Facelift & Neck Lift
Our surgeons perform facelift and neck lift surgeries to restore smoother skin and more youthful shape to the lower half of the face. These procedures address signs of aging such as flattened, droopy cheeks, jowls, neck bands, and nasolabial folds and other lines around the chin and mouth. Using a modern approach and state-of-the-art techniques, our surgeons create a refreshed, natural look that suggests youthfulness – not cosmetic surgery.
Even as the number of non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments continues to increase, facial plastic surgery — including neck lift and facelift — remains popular. Men and women travel from throughout Washington- Baltimore corridor to have a facelift at our practice.
A Modern Approach
There is no single facelift technique that is appropriate for all people. Anyone who has spent time researching facelifts and neck lifts may be a little confused by the different names for various facelift procedures. The truth is that your selection of a plastic surgeon is more important than the name of the procedure. The common goal of all facelift procedures is to provide a long-lasting, rejuvenated aesthetic result that looks both natural and balanced, with few complications and minimal downtime.
To achieve that goal, our plastic surgeons often combine a neck lift with facelift surgery. Rarely does a person whose lower face shows signs of aging not benefit from a simultaneous procedure to tighten and elevate the neck’s tissue and muscles. They may also recommend eyelid surgery or non-surgical injectable treatments to complete your facial rejuvenation.
Experienced, highly trained plastic surgeons like Dr. Chang and Dr. Tilt use their experience to take the best features of advanced surgical techniques and use them to suit the needs of each patient. This hybrid approach incorporates certain benefits that include:
- Short scars
- Limited downtime
- Long-lasting results
Most modern facelift procedures involve making shorter incisions than those of traditional facelifts, while still allowing access to the tissue and muscle, which is lifted and repositioned vertically.
This deeper layer of tissue and muscle is referred to as the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system), and is suspended much like a hammock, countering gravity’s effect on the aging face. In the past, when surgeons manipulated this layer, postoperative bruising and swelling were significant and the recovery was prolonged. It often took up to 4 weeks for the bruising and swelling to resolve.
Our surgeons combine the principles of the SMAS facelift with a technique that’s been refined in recent years involving shorter incisions and less manipulation of the tissue. Called the MACS lift (minimal access cranial suspension), this hybrid facelift has been a preferred technique for several years because it limits scarring, and involves less downtime, but still gets excellent results that last for years.
Each patient is unique, and your surgeon carefully assesses the bone structure of your face, your skin’s elasticity, and the extent of wrinkling and sagging skin to determine the best surgical approach. The extent of the surgery will also affect the cost of your facelift procedure, which will also be discussed following your consultation.
What Is the Recovery Time for a Facelift?
Our plastic surgeons use surgical techniques that are designed to get excellent, natural-looking results without the patient having to go through weeks of recovery. In most cases, facelift patients can return to work in about a week to 10 days. You will receive detailed post-operative instructions that help maintain your comfort and promote faster healing. Many patients are pleasantly surprised that there is minimal discomfort during the recovery.