Facelift & Neck Lift

At some point, you may start to notice your face looking older than you feel inside. With age, wrinkles and fine lines develop around the mouth, jowls add bulk to the lower face, and loose neck skin gives us a “turkey wattle.” Nonsurgical treatments can minimize early signs of aging, but people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s often choose to get facelift surgery at our Anchorage, Alaska, practice for these more advanced signs of aging.

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Who Can Benefit From a Facelift & Neck Lift?

If you look in the mirror and feel like the sagging cheeks and jowls you see don’t reflect your energy and youthfulness, a facelift can help you look as good as you feel. Additionally, to be a good candidate for a facelift, you must be a nonsmoker. Smoking not only contributes to facial aging but inhibits healing after surgery. You should be in good overall health and it’s important to have realistic expectations about your results. A facelift typically makes patients look as they did about 10 years earlier. Although the aging process continues after your surgery, you will continue to look younger than your chronological age.

How Is a Facelift & Neck Lift Performed?

If you’ve researched facelifts for any time at all, you may be overwhelmed by the various types of facelift procedures described online. The most common technique—and the modern standard for facelift surgery—is the SMAS facelift. SMAS is short for superficial musculoaponeurotic system, a layer of tissue and muscle that connects the lower face, jawline, and neck stretching from the ear to the neck.

Plastic surgeons learned many years ago that simply stretching the skin tight during a facelift, without adjusting the SMAS layer, led to results that didn’t last long and appeared pulled or “windswept.” The SMAS facelift involves lifting and repositioning the tissue and muscle layer, then re-draping the skin in a way that looks natural. Our surgeons remove some excess skin before suturing the incisions, which are well-concealed in the hairline and in the natural crease of the ears and behind them.

Our surgeons combine neck lifts with facelift surgery. During a neck lift, the surgeon tightens the platysma muscle—which separates as we age, creating thin bands on either side of the neck and reducing the definition of the jawline. Additionally, the surgeon may remove or reposition fat below the chin and remove excess skin before suturing the incisions.

Our surgeons perform facelift and neck lift surgery using general anesthesia. You should plan to have someone drive you home after your surgeon confirms you’re able to leave the surgical facility.

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Our surgeons are uniquely talented and share a dedication to providing our patients the type of personalized care that has established Plastic Surgeons of Alaska as the premier practice in the state.

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How Long Is Facelift Recovery?

The recovery following a facelift is really 2 phases—the physical recovery and the social recovery. Physically, you should plan for about 1 to 2 weeks of downtime with swelling and bruising peaking about 3 to 4 days after the operation. You should avoid bending over and strenuous physical activity for at least 2 weeks. Your social recovery depends on how comfortable you feel being in public before the swelling and bruising completely resolve. If you’re planning to attend a significant social event, such as a wedding, you should allow at least 2 months to completely heal.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The cost of a facelift depends on several factors, including if it’s combined with a neck lift, the extent of the changes needed, the location of the plastic surgery practice, and other factors. The cost of facelift surgery in Anchorage, for example, will be different than in Seattle or Los Angeles. After your consultation, we’ll provide a price quote that breaks down the costs.

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Women and men in Anchorage and elsewhere in Alaska considering a facelift can request a consultation at our practice using the online form or by calling us at (907) 563-2002 to schedule an appointment.

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