Face and Neck lift

Over time, the skin of the face stretches and sags, falling into a lower position, creating skin folds called "rhytids" causing an aged or tired appearance. The severity varies between patients depending on smoking, type of skin, and the structure of the underlying soft tissue.

What is a face / neck lift?

A facelift is known as a "rhytidectomy" which is a surgical procedure to improve visible signs of aging in the face and / or neck. The incision varies in size and location depending on the amount of skin to be lifted. Although many would consider the cheek as part of the face, traditional facelift surgery does not address the cheek. Rhytidectomy lifts the facial skin from below the cheek to the jaw line and upper neck.

Surgical options

1. Traditional Face / Neck lift

A hairline incision is created at the temple, and continues down around the ear to the skin behind the ear. Depending on the neck, a second incision may be made under the chin.

2. Limited (mini) incision lift

An alternative facelift which creates a smaller incision for a smaller lift

3. Extended SMAS lift

This is a lift of the face and cheek, and may also involve the neck. The extended SMAS is designed to involve the tissues of the cheek, lifting it to recontour the cheek region. The skin incision is enlarged slightly within the hair line, which is not easily visible. 

4. Neck lift.

This incision corrects sagging jowls and loose neck skin. The incision begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear entering into the hair line.

5. Platysmaplasty

This is a closure of the folds in the middle of a neck, performed by a small incision under the skin. It provides a flattening and reduction of folds in the middle of the neck under the chin.


It may take several weeks to months for the swelling to fully settle after surgery, and up to 6 months for the incisions to mature. Results however will be long lasting provided good skin care and a healthy lifestyle are maintained.

Timing of Sugery

Mini incision Face lift may provide benefit for female patients in their mid to late 40's with good skin and mild to moderate facial rhytids.

Traditional Face and Neck lift is usually undertaken in patients in their 50s with laxity of the face and neck

Platysmaplasty may be undertaken at any time to reduce the vertical folds in the neck.



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