Richard Zinn

Richard Zinn is a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon with a special interest in breast and cosmetic surgery.
1 Verona Lane 3002 Melbourne, Victoria
Phone: (03) 8658 6655


Procedure: Facelift
Indication: Removal of excess skin, smoothing of wrinkles, redraping and elevation of facial supporting ligaments, muscle and fat. Redefining of jawline and smoothing lines around the mouth and nasolabial folds.
Areas targeted: jowls, jawline, midface, neck and cheek.
Duration: Three-five hours
Associated procedures: Blepharoplasty, facial fat fills, hyaluronic acid filler, botulin toxin injection, chemical peel
Anaesthesia: General anaesthesia Incision Well-hidden in hairline, ear crease and behind the ear
Length of hospital stay: 24 hours
Recovery: Initial swelling, feeling of tightness, numbness. Bruising. Usually return to work or normal activity by two-three weeks

A facelift remains the single biggest impact you can make on the signs of facial ageing. It remains the gold standard by which all other techniques are measured. Newer, less invasive techniques aim to make smaller impact over a longer period of time, but a threshold is reached where no other procedure will offer equal benefit.

As we age, the combination of gravity, skin and fat excess, ligamentous laxity and volume loss causes our facial appearance to change. The youthful fullness of the upper and middle third of the face is replaced by descent of tissue and volume in the lower 1/3 of the face. The neck may accumulate fat, excess skin and platysmal bands.

Dr. Zinn’s approach to facial rejuvenation is comprehensive, blending surgical and non-surgical techniques to address signs of ageing in the upper, middle and lower third of the face. Adjunctive techniques that may be recommended include blepharoplasty, brow and neck lift, chemical peels, injectable botulin toxin, hyaluronic acid and fat fills. Harmony in facial rejuvenation is of the utmost importance and is central to Dr. Zinn’s philosophy.

Based on an in-depth assessment, and your specific concerns, Dr. Zinn will formulate a personalized surgical plan for you. Other options including less invasive techniques can also be discussed.

The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure can take between three and five hours but depends if any adjuvant procedures are added. Recovery in the hospital for 24 hours is recommended. Drains are left in place after the procedure but removed at discharge. Dressings and bandaging are kept light and minimal. Swelling, bruising and tightness take approximately two weeks to resolve by which time you are able to return to normal social activities and work. Results are expected to last seven to 10 years.

Dr. Zinn is involved in every aspect of the planning, execution and recovery from the procedure. He personally oversees all dressings and post-op care and is always available for questions and support.