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Face & Neck Lift

Aging of the face and neck is an inevitable reality of life. From unsightly wrinkles, displaced or unwanted neck fat, sagging jowls, loose and crepey neck skin, baggy eyelids, and deflated cheeks, these changes can become overwhelming for any person. Office-based procedures, such as laser treatments and “skin tightening” technologies, can tip the scale in your favor but are limited in their ability to reverse the effects of time. In reality, for anyone over forty, a facelift (rhytidectomy) and neck lift are the only definitive treatment options.

I emphasize a natural restoration through a less invasive approach. The outcomes are tailored to your unique features, and technology-based treatments are front and center. It is a “less is more” approach that ensures a subtle, but rejuvenating, change. Best of all, results are long lasting and the closest we come to the modern day fountain of youth

The Roadmap to Natural Beauty

In the past decade, there has been an abundance of new techniques, technologies, and treatments introduced for face and neck enhancement, making the path to rejuvenation even more confusing. To bring clarity to this process, I create a comprehensive treatment plan for every patient that includes the newest technologies and treatment options. This unique roadmap takes into account the different aspects of your lifestyle, anatomy, health history, and expectations, while ensuring to maintain your natural beauty. Overall, it is a fully-integrated program that provides the most desirable outcome with the least amount of surgical intervention and downtime.

The Roadmap to Natural Beauty

For mild jowling, loose neck skin, and fine wrinkles. Results provide subtle rejuvenation and prevention of more severe aging in the future.

Solution: Mini facelift

Combines with:

  1. Autologous fat grafting to improve lost volume
  2. Less invasive laser treatment to correct fine wrinkles and sun damage


  1. Subtle rejuvenation
  2. Limited incisions
  3. Quick recovery (less than two weeks)

What do you desire?

Natural-Looking Results

While a mini-facelift gives you the most subtle results, I always promote a more balanced and natural approach, even with dramatic transformations.

I take pride in offering an alternative to the windblown, pulled and unnatural results of the past. By taking into account your unique shape and form and by creating a surgical plan that addresses the underlying foundation of your face (SMAS and platysma layer) rather than aggressive skin tightening, the results are consistent and natural. I also emphasize combination procedures that include technology-based treatments and volume restoration. Overall, the results give a subtle rejuvenating effect that is unparalleled by any non-surgical procedure.

A More Youthful Appearance After Weight Loss

Improved Skin Texture, Tone, and Tightness

To Remove or Reposition Unwanted Fat on the Face and Neck

To Remove Sagging Skin in the Face and Neck



The length of recovery after a face and neck lift will depend on the extent and combination of procedures involved with your surgery.

Less invasive procedures will obviously yield a shorter recovery time. Swelling and bruising are expected but manageable. Within two weeks of these procedures, most patients are comfortable being visible in public and resuming moderate exercise. My office further reduces recovery time up to 30 percent with a comprehensive post-surgical treatment protocol that includes homeopathic medication and LED light therapy.





Who is the best candidate for this procedure?

The best candidates for a face and neck lift are men and women who have sagging skin and wrinkles in the lower face or neck. These patients are often unhappy with their appearance, many times looking angry or tired even though they are happy and full of energy. Age is not a concerning factor as long as the patient is in good health. All patients considering this procedure should be non-smokers and have realistic expectations regarding the amount of change that can be achieved.

Is a face and neck lift permanent?

While a face and neck lift procedure will not stop the progressive signs of aging, it will reset the clock. Results in most cases are long lasting, especially if the patient does not smoke, wears sunscreen daily, and sticks with a medically directed skin care treatment plan. Once the initial recovery period is complete, the results will typically last for 10 to 15 years.

What type of anesthesia is used?

I perform all my face and neck lift procedures with local anesthesia and/or intravenous sedation. General anesthesia is not required, thus improving the speed and ease of recovery. I also specialize in awake, lifting procedures. I perform these less-invasive procedures in my office surgery suite, which is beneficial to my patients from a cost and recovery standpoint.

Are drains required for facelift surgery?

Unlike less-invasive procedures, such as the short incision (mini) facelift, surgical drains are often necessary for more extensive face and neck lifts (See “Total Transformation” above). I remove these drains between 12 to 24 hours after surgery, and the use of long-acting local anesthesia minimizes discomfort from the drain site. I place surgical drains on a case-by-case basis. Don’t be mislead by claims of a drain-less facelift; this has more to do with marketing and less to do with actual procedures.

What are the new advancements in face and neck lift surgeries?

During the past decade, there has been significant progress made in the field of aesthetic surgery of the face and neck, which is in large part due to improvements in technology and an increased emphasis on minimally-invasive procedures. The most obvious is a trend toward shorter incisions and the inclusion of full-face fractionated laser treatments and autologous fat-grafting procedures. Although some surgeons understandably stick to the “tried and true” surgeries of the past, the paradigm has clearly shifted. Patients now actively seek less-invasive procedures and the added benefits of combination treatments. In my practice, 90 percent of my facelift procedures utilize shorter incisions and/or a combination of treatments, including newer procedures like the SmartLift that integrates Smartlipo™ technology.

Do patients look “different” after facelift surgery?

When performed correctly, a facelift should not make you look “different”. These procedures are meant to enhance your natural beauty and restore the youthfulness you have lost over time without changing your appearance. This is essential for any successful facial aesthetic procedure, and it is the primary emphasis for my practice.

Is there one procedure that will provide the results I want for my face and neck?

Rarely is a single procedure or treatment able to provide optimal improvement to the appearance of the face and neck. For most patients, a customized treatment plan using a combination of procedures and treatments is necessary. The treatment plan will address each patient’s unique desires and appearance while avoiding a “one size fits all” approach and an unwanted operated appearance.

Will a facelift improve my forehead and eyelids?

A face and neck lift primarily addresses the problems in the lower third of the face (below the nose) and the neck (below the chin). Depending on the extent of a facelift, fine lines around the eyes can be improved but will not be completely removed. For eyelid problems, a blepharoplasty is necessary to correct drooping upper eyelid skin and bags under the eyes. For heavy eyebrows, a forehead lift will dramatically reduce wrinkles across the forehead and elevate droopy eyebrows.

What are potential risks with this procedure?

Complications following a face/neck lift are rare. With an occurrence rate of less than five percent in the United States, a hematoma is the most common significant complication that can occur after surgery. A hematoma is a pooling of blood under the skin that can develop from a broken blood vessel related to surgery. This complication can be avoided by controlling blood pressure both during and after surgery. Nerve damage is also a primary concern among patients. The majority of the time, nerve damage is temporary and depending on the extent of damage, can take anywhere from one day to a year for the nerve to repair itself. Other more uncommon risks include infection, skin loss, scarring, and asymmetry.

Can I get face and neck lift results without surgery?

There are no current devices that can accomplish the necessary skin and soft tissue tightening that is achieved with a less-invasive face and neck lift. I do believe that these technologies will arise, but they are many years down the road. Of all the wrinkle-erasing procedures and treatments available, facelift surgery will provide the best possible results. In the meantime, we are bridging the gap with procedures like the SmartLift, which combine less-invasive lifting procedures with the newest technology-based treatments.

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