Face and Neck Lift

Face and Neck Lift

A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a procedure to improve the visible signs of aging in the face and neck. A facelift can considerably reduce these imperfections by removing excess fat, tightening the underlying muscles, and re-draping the skin around the neck and face. Often times, Cascade Plastic Surgery patients opt to undergo other procedures such as a blepharoplasty or a brow lift at the same time as their face or neck lift. In addition to a face or neck lift, treatments including dermal fillers, neurotoxin (Botox®), laser resurfacing, liposuction or fat transfer may be recommended for an optimal outcome.

A facelift can help to combat the following common signs of aging:

• Facial sagging
• Deepening of the fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth
• Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
• Jowls in the cheeks and jawline
• Loose skin and excess neck fat that can appear as a double chin

Your consultation with Tarak H. Patel, M.D.

During your personal consultation with Dr. Patel, he will evaluate the complex nature of your facial structure and discuss your areas of concern. Together, you will devise a customized plan for rejuvenation.

Dr. Patel will also review your medical history to ensure that you do not have any existing health conditions that may increase your risk of complications. He will also discuss the likely outcome of a facelift and the risks or potential complications. It is important that Cascade Plastic Surgery patients have realistic expectations. Based in Tacoma, WA, Dr. Patel is proud to serve patients who are in need of quality, personalized care. View Dr. Patel's patient before-and-after photo gallery here:

Understanding your facelift surgery

Incision Options:

Cascade Plastic Surgery patients have several facelift options; a traditional facelift, limited incision facelift or a neck lift. Your incision type will depend on a combination of your preference, your facial anatomy and the degree of age-reversal that you are seeking. A joint decision with Dr. Patel will be made at your consultation.

Traditional Facelift: A traditional facelift incision often begins in the hairline at the temples and continues down along the anterior border of the ear. The incision then continues around the ear and ends in the lower scalp. Fat and underlying tissues may be sculpted, redistributed and repositioned along the face, jowls and neck. The deeper layers of the face and the muscles are also lifted. Skin is re-draped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be necessary to further improve an aging neck. Sutures close the incisions.

Limited Incision:
An alternative to a traditional facelift, this method uses shorter incisions at the temples and in the incisions that continue around the ear. This option is not ideal for everyone.

Neck Lift: Sagging jowls, loose neck skin and fat accumulation under the chin may be corrected with a neck lift. The neck lift incision often begins in front of the ear lobe and wraps around behind the ear ending into the lower scalp.


Most patients report mild to moderate discomfort after a facelift and a tight feeling along the jaw line. You will be prescribed pain medication to address any discomfort. There will be moderate bruising and swelling for approximately several weeks.  Sleeping with your head elevated can significantly reduce swelling, bruising and discomfort.  Most patients return to work and social activities after 2-3 weeks.  You must avoid strenuous physical exercise for 4-6 weeks.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Patel today.
Phone: University Place (253) 671-7203 or Puyallup (253) 841-7930
Email: PlasticSurgery@CascadeEyeSkin.com
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