Facelift and Necklift Surgery


A person’s face gradually changes over time in very predictable ways. During a person’s 20’s they tend to have fairly round faces. This fullness is due to excess facial fatty tissue. As a person ages this fat tends to dissipate, most notably in the cheek region. This fatty tissue regression allows for better facial definition and higher cheekbone appearance. These changes are typically seen in a person’s 30’s and 40’s.

A rhytidectomy, also known as a facelift is a cosmetic procedure that removes sagging skin to reshape the structure of your face. A facelift can have a powerful impact in creating a more youthful and refreshed looking version of yourself.


As a person continues to age their facial tissue becomes less elastic and they continue to lose facial volume. Wrinkles begin to develop on the forehead and around the eyes. A person’s eyebrows begin to sag. The skin and fat around the eyes themselves begins to droop. The lines around the mouth become more prominent, especially in people who are smokers or who have spent considerable amounts of time in the sun. The tissue around the jaw line also sags to the point that “jowling” and a “turkey-neck” may develop.

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Depending on your desired goals and what specific features you would like to address, Dr. Shaun Parson may perform other procedures at the same time as your facelift such as, brow lift or eyelid surgery. This will all be discussed in your educational and detailed consultation.


Facial aesthetic surgery serves to correct all or some of these changes. When you meet board certified Dr. Shaun Parson the two of you will look in a mirror and he will ask you “what are the things about your appearance that bother you and you and what things would like to change?” Dr. Parson feels that facial surgery should leave patients with a refreshed look without making them look “plastic”. “I don’t want patients to have anyone think they have had plastic surgery”, says Dr. Parson, “I just want family and friends to compliment them on their new appearance without realizing why they look so much better.”



FAQs About Facelift / Necklift Surgery

Depending on your desired goals and what specific features you would like to address, Dr. Shaun Parson may perform other procedures at the same time as your facelift such as, brow lift or eyelid surgery. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your face and would like to learn more about a facelift, we invite you to check out frequently asked questions. Please also contact our office to schedule a consultation.

Would I be a good candidate for this procedure?

A facelift removes sagging skin and helps to reshape the structure of your face. With age, our skin loses its elasticity and begins to sag more while also forming more wrinkles. A necklift removes sagging skin around the lower face/neck area. This procedure removes excess skin around the neck while defining the jawline.

How long does it take to recover from this procedure?

Most patients report feeling better after 1 week. Sutures in front of the ears and under the chin can be removed around 5 days after surgery. Sutures behind the ears and staples on the scalp can be removed around 10-15 days after surgery.

How much pain should I expect?

While pain tolerance is different from patient to patient, most people are able to manage their pain with over-the-counter pain medication after the first few days.

Will I have permanent scars after a facelift? What will they look like?

Any surgery will cause a certain amount of permanent scarring. Some of the scars from a facelift are strategically hidden along the earline- both in front of and behind the ear. The other scars are on the scalp (above and behind the ears) and are hidden by the patient’s hair. A neck lift has the same scars as a facelift, but additionally has a small scar underneath the chin.

When can I go back to work after a facelift?

This depends on the patient and the type of work they are returning to. Most people who can work from home or have a desk/office job can go back to work in about a week. Patients report feeling tired more quickly when they first head back to work. If the work is more physical in nature, they usually will wait about 3 weeks to go back to work.

What should I expect for the first week after surgery and beyond?

Patients will spend their first night after surgery in our on-site recovery center. 48 hours after surgery, patients are seen back in Dr. Parson’s clinic for a post-op evaluation. 5 days after surgery, some sutures can be removed. By 10-15 days after surgery, all sutures and staples will be removed. At 3 weeks post-op, patients can even begin to work out again.

How soon can I drive after surgery?

Patients need to be completely off any narcotics or muscle relaxers before they can begin to drive again. Usually after a week, patients are able to go back to driving themselves independently again.

Will I be noticeably bruised or swollen after this procedure?

When a patient returns home after the procedure, they will feel swollen and sore. Ice packs can be used at home to help with swelling. Patients will have bruising.  The degree of bruising varies from patient to patient, but this can last anywhere between 1 and 3 weeks after surgery.

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