Face and Neck Lift Surgery in San Jose & Los Gatos
What is a facelift?
The goal of a facelift is to address sagging and drooping skin on the face and upper neck. Facelifts also remove wrinkles, fine lines, and deep creases caused by aging, stress, and other factors. In a facelift, incisions are made along the patient’s hairline and the skin is pulled back and then re-draped to regain a tighter, younger-looking facial contour.
What is a neck lift?
A neck lift deals with excess skin on the neck that has sagged with age. A condition called turkey wattle neck is also addressed with a neck lift. In a neck lift, incisions are made either under the chin or behind the ears to gain access to the neck muscles. When necessary, muscle in the area is removed or repositioned to further improve the appearance of the neck. Once certain changes are made, the skin is then re-draped over the area. Sometimes, excess skin and fat is removed to provide a slimmer neck.
When is a facelift and neck lift done together?
A facelift can correct facial folds and creases, yet is not able to address loose, saggy skin in the neck area. Because of this, Dr. Rosenthal may recommend combining a facelift with a neck lift to remove the extra skin and neck muscle, and give the overall face a slimmer, more youthful look.
There are several surgeries that can be performed to address the unwanted signs of aging on the face. During your initial consultation with Dr. Rosenthal, she will determine your eligibility for the various surgical options and make recommendations that will help you achieve the results you desire.
How can I prepare for a face and neck lift surgery?
You will be advised to avoid taking certain medications, such as aspirin, as they may promote bleeding during surgery. Patients who smoke will also be asked to quit for four weeks prior to surgery, as smoking inhibits blood circulation to the skin and can affect the outcome of your surgery.