As we grow older, the face we see looking back in the mirror can feel more and more like that of a stranger. The lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin that develop with age can have you feeling like a completely different person – unlike the youthful and vibrant woman or man you still are. While these effects of aging are completely natural, we believe in the empowering effect of feeling confident in your appearance no matter your age. Dr. Weiss performs facelift and neck lift surgery to help address the signs of aging in a way that enhances your natural beauty while providing you with the greatest longevity.
We would love to discuss your unique goals and work together in creating a personalized plan for enhancing your own natural beauty. To learn more about facelift and neck lift surgery or any of our other facial plastic surgery procedures and non-surgical options, please give our office a call at 504-814-3223 to schedule a private consultation. Dr. Weiss is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, welcoming women and men in the Metairie, New Orleans, Mandeville, and nearby Louisiana.
Learn all about facelift and neck lift surgery by reading the sections below:
- What Is a Facelift & Neck Lift?
- Facelift Benefits
- Neck Lift Benefits
- Types of Facelifts
- Good Candidates for Facelift & Neck Lift Surgery
- Minimally Invasive Alternatives & Complementary Procedures
- What to Expect from Facelift & Neck Lift Surgery
- Facelift & Neck Lift Recovery & Follow Up
- Facelift & Neck Lift Results
- The Cost of Facelift & Neck Lift Surgery
- Schedule Your Facelift & Neck Lift Consultation Today
What Is a Facelift & Neck Lift?
Facelift surgery is synonymous with facial plastic surgery because of the incredible rejuvenating effect it can have on your appearance. The facelift (or rhytidectomy as it’s technically referred to) is performed to address common signs of aging in the mid to lower regions of the face. These include wrinkles, folds, jowls, and loose or sagging skin. A neck lift (or lower rhytidectomy) addresses these same concerns with the skin and muscle of the neck. These procedures work by removing excess skin and reshaping the underlying tissue to create younger and tighter facial contours.
Dr. Weiss often performs these two procedures as a combination surgery in order to create a naturally youthful and well-balanced appearance.
A facelift can be used to help address a variety of age-related concerns in the mid to lower areas of the face, including:
- Sagging skin
- loose skin
- Moderate to severe lines and wrinkles (such as nasolabial folds developing at the nose and corners of the moth)
- Weakened facial contours
- droopy tired appearance
Neck Lift Benefits
A neck lift can be performed alone or in conjunction with a facelift in order to correct signs of aging beneath the chin and along the neck, including:
- Loose skin or excess fat causing the appearance of a “turkey neck”
- Neck bands
- loss of the cervicomental angle (the angle between the chin and neck)
Types of Facelifts
Deep Plane Facelift
A deep plane facelift is designed to lift and tighten the deep tissues of the face and neck for a beautifully rejuvenated facial appearance and long lasting results. Dr. Weiss often combines this type of facelift with a mandibuloplasty or chin implant to further enhance the definition of the neck and jawline while restoring volume to the midface area.
A mid-face lift targets the middle region of the face (cheek and under eye areas). With age, the facial fat pad located high in your cheeks begins to descend and sag, resulting in a sunken or droopy appearance of the face. Dr. Weiss performs the mid-face lift to elevate and reposition this soft tissue and fat pad higher on the cheek for a fuller and more youthful appearance. Mid-face enhancements can be accomplished alone or in combination with the Deep Plane Facelift technique.
A mini facelift is a less invasive alternative to traditional facelift surgery and focuses primarily on wrinkles and sagging skin around the lower portion of the face. Dr. Weiss recommends the mini facelift for addressing the jawline area and for the correction of marionette lines (the lines extending from the corners of the mouth to the chin).
Local Anesthesia Facelift with Dr. Weiss
In some cases, local anesthesia may be an option for your facelift. Dr. Weiss has developed specialized techniques that allow him to perform full face-lifting procedures under local anesthesia or oral medication.
In comparison to facelifts performed under general anesthesia, a local anesthesia facelift with Dr. Weiss offers the following benefits:
- Higher safety profile
- Fewer side effects
- Faster recovery
- Lower cost
- Performed at our on-site surgery suite
Am I a Good Candidate for Facelift & Neck Lift Surgery?
Facelift and neck lift surgery can be an effective option for healthy women and men who are wanting to improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, or loose and sagging skin around the mid to lower regions of the face and the neck. Dr. Weiss performs various types of facelifts depending on the severity of your concerns, as well as where in the face you are experiencing these concerns.
Those considering a facelift should also:
- Be in good overall health
- Have sufficient skin elasticity despite some sagging or looseness
- Have strong bone structure
- Be between the ages of 40-75
Your consultation with Dr. Weiss will help to determine if you are a good candidate for facelift and neck lift surgery, as well as the best approach for your individual procedure.
A facelift will not address age-related concerns with the upper face/forehead or around the eyes. For these areas of the face, Dr. Weiss may recommend a brow lift or upper or lower eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). These procedures can be performed in combination with a facelift, or as individual procedures.
Minimally Invasive Alternatives & Complementary Procedures
In some cases, surgery may not yet be needed to achieve your personal aesthetic goals. Dr. Weiss also offers a variety of non-surgical facial treatments and procedures at his practice to help address a wide range of concerns.
