Face Lift and Neck Lift (Cervicoplasty)


What is a face or neck lift?

They are procedures that help reduce the signs of an aging face and neck.  They can improve the contour of your neck by reducing or eliminating jowls and wrinkles.  The goal of face and neck lifts is not always to make you look younger, but rather refreshed, invigorated.

At what age am I a candidate for face or neck lift?

There is no specific age that is ideal for any procedure.  When you have a concern about a change of your face you should see a plastic surgeon.  He or she will discuss your options.  As a general rule, if you are proactive, and seek advice earlier rather than later, you may be happy to find out that your goals can be achieved with non-surgical means.

What type of anesthesia will I get?

This depends on your expectations and several other factors.  This will be discussed with your surgeon before surgery.  The two options are general anesthesia or local with sedation.

When will I be able to be in public and not feel self-conscious?

With few exceptions, most patients have healed enough within 2 weeks to not feel self-conscious in public.  If you have a complication such as bleeding, you may be bruised or swollen for several more weeks.

How about exercise?

You can resume normal activities 4 weeks after surgery.

When can I shower and wash my hair?

You may shower 48 hours after your procedure.

How long does a face lift last?

This depends on your overall general health, how you take care of our skin, sun exposure and other factors.  Typically a face lift lasts for 5-7 years.

Are there different face and neck lifts?

There are several different techniques to perform these procedures.  There is no one single technique that is right for everybody.  The technique chosen should be altered to fit each patients anatomy, expectations, and indications.  As a general rule the “mini” usually means mini results.

What are some of the potential complications of face and neck lifts?

  • Bleeding: this is the most common occurring in 3-5% of patients
  • Infection
  • Poor Scarring
  • Visible Contour Irregularities
  • Numbness or Permanent Nerve Injury: this is the least common, but most problematic because there is not a treatment for it.


Surgical Procedures | Surgical Procedures of the Face