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What is Pinch Technique Facelift?

A Face Lift is one of the most popular procedures in plastic surgery. Over 240,000 facelifts were performed on patients last year in the USA. A Pinch Technique Facelift is a simpler version of a facelift that can be regarded as a mini facelift for patients that don’t yet need a full deep SMAS facelift.

A Facelift procedure is performed by tightening and removing excess skin, and sometimes by mobilizing the underlying layer called the SMAS, to give your face, neck, and jawline a younger and tighter look. The procedure can help by removing wrinkles, excess sagging skin, and restoring more attractive facial contours.

A Pinch Facelift is a Facelift procedure that achieves better contours of the jaw, lower third of the face, cheeks, and neck with less downtime. Thanks to this method, it is possible to restore the sharper contours of your jaw, reduce the visibility of the “double chin”, and achieve the desired definition of the lower part of the face and neck.

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Am I a Good Candidate for a Pinch Face Lift?

There are various factors that cause changes in our skin and subcutaneous tissue, but common to all people is ageing. Over time, the skin loses elasticity, becomes relaxed, and thus causes a less attractive, tired, and older look of the face and neck.

Of course, lifestyle habits, skin quality, sun exposure and diet are just some of the things that further affect the appearance of your skin and can cause negative consequences like wrinkles, lax skin, and loss of contours.

If your face has lost its youthful contours, and you are thinking about a rejuvenation procedure  that can help in a fast and effective way, Pinch Facelift may be the right choice!

But like any invasive procedure, the Pinch Technique Facelift comes with certain prerequisites that must be met in order for Dr. Patrick Briggs Plastic Surgeon Specialist to consider you a good candidate. You need to be realistic about what this procedure can do for you.

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Benefits Of Pinch Technique Facelift

There are many different Facelift techniques and each has certain benefits over the other.

A Pinch Technique Facelift is a procedure that has a shorter recovery time, and the results are quick and usually immediately visible.

While other techniques cause more severe swelling and bruising, and often a higher level of discomfort, recovery after Pinch Technique Facelift is easier.

Also, unlike other techniques, the position of incised scars is hidden in the natural ear crease line and hairline, which is an extra benefit, especially those most concerned about the position and visibility of the scars.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of this technique is that the incisions are not made in area’s in close proximity to branches of the facial nerve, and to tighten the neck itself it may not be necessary to make extra incisions as with other methods.

Results after the Pinch Technique procedure by Dr. Patrick Briggs look natural, and you will avoid an ‘over-done’ surgery look.

Pinch Technique Facelift Before and After Photos

Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After Pinch Technique Facelift surgery photographs representing typical results our patients get. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.

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Pinch Technique Facelift Surgical Procedure

The Pinch Technique Facelift is a complex procedure performed only by the most experienced Specialist Plastic Surgeons, such as Dr. Patrick Briggs.

Dr Briggs will make an incision around your earlobe that will be hidden in the natural crease of your ear and hairline.

Dr Briggs will then remove excess skin, without augmentation of the subcutaneous layers and muscles, which in other methods causes more severe trauma accompanied by bruising and swelling.

With this procedure, your lower third of the face, cheeks, and neck will get a more defined look and rejuvenated contours of your face.

The Pinch Technique Facelift can also be combined with other procedures, most often fat transfer to the area where there is a lack of volume, liposuction, and other procedures to complete the desired appearance.

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Recovery After Pinch Technique Facelift

The biggest advantage of the Pinch Facelift technique lies in recovery time.

Thanks to this less invasive method, recovery is milder, faster, and less uncomfortable than is the case with traditional Facelift methods.

Bruising and swelling are reduced, and after just a few days you can get a glimpse of your final results.

Also, most patients are usually discharged the same day to home care to begin the healing process. In cases where patients require enhanced care, it is possible to stay in the hospital for overnight observation.

Recovery time is shorter than with a traditional facelift, so this procedure is a great alternative for all those who cannot afford a longer recovery time and a long absence from work, school, and daily tasks.

Dr. Patrick Briggs and his team will provide you with all the necessary instructions for your recovery so that it passes as quickly and painlessly as possible.

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Minimising Scars after Mini Facelift

It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.

Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.

We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.

You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar minimisation treatments.

The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils,  Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!

Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and your health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person – resting helps healing.

Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.

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Facelift FAQs

Is Pinch Technique Facelift a good choice for me if I have more pronounced signs of aging?

  • Pinch Technique Facelift is a good choice for all patients, regardless of the degree of signs of aging. However, if you want more visible patients, it is possible that Dr Briggs suggests another method or a Full SMAS Facelift in combination with some other procedure.

After how much time can I return to my job/school?

  • If you follow the recovery instructions, and your procedure goes without complications, you can return to performing daily activities after a few days after surgery.
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Pinch Technique Facelift Surgery Cost

Each patient is different, and as such requires an individual approach. It is impossible to set a mean price that would be the same for all patients.

Dr Briggs will undertake a thorough consultation with you during which you will have the opportunity to express your wishes and expectations, on the basis of which the final price will be determined.

During the consultation, after the checks are made, you will receive a price quote for your case.

Visit the pricing page for more information about facelift payment plans.

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Funding Mini Facelift – Medicare, Payment Plans and Super

Some Facelift procedures may be eligible for Medicare.

Purely cosmetic Mini Facelift procedures are usually NOT covered by medicare or private health insurance so you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.

Many patients ask about payment options and medical finance – You can learn more about payment options for funding your Mini Facelift procedure on our Funding Surgery page here.

Your super fund may also be able to help pay for your procedure in certain circumstances – visit the Super for Surgery page to find out about early release of super on compassionate grounds.

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How to find the best Mini Facelift surgeon in Melbourne

Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since mini facelift is a major procedure, you’ll need a top mini facelift plastic surgeon. A reputable mini facelift surgeon has the following qualities:

  • A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
  • Extensive experience in different types of mini facelift.
  • Patient Before and After Photos .
  • Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
  • A great support team with long term follow up.

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Complications and Risks of Pinch Technique Facelift

All invasive procedures have consequences and risks.

The occurrence of complications also largely depends on whether and to what extent you follow the instructions given to you. Adverse consequences can occur if you smoke after surgery.

Although Pinch Technique Facelift is a procedure in which less than 5% of cases require repeated intervention, there are possible certain risks:

  • Infection
  • Bad reaction to anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Dissatisfaction with the results
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Commonly combined surgery

A Facelift can be performed on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as liposuction. Mini Facelift can also be performed with a procedure on another part of the body – for example breast and tummy surgery is commonly combined as a Mummy Makeover.

As a guide it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery and also to work on associated parts of the breast, body or face. See the BLOG on Combining Different Surgeries.

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Your Pinch Technique Journey


Your Pinch Technique Facelift Surgery begins with a first consultation, during which you will talk to Dr. Patrick Briggs about your wishes, expectations, and the reasons why you decide to have surgery. You will also undergo a detailed medical check-up to ensure your safety during the procedure and during the healing process.


You will be given the appropriate anesthesia, so you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Dr Briggs will perform the necessary steps, after which your recovery process begins.


There may be mild pain and discomfort during the first days of your recovery, which you can very easily control with prescription medications from your doctor. It is important that you follow all the instructions you will receive from Dr Briggs to make your recovery quick and efficient.

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Why Should You Have a Pinch Facelift With Dr Briggs?

Dr. Patrick Briggs is an expert and specialist in the field of Facelift Plastic Surgery.

Years of experience and the use of state-of-the-art methods such as Pinch Technique Facelift, rank him among the most experienced Plastic Surgery Specialists in Australia.

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Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.

*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general.  For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.