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How Much Time Does It Take in Surgery to Perform a Facelift, Neck Lipo and Neck Lift?

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Time to do a neck/face lift with liposuction of the neck?

In some hands this surgery takes six hours and in some hands it takes two. The question is not how long should it take, it is how great will the result be? Any board certified plastic surgeon, worth his salt, will do the job. It would probably take me two and a half hours to do your surgery. But this time frame is not set in stone. Face lifts are an art and a science and liposuction along with a neck lift are often part and parcel in this procedure. I also now routinely transfer fat to the mid face along with this procedure. central fullness is key to a youthful result as is safety. After all youthfulness is just that; youth-full-ness. Its not youth-tightness. 

Waldorf Plastic Surgeon
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Time for Facelift surgery

This depends on the surgeon and the techniques they will be using to do the facelift, necklift and submental liposuction  AND it depends on the patient-- their age, sun damage, laxity of skin, amount of excess fat, genetic factors (type of skin, facial structure, elasticity, etc.)   This procedure takes  me 2-3 hours. Most will do it in 1.5 -4 hours

Marialyn Sardo, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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Time for surgery

There is no set time for surgery.  Plastic surgery is an art and every surgeon has their own way of doing a surgery.  You don't go to a fast food restaurant if you are seeking a gourmet meal.


Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Required OR time for a facelift, necklift, and neck liposuction

Operating times will vary among surgeons. I agree that it is not a race and you cannot judge a surgeon by how fast he or she is.  However, I strongly feel that the best surgeons  with great technical skills and "great hands" are "efficient" - this means that they have very precise movements without wasted movements. This allows them to work quickly when a part of the operation allows for it, and work slowly during critical parts of the operation.  I think that 3-4 hours for a full facelift, necklift, and neck liposuction is a good general guide.  Studies show that anesthesia risks seem to increase after the sixth hour so most plastic surgeons would agree that keeping elective surgeries less than 6 hours is prudent.

Duration for Facelift / Neck Lift surgery

Thank you for your question.

The duration of surgery will vary depending on the experience of the surgeon and exactly what procedures are performed.  On average, this will range (for my practice) between 3-4 hours.  

Please consult with board certified plastic surgeons and ask to see before and after photos as well as possibly talk to previous patients to discuss their experience and results.

Best Wishes!

How much time does it take for a facelift with neck lift?

A full facelift with neck lift and liposuction takes between 3-5 hours. I recommend fat injections to the face at the time of a face lift as well. Aging of the face is marked by sagging and loss of volume. The facelift and neck lift repairs the sagging, but the fat injections are essential for recuperating the loss of volume. From El Paso, Texas.

Time in the OR? Is it important?

This is a great question. Experience plays a great part in this answer. A very young and unsure surgeon may do this procedure in a very short time, because they were somewhat afraid to do complete maneuvers required to move tissue. There  might also be a problem in a surgeon taking too long. This operation in very capable hands is 3-4 hours. Over 6 and I think there are issues with surgeon capability. Under three and I feel not enough attention to detail is being observed. Good Luck

Charles Virden, MD
Reno Plastic Surgeon
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Time to do Facelift, Neck Lift and Liposuction

Of all the things to consider before having the above procedures, time should be your last consideration. The procedure done determines, to some extent, the time it takes. This also determines the result that you get. The experience of the surgeon also goes into determining the time. However, many very experienced surgeons take longer than some much less experienced ones, since they do many little things that take time in order to get a better result. Look at, instead of time, experience and whether the surgeon can accomplish what you desire. After that, time is immaterial.

Robert T. Buchanan, MD
Highlands Plastic Surgeon
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It takes 3-5 hours for a mini-facelift, neck lipo and neck lift but can be done under local now.

Don't get suckered into those 1 hr lift sessions for $5000 advertised on tv all the time.  You will regret the results and the scars.  Even a minilift, neck lipo and lift takes 3-5 hrs but can be done under local anesthesia now quite easily with less downtime. Discuss all your options with your surgeon and trust his/her judgement.  Sincerely,

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David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Time it take to do surgery depends on the surgeon

The time it takes to do any one procedure depends on two factors:  the procedure and the surgeon.  There are many ways to do the same thing, some take longer, some are simpler and shorter.  A facelift can be simple skin facelift that takes 1-2 hrs or it could be complex SMAS facelift that can take 6 hrs, for example.  Neck liposuction is usually brief (15-30 min) and the neck lift is often combined with the facelift.


Martin Jugenburg, MD

Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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