Want to get a great-looking facelift in San Antonio? When performed by a highly qualified facial plastic surgeon, facelift surgery can turn back the clock. Facelift surgery is often combined with neck lift. Facelift surgery addresses various signs of facial aging including wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin and displaced fat. The result is a younger-looking and well-rested appearance.
Individuals who wish to rejuvenate their facial appearance put their trust in Dr. Jose Barrera, MD. Dr. Barrera is a triple board certified facial plastic surgeon, with years of training and experience in various facelift and neck lift techniques. Having treated hundreds of individuals, Dr. Barrera understands that no two patients are exactly alike. His individualized approach has delivered consistently successful and natural-looking results.
Do I Need a Facelift and/or Neck Lift?
Aging of the face is inevitable. Over time, the skin loses elasticity and begins to sag. Fat becomes displaced and muscle tone is lost, leading to a hollow or sunken appearance. The jawline softens into jowls and fine lines appear around the corners of the eyes, forehead and face. Vertical folds and laugh lines appear on the neck and around the mouth. All of these elements can create a tired and older-looking appearance.
Facelift is considered to be the gold standard in facial rejuvenation because it addresses several signs of aging around the middle and lower face, including:
- Wrinkles, fine lines and creases on the lower eyelids, cheeks and around the nose and mouth
- Displaced fat
Neck lift addresses the following:
- Excess fat on the jawline and underneath the chin
- Horizontal neck bands
- Loose, hanging skin on the neck and underneath the chin
Your Facelift and Neck Lift Consultation and Procedure
The goal of facial rejuvenation is to create a younger-looking, happier version of yourself. To accomplish this, Dr. Barrera may recommend combining facelift and neck lift with other procedures. For instance, fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can be performed in conjunction with facelift to improve skin texture. Chin augmentation is often combined with facelift to create a well-defined jawline and overall proportional facial appearance. Facial fat grafting may also be used to restore fullness to the cheeks or area under the lower eyelids.
Your facelift and neck lift consultation with Dr. Barrera is key to ensuring realistic expectations and successful results. Dr. Barrera will evaluate your medical history to determine if you are an ideal candidate for facelift and neck lift. He will also examine the structure of your face as well as the elasticity, color and texture of your skin to determine whether you can benefit from other facial or skin treatments. To help you visualize your results, Dr. Barrera will have you review before-and-after photos of his facelift patients. Based on all of this information, Dr. Barrera will create a treatment plan that will best achieve your desired outcome.
Facelift and neck lift involve creating incisions to correct signs of aging. The exact incision pattern depends on the technique used. Our tailored facelift approach (also known as deep plane facelift) and neck lift removes excessive skin and fat on the middle and lower facial areas and neck. Then, the skin and the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) are separated. This allows the surgeon to go underneath the SMAS layer to reposition it to a more youthful and natural-looking position. Incisions are made at the temples which continue down to the back of the ear and behind the sulcus of the ear. The resulting scars are easily hidden by the natural hairline and creases of the ear.
The mid-facelift (also known as cheek lift) targets sagging skin on the cheeks. Incisions are typically made in the hairline and the inside of the mouth. Through these incisions, the surgeon lifts and tightens the skin and underlying muscles over the cheekbones.
Mini-facelift involves shorter incisions than traditional and mid-facelift. The incisions are made at the temples and continue around the ear. Drooping skin on the middle and lower facial areas is excised and supported with sutures in the underlying muscle structures and SMAS.
A neck lift involves making an incision in the neck exposing the neck bands and fat of the chin. The incision is placed in a natural crease under the chin. Excess fat is removed using liposuction and direct removal of fat. The remaining platysma muscles are either sutured together or drawn up to the back of the ear. If necessary, neck lift can repair and tighten neck muscles that have weakened or loosened over time. This technique, known as platysmaplasty, requires an incision underneath the chin.
Neck lift can incorporate fat reduction techniques to remove unwanted fat below the chin. This can be done with liposuction, which requires an additional incision underneath the chin. Or, it can be done with Kybella, a non-surgical injectable treatment that does not require incisions. When injected into the chin area, Kybella gradually breaks down fat cells, which are safely absorbed by the body.
Learn More about Facelift
For more information on facelift/neck lift, please contact Dr. Barrera’s San Antonio facial plastic surgery practice. Call (210) 468-5426 today.