Ponytail Facelift – for the younger patient

A Ponytail Facelift can help younger patients deal with early signs of ageing

If you have long hair, you might have noticed already that tying it back into a ponytail can helps mask some of the signs of facial ageing. You can have the same effect with the help of plastic surgery and we have a facelift technique gaining popularity – The Ponytail Facelift.

Dr Scott Turner is an experienced Sydney Plastic Surgeon and Facelift Expert – find out more about his Ponytail lift technique and have a look at before and after photos of facelift patients.

What Is The Ponytail Lift?

Ponytail facelift quick facts
ResultsLifts the upper face and brow, improves the jawline. It gives the face a luxurious and rejuvenated look
Length of procedure3 hours 
Results last5 to 7 years
AnaesthesiaGeneral anaesthesia
Recovery time1 week on average

When describing facelift surgery, plastic surgeons use a range of terms to explain the procedure. And there isn’t one name for all patients. What one expert may call a lower or partial facelift, another will call a mini facelift.

Though the desired outcome and methods carried out are similar, the reason for that is relatively simple. There isn’t a single term in cosmetic surgery that will truly apply to everyone because when it comes to facelifts, there isn’t a “one-size-fits-all” technique.

Facelifts are uniquely tailored for every patient. Each patient will get the facelift they need – and some require more “work” than others. While some patients may have significant facial ageing in the cheek, jowls and neck may benefit from a more comprehensive face and neck lift, others may just want to rejuvenate their upper face and require a more minimally invasive, limited facelift or a ponytail facelift.

A ponytail lift usually involves incisions made near the temples – in the temporal region, either within the hair or just in front of the hairline, extending down along the contours of the top half of the ear. The ponytail lift differs from a conventional full face and neck lift in the incisions do not have to extend around the earlobe, onto the back of the ear and neck skin and don’t require an incision under the chin.

The above makes it much easier to hide incision marks: but you should be careful. Choosing an experienced plastic surgeon is always essential for the success of your procedure.

A talented and experienced plastic surgeon understands how to perform the intervention to make sure you get the best possible results and you look years younger.

Is a Ponytail Lift Surgery Right For Me?

You may be wondering what a ponytail facelift can do for you or you like the idea of rejuvenating sagging skin. But is a ponytail facelift appropriate for everyone?

A ponytail facelift is most effective for younger women – patients in their 30’s to 40’s who are wanting to improve and augment the eyebrow and check region, and suitable for those with early signs of facial ageing. For women in their 50’s to 70’s that are concerned about jowls and sagging skin in the neck region a ponytail facelift is usually inadequate, and they require a more traditional face and neck lift procedure.

As the incisions for a ponytail facelift are limited, access to the deeper tissues is therefore also restricted. This procedure allows elevation of the lateral eyebrow region and only the upper part of the cheek, however no correction to the lower cheek or jowl can be corrected via this method nor restoring a saggy neckline. To achieve a more comprehensive correction of those cheeks, jowl and restore a tight neckline a formal deep plane facelift and extended platysmaplasty neck lift is recommended.

Recovery Time after a Ponytail Facelift

A ponytail facelift has a shorter recovery time compared to a full facelift. The average recovery time is of one week. After this, you can return to work.

The procedure is done under general anaesthesia in a private hospital. Most patients don’t experience significant pain or discomfort during the recovery period. Dr Turner will prescribe medication to alleviate the discomfort. After the surgery, you should avoid all strenuous physical exercises for up to 4 weeks.

The recovery period is different from one patient to the other. Make sure to bring up this topic during your consultation with Dr Turner to find out more details about what to expect during recovery after a Ponytail Lift surgery.

Keep in mind that it is essential to avoid sun exposure during recovery. A balanced and healthy diet is essential to speed up the recovery. Keep hydrated and get enough sleep. Avoid smoking and nicotine.

Ponytail Lift Surgery Potential Complications

A ponytail facelift is a surgical procedure. And just like any type of surgery, adverse reactions could be expected. Such as pain, bruising, and swelling. However, severe complications like extreme bleeding are rare.

This technique uses fewer incisions as opposed to a full facelift. Find out more details about potential risks and complications of plastic surgery from Dr Turner’s page.

Ponytail Lift FAQs

How long do the results of a ponytail facelift last?

  • The results of this surgery are temporary as facial ageing will continue. You can expect them to last for 5 to 7 years at best.

Is a ponytail lift less invasive?

  • Since the procedure relies on smaller incisions, its less invasive nature makes it a go-to choice among younger patients. Scaring is minimal, but the outcome isn’t as dramatic as the one you would get with a full facelift. 

What is the best age for a ponytail facelift?

  • It depends on the circumstances and facial structure. Many patients in their early or mid-30s to 40s like to have the treatment done to restore their youthful appearance.

About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Scott Turner - Top Plastic Surgeon Sydney and Best plastic surgeon Newcastle

Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Find out more about pricing, medical payment plans and paying for your surgery
  • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us

How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


  • To find out more information about surgery you can book a FREE 15 minute phone conversation with our Patient Care team – BOOK A CALENDLY CALL

Contact us or call on  1300 437 758 to arrange your surgeon consultation in Sydney or Newcastle.

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