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Mini Facelift & Neck Lift

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About the Mini Facelift & Neck Lift

The primary objectives of a lower face and neck lift, also called a mini facelift, at our Palo Alto and Los Gatos practice are to enhance and accentuate the youthful contours of the neck, jawline, and lower cheek. These procedures are done carefully with meticulous attention to every detail, and are often performed in conjunction with a facelift to minimize recovery time and achieve the best possible aesthetic improvements.

Because our surgeons personalize these procedures to each patient’s unique needs and cosmetic goals, you will need to come into our Palo Alto or Los Gatos office for a one-on-one consultation to receive a price estimate.

What to Expect During the Procedure

When performed on its own, a lower face and neck lift procedure typically takes between two to three hours. But as the experience is different for each patient, it may take an additional hour if a neck lift is performed with a full facelift. While a neck lift alone may be appropriate for some patients, the reality is that most individuals who have lax skin at their neck will also have the same on their face, and addressing multiple areas in close proximity to each other simultaneously tends to be the most practical approach to achieving overall rejuvenation.

At our Bay Area practice, we perform a lower face and neck lift that addresses the deeper tissues, such as the muscles and fat underneath the surface of the skin. We lift the layer of muscle at the neck (platysma) and cheek (superficial muscular aponeurotic system, or SMAS for short), tightening and re-suspending the tissues while removing any excess skin and fat to achieve natural, long-term results that rejuvenate the youthful contours of your neck and face.

Along with a neck lift and facelift, a brow lift may also be performed simultaneously. As the soft tissue of the cheek is suspended to a more youthful position, the excess skin must be redistributed along the forehead and then into the hairline. Performing these intricate, interrelated procedures within the same operation allows the surgeon to simultaneously address the neck, cheek, brow, and forehead. Some patients also choose to address their lower eyelids (lower blepharoplasty) are also addressed at the time of face and neck lift surgery.

Why L&P and a Breakdown of the Procedure

Prior to neck lift surgery, you will meet the anesthesia team and be asked to review any allergies, as well as your major medical history. You will then be given your anesthesia to help you relax. As experienced surgeons, we always work diligently and in tandem with the anesthesiologist to minimize any nausea or pain after surgery.

Though individual patient experiences tend to vary, a neck lift with a facelift, brow lift, and/or a blepharoplasty typically takes between four to six hours, and can be performed under either twilight sleep (also referred to as intravenous sedation) or general anesthesia.

Mini Facelift & Neck Lift Before and After Gallery

View real results from real patients below.

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Natural Rejuvenation with Signature Lift

This patient had out L&P Signature Deep Plane Facelift and Neck Lift with tissue contouring, a lower blepharoplasty, a limited fat transfer, and a chin implant. Yes, that is a handful of procedures, but look at how natural her outcome is. We wanted to focus on maintaining volume while contouring deep tissues for a youthful appearance. She mentioned that not even her closest loved ones know that she got surgery… You can always chalk it up to a good night’s sleep!

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Bay Area gentleman transforms after L&P Signature Lift

We are performing our L&P Signature Facelift and Neck Lift on more men than ever. In this case Drs. Lieberman and Parikh combined it with tissue contouring and a fat transfer to strengthen his jawline and restore facial volume that is lost over time. He looks more youthful and his features are much more defined, but no one would think he had “work done.”

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L&P Signature Facelift for Gorgeous Practice Manager

Our gorgeous practice manager got her own L&P Signature Facelift and Neck Lift. It is easy to say that no one needs a facelift, which is true, but these results bring back confidence that our patients have been missing for years. She looks so natural and beautiful with her glow up from Drs. Lieberman and Parikh.

Recovery and Beyond

After about an hour or two of recovery time under the careful observation of our staff, you can be discharged from the surgery center into the care of a family member or friend, though every patient’s recovery window is unique. No matter what procedures you choose to receive from our practice, our core objective is to provide a safe and comfortable surgical experience that aspires to enhance your appearance while aiming to produce natural results.

Mini Facelift & Neck Lift FAQs

Healthy women and men, typically in their 30s to 40s, make good candidates for a mini facelift if they:

  • Want to tighten mild to moderate laxity of the jawline (jowls) and neck
  • Want to correct vertical neck bands
  • Are no longer satisfied with the results of dermal fillers
  • Are not concerned with aging of the midface

People with more advanced aging that includes the midface may need a more complete facelift or a combination of procedures to attain their desired rejuvenation.

Over time, gravity affects the skin, muscles, and connective tissues, causing them to loosen and droop. The loss of volume coupled with these changes can lead to the formation of jowls along the jawline, deep folds in the cheeks from the sides of the nose to those of the mouth (parentheses lines or nasolabial folds) and downwards from the corners of the mouth (marionette lines), hollowing under the eyes, and excess fat and skin under the chin (double chin) with deep vertical folds in the front of the neck (platysmal neck bands forming a “turkey neck”).

A lower face and neck lift, also referred to as a mini facelift, is intended to surgically address signs of aging in the lower face, including the lower cheek and jawline, as well as the neck.

This natural progression of aging has become increasingly difficult for many men and women to accept, since the advent of healthier lifestyles, cleaner diets, and improved medical care have resulted in people feeling much younger and energized than they may otherwise appear. Bridging the gap between how you look to how youthful you feel can be addressed with a comprehensive, individualized approach to facial rejuvenation.

  • Bandage Removal: 1 day
  • Suture Removal: 4-10 days
  • Return To Work: 2 weeks
  • 75% Recovery: 2 months
  • 100% Recovery: 6 months

For those patients that are not yet ready for a surgical neck lift or mini facelift, we now offer Ultherapy, the only FDA-approved non-surgical, non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound technology and the body’s own natural healing process to lift and tighten loose skin on the neck and under the chin. Ultherapy uses ultrasound energy to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin without disturbing the surface of the skin.

There is virtually no downtime expected with a non-surgical neck lift*, and many patients choose to return to work shortly after their treatment. Results have been known to continue to unfold over the course of two to three months, and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to six months, including lifting of the skin on the neck, under the chin, jawline and on the brow.

After your consultation, we work with you to decide on a treatment plan based on what areas are to be treated. A combination of oral medication, numbing cream and local anesthesia is often used to minimize any discomfort.

Ultherapy® Recovery

  • Bandage Removal: None
  • Suture Removal: None
  • Return To Work: Right away
  • 75% Recovery: 2-3 months
  • 100% Recovery: 6 months
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