If you are experiencing early signs of aging, such as lines or wrinkles, Botox® or facial fillers such as Juvéderm® or Sculptra® can be a viable treatment options. A fat transfer may also be a good alternative if you are experiencing volume loss in specific areas of the face and want to increase fullness with minimal surgery.
Depending on your skin type and depth of treatment, laser skin resurfacing can enhance facelift results and can diminish the appearance of wrinkles, scars (such as acne scars), and discoloration while it smooths and tightens the surface of your skin.
In addition to non-invasive procedures, some patients elect to combine a facelift and neck lift with other surgical procedures to enhance their final outcome. These adjunct procedures may include:
Dr. Weiss will discuss all of your treatment options and work with you to develop a plan that can best achieve your unique goals.
What to Expect from Facelift & Neck Lift Surgery
Sean R. Weiss, MD, FACS is experienced in performing facelift and neck lift surgery for all different goals and people. He will work with you one-on-one to create a personalized treatment plan based on your desired outcome and unique facial appearance.
The Facelift and Necklift Surgery
The exact steps of your surgery will vary depending on what is discussed during your consultation and your specific type of facelift.
During your surgery, Dr. Weiss will make discreet incisions hidden along the hairline, behind the ear, and/or beneath the chin. The location of your incisions will vary based on the type of procedure being performed. Dr. Weiss will then work to tighten the underlying muscles and remove any excess fatty tissue. Excess skin is then carefully removed, and the face and neck are recontoured for a naturally youthful appearance.
Surgery times will vary for each type of facelift. For example, a mini facelift will take less time than a full traditional facelift. Combination procedures can also be performed as a single surgery, or spread out over time.
Does a Facelift/Neck Lift Require Anesthesia?
Your facelift or neck lift with Dr. Weiss will be performed at our on-site surgery suite under local anesthesia, or under general anesthesia at a nearby surgery center.
How Long Does a Facelift Procedure Take?
The average time it takes to perform a facelift is three to six hours.
Facelift & Neck Lift Recovery & Follow Up
Immediately following facelift and necklift surgery, a compression dressing is applied. Dr. Weiss frequently applies a suction drain as well that helps to vacuum seal the wounds and stabilize the healing process. The dressing and suction device are removed in the office the day after the procedure. An elastic support dressing will be provided to be worn while you continue to heal.
How Should I Sleep After a Facelift/Neck Lift Procedure?
During the first few days after your procedure, you will need to sleep with your head slightly elevated at a 30-degree angle. This will help to minimize swelling in the face and neck. You will also be required to clean the incisions daily with warm soapy water followed by peroxide. After each cleaning, ointment is applied to the facelift incisions to promote rapid healing and minimize visible scarring.
One week following facelift or neck lift surgery Dr. Weiss sees patients in the office to check up on the healing process. After evaluating how the healing process is going, non-dissolvable stitches are removed. Most patients are beginning to turn the corner at this point, as bruising and swelling are beginning to resolve.
At the 2 week point, there is another follow-up visit to remove any residual stitches. At this point, most patients are recovered enough to get back to their usual routines. The majority of bruising and swelling is resolved, and patients begin realizing the final results.
While each patient will experience various degrees of swelling and bruising, most are able to return to work within seven to ten days after facelift surgery. Some patients return sooner if they are not bothered by the bandages. A mini facelift or local anesthesia facelift will generally have faster recovery times.
Facelift & Neck Lift Results
Following your surgery, you will experience some initial bruising and swelling, and incision lines will be visible and raised. Bruising and swelling will dissipate within the first week or two. Over the next several months, your incision lines will gradually lighten and flatten. Given their discreet placement, scars from facelift are kept out of sight along your natural skin creases or within your hairline.
The results of your face and neck lift will continue to improve. As your skin heals, you will begin to notice a younger, rejuvenated appearance. The effects of facelift and neck lift surgery are permanent; however, you will continue to age naturally. While no surgery can completely freeze the effects of aging, this procedure can help you to age gracefully and continue to look as youthful as you feel.
How Much Does Facelift & Neck Lift Surgery Cost?
The specific cost of your facelift and neck lift will vary based on your unique procedure plan with Dr. Weiss. After speaking with you during your private consultation, he will provide you with a detailed estimate reflecting what the two of you had discussed. The cost of facelift surgery begins at $6,000.00 and can be higher depending on the extent of work to be done.
Paying for your facial rejuvenation surgery should not be a headache. We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards. We also offer financing through CareCredit®.
Schedule Your Facelift & Neck Lift Consultation Today
Everyone is unique, and so are your individual goals when it comes to your appearance. If you live in Metairie, New Orleans, Mandeville, or surrounding areas of Louisiana and would like to discuss your facelift and neck lift options with us, please contact our facial plastic surgery practice online or by calling 504-814-3223 to schedule a consultation with Sean R. Weiss, MD, FACS.
Dr. Weiss is double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He specializes in surgical and non-surgical procedures for enhancing the face’s natural beauty, and is considered one of the best facelift surgeons in New Orleans, LA.