What to expect from face & neck lift surgery
Dr. Silverman and Dr. Boyd are exceptionally experienced in all aspects of facial surgery and recognize each patient has unique features. Our surgeons will individualize your procedure to achieve a natural, attractive appearance. During your consultation, your surgeon will help you understand whether a facelift, neck lift, or both is the ideal option for helping you achieve the desired results.
Facelifts focus on the bottom two-thirds of the face, and smooth out cheek and nose wrinkles, decrease the fold between the outer lips and nose, minimize jowls, and enhance the contour of the neck and jaw.
Your surgeon will begin by making an incision along your hairline, near your temple. Incisions are carefully placed so that the resulting scars will be hidden in your hair, natural ear creases, or behind your ears. The muscle and tissue under the skin is tightened for a more youthful contour, and then the skin is resuspended and excess removed. An exciting new development in facial enhancement and rejuvenation is the addition of facial fat grafting, often done during a face and neck lift to re-inflate and rejuvenate deflated and sagging facial soft tissues, including the lips.
Neck lift (platysmaplasty)
This procedure is usually performed in conjunction with a facelift. This may involve making an incision under the chin or through the facelift incisions around the ears, enabling your plastic surgeon to lift the neck higher. The excess skin and muscles are then elevated to tighten the neck contour to create a natural, more youthful appearance. Liposuction may also be added to reduce excess fat if present.
Recovery time varies, but you can expect to take it easy for 10 days after surgery. We suggest taking this time off to recover and to keep activity levels light. During your recovery it’s important to move around and get blood flowing, but also essential not to over do it.
You will be swollen and you may notice that the swelling peaks on your third or fourth day of recovery. This is completely normal. Expect swelling to go down after about 2 weeks.
Pre- & post-surgery
The info you need to plan your face and neck lift surgery.
Frequently asked questions
- Should I get a face and neck lift or fillers?
There are cases where the soft tissues of the face and neck cannot be adequately addressed with fillers. For concerns beyond lines and wrinkles, a face and neck lift will provide more thorough results. Minimally invasive treatments such as BOTOX®️ Cosmetic, Restylane, and JUVÉDERM can help extend the life of a facelift by addressing new wrinkles as they form.
- Can my facelift and neck lift be combined with other procedures?
Yes! Dr. Silverman and Dr. Boyd can combine this procedure with other facial surgeries, like eyelid surgery, brow surgery, facial fat grafting or other relatively minor additions. However, face and neck lift surgery is complex and adding substantial secondary procedures, such as breast or body contouring, is best done as a separate procedure once fully recovered.
- How long will my results last?
Facelift results are not permanent, but they are long lasting and typically may set the clock back 10 to 15 years!