Should I Combine a Facelift and a Neck Lift?
While there is no requirement that a facelift and neck lift must be combined, many patients choose to do so to maintain balance and harmony between the features. The skin on the neck ages at the same rate as the face, and treating one without the other can create an asymmetrical or unnatural look.
While a neck lift is almost always combined with a facelift, a facelift is not required to undergo a neck lift. Dr. Sadeghi will evaluate your skin condition during your consultation and give you his recommendation.
Does a Facelift Address the Upper Face?
Facelift surgery addresses the bottom two-thirds of the face (anything below the eyes). If you are concerned about aging eyelids (such as puffy bags beneath the eyes or hooding of the upper eyelid), eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) is ideal for you. Aging on the forehead or sagging brows can be addressed with brow lift surgery (forehead lift).
How Much Does Facelift Surgery Cost?
The cost of your facelift will vary depending on the extent of the procedure, whether it is being performed with a neck lift, or whether it is being combined with any other facial surgery. Additional cost factors include anesthesia fees, surgeon’s fees, facility and operating room fees, and pre- and post-treatment appointments.
Dr. Sadeghi will provide you with an accurate cost estimate during your one-on-one consultation.
How Long Is My Facelift Recovery?
Most facelift patients experience bruising and swelling following their surgery; however, pain should not be significant. Any discomfort that does result can be remedied with prescribed or over-the-counter pain medication.
You will need to sleep in an elevated position for a few days or weeks after your surgery to help with swelling and blood circulation. Cold compresses can also help but be sure to follow Dr. Sadeghi’s instructions.
Most patients feel fully recovered from their facelift within 10 to 14 days. Lingering swelling may last longer, but it can often be covered with makeup.
Will I Have Scars After My Facelift or Neck Lift?
Scarring is a natural response to healing skin tissues. Therefore, you will have scars following your facelift and/or neck lift. Fortunately, due to the placement of these incisions, scars are largely concealed in the hairline and natural creases of the skin.
Any scarring that remains can be lessened with scar treatments, such as scar fading creams, silicone strips or gel, and laser treatments. You should be careful to avoid sun exposure while healing from a facelift, as the sun can darken the scar’s pigment.