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Face & Neck Lift FAQ

If you're considering a face or neck lift procedure, or a combination of both, you probably have a number of questions. Our plastic surgeons have extensive experience performing facelift surgery for their Michigan patients. They have provided their answers to some of the top questions patients frequently ask about these face and neck rejuvenating options.

Dr. Dennis Hammond, Dr. Andrea Van Pelt, and Dr. Melissa Kath understand that every case is unique and strive to give you exceptional personal care. If you have additional questions about getting a neck lift or face lift in Michigan, request a consultation online or call us at (616) 464-4420.

Who is a good candidate for face and neck lift?

Face and neck lift surgeries, which we often combine, are best for people who want to improve the appearance of their neck, jawline, and cheek areas by tightening loose skin and muscle. It's important that patients are in good physical health and don't smoke, as smoking can impede healing and hurt surgical results. Patients for this or any procedure should also be in good mental health and have a positive outlook for their surgery.

What is the right age for a face and neck lift?

There is no "right time" for surgery, although most face and neck lift patients are older than 40. The conditions these procedures address - primarily drooping skin and wrinkles in the lower face - tend to come with age. We have seen an increase in younger patients opting for this procedure lately as a preventive measure, though. We also offer a mini face lift for patients who need less extensive correction. This procedure addresses early signs of aging and requires smaller incisions and less downtime.

Will it be painful?

Any pain or discomfort following surgery can be managed with prescription and over-the-counter medications. Most discomfort should subside after about 7 to 10 days, with some lingering symptoms for up to 2 weeks. Many patients say they feel a sensation of tightness rather than pain after surgery.

What is recovery like?

During the first week or so after surgery, you should keep your head elevated at all times, even when sleeping. Some patients feel well enough to return to work after a week, but most patients take 10 to 14 days off, over which time swelling and bruising slowly fades. You can return to light activity gradually over a couple of weeks. Walking is encouraged as soon as you feel well enough, as it can promote healing. Your surgeon will let you know when you can return to more strenuous activity.

Will my results look natural?

This is one of the top concerns for most patients who get face and neck lift surgery, because many of us have seen results on others that look "windblown" or a bit too "stretched." Rest assured - our experienced plastic surgeons take a conservative, subtle approach to facelift surgery for the patients who visit their Grand Rapids, Michigan, practice. They use the most advanced techniques to make your face look naturally more youthful and refreshed, not "worked on."

Will I have visible scars?

Dr. Van Pelt, Dr. Kath, and Dr. Hammond are careful to hide your incisions in discreet locations within your hairline and along the natural creases of your face and neck so the resulting scars are essentially invisible once healed. They also use advanced techniques that mean incisions are as short and fine as possible. Our team can provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to ensure that your scars heal quickly and beautifully.

How long will my results last?

Although face lift and neck lift surgeries do not stop the natural aging process, they do turn back the clock. Many patients say their results last about 7 to 10 years before they feel they would like to have another procedure. To maintain your results, you can have non-surgical procedures such as laser treatments for skin rejuvenation or injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and plump up volume that may diminish over time.

Are there any alternatives?

Those who have less advanced signs of facial aging may find that non-surgical treatments with fillers and BOTOX can suit their needs, but for extensive correction of aging in the lower face, face and neck lift surgeries are considered the gold standard. For the upper face, brow lift and eyelid surgery are excellent options. These procedures can be combined with lower face treatments for a more dramatic transformation.

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