Face lift / Neck lift
During the normal course of aging, the skin and soft tissues of the face lose their natural youthful elasticity. You may notice deep lines around your mouth, drooping jowls, and excess tissue along your neck, and these things may make you look older than you feel. A lower face and neck lift can revitalize your appearance by lifting and tightening the tissues in these areas. Dr. Schmidt has received extensive training and experience performing rejuvenation procedures for the face. His surgical approach focuses on creating a natural look while at the same time achieving a positive, lasting change in the patient’s appearance.
A Lower Face and Neck Lift Can Correct...
Moderate to Severe Jowls
Soft tissue sagging can occur all over the body due to aging and gravity. Over time, this may lead to severe jowls comprised of excess skin and drooping fat. Facelift and neck lift surgery lifts and sculpts the soft tissues of the lower face and neck to improve jowls, create a more defined jawline, and restore youthful contours to the lower face.
Deep Lines and Wrinkles on the Lower Face
With the gradual loss of skin elasticity over time, facial tissues develop lines, wrinkles, and folds. As gravity continues to stretch the skin downward, wrinkles around the mouth and neck become more and more pronounced. A lower face and neck lift tightens and lifts the tissues to get rid of wrinkles and smooth the skin.
Excess Skin and Folds on the Neck
Age-related skin laxity in the neck can lead to the appearance of the dreaded “turkey neck.” Sagging fatty tissues can create a double chin that also ages the appearance. A lower face and neck lift trims and tightens the excess tissues of the neck so that the neckline becomes more slender, defined, and youthful.
Facelift Surgery Techniques
Lower Face and Neck LiftDr. Schmidt can perform a lower face and neck lift for patients with moderate to severe jowls. This procedure places incisions behind the ears, in front of the ears, and up into the hairline above the ears. These incisions allow the surgeon to lift and reposition the soft tissues of the lower face and neck. The facial tissues are tightened and repositioned, excess skin and fat are removed, and the face and neckline are sculpted to portray more defined and youthful face and neck contours.
Neck LiftDr. Schmidt can perform a neck lift or “neck tuck-up” for patients whose advanced signs of aging are primarily limited to excess skin and folds on the neck. This procedure involves incision placement in front of the ears and in the hairline behind the ears. The superficial muscles of the neck are moved back to a more natural position, and fat and excess skin are removed to refine the neckline. Usually, Dr. Schmidt also makes an incision under the chin so that he can sculpt the tissues in this area and produce more natural-looking results. Neck lift surgery can erase a double chin, get rid of a turkey neck, smooth out neck wrinkles, and rejuvenate the appearance of the neck.
After Your Surgery
RecoveryAfter the surgery, you should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and assist you for at least 24 to 48 hours. Dr. Schmidt will typically see you the next day and remove your dressing. It is common to experience some discomfort, swelling, bruising, tightness, and even numbness of the facial tissues. These side effects will fade over the first two to three weeks of recovery. Sutures are removed approximately seven to 10 days after the procedure. Overall, the downtime is about the same for both surgical techniques. Most patients can return to work one to two weeks after their surgery. Some tightness or numbness may continue for up to a few months as the tissues and nerves adjust to their new positions. You will be given more specific postoperative instructions to follow to help you have a smooth and quick recovery.
PainSedation anesthesia is used to prevent pain during the procedure. During recovery, medications will be provided to ease any discomfort. Postoperative pain is temporary and subsides quickly as the body heals.
ScarsScars are unavoidable after major surgery. While the incisions for a facelift must be made in more visible locations than the incisions for a neck lift, Dr. Schmidt disguises them by placing them in natural tissue folds around the ears and in the hair. As your healing progresses, the scars usually become imperceptible except by close inspection.
ResultsChanges to your appearance will be immediately noticeable. As the tissues heal and settle into place over the following months, you will be able to see how much more youthful you look. Results become most noticeable by six months after the procedure. Small, subtle changes may continue to occur for up to one year. The results of facelift and neck lift surgery can help you look as much as five to 10 years younger. Results from facial rejuvenation surgery are long lasting.
Actual Patients and Testimonials
“You clearly have a gift. It was crazy to see those photos, it’s hard to comprehend where I was and where I am now. I am truly blessed and forever thankful!!”
“I am certainly appreciative of Dr. Schmidt’s expertise, availability and scheduling my surgery at St. Joseph’s, but that is just the beginning of my experience at St. Joseph.”
“I am completely satisfied with Dr. Schmidt and my surgery. I would have no hesitation to ask him to any any other facial surgeries. The arch is gone and my nose is straight.”
“He did such an amazing job that one week later, I could not tell that anything had ever been there! So pleased and thankful for his expert judgement and gifted hands.”
Frequently Asked Questions
This procedure could be right for you if your lower face and neck have advanced signs of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging tissues. Candidates should desire facial rejuvenation but have realistic expectations. The best candidates are non-smokers.
Injectable products are useful for temporarily camouflaging the early signs of aging. However, surgery is the best choice for more advanced aging. Surgery also produces results that last longer. While injectables can fill in wrinkles, facial and neck rejuvenation surgery actually lift the soft tissues to restore a more youthful appearance.
Dr. Schmidt typically performs the surgery on an outpatient basis at a nearby surgery center.
If desired, these procedures can be combined with additional facial rejuvenation procedures, including eyelid surgery or a brow lift. Dr. Schmidt can recommend appropriate procedures to help you achieve your cosmetic goals.
One could say that the results of facelift and neck lift surgery last forever. If you had an identical twin who didn’t undergo this surgery, you would always look more youthful than your twin. Of course, the natural aging process will continue. Facelift and neck lift surgery is designed to “turn back the clock,” but it cannot stop it from counting time. Additional rejuvenation procedures may be desired at some point in the future.