Cutting cost of a facelift

Mater Misericordiae Day unit's Dr Mark Vucak (holding a breast implant) sees patients for all different plastic surgeries as cosmetic procedures have become more affordable.
Mater Misericordiae Day unit's Dr Mark Vucak (holding a breast implant) sees patients for all different plastic surgeries as cosmetic procedures have become more affordable. Lee Constable

MOST people want to look good.

The search for eternal youth has many followers, as we'd rather fight than succumb to wrinkles and sagging skin.

There is no denying that in Mackay cosmetic procedures are very popular.

Previously, many people considering cosmetic procedures might have been scared off by high prices but this is no longer the case.

Queensland Plastic Surgery practice manager Suellen Stevens said there were several options available that were both less expensive and invasive.

Fraxal laser procedures were used to remove wrinkles, reduce skin pigmentation and help with sagging skin, Ms Stevens said.

The cost is about $2000-$3000, as opposed to significantly more for a facelift, which is ball parked from about $10,000-$11,000, she said.

"That (fraxal laser) could just as easily get the same results for them," she said.

It's not a replacement for a facelift, she said. For some, a facelift might be needed.

"If you just have fine lines and sun damage, then fraxal laser work could be a fantastic way to go," Ms Stevens said.

Cosmetic injectables are another great option.

They can be injected all over your face and can help achieve a youthful glow by plumping up tired skin.

They can even be used to re-shape your nose.

Rhinoplasty is estimated at about $6000-$7000, Ms Stevens said.

But you could achieve a different look through fillers around your nose for under $1000, depending on how significant the reshaping was. "It's a short-term solution but you can get some great results," she said.

"There's a lot of different options as far as injectable products."

Muscle relaxants can help with wrinkle reduction and the price is "in the $100s rather than in the $1000s" she said. The cost depends on how much of the injectable product was used.

"They are affordable options that aren't necessarily permanent but can achieve great results," Ms Stevens said.


Most popular procedures

  •  Lip fillers
  •  Dermal fillers
  •  Muscle relaxants for crow's-feet and forehead wrinkles


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