What Is a Facelift/Neck Lift?

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What Is a Facelift/Neck Lift?

A facelift procedure (also known as a rhytidectomy) involves removing excess (extra) facial fat, tightening facial muscles, and stretching skin on your face to create a smoother, firmer facial appearance. Patients can have lift surgery on their face, neck, or both.


Things to Consider Before Getting a Facelift

Before you get a facelift, your plastic surgeon should talk about these things with you:

  • overall health—as with any surgery, you need to be healthy enough to have surgery and recover from surgery if you're considering a facelift.
  • rapid weight gain or weight loss—if you're likely to gain or lose a lot of weight before or after a facelift, then you may want to postpone a facelift until your weight stabilizes. Gaining or losing a lot of weight can change the shape of your face, which may affect how long the results from a facelift last.
  • expectations for the surgery—your surgeon should talk about your expectations for the procedure. Results of a facelift can vary from person to person, depending on face shape and what a patient expects.

The shape of your neck may also determine whether you're a candidate for a facelift. Some patients will be able to have a more defined jawline than others depending on their neck features.

How Long Does a Facelift Last?

For most patients, results from a facelift will last about 10 years. The skin on your face will continue to age after you have a facelift, which is why the results aren't permanent.

How Is a Facelift Done?

Surgery for a facelift will last between two-and-a-half to four-and-a-half hours.

Your surgeon will first make small incisions (cuts) behind your hairline and around your ear. Depending on the area of your face that you would like lifted, your surgeon will separate your skin from your fat and muscle. Then, your surgeon will remove any extra fat and pull your skin back in place.

Some surgeon may remove extra skin to give your face and neck a tighter-looking appearance.

Some patients also choose to have a brow or forehead lift alongside a facelift.

To determine if a facelift, mid-facelift, and/or neck lift are the right decision for you, request a consultation with one of our facial plastic and reconstruction specialists.


Recovery time after a facelift is fairly quick. Most patients will be back to their day-to-day routine after two to three weeks.

Week One

  • You will have some swelling and bruising during the first week after your facelift.
  • After the end of the first week, you'll be able to wear makeup again.

Week Two

  • Your incisions (cuts) will still be a little red.
  • At the end of the second week, you should be able to go back to work or school. Most of your swelling and bruising should also be gone.

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