes facial bone fractures need to be fixed with metalwork. Common operations include repair of orbital floor blow out fractures (floor of the eye socket), zygoma fractures (cheekbone), or mandible fractures (jaw). 

What's Involved

These procedures are performed in hospital with an overnight stay. Recovery is usually 2 weeks, with the exception of jaw fractures which require a slow recovery involving a soft (liquefied) diet for 4 weeks.

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