Facelift and Neck Lift

Facelift and Neck Lift in Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Port St. Lucie

The face and the neck are the parts of our bodies that are most visible to the world, and they are also parts that frequently show signs of aging. Lax skin, wrinkles, and fat deposits on the face and neck can make a person look tired and older than they may wish to. Fortunately for patients in the Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Port St. Lucie areas, trusted cosmetic surgeons at Lickstein Plastic Surgery can reveal a dramatically rejuvenated look with a facelift or neck lift procedure.

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What is a Facelift/Neck Lift?

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a plastic surgery procedure that addresses common signs of aging to the mid-and lower face areas. Facelift is consistently one of the most-performed cosmetic surgery procedures in the United States because, when performed by a skilled surgeon, this procedure yields dramatic results while preserving the natural character of a patient’s face.1

A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a cosmetic surgery procedure designed to reduce or eliminate signs of aging to the neck. Over time, increased skin laxity can contribute to signs of aging on the neck, including jowls, sagging, vertical banding, wrinkles, and a double chin. A neck lift removes excess fat and tightens underlying muscles and skin to create a more youthful-looking neck.2

At Lickstein Plastic Surgery, many of our patients opt to combine facelift and neck lift into a single procedure for more dramatic rejuvenation.

Benefits of a Facelift/Neck Lift

When performed by an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dr. David Lickstein or Dr. Craig Forleiter, a facelift provides many benefits, including:

  • Removal of excess fat or skin at the neck (a double chin or “turkey neck”)
  • Reduce the appearance of jowls
  • Tighten sagging skin from the upper cheeks to the mid-face
  • Improved cheek contours with less projection
  • Improved appearance of vertical banding on the neck
  • Enhanced jawline and chin definition
  • Reduction of creases between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
  • Results that look natural
  • Enhanced self-confidence

Who is a Candidate for a Facelift/Neck Lift?

If you are troubled by signs of aging to your lower face and neck, such as jowls, wrinkles, and loose skin, a facelift may be right for you. Ideally, facelift patients are in good overall health, do not smoke, and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved through plastic surgery.

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Facelift/Neck Lift: What to Expect

Preparing for Facelift and Neck Lift

The first step in preparing for a facelift is to attend a private consultation with a plastic surgeon you trust. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your aesthetic goals and concerns. The doctor will review your medical history, then together you will create your facelift surgery treatment plan.

Before your procedure, you may be asked to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and supplements. You should quit smoking prior to surgery.

The Facelift and Neck Lift Procedure

A facelift/neck lift is an outpatient procedure, and is performed under general anesthesia. Before beginning the surgery, your plastic surgeon will create markings on your face and neck. Incisions will be placed within the natural contours of your face or behind the hairline, and may also extend behind the ears. The surgeon will strategically remove excess skin and fat, then tighten underlying muscles and reposition supporting tissues. Liposuction may also be used to achieve the most favorable face, neck, and chin contours. Once your cosmetic surgeon is satisfied that the results look natural and symmetrical, the incisions will be closed.4

Recovery After Facelift and Neck Lift

Following facelift/neck lift surgery, you will need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You may desire for this person to help you with daily care for the first few days after your facelift.

It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising after a facelift/neck lift, and your surgeon will prescribe medication to help you remain comfortable as you recover. You will also be prescribed antibiotics to minimize any risk of infection.

All patients recover from a facelift at their own rate. Most of our patients are able to return to their normal activities roughly two weeks after a facelift. The best way to ease your facelift recovery is to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions.

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Facelift/Neck Lift Results

After a facelift and neck lift, you can expect to look younger, refreshed, and more relaxed. Facelift surgery has an incredibly high satisfaction rate, with up to 98% of patients reporting that their expectations of the procedure were exceeded.5

It is important to remember that the aging process continues after a facelift, but there are steps you can take to extend the longevity of your facelift results:

  • Always wear sun protection
  • Follow a good skincare regimen
  • Try laser treatments to improve skin tone and texture

Will My Results Look Overdone?

A common fear that many individuals have when considering cosmetic surgery, and especially a facelift and/or neck lift, is that their procedure will look noticeable in an unflattering way or will look “overdone.” Prospective patients may also fear that they will lose the facial characteristics which give them a unique look and make them attractive, or that these features will be altered in a way that makes them less recognizably “themselves” after surgery.

Indeed, a poorly performed surgery, a surgery performed by a surgeon who does not fully consider his patients’ desires or who does not agree with them can leave some patients with an unsatisfying result. However, this possibility is far from the norm. In most cases, a facelift preserves and enhances the patient’s signature facial features, helps them look more relaxed, refreshed and at ease and, most importantly, provides years of healthy rejuvenation.

A feeling of tautness, especially near the sutures, is entirely normal in the days and weeks immediately after surgery. However, as your incisions heal, your skin’s suppleness and fluidity will return, the taut sensation will quickly subside and you will find yourself able to resume your natural facial expressions as you did before, with ease, and you will look very much like a younger and more rested version of yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions About Facelift and Neck Lift

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Will I have scars after my facelift or neck lift?

Most of our patients do not have any visible scarring after facelift or neck lift surgery. Our surgeons make strategic incisions that are hidden behind the hairline or in the natural contours of the face and neck.

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Do men undergo facelift or neck lift surgery?

Yes. Aging affects the male face just as much as the female face, so it is increasingly common for men to undergo facial plastic surgery to rejuvenate their looks. In fact, more than 100,000 men undergo a facelift every year in the United States.6

At Lickstein Plastic Surgery, our experienced cosmetic surgeons are careful to preserve the masculinity of the features while revealing a younger, more refreshed appearance.

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Can I have facelift and neck lift surgery at the same time?

Yes. Many of our patients choose to undergo facelift and neck lift surgery at the same time for more pronounced rejuvenation.

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Can I combine my facelift or neck lift with additional procedures?

Yes. While you are undergoing facelift and/or neck lift surgery, you may also undergo additional treatments or procedures. Many of our patients choose to add:

Contact Lickstein Plastic Surgery

To learn more about facelift, neck lift, and other facial rejuvenation cosmetic surgery procedures, please contact us. Lickstein Plastic Surgery proudly operates in Palm Beach Gardens and Port St. Lucie, Florida.

We believe the best results are born from an in-depth discussion of patient goals, followed by a customized treatment plan.

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1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2020 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/documents/News/Statistics/2020/plastic-surgery-statistics-full-report-2020.pdf. Accessed April 11, 2022.

2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What is a neck lift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/neck-lift. Accessed April 11, 2022.

3 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. How should I prepare for a facelift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift/preparation. Accessed April 8, 2022.

4 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the steps of a neck lift procedure? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/neck-lift/procedure. Accessed April 11, 2022.

5 ​​Friel MT, Shaw RE, Trovato MJ, Owsley JQ. The measure of face-lift patient satisfaction: the Owsley Facelift Satisfaction Survey with a long-term follow-up study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2010 Jul;126(1):245-257. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181dbc2f0. PMID: 20224460. Available: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20224460/. Accessed April 8, 2022.

6 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Plastic Surgery Statistics. Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/news/plastic-surgery-statistics Accessed April 8, 2022.

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