For surgeons wanting to advance their abilities in Facelift surgery, the first step is by participate in a full MAFAC ‘hands on’ Cadaver Dissection Course to enhance your anatomical understanding. It is a must.

Having demonstrated your commitment to higher anatomical understanding, the resources of MAFAC remain available to assist the motivated surgeon to proceed to the next level.

Most of the experienced MAFAC Faculty and many of the MAFAC GRADUATES whose facelift practices have subsequently flourished, continue to offer their experience to previous MAFAC GRADUATES by making themselves available for Graduates who wish to learn from them individually, in their operating room by being an OBSERVER.

The MAFAC website lists the Surgeons who offer an Observership in many parts of the world. Accordingly, when you see the published list of the surgeons, included are their contact details to enable you to communicate your request directly with the surgeon of your choosing. This could be a one off visit for a day, but may be extended to a full week or more according to the individual arrangement you make with your intended host surgeon.

The surgeons you visit obtain great satisfaction of trying to pitch the surgical teaching to your level of experience and seeing their visiting surgeons grasp the clinical surgery, often first learned in MAFAC. For them there is a real enjoyment from the learning that comes from teaching.

There is a bond between MAFAC surgeons, as we all remember our early pre MAFAC days. When we were operating on the face without the clear understanding of the layers anatomy and the spaces and ligaments between them. After MAFAC there is the sense of confidence and optimism that develops from this understanding.

There is no fee for payable for this service. Nor is there an obligation on the Host surgeon, who takes on an Observer. The only obligations on the Observer Surgeon are the usual courtesies to the Host surgeon and to post a report on the Mafac Website on their experience, with the interests in mind of other MAFAC GRADUATES looking to find the most appropriate Observership for their needs.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our MAFAC SECRETARY, Jilda at



This list which commenced in April 2016 includes MAFAC Faculty as well as surgeons who have been involved in higher anatomical education of the face, through the ‘Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Courses’ and have applied this understanding in no less than 50 facelifts.  These surgeons have generously offered to share their surgical experience of anatomical based facelifts by providing ‘Visiting Observerships’ to Plastic Surgeons who have previously learnt at a Melbourne Advanced Facial Anatomy Course. 

Please note that this introduction service is an informal arrangement between yourself and the teaching surgeon.  To request a ‘Visiting Observership’, please communicate directly with the surgeon of your choosing from the email list below.

AUSTRALIA Bryan Mendelson (Faculty)
Mark Ashton(Faculty)
Peter Callan (Faculty)
Keith Mutimer(Faculty)
Tim Papadopoulos (Faculty)
Mark Magnusson (Faculty)
Scott Ingram (Faculty)
Howard Webster (Faculty)
Matt Hansen (Faculty)
Dan Kennedy (Faculty)
Jeremy Wilson (Faculty)
ARGENTINA Andres Freschi (Faculty)
BRAZIL Ruth Graff (Faculty)
JAPAN Ryuichi Utsugi (Faculty)
SINGAPORE Chin Ho Wong (Faculty)
SOUTH KOREA Min-Hee Ryu (Faculty)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Richard Bensimon(Faculty)
Chris Surek (Faculty)