A facelift can be a life-changing procedure and is one of the most popular facial procedures today. Patients tell us that with the added confidence they feel after a facelift, they find they have the energy, outlook, and physical appearance they had many years ago. Some of our patients ask us if people ever combine other popular facial procedures with a facelift. And the answer is ‘absolutely’! While plenty of people find that the facelift procedure is expected to give them the
results they’re looking for, others have further requests. Three popular facial procedures we combine with a face lift are a chin augmentation, neck lift, and dimpleplasty. These facial procedures can be done as stand-alone treatments, or combined with a facelift. Why would people want to combine these specific procedures with a facelift? Let’s look at each one and we’ll show you. But first, a quick recap of what a facelift does:
If someone had a facelift decades ago, it was basically a skin-tightening procedure. A surgeon would take sagging skin on the face, pull it tight, and reattach it. This is why the facelifts of decades ago tended to look unnatural. Today we know it is NOT just the skin that should be given attention during a proper facelift. Fortunately, medical techniques have evolved, and with the combination of innovative equipment and education, and the true excellence of Dr. Torkian’s skill, a beautiful and natural facelift is what our patients. During a facelift we carefully tighten and adjust the facial muscles, because the muscles are responsible for the foundation of the face shape and movement. We can also adjust fat where needed, and then of course the last step is tightening loose skin to finish the lifted and youthful look.
Beyond a Facelift
Although a facelift is a comprehensive procedure that addresses many aspects of patients’ goals for their rejuvenated look, sometimes there are additional goals a patient has. In these cases, we can combine other popular facial procedures with the facelift. For example:
It is easy to forget about how important the chin is to someone’s appearance. The chin plays an important role in the shape and silhouette of the face. Chin augmentation candidates do not have the chin definition they’d like, or they find as they age, their chin has receded. For these reasons, we sometimes perform a chin augmentation (also called a mentoplasty or chin implant) at the same time as a facelift. A chin implant or chin augmentation can be an excellent complement to a facelift.
We perform a chin augmentation by inserting a chin implant through a small incision. The recovery time is less than the recovery time for a facelift, so a chin augmentation does not typically add to the overall recovery time if you choose a facelift and chin augmentation combination. A chin augmentation generally costs under $5,000, and costs may be lower when chin augmentation is combined with a facelift. You can visit our chin lift before and after gallery to see the structure and definition a chin implant can give to the face.
The benefit of a chin augmentation with a facelift is the ability to improve the shape of your face and create a more well-defined jaw line. While planning your facelift, you will have the ability to discuss the desired changes to your face in detail, and adding a chin augmentation allows us to customize the chin and jawline definition, while we also plan for enhancements to the rest of the face. This minimally invasive procedure can be a safe and beneficial addition to a facelift for those who do not have the jaw shape they desire. If you believe you are a candidate for a chin augmentation or chin implant with facelift, we are happy to give you more details.
If you’ve decided to have a facelift to addressing drooping or sagging in your face, you may find those telltale signs of aging in your neck as well. Many patients tell us that as long as they’re having surgical improvements to their face, they’re considering addressing the loose skin on their neck as well. A common concern is that if the face becomes smoother, younger, and more lifted-looking, that wrinkles or sagging in the neck may stand out more. For patients who are interested in having a tighter, more toned, youthful look to their necks, we offer a neck lift with facelift combination.
A neck lift is a natural addition to a facelift. We’ve discussed how a facelift involves lifting the muscles – not just the skin – and this is very similar to a neck lift. Although many people think they have sagging skin causing their neck to look aged, in many cases the real problem is sagging muscle. These muscles can be tightened, improving the entire appearance of the neck. Sometimes the neck also has excess fat, and we are able to address this as well. The recovery time for a neck lift is general quick: many of our patients return to work within a week. After that, any remaining swelling can often be disguised with clothing, and is usually not noticeable except to people who know you well. When combining a neck lift with a facelift, the recovery time is generally not any longer than that of a facelift alone.
Patient can expect a tighter, smooth neck and the elimination of excess fat, hanging skin, or the ‘turkey neck’ that many people want to be rid of. Since the neck is the natural extension of the face, a neck lift combined with a facelift is a customized procedure we are asked for often. Our facelift with neck lift before and after gallery will let you see how significant a role the neck has in giving a youthful appearance.
Nationally, the price of a neck lift ranges from $5,000 - $11,000. A neck lift with facelift combination may be more cost effective than having each procedure separately.
Until a few years ago, your genetics decided if you had dimples or not. But recently a procedure called a dimpleplasty has gained popularity. A dimpleplasty gives you the sought-after dimples that many celebrities seem to have. This procedure is a quick and minimally invasive option that is done with local anesthesia. It is also becoming a popular addition to a facelift, in part because it is one of the more low cost facial procedures. The average price of a dimpleplasty is usually in the range of $1,000 - $1,500.
The facelift with dimpleplasty is a good combination for some people because during a facelift we are already working to enhance the shape, contour, and smoothness of your face. Adding dimples is something we can do for the right dimpleplasty candidates. In general, someone who is a candidate for a facelift is also a candidate for a dimpleplasty, so it is a personal decision about whether dimples are a look you want. One benefit of having a dimpleplasty and facelift combo is the addition of the dimpleplasty will not generally add any time to your expected recovery period from the facelift. While it can take longer for your dimples to look their most natural, the actually recovery from a dimpleplasty usually involves mild to moderate levels of swelling in your cheek areas. Some dimpleplasty candidates tell us they had dimples when they were younger, but lost them as their skin became looser. In some cases, we can restore dimples during a facelift with dimpleplasty procedure.
If you’re considering a facelift, this is a great time to learn about the other popular facial procedures that many people are combining with a facelift these days. Neck lifts, chin implants, and dimpleplasties are all good choices for additions to a facelift. We would be happy to help you understand the results you can expect from a facelift combined with any of these other popular facial surgeries. Contact our rhinoplasty and facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Torkian, today.