What to Expect During a Full Facelift Consultation?

The first step when considering a full facelift is a consultation with a plastic surgeon. This meeting is critical. It’s where you discuss what you want, and the surgeon evaluates how to achieve it. The process involves examining your facial structure, discussing potential procedures like facelifts and neck lifts, and setting realistic expectations. Both methods aim to reduce aging signs, offering results that can make you appear years younger. 

The consultation is also the time to learn about the surgery’s specifics, including its scope, the recovery period, and how to care for yourself afterward. This direct communication ensures you’re well-informed and ready for the next steps. Whether you want to address sagging skin, wrinkles, or other age-related changes, this meeting provides the clarity and direction needed to proceed confidently.

The Consultation Process

The consultation process is essential in planning a facelift or neck lift surgery. It serves as a detailed discussion between you and your surgeon about your expectations, the procedure, and the outcomes. 

Before the Consultation

  • Research: Gather information on potential surgeons, focusing on their credentials, experience, and patient reviews.
  • Goals: Define what you want to achieve with the facelift or neck lift surgery.
  • Photos: Prepare photos of your desired look for reference.

During the Consultation

  • Assessment
    • Physical examination of face and neck.
    • Discussion of medical history to identify any potential risks.
  • Expectations
    • Sharing your goals and desired outcomes.
    • The surgeon explains what can realistically be achieved.
  • Procedure Explanation
    • Detailed overview of the facelift and neck lift process.
    • Techniques to be used and why they are recommended.
  • Risks and Recovery
    • Discussion of possible complications and how they are managed.
    • The recovery timeline includes what to expect in the days and weeks following surgery.
  • Aftercare
    • Guidelines on post-operative care to ensure the best outcomes.
    • Recommendations for lifestyle changes or treatments to maintain results.
  • Cost and Logistics
    • Detailed cost breakdown, including surgeon’s fees, anesthesia, and facility costs.
    • Scheduling possibilities and what to do in preparation for surgery.

Questions to Ask

  • Be sure to ask any specific questions you have regarding the surgeon’s experience, surgery, recovery, risks, and outcomes.

After the Consultation

  • Reflection: Consider the information provided and whether the surgery aligns with your goals and expectations.
  • Follow-Up: Arrange a follow-up meeting or call if you have additional questions or decide to proceed with the surgery.

Facelift and Neck Lift Surgeries Overview

A full facelift is a comprehensive approach aimed at enhancing the lower half of the face, explicitly targeting sagging skin, wrinkles, and loss of volume from the cheeks to the jawline. During this procedure, a plastic surgeon makes incisions, typically in front of the ear, extending up towards the hairline. The skin is then carefully lifted, allowing the surgeon to tighten underlying muscles and remove excess skin, resulting in a smoother, more youthful facial appearance.

In contrast, a neck lift focuses on correcting signs of aging in the neck and jawline areas, such as loose skin and banding that can create the appearance of a “turkey neck.” Incisions for a neck lift are usually made behind the ears and under the chin, allowing the surgeon to effectively address the sagging skin and fat accumulation. This procedure not only enhances the contour of the jawline but also reduces the appearance of jowls and improves the overall profile.

Both surgeries share similarities in terms of their invasiveness and recovery timelines. They are often performed together to achieve a harmonious, youthful look, addressing both the face and neck in one comprehensive treatment plan. The combination of a facelift and neck lift can produce significant improvements, making patients look several years younger by restoring firmness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.

The Benefits of Facelift and Neck Lift Surgeries

The benefits of facelift and neck lift surgeries extend beyond mere aesthetics, offering a comprehensive solution to the multifaceted signs of aging.

  • Comprehensive Aging Signs Addressal: Unlike treatments that target specific issues, facelifts, and neck lifts tackle a wide range of aging signs, from sagging skin to deep wrinkles, offering holistic rejuvenation.
  • Jawline Re-Contouring: These surgeries are particularly effective in defining the jawline, eliminating jowls, and reducing the appearance of a double chin, resulting in a sharper, more youthful profile.
  • Minimized Surgical Scars: Expertly placed incisions mean that any scarring is well-concealed within the natural contours of the face and hairline, making the signs of surgery virtually undetectable.
  • Opportunity for Complementary Procedures: Facelifts and neck lifts can be combined with other cosmetic enhancements, such as eyelid surgery or brow lifts, for a more comprehensive transformation with a single recovery period.
  • Natural-Looking Results: Modern techniques focus on achieving natural results, avoiding the overstretched look of past procedures, and ensuring changes are subtle yet significantly rejuvenating.

Determining the Need for a Facelift or Neck Lift

Facelift surgery primarily addresses the lower half of the face, including sagging skin, deep creases along the nose and mouth, and jowls that blur the jawline’s definition. If these are your primary areas of concern, a facelift might be a suitable procedure for you. It can restore a more youthful contour to your face, reducing signs of aging and improving the overall appearance of your skin and facial structure.

On the other hand, if your concern is more about the appearance of your neck, such as loose skin, bands around the neck, or a “turkey neck” appearance, a neck lift could provide the solution. This procedure focuses on tightening the skin and underlying muscles of the neck, improving its contour, and eliminating many of the aging signs specific to this area.

Many people find that their concerns span both the face and neck, noting that aging signs in these areas often develop simultaneously. Combining a facelift and neck lift can offer a more harmonious and comprehensive rejuvenation, addressing aging signs across these interconnected areas for a balanced, natural-looking enhancement.


Take the first step today by scheduling an assessment with Adam J. Cohen, MD. With his expertise in facelift and neck lift surgeries, Dr. Cohen can guide you through achieving your aesthetic goals with precision and care. Don’t let signs of aging hold you back any longer. Contact us now to discover how Dr. Cohen can help you look as young and vibrant on the outside as you feel on the inside. Your path to rejuvenation begins here.

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