A facelift / neck lift removes excess sagging skin from the face and neck resulting in a more youthful look. Dr Demianczuk performs various facelift techniques in order to correct sagging skin, facial wrinkles, droopy jowls and a loss of jawline definition. This procedure places the incision around the curvatures of the ear, resulting in a minimally visible scar. A natural and smooth facial contour can be achieved, without over-tightening.
The SMAS facelift is considered the gold standard. This surgery, while more complicated, produces results that are more dramatic and longer lasting. The technique involves manipulating a group of muscles beneath the skin known as the superficial musculo-aponeurotic system (SMAS). This section of muscle controls facial expression. An incision is made along the hairline from the temple to just behind the earlobe. The skin is then separated and lifted. The underlying muscles and tissue are tightened and secured so they maintain their new position.
For a select group of patients, a mini facelift may produce the desired aesthetic result. In this procedure, external scarring is reduced, and additional fat grafting for volume is performed to assist in skin tightening.
The Surgical Experience
Facelift and neck lift procedures are performed under local anaesthesia with twilight sedation as an outpatient procedure in an accredited surgical facility. The length of the surgery will vary, but it generally takes between 3-4 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will be dressed with a head wrap that is removed 2 days after surgery. There will be mild bruising and swelling of the face and neck. This will gradually improve within a few days. The scars associated with facelift and neck lift are usually well hidden within the curvatures of the ear and within the hairline, and will fade over time. Most patients will need 1 week off work following surgery, and can resume full activities after 6 weeks.
Each facelift surgery is unique and will be tailored to each patient. Most patients can expect to pay $10,500-$16,000.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a non-surgical option?
BOTOX®, injectable fillers, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels are examples of some non-surgical procedures that can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines and adding facial volume. These procedures also help to even out skin tone. However, these are treatments that will only affect the skin’s surface. Patients with loose skin, drooping jowls or a sagging neck will need to consider surgery if they want these features improved.
Will I look unnatural / fake?
No. Dr Demianczuk will make every effort to work within the confines of the patient’s bone, skin and muscle structures to achieve a younger, more natural look.
What is the best age for a facelift / neck lift?
The common age range for patients who undergo a facelift is 50-70, however younger patients aged 40-50 years can still benefit from mini facelift procedures. As the patient ages, volume loss can occur in the face, so additional fat grafting is frequently performed in addition to skin tightening to create a fuller, more youthful appearance. In patients under 40, non-surgical techniques are usually recommended.
Schedule your consultation
To find out how facelift and neck lift procedure can help you meet your goals, contact Dr. Demianczuk.