Candidates for Facelift & Neck Lift
Candidates for facelift and neck lift surgery include women or men who are experiencing signs of sagging and loose skin at the region of the mid face, lower face, and neck. Ideal patients are in good overall health and have skin that has retained some flexibility and elasticity. It is important that patients do not smoke or use nicotine products before and after the procedure. The typical age of our patients undergoing face lifting is 40 to 70 years old, however there is no standard age range. Candidates for the procedure are based on indications, which includes jowls, sagging of the cheeks, platysma banding, and excess skin. Dr. Foulad will perform a thorough evaluation to help you decide which surgery or alternative treatment would best meet your goals.
Types of Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery
As the name implies, Skin-Only Facelift involves surgery limited to the skin. Excess skin is removed, but the deeper tissues are not treated. Physicians rarely recommend this in current times. This is because the results do not last long and can be associated with an unnatural and “tight” appearance.
A SMAS Facelift not only removes excess skin, but also tightens the SMAS layer. SMAS stands for Superficial Muscular Aponeurotic System, and this layer of tissue is located between the skin and the underlying muscles of the face. A SMAS facelift tightens the SMAS layer, which helps pull up the sagging tissues of the face. Compared to only removing excess skin, tightening the SMAS layer results in improved and longer lasting results. With this method, you can attain a more natural appearance. This is because you do not need to stretch the overlying skin as much. There are numerous variations of a SMAS facelift, however all well-performed facelift procedures typically involve some method of tightening the SMAS layer.
An Extended Deep Plane Facelift involves extensive dissection deep to the SMAS layer. This additional release enables improved re-positioning with very little tension. After this release, the SMAS is lifted and secured in a more youthful position. The result is an excellent lift that appears very natural. This is one of Dr. Foulad’s favorite techniques, which requires a high level of expertise.
A Neck Lift is often performed with a facelift in order to lift the sagging tissues of the face and neck as a single unit. A neck lift improves the contour of the neck and treats sagging and loose skin. To perform a neck lift, an incision is created under the chin and/or behind the ears. Through these incisions, the plastysma muscle can be tightened. Any excess, sagging skin is also trimmed and removed. Muscle lifting techniques must also be implemented. This approach delivers results that appear much more natural and remain sustainable over time. A Deep Neck Lift involves contouring the structures under the platysma muscle, such as by reducing the subplatysmal fat, digastric muscles, and submandibular glands. To restore an optimal appearance of the neck, it is typically very important that the outer skin on the neck is not solely tightened. A deep neck lift is the most common type of neck lift that Dr. Foulad performs.
How to Prepare for Facelift & Neck Lift
In preparation for undergoing facelift and neck lift surgery, medical evaluation by your primary care provider is required to ensure that you are healthy and optimized for the procedure. Certain medications and supplements might have to be stopped a specific time period prior to the procedure to reduce certain risks. It is important that you do not not smoke or use nicotine products 1-2 months prior to your procedure. You will be provided more comprehensive pre-operative instructions specific to your individual case.
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What to Expect After Facelift & Neck Lift
Many patients describe having difficulty sleeping the first night after the procedure. However, pain is usually only mild. In some cases, it may be recommended to sleep with your head and back elevated for at least the first week after the procedure.
Swelling and bruising typically increases during the first 3 to 4 days. Because of the swelling, it is not uncommon to have concerns about your appearance during the early stages of healing. By two weeks, sufficient swelling and bruising have reduced that most patients feel comfortable resuming social and work activities. At that time, makeup can usually be used if necessary. By two to four weeks after the procedure, patients are usually very happy with the improvement and often receive complements. However, it will take several more months for the majority of the healing to occur and for most of the swelling to resolve.
I had a deep plane facelift with Dr. Foulad and couldn’t be happier. When I had my initial consultation with him I had already met with a few other surgeons. As soon as I met with Dr. Foulad I knew he was the right one. During the consultation he spent a lot of time answering questions, asking me questions about what I wanted and expected, describing his plan and explaining what the surgery would entail.
His attention to detail was clear every step of the way, which made me feel confident I was in the best hands possible. I wasn’t a cookie-cutter case, and he took all my concerns into consideration. His team was also great from the surgery coordinator, to the nurses, to the anesthesiologist – all went out of their way to make things easy and comfortable for me. Right now I’m one month out, and my healing process timeline was exactly as Dr. Foulad predicted. I’m absolutely thrilled with the results, and very happy I went with him. I highly recommend him if you’re looking for a surgeon!
I had been considering a deep plane facelift for a few years. After researching reviews on multiple platforms, I came across Dr. Foulad’s name and was thoroughly impressed by the glowing recommendations. I decided to make the call, and I’m so glad that I did.
Despite my hectic work schedule, Dr. Foulad accommodated me by scheduling a meeting for the following Saturday. From that initial call, I was impressed by the prompt response from the practice manager, Chelsea. Dr. Foulad dedicated a substantial amount of time to discuss my expectations and potential results. His precision and professionalism left me extremely impressed and confident in his ability to deliver.
