Facelift and Neck Lift FAQ
Creating a more youthful and vibrant appearance through plastic surgery can be an exciting prospect, even when you have questions about the specific procedures. When women and men come in for consultations before getting a neck lift and facelift at our Palm Desert practice, our plastic surgeons are prepared to take the time needed to answer all of their questions. We've tried to help streamline that process by addressing some of the more common questions on this page.
Patients travel to our clinic to get a neck lift and facelift from Palm Springs and throughout Riverside County. Request a consultation online or call (760) 837-0364 to schedule an appointment.
At what age should I get a facelift?
There isn't a precise age that determines whether you're an appropriate candidate for a facelift or neck lift. Many people start thinking about cosmetic surgery when they notice their skin is losing its elasticity. That typically starts occurring in the late 30s and becomes more pronounced in the 40s and 50s.
What's the difference between a facelift and a neck lift?
It is common to combine these 2 distinct procedures. A neck lift is specifically designed to tighten muscles and tissues in the neck that have become loose with age. A neck lift is sometimes considered a standard part of a full facelift. A procedure that removes excess skin is called a cervicoplasty, while a platysmaplasty is performed to reduce the vertical neck bands that begin appearing as we age.
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How long will the results of a lower facelift and neck lift last?
When performed by a skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon, a facelift and neck lift should provide results that last for up to 10 years. Facial plastic surgery doesn't stop the aging process, but it does turn back the clock. You'll have a more defined jawline, smooth neck, and an appearance that looks rested and natural.
Will liposuction give me the same results as a neck lift?
For patients younger than 40 who are starting to notice jowls and a less defined jawline, liposuction can help achieve the desired results because the skin still retains its elasticity, meaning it will "bounce back" into place after a procedure. But for patients whose skin is lax, a neck lift that actually removes excess skin will provide better results by tightening both the skin and the underlying muscle. Our surgeons often incorporate liposuction into face and neck lift procedures to remove excess fat.
What is fat transfer?
Combining fat transfer with a facelift yields optimal results in almost all cases. Fat transfer is a technique commonly used for facial rejuvenation. It involves using a patient's own fat, which is taken from another area of the body, and precisely injecting it into areas to act as a filler. The amount needed is relatively small. In the majority of facelift procedures performed by our surgeons, fat transfer is used to fill hollow areas of the face such as the cheeks, which tend to lose plumpness as we age.
Will I have visible scars after a facelift?
As leading plastic surgeons in Southern California, we carefully plan each patient's facelift procedure so that the incisions are hidden well. Be cautious if a surgeon promises a "scarless" facelift. There is no such thing. There are non-invasive facial rejuvenation techniques that are effective for patients with minor signs of aging, such as Ultherapy®, but they cannot match the results of a surgical facelift.
When will I look like myself again?
Most patients can return to work about 10 days after the operation. We recommend allowing at least 2 weeks for the numbness and swelling to diminish completely. If you are getting your procedure before a high-profile event, such as a wedding, we recommend allowing at least 6 weeks to fully heal.