Expectations After Face Lift and Neck Lift Surgery

Expectations After Face Lift and Neck Lift Surgery

Facelift and neck lift procedures provide the most dramatic regeneration of the face, jawline, and neck. The facelifts and neck lifts focus on the lower two-thirds of the face: the cheeks, the nasolabial folds, the jowls, the jawline, and the sagging neck skin. The neck serves as the framework for the face.

Many individuals exhibit noticeable ageing in the neck and lower face ageing, drooping or wrinkles. Facelift surgery sometimes incorporates neck lift surgery to obtain a rejuvenated face.

Facelift Surgery

facelift surgery

A facelift sometimes referred to as a rhytidectomy, is an operation that tightens and elevates these facial tissues. A facelift restores a naturally young facial appearance by lifting and firming drooping facial tissues. A facelift is frequently referred to as a procedure that makes the patient look younger. A facelift may include the following:

  • The removal of extra skin.
  • Tightening facial tissue. 
  • Smoothing out of creases or wrinkles.
  • Jowls Loss of facial volume.
  • Pronounced nasolabial folds (smile lines).

Neck Lift Surgery

necklift surgery

A neck lift also referred to as Platysmaplasty, is a surgical procedure that seeks to enhance the appearance of the neck and jawline. The procedure is typically used to address issues such as loose, sagging skin on the neck, a turkey wattle or double chin appearance, and wrinkles and lines in the neck area.

A neck lift is a cosmetic treatment that slims the area around your jawline by removing extra skin and fat, giving your neck a more defined jawline. Muscle laxity and collagen degradation contribute to a sagging face look. Here are some of the concerns that a neck lift can fix:

  • Wrinkles and Excess fat in your neck.
  • Sagging neck skin that resembles the tissue that hangs from a turkey’s neck.
  • Horizontal skin bands (neck bands).
  • You’ve lost a lot of weight, and your neck skin is loose.

Advantages Face-neck Lift Surgery

Face-neck Lift Surgery

Eliminates Extra Skin

Neck lift surgery eliminates extra skin, just like facial rejuvenation techniques like a facelift. Sagging skin is removed during surgery to strengthen the muscles beneath. The neck and lower face appear smoother and more toned due to all of this.

Eliminate deep creases

Some people may feel self-conscious due to deep wrinkles and lines. The face and neck may appear fallen and worn due to volume and tissue structure loss that comes with ageing. The outcome is a Face-neck Lift that minimizes nasolabial lines and adds volume, making patients appear younger than their real age. It will replace any volume lost in the ageing face’s deep tissue structures and return them to normal positions. It is an effective anti-ageing method that makes the patient look younger.

Skin Tightening

Facelift and neck surgery is best if you have sagging skin in the jowls and neck area. When you get a facelift, the skin that has been drooping might be tightened. Facelifts are considered restorative procedures because they smooth and tighten the skin that frames your face. During a facelift, the skin is disconnected from the muscles and tissue beneath the skin. By the time it’s finished, everything has been tightened and shaped to give you the ideal sleek appearance. While this technique doesn’t reverse ageing, it helps prolong the neck and face’s youthful appearance.

Chin and jawline contours

As we age, gravity and the loss of facial fat and skin elasticity tend to pull our skin down, frequently resulting in sagging skin on the face. A facelift and neck lift can change a strong jawline’s shape by removing extra skin and fat in these areas. It gives the lower face definition and a younger appearance.

Invisible Surgical Scars

Facelift incisions are made to be practically undetectable, so there won’t be any obvious scars or other indications that you had a cosmetic treatment done. Incisions for neck lifts are frequently hidden in the hairline, beneath the chin, and behind the ears. Most incisions are made behind the ear or along the hairline for simple hiding post-operation, so only you will know your secret to more youthful skin. However, the size and specific position of your incisions will depend on your chosen areas for treatment and your desired outcomes.

Reasonable Downtime

Many people are reluctant to have a facelift because they have preconceived notions about lengthy recovery times spent in bandages. Facelifts are neck surgical procedures and are far less invasive thanks to tiny incisions and sophisticated skin-tightening treatments. Less downtime than you may expect is possible with gentler tactics. Within two weeks of having a facelift, you can return to work or your regular schedule with a passable face.

Facelift with a neck lift

Even though a facelift and a neck lift are the same surgery, they address different issues. The region from the jawline to just below the eyelids is treated with a facelift. A neck lift primarily targets the lower face, which extends from the area under your chin down your jawline and down to the base of your neck. The skin on the neck is tightened and lifted by a necklace.

The neck lift incision compromises a portion of the overall facelift incision. The surgeon will remove the subcutaneous tissue and repair it higher up to flatten the neck bands and give it a tighter appearance. A total neck lift is recommended for necks with moderate to severe aging. Combining facelift and neck lift procedures might provide even more impressive results.

Facelift/Neck Lift Recovery

  • Most often, patients only have mild to moderate face discomfort for the first 24 to 48 hours before it quickly disappears. 
  • Violent exercise is prohibited for a few weeks after surgery. Three weeks should be enough time for any surgical traces to disappear.
  • There may be bruising and slight face and neck tissue swelling (black and blue discolouration). In a week, the bruising and swelling will start to go away. It will help if you elevate your head the first few days after surgery to reduce swelling and pain.
  • Patients should typically be able to leave their homes after 10 to 14 days. 

Who is a good candidate for these face and neck lifts?

Men and women with sagging, hanging, or wrinkled skin on the top, middle or lower face make excellent candidates. When planning your surgery, the state of the skin is another crucial factor to consider. Patients must be in good overall health and should abstain from tobacco use. Being realistic about the results is crucial to a good cosmetic surgery candidate. Most patients for these surgeries are often in their 40s, with many in their 60s and 70s. 

What should I expect following a face and neck lift?

Your face will most likely be swollen and bruised. Although the swelling may worsen before getting better, it should go away in one to two weeks. You can develop bruises on your neck and chest after a few days. 

After surgery, you’ll experience some soreness for two to four days. For a few days, you could have some difficulty opening your mouth. Most likely, the skin around the incisions will be numb. As the feeling returns, you can experience some itchiness or shooting pain. The numbness may not go away for several months and often takes 4 to 6 weeks to heal. However, it may take up to 6 months to notice the full effects of the procedure.


How painful is a neck and face lift?

The pain from a facelift is very little. However, people dislike feeling tight in their face and neck, so recovery is more about feeling stiff than experiencing pain. However, this stage passes after a few days, whereas a tight neck can last a few more weeks.

How long after a facelift and neck do you look normal?

After two to four weeks, you ought to appear and feel normal. Remember that facelifts and neck surgery cannot reverse the effects of ageing naturally. Thus we advise patients to continue caring for their skin and leading healthy lifestyles.

How long does a facelift and neck lift take for the patient to recover?

Recovery takes a short while following a neck lift, micro facelift, or regular facelift. After one to three weeks, most patients can resume their regular activities.

How long do the results last?

Although a facelift and neck lift’s effects are permanent, other factors may affect how things turn out. Remember that gravity and ageing will still affect your appearance after healing. Patients are advised to take good care of their skin by avoiding harmful UV radiation and sticking to a regular skincare routine to ensure their results remain.


Although a facelift and a neck lift are identical procedures, they deal with different problems. A facelift treats the area from the jawline to just below the eyelids. The lower face, from the chin region through the jawline and down to the base of your neck, is the main focus of a neck lift. A facelift and a neck lift can be conveniently combined for even more impressive results.

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