What is a Facelift?
A facelift, technically known as a rhytidectomy, is a type of cosmetic surgery procedure that can restore a more youthful facial appearance. There are multiple surgical techniques, but surgery usually involves the removal of excess facial skin, with or without the tightening of underlying tissues, and the repositioning of the skin on the patient’s face and neck.
What is the best Facelift technique?
A proper two layer “dual plane” lift of the face and neck structures provides a definitive pull of the sagging facial and neck soft tissues. Sagging of these tissues are evident to prospective patients who have noted development of turkey neck skin, jowls (fullness along the jawline lateral to the chin region), and flattening of the cheek region resulting from drooping of the cheek fat pads which collect along deepened nasolabial folds.
The appropriate face lift will lift all of the sagging tissues and eliminate all of the above aging signs but not compromise a natural appearance. Distortion of the facial features is often associated with a “windblown” or “joker” look and results from a suboptimal “single layer” face lift. When pulling the drooping facial and neck soft tissues with a “single,” skin layer, all of the tension is transferred to the corner of the eyes and lips resulting in distortion of your face and neck appearance. The goal is to make you look like a younger you, not a distorted rendition of you! This look can be avoided by having the GOLD STANDARD, “dual plane” face and neck lift performed which involves not only the skin but also the underlying muscle layer. The easiest way to think about this is to consider a made bed; you can’t just pull the bed spread up without first pulling the bed sheet. Similarly, to get a definitive and natural pull of the facial and neck structures, your surgeon should first pull up the underneath sagging muscle layer before pulling up the skin layer. The proper pulling of the underneath muscle layer in addition to the skin layer allows for several advantages which include:
- All of the sagging tissues are pulled up; when pulling with a “single” skin layer, the deeper sagging tissues are merely smushed down and not lifted.
- The skin layer does not have to be pulled up as tight as done with a “single” skin layer pull; thus, the “windblown” or “joker” look is avoided. Instead, the “two” layer facelift allows for a gentle pull of the skin layer resulting in a rejuvenated, but natural appearance.
- The incision lines around the ear heal nicely since there is minimal tension on the skin layer; in contrast patients that have a “single” layer facelift will be plagued by widened and disfigured scars around the ears which fill forbid them from wearing their hair back.
- The face lift is permanent since all of the sagging tissues have been lifted. In contrast, the single layer skin only facelift will often “give” even as early as just one to two years.
When considering face and neck lift rejuvenation, you must be very particular about choosing a plastic surgeon who can perform the Gold Standard, “dual plane” facelift. A proper neck lift must address all layers of the neck soft tissues including the skin, fat, and muscle layers. Please see our before and after photographs (below) to appreciate your potential.
How Much Does a Facelift Cost?
The cost of a facelift can vary widely due to the rising popularity of “mini-facelifts” or “quick-lifts” that provide sub-optimal results. These types of “mini-facelifts” generally cost around $6,000 to $8,000. In contrast, the gold standard, dual plane facelift costs between $12,000 to $15,000. While that may seem like a lot, it is worth considering whether a couple thousand dollars in savings is worth a lifetime of poor or short term results.
How Much Does a Neck Lift Cost?
The cost of neck lift surgery can vary greatly from one plastic surgeon to another. One of the reasons for this cost variance has to do with the surgeon’s expertise with variable degree of lifting of the drooping soft tissues performed. At the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute, Dr. Mowlavi utilizes the gold standard, the Dual Plane Lift approach, which separately lifts the droopy skin and underlying muscle layer as described above. The advantages of a two layered lift are best described by an analogy to a properly made bed: you cannot pull the bed spread/cover (i.e. the skin) without first tucking in the sheets (i.e. the muscle). The same is true with a neck lift. An experienced surgeon will leverage the lift of the drooping neck tissues on the underlying muscle layer, thus avoiding tension and an “operated” look of the outer skin layer. This will result in a more effective (two layer) lift and a more permanent (comprehensive two layer) lift. The gold standard, dual plane neck lift generally costs between $19,000 to $15,000.
If you look in the mirror and are unhappy with your sagging neck and loose skin around your lower cheeks and mouth, then schedule a consultation with Newport Beach’s’ top facelift and neck lift surgeon Dr. Arian Mowlavi. He is well regarded not only for his great results but also for his very reasonable prices.
Before and Afters