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.
Facelift and Neck Lift FAQs
How much does a facelift and neck lift cost?
The exact cost of a facelift and neck lift will vary between patients. When you have your consultation at our office, your surgeon will tell you how much your procedure may cost and can break down the total so you fully understand what you are paying for. If you are concerned about being able to afford a facelift, ask us about our financing and payment options.
How soon can I return to work after my facelift and neck lift?
Expect to take at least a week off from work to rest and recover. After that first week, listen to your body and check in with us to help you determine if you are ready to return to work and other daily activities.
Am I a candidate for a facelift and neck lift?
Anyone with sufficient facial or neck laxity could be a good candidate for a lift. Those with more minor concerns might benefit more from non-surgical options such as injectable fillers. All of this will be discussed at your consultation, giving you the opportunity to evaluate your options and select the one best suited to you.
What is the right age for getting a face and neck lift?
There is no universal right age for a facelift and neck lift. It depends on when you show signs of aging that are bothersome for you personally. Most people getting these procedures are in their mid-fifties to mid-sixties. However, you might be ready at a younger or even older age.
If I get a face and neck lift done when I am younger, will the results be better?
Not necessarily. While some studies indicate that younger people may see longer-lasting results, this doesn’t mean the results themselves are better. On average, people will start to notice skin laxity again 7 to 10 years after getting a facelift and/or neck lift, but for those who are younger, it might be closer to 15.
Which facelift or neck lift technique offers the best results?
Different techniques are not inherently better or worse than others, so long as they are modern and affirmed by medical research. The key is for your plastic surgeon to select the technique that is best for your features and offers the scar placement that works best for you.
Should a facelift be combined with fat injections or fillers?
In some cases, yes. Oftentimes, signs of aging are not so much the result of the skin getting looser but the loss of volume, particularly in the face. When this is the issue, your surgeon can both tighten the skin and increase facial volume. This helps the results look more natural, avoiding a “windblown” look.
How do I select the best plastic surgeon for a facelift or neck lift near me?
Start by scheduling consultations with several board-certified plastic surgeons in your area. Meet with them and get a feel for the work they do. Look and their before and after photos and see how they align with your expectations. Eliminate those you aren’t comfortable with or whose results aren’t what you are looking for. Then, make a list of pros and cons for the plastic surgeons you are still considering and pick the one that feels best for you.