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What is a Facelift?

A facelift is designed to correct signs of facial aging, such as deep creases, jowls along the cheeks and jawline, and loose or sagging skin. As we grow older and our body’s natural collagen production diminishes, the skin typically loses its elasticity and the underlying facial muscles as well as fatty deposits can become lax. Combined, these changes can obscure the youthful contours of the face and make patients look much older than they feel. A facelift is a powerful solution to these concerns. By repositioning and tightening the underlying facial tissue, Dr. Miller reveals one’s natural facial contours, creating a more rejuvenated and vital appearance. Results are very natural, patients look like they feel— a younger, more vibrant version of themselves.

What is a Neck Lift?

In most cases, signs of aging aren’t exclusive to the face. The neck experiences many of the same changes that occur over time, including loose skin, lax musculature, and excess fatty deposits. As a result, patients often develop horizontal neck bands and/or a buildup of sagging tissue under the chin. Dr. Miller performs a neck lift to refresh the neck area in complement with a facelift, resulting in a more complete rejuvenation. Excess fatty deposits are removed, while skin and underlying musculature are tightened. This creates a more defined contour in the chin and jawline, revealing a naturally beautiful neck profile.

Why Choose Dr. Miller?

Dr. Scott Miller is uniquely qualified when it comes to facelift and neck lift procedures. After earning his M.D. at the University of California Irvine and completing his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at the University of California San Diego, Dr. Miller was chosen for a prestigious fellowship with world-renowned plastic surgeon Bruce Connell, MD, the “father of the modern facelift.” By working closely with Dr. Connell, Dr. Miller truly honed his skills and knowledge of facial aesthetics. This invaluable fellowship experience in combination with Dr. Miller’s artistic eye and surgical skill has helped him to become “the one to see” for naturally beautiful facial rejuvenation.

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Who is a Good Candidate for a Facelift and Neck Lift?

A facelift and neck lift are designed to remove excess, sagging skin while simultaneously tightening any loose underlying facial tissues. This popular surgery is often used to reverse some of the most common signs of age. Candidates for this procedure will typically have one or more concerns in the face, including:

  • Wrinkles
  • Loose or sagging skin
  • Jowls
  • Hollowed cheeks

During the consultation process, Dr. Miller performs a physical examination, reviews your medical history, and carefully discusses your lifestyle and expectations to help ensure a facelift and neck lift are the best methods to achieve your individual aesthetic goals. Ideal candidates for this procedure are in good overall health, do not smoke, and maintain realistic expectations.

Can I Undergo a Facelift if I Smoke?

Dr. Miller recommends that candidates stop smoking at least six months prior to surgery, as smoking can cause complications during recovery. Additionally, smoking after facelift and neck lift surgery may negatively impact the final results of the procedure.

What is the Recovery From Facelift and Neck Lift Like?

As with any surgery, patients can expect swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the days immediately following the procedure. During this time, such feelings are controlled with medication. Any dressings are removed within the first few days, and swelling and bruising typically subside over a week or two. If patients experience numbness, this should fade within three to six months of surgery. Post-operatively, sun protection is a must to protect incisions and promote better scar healing.

How Long Do the Results of a Facelift and Neck Lift Last?

While Dr. Miller’s surgical skill and expertise provide patients with beautiful, lasting results, having a facelift and neck lift does not stop the clock. Aging does continue according to your genes, your lifestyle habits, and the passage of time. For some, the benefit of always looking younger than their age is sufficient. Others want to maintain a vital, energetic, and youthful appearance, opting for follow-up procedures in 5 – 15 years. Some patients choose to combine their procedure with a forehead lift to elevate sagging eyebrows or eyelid surgery to minimize bags around the eyes, further enhancing and maintaining facial harmony.

Unmatched Patient Satisfaction

I love the results of my surgery with Dr. Miller. Looks very natural and I could not be more happy. My recovery was also amazing. Dr. Miller and his staff are amazing !!

Priscylla Connelly

November 30, 2017


Will I Have Visible Facelift Scars?

By lifting the underlying tissues of the face and neck, there is little tension placed on the skin. This level of structural support leads to much better incision healing when compared to other techniques. Also, Dr. Miller meticulously places facelift and neck lift incisions in discreet locations, allowing scars to exist inconspicuously within the natural contours of the face and neck. Scars from a facelift are generally hidden in the hairline as well as along the front and behind the ear, while neck lift scars are typically concealed under the chin. These scars can heal very well if proper care is taken while incisions are healing, Dr. Miller and his team will provide you with instructions on how to minimize scarring after surgery. Facelift and neck lift scars continue to fade as time passes.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

Your consultation will be an opportunity for Dr. Miller to determine the details of your treatment plan, at which point you will receive a personalized quote of your facelift and neck lift expenses. The cost of this procedure is generally influenced by:

Once your needs are assessed by Dr. Miller, our Patient Care Coordinator will provide you with an exact cost breakdown of your treatment. To make the price of surgery more manageable, our practice works with CareCredit®— a highly reputable plastic surgery financing company used nationwide. Giving patients the option of paying for their treatment over time, CareCredit® allows qualified applicants to choose from a variety of payment plans with low monthly installments as well as low- to no-interest rates. If you have questions about the application process, or would like more information about the cost of a facelift and neck lift, please reach out to our team today.

Please contact our practice today if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a consultation.

Facelift and Neck Lift FAQ

Does a facelift address the entire face?

A facelift primarily addresses signs of aging in the region between the cheekbones and the neck. If you would like to refresh the upper third of the face, eyelid surgery—with or without the addition of a brow lift—can help you eliminate sagging skin and musculature in the region above the cheeks. For comprehensive rejuvenation, it is not uncommon for patients to incorporate multiple procedures into their treatment plan for the best possible results.  

Do I always need a neck lift with my facelift?

Since the face and neck often age simultaneously, most patients benefit from both procedures—particularly if sagging skin and fatty deposits in the neck have resulted in horizontal bands or a “turkey neck.” Dr. Miller typically performs a facelift and neck lift together in order to achieve a comprehensive outcome that looks natural and beautiful. However, your concerns and overall goals will ultimately determine whether a neck lift should be performed with your facelift.

How can I reduce swelling after a facelift?

Swelling is to be expected for roughly six months after surgery, but the majority of inflammation should dissipate within the first three months. You can help swelling subside during the recovery period by sleeping with the head slightly elevated, limiting salt intake, and wearing any compression garments or dressings for the amount of time prescribed by Dr. Miller.

Is facelift surgery different for women and men?

While the general facelift procedure is the same for all patients, there are key differences in male and female facial aesthetics that Dr. Miller considers when performing plastic surgery for men. This involves restoring a more youthful version of a male patient while avoiding an “overdone,” or overly tight appearance. Care is taken to preserve the masculine contours of the face and conceal scarring for a subtle, natural-looking result.

What’s the best age for a facelift?

There is truly no “best age” for a facelift, and candidacy for the procedure simply relies on whether you want to address the concerns that a facelift seeks to resolve. There are individuals in their fifties who may not need facial rejuvenation, while other patients in their thirties may exhibit jowling or loose skin and benefit from a facelift. If your aesthetic goals include a more youthful facial appearance, Dr. Miller can assess your concerns and help you decide whether a facelift is the most ideal treatment for your needs.