Facelift & Neck Lift
No matter how youthful and energetic we feel on the inside, it is impossible to stop the aging changes that occur on our faces and necks. Heredity, gravity, and environmental effects eventually begin to take their toll, often before we feel ready. A facelift and/or neck lift by Melbourne, Florida, plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Diaz can delay some of these changes, keeping your face looking smooth, full, and gravity-defying for years.
Dr. Diaz approaches every aesthetic enhancement with compassion and care, revealing your unique beauty. To find out how facelift and neck lift surgery can improve your appearance, request a consultationrequest a consultation online or call our office in Melbourne at 321-237-2932321-237-2932.
Your Beautiful Face
Our faces show the world where we come from and what we've done. A life well-lived can leave our faces with lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and more. During your consultation with Dr. Diaz, he evaluates your face as a complete unit, paying special attention to the way aging has changed it. He will ask you plenty of questions about your lifestyle, medical history, and goals to help develop a surgical plan that addresses your primary concerns without sacrificing your comfort or safety.
It's important to remember that no 2 people age in exactly the same way or at the same rate. While some people in their 40s are candidates for facelift or neck lift surgery, others can delay the procedure until their 60s or even later. You may be a candidate for a facelift or a neck lift if you're bothered by any of the following symptoms:
- Hollowness or a lack of volume in your cheeks
- Wrinkles, folds, and creases around your nose and mouth
- A double chin, jowls, or other irregularity of your chin or jawline caused by loose skin
- A sagging, loose appearance anywhere in the lower portion of your face
- Lack of definition of your jawline
- A full hanging neck with visible muscle bands
If you're still unsure of your candidacy, Dr. Diaz can help you decide during your consultation. Facelift surgery targets the lower two-thirds of the face, which is where most people see the earliest and most significant signs of aging. A neck lift addresses the bottom third of your face as well as your neck and chin. Often a neck lift is combined with a facelift for a seamless improvement. A neck lift can be used primarily to address the major concerns while the facelift applies the finishing touches. Some patients may choose to have a neck lift to start and delay their facelift for the future. Others may choose liposuction of the chin alone, which can be performed in the office using local anesthesia with minimal recovery. Smaller procedures like a mini-neck lift or mini-facelift may be a good option, which can also be performed using local anesthesia. If you're also concerned by the condition of your upper face, especially changes in the delicate skin around your eyes, you may be a good candidate for blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. In some cases, facelift and eyelid surgery can be performed simultaneously for a comprehensive rejuvenation. Because the options are numerous, it is highly advisable to make an appointmen for an evaluation with Dr. Diaz.
L.R.'s Cosmetic Procedure
"I am so thankful to have found you as my doctor. You are truly a great surgeon, but also a wonderful human being! Thank you not only for the great work you do, but most importantly for the way you do your work with so much care and understanding. You helped me feel pretty again."
Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your experience may vary.
What to Expect
Facelift and neck lift surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure. Occasionally facelift or neck lift surgery can be performed using sedation. Dr. Diaz makes incisions around your ears and slightly within your hairline. These incisions offer him maximum control during surgery and heal to very discreet scars that can typically be fully hidden beneath your hair.
The specifics of each facelift and neck lift surgery vary from patient to patient. However, Dr. Diaz typically removes or repositions unwanted fat and tightens the underlying muscles of the face and neck. He may also remove excess skin and redrape remaining skin for a smoother, tighter contour. This approach of lifting and strengthening the underlying muscles of the face, rather than simply stretching the skin as older techniques did, results in a very natural-looking outcome. Dr. Diaz's goal is to create an improved version of you that reflects vibrancy and reverses aging changes while avoiding the over-operated on, obvious, stretched facelift look that is commonly seen in the media.
You'll need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after surgery. Once you return home, it's important to give your body the rest it needs to heal completely. For most people, this means taking 10 days to 2 weeks off work. Although recuperation is not typically painful, most patients experience slight bruising and swelling that may make them feel self-conscious. It's common for patients to work from home during this period, because they often feel good enough to work but still have lingering signs of recent surgery.
Dr. Diaz prescribes prescription medicine to maintain your comfort as you heal, and he also advises patients to keep their heads elevated for several days following surgery, including while sleeping. Keeping your head upright reduces swelling, improves your overall comfort, and allows your incisions to heal undisturbed.
Although no plastic surgery procedure offers results that last forever, a facelift and neck lift can significantly delay and reverse facial aging. Facelift patients typically look better than their peers who haven't undergone surgery for up to 10 years after the procedure, although this varies from patient to patient. Many patients choose to maintain their results in the long term with regular injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic or injectable fillers. By protecting your skin from the sun, refraining from smoking, and keeping your weight stable, you can preserve your results and look your best for many years to come.