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Facelift / Neck Lift2020-05-18T10:38:19-07:00

Facelift / Neck Lift

A facelift is one of the most well-known cosmetic surgeries and one of the most requested procedures at Spectrum Plastic Surgery. However, many patients are uncertain of exactly what this procedure entails. A facelift is the removal of excess, sagging skin from the lower half of the face and the neck. A neck lift is part of a facelift, although in some circumstances a patient may be best suited for exclusively a neck lift. Treating lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity on the upper half of the face requires an eyelid lift, brow lift, or both. It is very common to combine a facelift with complementary procedures and surgeries to achieve a completed “lifted” and more youthful face.

Skin naturally loses its elasticity with age, and sun damage can exacerbate and speed up this process. Increased skin laxity is most often due to a decrease in collagen and elastin synthesis, coupled with constant manipulation of the skin, which is why lines and wrinkles first form around the eyes.

There are non-surgical procedures such as FaceTite that can help tighten skin, but in order to dramatically improve skin laxity, remove deep facial wrinkles, neck folds, and reduce wrinkles the more aggressive facelift might be a better approach. Patients can learn more about recommended treatments during their consultation with a leading facial plastic surgeon at Spectrum Plastic Surgery.

How A Facelift Is Performed

There are many methods for a facelift and all procedures begin with anesthesia via IV sedation or general anesthesia. Next, incisions are made under the chin and around the ears, extending into the hairline. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed (if necessary) and the underlying muscle is trimmed and tightened. Surgical sutures close the incisions.

Many patients are 60+ when they first begin considering a facelift, but there is no ideal age for this or any cosmetic procedure. Wrinkles, folds, and poor skin laxity are often caused by aging but can also be attributed to genetics and excessive UV exposure. Only a board certified and can help you decide which procedure is right for you and whether you’re a suitable candidate for a facelift.

Facelift Surgery | Spectrum Plastic Surgery, Scottsdale, Arizona

How A Facelift Is Performed

There are many methods for a facelift and all procedures begin with anesthesia via IV sedation or general anesthesia. Next, incisions are made under the chin and around the ears, extending into the hairline. Through these incisions, excess fat is removed (if necessary) and the underlying muscle is trimmed and tightened. Surgical sutures close the incisions.

Many patients are 60+ when they first begin considering a facelift, but there is no ideal age for this or any cosmetic procedure. Wrinkles, folds, and poor skin laxity are often caused by aging but can also be attributed to genetics and excessive UV exposure. Only a board certified and can help you decide which procedure is right for you and whether you’re a suitable candidate for a facelift.

See What People Are Saying

Patient Reviews

Reviews can also help when beginning the facelift journey and are a helpful tool when choosing a surgeon.

By GD, Real Patient Review*

“I highly recommend Dr. Jennifer … I am so pleased with the results. Thank you!”

By TJ, Real Patient Review*

“I was in there for appx 8 hours with extensive skin removal from my face … I can only give outstanding reviews!! The team that worked on me, ALL of them, were amazing individuals that gave tremendous care and genuine concern for my well being. I will not hesitate to refer them to my friends and family … Dr. Stutman and their staff were caring and very good at what they do.”

By MH, Real Patient Review*

“What a wonderful and professional staff! Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan is a 5 star surgeon with a 5 star staff. I am so ecstatic with the results!!!”

See What People Are Saying

Patient Reviews

Reviews can also help when beginning the facelift journey and are a helpful tool when choosing a surgeon.

By GD, Real Patient Review*

“I highly recommend Dr. Jennifer … I am so pleased with the results. Thank you!”

By TJ, Real Patient Review*

“I was in there for appx 8 hours with extensive skin removal from my face … I can only give outstanding reviews!! The team that worked on me, ALL of them, were amazing individuals that gave tremendous care and genuine concern for my well being. I will not hesitate to refer them to my friends and family … Dr. Stutman and their staff were caring and very good at what they do.”

By MH, Real Patient Review*

“What a wonderful and professional staff! Dr. Jennifer Geoghegan is a 5 star surgeon with a 5 star staff. I am so ecstatic with the results!!!”

Facelift Recovery and More Information

The patient will experience some swelling and minor bruising immediately after a facelift, but this will subside within a few days. Recovery time for a facelift varies based on the technique used, the patient’s age, and the amount of skin and fat removed. Every facelift patient will need to arrange for someone they trust to take them to and from appointments and help care for them in the first few days after the procedure. Many patients return to sedentary activities, including desk jobs, in 7 – 10 days after their procedure. Strenuous activities can be resumed about 4 – 6 weeks post-op. Your surgeon will provide you with a complete timeline based on your expected recovery and lifestyle.

Patients will begin to see results as the swelling subsides, with full results appearing after approximately six months. However, after the initial swelling and bruising has decreased, patients will appreciate daily improvements in their appearance. The healing period can also be a good opportunity to take advantage of non-surgical complementary procedures. Results from a facelift last an average of 5 – 10 years depending on a person’s health and lifestyle. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and abstaining from alcoholic drinks and smoking can all help optimize and sustain results, as can opting for routine non-surgical treatments to further improve skin quality.

Frequently Asked Questions
Will the scars be visible after a facelift?2020-05-05T10:24:29-07:00

A facelift requires small incisions around the ear and hairline, making it easy to hide scarring in the natural creases located in this area. Patients who opt for complementary procedures, such as an eyelid lift or brow lift, will have additional incisions, but these surgeries also allow a skilled surgeon to hide and camouflage scarring.

What are some common procedures that complement a facelift?2020-05-05T10:22:22-07:00

One of the most common complementary procedures with a facelift is the removal of excess fatty deposits, particularly under the chin and near the jawline. Extra skin and fat in this area can create the appearance of jowls. Additional, “banding” of the platysma muscle can create undesirable neck bands. Combining a facelift, which by itself exclusively removes excess skin, with the removal of unwanted adipose tissue helps to achieve natural-looking results and help patients look years younger.

What kind of facelift results can I expect?2020-05-05T10:23:45-07:00

Every facelift is different because every patient is different. However, Spectrum Plastic Surgery is one of the few practices that offers the Vectra 3D Imaging technology, where your real photo can be simulated into an “after” photo. This allows the surgeon to show patients what their unique results will look like and can even add results from complementary procedures such as eyelid lifts and a brow lift. Nothing compares to the Vectra 3D Image System when gauging personalized results.

Will the texture of my skin improve with a facelift?2020-05-05T10:25:18-07:00

A facelift tightens the skin by removing excess tissue, but it does not affect the quality of the remaining skin itself. It is very common for patients to combine a facelift with a non-surgical treatment that improves skin quality, such as a chemical peel. Sun damage like hyperpigmentation on the skin will remain after a facelift, and your surgeon can recommend a personalized treatment plan to address both skin laxity and quality.

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