Facelift & Neck Lift

Author: Dr. Gordon Sasaki

Many factors affect the appearance of the face including natural aging, sun exposure, obesity, and weight changes. Men and women bothered by these changes seek facial rejuvenation desiring to improve their appearance. Fortunately, due to social media and medical shows, people are more educated than ever and come to our Pasadena plastic surgery office with specific requests for facelift and neck lift surgery. Most often our patients from the Los Angeles area need a combination of procedures to obtain the best results.

How do facial features change with age?

The aging face includes 3 problem areas:

  • Skin damage
  • Skin sagging
  • Fat deflation

In order to achieve the best results and a youthful, aesthetically pleasing face, all 3 factors must be addressed. Therefore, we discuss skincare regimens with all patients seeking facial rejuvenation. This is a very extensive topic that is customized based on skin color, tone, race, and lifestyle. If indicated, patients will be advised to add laser skin rejuvenation, a chemical peel, or neurotoxin like BOTOX® Cosmetic to supplement their surgical procedure.

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Dr. Gordon H. Sasaki

Triple Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Few plastic surgeons can match Dr. Sasaki's combination of expertise, compassion, and experience. He's a distinguished educator and a renowned innovator whose work and research have influenced a generation of plastic surgeons. Dr. Sasaki will work with you to make the improvements you desire.

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How is a facelift performed?

Facelift surgery addresses skin laxity using inconspicuous incisions behind or within the hairline and in natural folds of the face and ears. Results are natural looking, incisions heal nicely, and scars are minimal. To avoid an obvious plastic surgery result, it is important to avoid tension on the skin. Dr. Sasaki avoids creating skin tension by tightening the deeper stable layer called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system) and facial muscles, then the skin is re-draped to avoid the “pulled look.” In most cases, a neck lift is also performed to define the jawline and the neck for a complete lower face rejuvenation.

Does a facelift always include a neck lift?

In many cases facial rejuvenation combines both a facelift and neck lift to avoid disharmony between an already aging face that is not corrected and a youthful neck that exaggerates aging of other parts of the face. However, in a select group of patients with only excess skin in the neck area, a neck lift can be a powerful procedure on its own to restore contour along the jawline and in the midline. As with a facelift, it includes trimming skin and tightening the muscle underneath the skin. This can be done through a small incision under the chin.

“I am a busy guy. I don’t want a facelift. I just want to fix this saggy skin in my neck.”

How is facial volume loss addressed?

A facelift alone does not correct the loss of volume that occurs with aging in areas such as the lips, cheeks, jawline, and temples. The majority of patients presenting for facial rejuvenation look more youthful and refreshed by replenishing lost volume in these areas with fat transfer.

Are you ready to discover all the ways Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center in Pasadena can enhance your appearance and confidence? Request a consultation using our online form or call  (626) 796-3373 for an appointment.

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