Face and Neck Surgery

Facelifts and Neck Lifts

As we get older, time, heredity, sun exposure, fat and bone resorption conspire to change our faces in ways that many of us find undesirable. Our cheeks begin to sag forming creases or furrows from the edge of our nose to the corner of our mouth and jowls appear along our jaw lines giving our face a harsh, tired, ‘squared-off’ look. Unsightly vertical wrinkles can form in our cheeks and above our upper lips. The skin of our necks often sags below the chin obscuring the youthful angle between the undersurface of our chin and neck. Our eyebrows and upper eyelids can droop, hooding the skin over the upper eyelids, forming bags under the eyes, creating horizontal creases across our foreheads, and frown lines between our eyebrows. All these changes can make us appear sad, older, and more tired than we actually feel.

A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is an in-office cosmetic surgical procedure, designed to target many of these changes, particularly in the neck and cheeks. A well done facelift restores the neck contour by tightening and elevating the skin of the neck.

Neck lift lifts the lower cheeks substantially reducing the jowls and improving the jaw line. The ‘squared-off’ look, caused by the descent of the cheeks and jowls, disappears giving the face a more youthful oval contour. Often the harsh lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth soften and the upper cheeks appear fuller and younger looking.