A face and neck surgery involves surgically repositioning the facial fat, muscles, and soft tissue in the neck and face. This procedure is ideal for women and men who want to eliminate drooping skin and achieve a youthful appearance. The results can dramatically revive your appearance, eliminating pesky imperfections and improving your self-esteem. 

During the procedure, a small incision is made around the hairline. It’s strategically placed to blend in with the hairline to minimize unwanted scarring. After the procedure is complete, you’ll see the results four to six weeks after the surgery. 

The best candidates for this procedure have noticeable signs of aging, such as volume loss or thinning skin. You may also notice deep wrinkles forming in the nasolabial folds or around the neck. A skilled plastic surgeon will evaluate the fat, muscle, and skin on your face and neck to determine the best approach for you.

Not sure if a face and neck surgery is right for you? Here’s everything you need to know about the procedure:

What face and neck lift surgery can and what can’t be treated?

A face and neck lift surgery is ideal for individuals with excess skin and fat they want to eliminate. It’s important to note that this procedure will not eliminate fine lines, wrinkles, or sun exposure. While the procedure may help visually reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it won’t completely eliminate them. Instead, a face and neck lift surgery treats imperfections and insecurities such as:

  • Double chin
  • Turkey neck
  • Sagging skin
  • Muscle banding
  • Jowls
  • Excess fat in the face, chin, or neck area 

During your consultation with a plastic surgeon, they’ll discuss your unique skin concerns and desired results to determine if face and neck surgery is right for you. If your primary concern is wrinkles or sun exposure, they may recommend a nonsurgical approach like Botox or injectables. Everyone is different. The first step to determine if this procedure is right for you is to schedule a consultation.

Are there any risks?

As with any surgery, there are risks and complications you’ll want to be aware of before surgery. During your consultation with a plastic surgeon, they’ll discuss the risks and complications that can occur during and after the procedure. 

Some of the risks to be mindful of before surgery include:

  • Hematoma. The most common complication of a face and neck lift is a hematoma. A hematoma is a collection of clotted blood that forms under the skin. Patients may experience intense swelling and pressure in the neck and face area within the first 24 hours after the procedure. If a hematoma forms, patients must undergo surgery to avoid any permanent complications. 
  • Scarring. Some patients may experience minimal scarring near the hairline, face, or ears. A skilled surgeon will ensure that these scars are minimal and are expertly hidden by the hairline. If the scarring is noticeable and bothersome to the patient, a surgeon may recommend a corticosteroid injection after the procedure. 
  • Nerve injury. While rare, some patients may experience nerve damage after the procedure. This can temporarily or permanently impact the muscles and sensations in the face and neck. Patients may also experience a complete loss of feeling for an extended period. If nerve damage occurs, a plastic surgeon may recommend additional surgeries or treatment to correct the damage. 
  • Hair loss. Some patients experience hair loss near the incision site. It can be temporary or permanent. If hair loss occurs near the incision, a surgeon may recommend a skin transplant to revive the damaged hair follicles.
  • Skin loss. While rare, a face and neck lift can disrupt your blood supply. If this is not treated, it can result in skin loss. This risk can be treated with medications and additional surgeries. 

Before surgery, a surgeon will discuss these risks and complications with you in depth. They’ll also answer any questions or concerns you may have before treatment. 

The best way to avoid these unwanted neck and face lift risks and complications is to work with a plastic surgeon like Dr. Egozi. Dr. Egozi specializes in face and neck lift surgeries. His attention to detail and professionalism sets him apart from the rest. He’ll also offer appropriate aftercare and medication recommendations so you can minimize your risk and avoid permanent complications. 

Schedule a consultation today to learn more. 

FAQS about Face and Neck Lift Surgery


How painful is a face and neck lift?

The actual procedure is not painful. Patients are put under general anesthesia and should not feel pain or discomfort during the procedure. During the first 48 hours post-surgery, you may experience bruising, swelling, and tightness in the face and neck. These symptoms should subside a few days post-surgery. Most people can return to everyday activities four to six weeks after treatment. 

How long does a face and neck lift last?

The results should last anywhere from 10-12 years. With additional cosmetic treatments and a skincare routine, you may be able to extend the longevity of your results even further. Your plastic surgeon will provide you with post-surgery instructions to help you maintain your results.

What is the best age for a neck lift?

Most patients are between the ages of 35 and 65. We recommend scheduling a consultation with a plastic surgeon if you are younger or older than 35 or 65. A plastic surgeon will discuss the other options available to help you achieve a more youthful appearance.

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