Face & Neck Lift
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Your best face forward

Redefine your jaw & neckline.

As we age, tissue from the cheek and jaw descend resulting in the formation of jowls and loss of definition of the jaw line. Neck skin also becomes looser with the development of neck banding and blunting of the neckline. Click to view more about Understanding the Aging Face.


Face and neck lift procedures reposition tissue of the lower cheek and neck to restore the youthful definition of your neck and jawline. The goal is not for a radical change to your face, but for natural, refreshed appearance.

Since all faces are not created equal, no single technique is effective for all seeking face and neck rejuvenation. Some patients may have improvement with neck liposuction alone while others are better served with a face and neck lift, and possibly even in combination with fat transfer for facial volume restoration.  We tailor your procedure to your best face forward.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for face & neck lift surgery?

Patients with lower facial and neck skin laxity who are aiming to improve their jaw and neck lines and laxity around the mouth are ideal candidates for face & neck lift surgery. Patients with fullness only underneath the chin may benefit from neck liposuction alone, a neck lift only, or even non-surgical rejuvenation of the neck with Kybella.

What age is the best age for a face & neck lift?

There is no ideal age for a face & neck lift. We all age at different rates with different degrees of tissue laxity, facial volume loss, and desire for facial rejuvenation. Typically, patients considering undergoing face & neck lift surgery are in their late forties and above. Patients often ask how long a face lift lasts.  Since aging continues, some may consider an additional procedure ten years after the first.

What face lift technique is best for me?

There are many different techniques to performing face & neck lift. Some techniques (ie mini-lift, S-lift, Lifestyle lift) have more limited incisions and tissue removal claiming shorter downtime.  But these techniques are more effective for younger patients with minimal laxity and excess skin. These techniques are also likely to have less impact and less staying power on reversing the appearance of aging.  Because of their technical ease, these procedures are often performed by non-surgeons performing plastic surgery procedures. Most patients over the age of fifty have a greater degree of skin laxity and jowling that require a definitive face and neck lift surgery. These procedures not only address the skin but also reposition deeper tissues likely having a longer lasting effect.

What do face & neck lift incisions look like?

Face and neck lifts are performed with incisions that are placed in an around natural skin creases such that when healed they are minimally noticeable. The incision usually extends from in front of the ear down around the lobule and then behind the ear into the hairline behind your ear. There also may be an incision underneath your chin that will allow for additional tightening of the neck tissue.


Examples of the incision prior to and after face lift surgery are shown above.

What is involved with face & neck lift surgery?

The Initial Consultation

The initial consultation centers around your goals of rejuvenating your face, a head and neck examination and a discussion of how best to meet your vision.

During your consultation, a variety of techniques for facial rejuvenation may be discussed. A method is chosen that results in the best cosmetic and functional outcome for you. Pre and post-operative examples of other similar patients are often reviewed.  The details of the procedure and post-operative care are explained, and any questions you may have are answered. If a plan is confirmed to move forward with surgery, you meet with our patient care coordinator to schedule a surgery date.

Pre-operative Visit

Prior to your surgery, you may have one more pre-operative visit. This visit typically involves a pre-operative history and physical at our office. This visit is performed to assess any medical issues you may have and to ensure that your surgery is conducted in the safest manner. Pre and post-operative instructions are reviewed, and this visit is also an opportunity for you to ask additional questions that may have arisen after your initial consultation.

Day of Surgery

Once in the pre-operative area, you will meet the nursing and anesthesiology staff who will take care of you during your procedure. Your surgeon will meet with you and your family prior to the procedure to review the procedure and discuss any last minute questions you have. After the procedure is performed, you will be taken to the recovery room. You will have facial dressing in placed that will be removed the next day at your post-operative visit. All face and neck lift procedures are performed as outpatient surgery, and you will be sent home with detailed post-operative instructions and pain medication. We will call you on the night of surgery to ensure that you are doing well and to answer any questions you may have.

Post-operative Visits and Follow-up Care

Your first post-operative visit will be the day after surgery to remove your dressing and review post-operative care instructions.  The next visit will be approximately one week after surgery to remove your sutures. You will then follow-up at one month after surgery and usually every three to six months for the first year after your surgery to ensure adequate healing. 

What are the risks or complications of face & neck lift surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks such as bleeding, infection, poor-healing and risks related to undergoing anesthesia. More specific to face and neck lift surgery, there are risks of deformity under-correction, over-correction, asymmetry, persistent ear numbness, and the need for additional revision surgery. 

With you from step one

Contact us below or call at 206.599.3223. We’re here to help answer your questions or to get you started with a consultation.

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