Taking the plunge and trusting him to operate on me was the best decision I’ve made. I couldn’t be more pleased with the results; I look very natural and like a refreshed, younger version of myself. My acquaintances have even asked if I’ve lost weight, but none have suspected that I had surgery, and that is precisely the outcome I desired.
Dr. Foulad has been diligent in checking on my progress, seeing me multiple times to ensure proper healing, and regularly texting me with follow-up instructions. I highly recommend Dr. Foulad and his staff
For the past 5 years I have been meticulously researching to find the right plastic surgeon for my neck and lower face. I literally consulted with over 20 top notch and well-known doctors in the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area including referrals within the celebrity community and friends. When I met Dr. Allen Foulad in his office in Beverly Hills his gentleness, intelligence and knowledge, his impressing assessment of my face structure and skin characteristics explaining in great detail the different options and showing examples of his work of what to expect after surgery, and most importantly establishing upfront the element of trust and confidence were convincing reasons that he is the one. But the real evidence is the result; as picky as I am the results majorly surpassed and exceeded my expectations as it is a flawless work performed by a perfectionist. The care and the attention after the surgery to make sure I can ride through the anxiety period with calmness and comfort was such a critical piece in making the entire process as painless as possible and now leaving me with many years of pleasure when I look at myself in the mirror.
He is the Chosen One.
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Are the facelift and neck lift incisions visible?
The incisions made during facelift and neck lift surgery by Dr. Foulad are usually not noticable. Although all incisions leave a scar, proper technique aids in minimizing the visibility of scars. First, the incisions are carefully placed within natural creases, junctions between anatomical subunits, and relatively hidden regions. Second, avoiding tension on the skin is very important to reduce the risk of scars widening and becoming obvious. This corresponds with the foundation of Dr. Foulad’s facelifting technique, in which the deep tissues are properly released and repositioned in a more youthful position without tension on the skin. Furthermore, Dr. Foulad meticulously closes the incisions with utmost care using very small sutures. Dr. Foulad’s patients are typically extremely pleased at how well and inconspicious their incisions heal.
Is there pain after facelift surgery?
Most of Dr. Foulad’s patients are surprised regarding how little pain they have after facelift and neck lift surgery. Usually patients describe a discomfort that does not require pain medication or is alleviated with Tylenol. Occasionally, some individuals will need to take several days of stronger pain medication to best manage any pain they may have.
How long does it take to recover and heal after a facelift?
Healing time varies from patient to patient, however the typical stages of healing after a facelift and neck lift with Dr. Foulad are as follows:
· Swelling and bruising typically increases during the first 3 to 4 days. Because of the swelling, it is not uncommon to have concerns about your appearance during the early stages of healing.
· By two weeks, sufficient swelling and bruising have reduced that most patients feel comfortable resuming social and work activities. At that time, makeup can usually be used if necessary.
· By two to four weeks after the procedure, patients are usually very happy with the improvement and often receive complements. However, it will take several more months for the majority of the healing to occur and for most of the swelling to resolve.
What is the best age to have a facelift and/or neck lift?
Because everyone ages at different rates, there is no specific age range for having facelift and neck lift surgery. Considerations for candidacy include having a certain degree of tissue sagging and being deemed healthy to undergo the procedure.
CASE 1: Facelift & Neck Lift
Lower Facelift • Neck Lift • Lower Blepharoplasty • Fractional CO2 Laser
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This lovely woman mainly desired to treat her facial wrinkles, prominent jowls, and excess neck skin. She had undergone neck liposuction 2 years prior by another surgeon but she continued to desire further improvement.
I performed an extended deep plane facelift and neck lift with platysmaplasty in order to tighten and lift the underlying tissues of the face and neck, as well as remove excess skin. The results appear very natural due to the imperceptible incisions and avoidance of excess skin tension.
In addition, fractional CO2 laser treatment was performed at the face and neck to improve skin texture and quality. A lower blepharoplasty was performed to treat the lower eyelid bags and excess skin.
CASE 2: FACELIFT & NECK LIFT
Extended Deep Plane Facelift • Deep Neck Lift
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This lovely patient was most interested in treating the sagging tissues at her cheeks, lower face, and neck.
I performed an extended deep plane lower facelift with extension to the midface and a deep neck lift with platysmaplasty. This has provided her with a very youthful jawline. Her upper face was not treated.
CASE 3: Revision Facelift & Neck Lift
Extended Deep Plane Face Lift • Neck Lift with Platysmaplasty
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This lovely patient had a facelift and neck lift performed several years prior by another surgeon, but she desired further improvement. In addition, her earlobes stretched down toward her neck after her initial facelift. The goal was to also recreate her natural earlobes, which had a detached appearance when she was younger.
I performed an extended deep plane facelift and neck lift with platysmaplasty in order to achieve her goals. The nasolabial folds and marionette folds are softened and the contour of the jawline is improved. In addition, the loose soft tissues under the neck are properly treated through the use of platysma plication.