Facelift and Neck Lift in Denver, CO

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What are facelifts and neck lifts?

A rhytidectomy, or a facelift as it is commonly called, involves repositioning the muscles and skin structures of the face with excess fat and sagging skin removed for a tighter, more youthful appearance. Similarly, a lower rhytidectomy or neck lift involves repositioning the skin of the neck while eliminating excess fat and skin. A lower rhytidectomy can improve the look of the neck and jawline, and it can be combined with other procedures to achieve a youthful transformation. If sagging skin on your face or neck from regular aging or recent weight loss is troublesome to you, you could potentially benefit from one or both of these procedures. Contact Cherry Creek Face and Skin in Denver, CO to schedule a consultation, and speak to our team about your goals.

What Are the Benefits of Facelifts and Neck Lifts?

At Cherry Creek Face and Skin, a facelift or a neck lift can help give you a younger look and a more vibrant profile. Benefits of a facelift include:

  • Reversing multiple signs of aging
  • Improving overall facial contours
  • Decreasing the appearance of lines and wrinkles
  • Firming loose, sagging skin
  • Rectifying volume loss in the cheeks and under the eyes
  • Minimal scarring
  • Long-lasting results

Benefits of a neck lift include:

  • Producing a rejuvenated, younger appearance
  • Reducing the appearance of lines, creases, and wrinkles around the neck
  • Removing excess skin
  • Minimizing a double chin
  • Defining the jawline and profile

Am I A Candidate For A Facelift Or Neck lift?

Candidates for a facelift

Many candidates inquiring about a facelift are annoyed by noticeable lines and wrinkles around the mid or lower regions of the face. A facelift can target various sections of the face, depending on your desired outcome. Candidates should understand that age doesn't always define the optimal time to undergo cosmetic facial surgery. There are multiple individual aspects, as well as several lift techniques, to inform the choice. The chosen method will be different for those under 50 versus those older. Skin elasticity is one of the main components of the decision-making process. Also, facelift candidates should be physically healthy, refrain from smoking, and have practical expectations of their results.

Candidates for a neck lift

Individuals hoping to undergo neck lift surgery typically battle visibly sagging and hanging skin in the neck region. This loose skin deformity can be caused by various factors, including gravity, weight fluctuations, and aging. No matter the reason, hanging neck skin creates an unflattering look, which in most cases can only be corrected with skin removal and tightening. If you are physically healthy and at a good weight but feel frustrated by lines, wrinkles, and loose skin on the neck, a neck lift cosmetic surgery treatment may be a suitable option.

How are facelifts and neck lifts performed?

Before your procedure, our team will go over your aesthetic goals and expectations during your initial consultation. If a facelift or neck lift is determined to be of potential benefit to you, then the procedure itself will be performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A facelift's incisions are typically made at the temple and in front of the ear where scars will be as minimally visible as possible. The procedure generally takes between 3 – 4 hours. Following surgery, the affected area will likely be bruised and swollen, but this should improve in the week after surgery. Our team will schedule periodic appointments to follow up and check on your healing process. It may take several months for the final results of your procedure to be fully visible.

What Should I Expect After a Facelift or Neck Lift?


After a face lift, you will be monitored before you are released and taken home by a friend or family member. Before your surgery, Dr. Raj TerKonda or a team member will schedule your follow-up appointments and go over tips to help you feel more comfortable during your recovery. You should expect bruising, swelling, possible drainage, and some moderate soreness and discomfort, which may be helped by pain prescription medication. You should look and feel better after about a month. You can expect a more glowing look with fewer lines and sagging.

Neck lift

After neck lift surgery, there will most likely be some bruising, swelling, and moderate discomfort, but these effects will fade within a week or two. It's crucial to rest and avoid high-impact activity for several weeks to assist in the recovery. During this time, loose clothing should be worn. You should notice visible aesthetic differences almost immediately.

Facelift FAQ

Which technique is best for me?
The best surgical facelift technique for you will depend on your needs, goals, degree of skin laxity, which areas of your face are being addressed, and more. To produce the results you want, Dr. TerKonda will go over the different techniques in your consultation. He will then help you decide which technique is best for you.

Should I get a surgical or nonsurgical facelift?
Although there are several great noninvasive skin tightening treatments, these can only produce mild improvements. For moderate to severe skin sagging, a surgical facelift is the best choice to improve your appearance. During your consultation, Dr. TerKonda will discuss your choices, including nonsurgical treatments, to help you select what is best for your needs and goals.

What about wrinkle fillers and relaxers over facelift surgery?
Injectable wrinkle fillers and relaxers, like BOTOX® and JUVÉDERM®, have become very popular to refresh the face. Sometimes known as a liquid facelift, injectable wrinkle treatments are good for early signs of aging, but the results are temporary. A facelift will produce more dramatic improvements than injectables with long-lasting results. Ask Dr. TerKonda about nonsurgical wrinkle treatments during your consultation.

Will my results look natural?
Some patients worry that facelift surgery will make their skin look too tight, shiny, or like they are in a wind tunnel. Dr. TerKonda focuses on giving you results that look natural, so you appear refreshed and not fake. He listens to your needs and goals before creating your custom treatment plan to produce your best results.

A more youthful look

If you're desiring a more lifted, youthful look, then a facelift or a neck lift could be an ideal treatment for you. If you are dissatisfied with sagging skin on your face or neck following major weight loss or the normal process of aging, then a rhytidectomy could help you win back confidence and live life fully again. To learn more about how you could benefit from one or both of these procedures, contact our staff at Cherry Creek Face and Skin in Denver, CO, and schedule your consultation.

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