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 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 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.
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:
- Loose or sagging skin
- Hollowed cheeks
During the consultation process, Dr. Miller performs a physical examination, reviews your medical history, and carefully discusses your 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- The surgical technique used
- The extent of concerns to be addressed
- The overall complexity of your procedure
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.