Facelift and Neck Lift

No matter how we try to fight them, time, sun damage and genetics may have left you with wrinkled or sagging skin on the face or neck. Because your face is the most recognizable part of you, it’s only natural to want to put forward a smoother and more youthful face to the world. A facelift or neck lift — either alone or in conjunction with each other — can help you project an image of attractiveness, confidence and vitality.

Our surgeons bring extensive training and years of experience to the task of rejuvenating your face. They work closely with you to create the right look for you.

The Procedure

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, addresses the lower two-thirds of your face. It removes excess skin, repositions fat deposits and tightens facial muscles, giving you a more youthful look. You can opt for a skin-only facelift, which is a quicker, less invasive procedure, but a traditional facelift (superficial musculoaponeurotic system, or SMAS) involves the underlying musculature of the face and gives longer lasting effects. Either procedure typically takes three to four hours to complete under general anesthesia.

A neck lift addresses the area below the chin and jaw. Our surgeon makes an incision under the chin and trims hanging skin while also tightening muscles and loose areas of skin. Liposuction may be necessary to remove excess fat in the area. The process typically takes about two hours to complete.

You may choose to undergo other facial cosmetic procedures in conjunction with these surgeries, including rhinoplasty or nonsurgical options like injectables.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get one procedure without the other? Yes. Facelift and neck lift are standalone procedures, so you can choose to get one without the other. They are often done together, but many patients opt for just one surgery.

What is recovery like? Both procedures are considered outpatient procedures, but in some cases, you may be required to spend a night in the hospital. You may feel a pulling or tightening sensation in your face and neck after the surgery, and bruising is common, but both should subside within a couple of weeks. You should be able to return to work in seven to ten days, but final results may not appear for a few months.

What is the ideal age for these procedures? Many patients are between the ages of 50 and 70, but there is no true ideal age — patients as young as 21 come in for neck lifts after losing weight. Younger patients (up to the late 40s) may experience longer-lasting effects.

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