Many patients come to Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center to discuss the sagging skin near the jaw line and neck area. Aging, gravity, and environmental factors such as sun exposure, smoking, or dramatic weight loss are all reasons why our skin can become saggy. Generally, if you are having sagging around the neck and jaw, you are probably experiencing deep creases near the nose and mouth, loose skin, and other textural skin issues on the face as well. Therefore, a facelift is actually a more appropriate name because you can’t make the neck look better without involving the face.
People often ask about the title of the procedure, as in mini facelift, traditional facelift, or neck lift. At your consultation we can discuss if, and what, procedure applies to you. The truth is, rather than being concerned about what the procedure is called, we want to help you achieve the results you want. As surgeons at Beautologie, it is our job to find the balance between how much surgery is actually needed to achieve the best looking result.
So, why a facelift instead of a neck lift? The reason we would recommend a facelift instead of just a neck lift has to do with the incisions and where excess skin would go. Our focus is to do what surgery is needed to make the results look good, and the issue with doing a neck lift without a facelift, or mini-facelift, is that you won’t achieve the continuous, smooth result throughout the whole facial area. The excess neck skin will get bunched up underneath the ear, and the results will not be natural looking.
With facelift surgery, the procedure actually exists on somewhat of a spectrum. Some patients may want to simply tighten the loose skin around the neck, and improve deep creases. Others may have quite a bit more loose skin, or jowls; therefore, more surgery is required to remove the excess skin. The important part about facelift surgery is the placement of the incisions, which are concealed around the ear. The incisions are carefully created this way to minimize the appearance of scarring. The skin is separated from the underlying tissue, then slid or glided to achieve the desired result. The excess skin is then removed, the incisions are sutured, and the face is bandaged.
Many people have the misconception that a facelift stretches the skin, and unfortunately that can happen when performed by some surgeons. The skilled surgeons at Beautologie Surgery and Laser Center know that when the skin is stretched, you don’t achieve the natural result that most patients are looking for. We opt for a technique that glides and slides the skin, resulting in a smooth, more youthful appearance without overworking the skin.
Whether you need a neck lift and mini-facelift, or mini-facelift and a half, or a traditional facelift – you are in good hands with Beautologie! Dr. Lehocky is highly experienced in performing facelifts and strongly believes that every patient deserves to benefit from the latest surgery techniques and innovations for the highest-quality plastic surgery experience and the most natural-looking results. “We’ll put ourselves up against anybody down in L.A.,” says Dr. Lehocky.
Patients are always required to be under anesthesia for this procedure, but it is an outpatient procedure, so no overnight stay is required. On average, patients can return to work in about 10-14 days and should expect swelling, bruising, skin discoloration, and numbing for the first few weeks after facelift surgery. The recovery and downtime are more social than anything else; most patients want to avoid social situations due to how they look, rather than how they feel. Dr. Lehocky tells his patients that when they look in the mirror and think “I can go out tomorrow,” then they are ready!
Every patient is different – from bone structure to skin texture, so the results differ. Many of Dr. Lehocky’s facelift patients say the best compliments they receive are that they look “better or more youthful,” not that they look like they have had a procedure or obviously had a facelift. If you are looking to get a younger and more refreshed appearance that you can enjoy for a long time, make an appointment with Dr. Lehocky or one of the other skilled doctors of Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center.