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Does a Facelift Also Include the Eyes and Neck?

I always assumed that a "facelift" meant the entire face,including the eyes, neck cheeks, jowls, etc. But reading these, I get the impression that it's all separate and could add up to a small fortune (not to mention finding the right doctor to do it all). Am I right in this and what is ballpark cost in LA area for the whole enchilada? And it also seems like a very difficult task finding a reputable certified plastic facial surgeon here.

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Facelift Surgery Does Include Neck Surgery, but Not Eyelid or Brow Surgery

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Hi roseangela in Los Angeles, CA,

Facelift refers to cosmetic surgery of the lower face (jowls) & neck. Although there are many different face lift procedure terms, there are really only a few different types. These basic face lift types are the SMAS, deep, or composite. Face lift may be combined with other cosmetic surgery such as a eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, fat transfer, or others. Typically, patients who need the lower face and neck improved with cosmetic surgery, also could benefit from eyelid and brow surgery. Therefore, some get the "full face lift".

The amount of tissue adjusted or tightened with a facelift depends on the specific approach & the requirements of a particular patient. The minimal access or minimal incision lift that leaves a short scar is more appropriate for younger patients (less than 60) or patients with little/moderate skin aging. All of these types of face lifts are variations of SMAS lifts. Older patients or patients with severe & excess skin sagging will require a more traditional facelift procedure. By far, a majority of plastic surgeons who perform face lift surgery do a SMAS lift variation. This face lift type generally has the quickest recovery with great results.

Lastly, plastic surgery cost depends on several factors, but largely dependent on the following:

  • Region
  • Complexity
  • Revision surgery
  • Plastic Surgeon

There isn't one face lift type for all patients. Each cosmetic surgery is specific for each patient. Keep in mind, many companies or plastic surgeons may market face lifts by different names, which confuses patients. There isn't any recent break through in face lift surgery. Speak to a plastic surgeon to determine which cosmetic surgery options are right for you.

Web reference: http://www.potomacplasticsurgery.com/facial-plastic-surgery/face-lift.cfm

Washington DC Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Does a Facelift Also Include the Eyes and Neck

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NO! Very common mis interpretation. Rhyidectomy or Meloplasty are the terms for any face/neck lift. Blepharoplasty is for eye lifts. Very important the doctor and you understand what you want. Be careful out there. 

Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 55 reviews

Face lift will not include the eyes

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Hello,

Thank you for the question.  A "face lift" will not include the eye lids or eyebrow as part of the facial rejuvenation process.  It typically involves repositioning and tightening of the facial soft tissue which addresses the cheeks, jowls, and neck.  Obtain several consultations with board certified plastic surgeons and get their assessment and opinion on how to achieve your facial rejuvenation goal.

All the best,

Dr. Remus Repta

Web reference: http://drrepta.com

Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 72 reviews

Rys included in "face"lift

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Neck liposuction, fat grafting and other procedures to the eyes or forehead  are ot part of the facelift. The facelift is from cheekbones down and including neck. Some include lipo and other do not.

Tampa Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Facelift Definition

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Each practice has a different definition of a facelift.  Neck Lift and Blepharoplasty generally are distinct procedures which may be done at the same time as a basic facelift. Before proceeding with surgery, it is important for the surgeon to clearly define what he/she is planning to do so you can provide proper consent.

West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Face lift terminology

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Although some surgeons and patients use the term 'full face lift' to describe procedures on the entire face, most surgeons use the term face lift (facelift) to describe a procedure that primarily addresses the lower face and neck.

If you really want to break it down here is a list of procedures that are typically done to address the aging face

  1. Brow lift (aka forehead lift)
  2. Upper blepharoplasty (aka upper eyelid lift)
  3. Lower blepharoplasty (aka lower eyelid lift)
  4. Midface lift (aka cheek lift)
  5. Face & Neck lift (aka facelift, face lift
  6. Mini face lift ( a mini version of #5)

Web reference: http://www.seattlefacelift.com/html/facelift_surgery.php

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 126 reviews

Facelift in LA

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  For years, there have been doctors who have used the term "complete facelift" to cover cosmetic procedures of the eyes (blepharoplasty), forehead lift, face and neck lift.  Personally, I don't like that term and refer to the procedures individually, and it seems like most other doctors on this forum do likewise. 

If you have trouble finding a reputable facial plastic surgeon in LA, then you probably aren't looking very hard.  There are more excellent cosmetic surgeons in CA  than anywhere, with my state (Florida) being second.

Web reference: http://kassmd.com

Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

Facelift?

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Thank you for the question.

"Facelifting"  generally refers to facial rejuvenation of the face and neck area. Forehead (brow) lifting  refers to rejuvenation surgery of the  forehead area and blepharoplasty refers to surgery of the eyelids.

Costs of these procedures will vary from surgeon to surgeon.

Best wishes.

Web reference: http://www.poustiplasticsurgery.com/Procedures/procedure_facelift.htm

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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What does a facelift include?

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Researching facelift procedures can be confusing. Many surgeons use different terminology and there are many techniques used to address facial rejuvination.

The face is typically divided into vertical thirds with the forehead and brow representing the upper third, the eyes and cheeks the middle third, and the jawline and neck the lower third. Everybody ages differently. Some people age more rapidly in the lower face and neck and the midface and brow/forehead region look fine. You really need to evaluate which part of your face bothers you the most and emphasize this when you consult with a surgeon. It is possible to perform a lower third facelift which typically includes a neck lift as well. If your eyes show significant signs of aging you can have a blepharoplasty done as well but this is a separate procedure. A brow lift is separate from a facelift as well although it can be combined with a facelift.

There really is no ballpark figure. It all depends on which areas you want to address and the surgical options available. Lower facelifts can range from 5000-10,000 dollars. Lower face/mid-face/and browlift with blepharoplasty can range anywhere from $25,000 up.

It is important that you have a comprehensive analysis by an experienced facial plastic surgeon who can give you a thorough breakdown of every area that is to be addressed and how it is going to be addressed. If you are confused get a second opinion and see if the opinions are similar. Typically, if you have agreeing opinions from reputable surgeons you can be confident that you are making the right decision. Remember, it is your face, take your time, do as many consultations as necessary to feel comfortable.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

Does a Face Lift always include the eyes and neck?

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 No, I have performed Face Lifts for over 20 years and there are types of Face Lifts that do include the neck and those that do not.  The eyes have always been considered a separate area and procedure called Blepharoplasty or eye lift.  I think that you'll find experienced Face Lift surgeons will also be experienced performing Neck Lifts and Eye Lifts.

Web reference: http://www.drfpalmer.com

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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