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Facelift and Neck Lift

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St. Luke’s facelift and neck lift surgeons are among the greater Lehigh Valley region’s most skilled and experienced. Our providers are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, having completed extensive training that leads to a rigorous certification process. And due to our large network, we have access to the latest technology. These resources allow us to perform minimally invasive procedures with results you can be proud of.

What is a facelift and neck lift?

A facelift and neck lift, raises, rejuvenates, and slims the face. During this procedure, the surgeon will make multiple incisions around the face and neck. Then they can remove fat and tighten loose skin.

A rhytidectomy can target several areas on the face and neck, including:

  • Cheek
  • Midface
  • Jawline
  • Chin
  • Neck

Though a facelift and neck lift can’t repair fine lines or sun damage, other supplemental procedures can help. However, a facelift and neck lift will smooth the skin on your cheeks and along your jawline. It’s also the preferred surgery to correct a “turkey neck.”

If you want to learn more about a facelift and neck lift, or schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon in the greater Lehigh Valley region who does facelifts and neck lifts, contact St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Our team can provide you with the necessary guidance and expertise to achieve your aesthetic goals.


As you age, your skin and facial structure change. Skin loses elasticity and resilience, reducing its ability to snap back into place. Additionally, fat deposits in your face become unevenly distributed. Facelift and neck lift candidates typically include adults who have:

  • Sagging lower cheeks
  • Poorly defined jawline
  • Wrinkly, saggy, or fatty neck

To determine if a rhytidectomy is right for you, schedule a consultation with a St. Luke’s facelift surgeon in the greater Lehigh Valley region.

Getting facelift and neck lift plastic surgery can positively impact your well-being and self-confidence. Here are several of the most commonly report benefits:

  • Sharper, more defined jawline
  • Refreshed appearance
  • Tighter neck and chin
  • Fewer wrinkles around the nose and mouth
  • Slimmer face (from face liposuction)

A facelift and neck lift surgery can significantly improve your body image and give you a more youthful appearance. While it’s possible to have a neck lift surgery without a facelift, combining both procedures can enhance the overall effect.

As with all surgeries, facelifts and neck lifts have risks, including:

  • Hair loss
  • Bruising
  • Nerve injury
  • Scarring
  • Skin loss

Your surgeon will review a complete list of risks before getting your consent.

Before the procedure

In the time leading up to your facelift and neck lift at St. Luke’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, you can take steps to make your procedure as safe as possible. These include discussing the following topics at your surgical consultation:

  • Goals and expectations
  • Surgical options
  • Results
  • Recovery

As part of your consultation, your surgeon will also do a complete evaluation, which may include:

  • Ordering lab work
  • Taking “before” photos
  • Assessing medical conditions, allergies, and medical limitations
  • Reviewing medications, supplements, alcohol, tobacco, or drug use

A week before the procedure, you can prepare at home by:

  • Filling prescriptions
  • Purchasing necessary medical supplies
  • Coordinating transportation and meals
  • Staying hydrated

You should arrive early on the day of your procedure to avoid travel delays.

During the procedure

Your surgeon will work with you to determine the best type of facelift and neck lift for your desired results. A facelift and neck lift lasts several hours and requires general anesthesia.

During the facelift surgery, your surgeon will create a small incision that starts along your hairline, curves around your ear, and extends to your lower scalp. If you’re also having a neck lift, your surgeon will make an additional incision in front of your ear lobe that curves around your ear.


In a mini-facelift, the surgeon will make short incisions to tighten facial tissues, focusing on the jawline, correcting jowls, and rejuvenating tired-looking features. This type of facelift and neck lift is less invasive due to its specific incision pattern and is best suited for individuals with a small amount of sagging. A mini-facelift is also an effective way to address signs of aging before they become more pronounced.

Standard facelift

In a standard facelift, the surgeon will make more extensive incisions to tighten facial tissue. This surgery can correct a turkey neck, strengthen the jawline, and rejuvenate tired-looking features. It can also restore natural contours to both the face and neck. A standard facelift and neck lift type is more invasive than a mini-facelift, so it’s used to treat moderate signs of aging.

After the procedure

You may feel pain or discomfort and see some bruising and swelling after the procedure, but you’ll see your results as these symptoms diminish. Typically, within 2 weeks, it's hard to tell you've had a facelift and neck lift.

While you'll see noticeable improvements right away, sometimes additional surgeries are needed for the best outcome. Protecting your skin from the sun and leading a healthy lifestyle will help reduce scarring and maintain your results.

After the procedure, you may spend several hours in a recovery room for monitoring by your surgeon. As you progress through the recovery process, there are several key milestones to anticipate:

  • Day of surgery: The first day is usually the most painful, so follow your surgeon's recommendations to minimize discomfort. You can use ice packs to reduce swelling and take prescribed pain medication for comfort. For a smoother recovery, you should sleep with your head elevated.
  • 1 day after surgery: Visit your surgeon for a follow-up to evaluate the incision and swelling. At this appointment, they’ll remove or replace your surgical dressings and drainage tubes.
  • 2 to 3 days after surgery: You’ll likely experience the most swelling and bruising. Take your prescribed pain medication, rest, and do light movement.
  • 4 to 5 days after surgery: As you start feeling better, you’ll become more mobile. Your pain and swelling should continue to diminish.
  • 1 week after surgery: If you're still taking pain medication, you can stop at this point. Light exercise is typically allowed, but keep sleeping with your head elevated.
  • 2 weeks after surgery: You can return to your job if it isn’t strenuous, but you may experience fatigue. Bruising should be minimal enough to conceal with makeup.
  • 1 month after surgery: You can resume most regular activities, but avoid strenuous ones that cause discomfort. You may experience some tightness and tingling in your face and neck.
  • 2 months after surgery: You can resume all regular activities because your incisions should be completely healed.