Face and Neck Lifts

Facelift surgery, or a rhytidectomy, is designed to restore a more youthful appearance by removing major wrinkles and sagging skin. It involves tightening of the facial and neck muscles as well as the removal of any excess skin.

The skin begins to wrinkle and sag as a result of age, sun exposure and genetics. Children and young adults have smooth, round faces due to evenly distributed fatty tissues in facial contours. Over time, the skin sags and folds are the chin, jawline and neck become prominent. Not only does a facelift improve facial appearance but also has a dramatic effect on the neck, enhancing its contour and profile.

Face lifts are frequently performed in conjunction with a neck lift, blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), forehead lift, chin augmentation, and/or liposuction, to create an overall rejuvenation of the face and neck. The procedure can be repeated as gravity continues its effects after the first surgery.

A face or neck lift can make a patient look 5 to 10 years younger. Dramatic as the end results are, this is not a simple procedure. It requires 7- 14  days of recovery.

Dr. Reed will make incisions inside the hairline, in front of the ear, then around the earlobe and behind the ear. Excess skin is removed and sagging muscles and connective tissues are tightened. In some cases, fatty deposits are removed from beneath the chin and neck. Incisions are closed with small sutures.

These procedures may take up to 5 hours depending on whether any other procedures are performed at the same time.