Face and Neck Lift Expensive but Worth It - Phoenix, AZ

I had a face and neck lift done five years ago at...

I had a face and neck lift done five years ago at age 54. I was starting to get jowls, and my neck was developing a small wattle. I did a lot of research before the procedure and had consultations with several doctors. I avoided the doctors who were pushing procedures beyond what I was interested in.

One even took my face and squeezed it into an ugly positon and said that if I didn't include a brow lift, this was what I had to look forward to! I can tell you five years later, he was wrong. I went with the doctor who had a good record when I checked him out with our state regulating agency online, whose attitude I liked, and who had a lot of experience. He was the head of plastic surgery at a local hospital. He was rated highly by his peers in a local magazine.

Overall, I recovered from the surgery faster than expected. The incisions behind the ears took the longest to heal, but they were easily hidden. The tightness in the neck where it joins the jaw bone took some getting used to. In fact, I can still feel  it five years later but it no longer bothers me. I was out in public with makeup five days after the surgery.

As for the results, I was pleased overall. I looked natural but everything was a little tighter. If I had it to do again, I would have asked him to tighten the skin in the middle of my neck right under my chin a little more.

Phoenix Plastic Surgeon

He gave a natural result, had good follow-up care.

4 out of 5 stars Overall rating
4 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
4 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
4 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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Five years out and you still feel neck tightness? From muscle or skin?
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I really don't know what it is but right where the neck meets the jaw bone, right under the ears, I can feel it but I'm so used to it that it doesn't bother me. I should tell you that about 6 months ago I had a submentoplasty because there was some loose skin right under the middle of my chin. The neck lift never got this as firm as I would have liked it. I wish my surgeon had done something more at the time of the facelift to address that area.
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I am ready to schedule surgery with someone I saw in Phoenix. Can you tell me who you used? It seems like you had a good result. Thanks
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{Edited} was my surgeon. At the time, five years ago, he was the chief of plastic surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital. You can find cheaper, but I know he is competent.

Edited by Tom: As mentioned by Sharon, the doctor's name is shown above to registered members of the RealSelf Community.  Joining is free, of course.
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