Still Have Jowls / Double Chin 2 Months Post Op Neck and Face Lift. Will It Improve?

I still have jowls and double chin. Loose skin is better than before.

Doctor Answers 18

Facelift Results

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Generally the swelling after a facelift will subside within the first 1-2 weeks postoperatively.  About 2 months out, you should be able to see the results.  It is unlikely that the jowls and double chin will improve.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Unfortunately, jowls won't improve

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2 months after a facelift, things should look amazingly good. Unfortunately, if they don't, they will not be getting better as things continue to heal. Often times, lifts are performed and excess skin is removed, but jowls and laxity under the chin remain. This is due to the fact that the underlying SMAS and muscle were not adequately released and addressed during the procedure. Often times, rather sophisticated facelift techniques are necessary to give patients the youthful neckline they desire. Not all surgeons can perform these more sophisticated techniques. I would need to personally evaluate your anatomy to determine the best course of action, but in virtually all circumstances, an extended SMAS deep plane facelift with customized platysmaplasty will correct all of a patient's concerning features of lower face aging. All with only 1-2 weeks of downtime.
Andrew C. Campbell, M.D.
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Milwaukee / Sheboygan, WI

Andrew Campbell, MD
Milwaukee Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Jowls and facelift

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Swelling is typical after facelift. When the swelling resolves some skin laxity can remain that presents itselft as jowling. I don't know where you started from and how much improvement you got.

One option which can be combined with facelift is to consider a skin tightening Laser with or without fractional resurfacing. This can give you that  little bit of extra tightening you need and improve the texture and quality of your skin at the same time. Something to consider.

I wish you well.

J. Jason Wendel, MD, FACS
Nashville Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 221 reviews

Jowls two months after face/neck lift

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The jowls and a double chin should have been resolved 2 months after the face/neck lift.  It is doubtful it will improve after 2 months.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 158 reviews

Post Op facelift results

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Sometimes it is difficult to take away all the jowling or the effects of a double chin entirely. What is important is that you see SOME improvements, and may I suggest giving it some time. 


Teanoosh Zadeh, MD, FRCSC
Montreal Plastic Surgeon

2 months post neck / facelift and still have jowls / double chin

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By 2 months post neck and facelift, you should notice significant improvement in your areas of concern, however, not everyone heals the same.  It is difficult to answer your question without photos and a physical exam.  You should first consult with your surgeon and look at your before and after photos in order to discuss your expectations and concerns. 

Corey S. Maas, MD
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.3 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

Jowls and Double Chin 2 Months Post Facelift

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Two months after a facelift there should be significant improvement in the jowls and double chin. Refinement will continue to improve in a heavy patient or a person with thick skin. Our answers are are describing  average healing but pictures would help us evaluate your appearance. Discuss your expectations with your surgeon.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Still Have Jowls / Double Chin 2 Months Post Op Neck and Face Lift. Will It Improve?

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 At 2-3 months post-op from a Face LIft and Neck Lift, the skin will not tighten further.  If anything, it will soften over time.  Unless the jowls are from excessive residual swelling from a very aggressive, deep plane Face Lift technique, these won't improve as well IMHO.  Your Face Lift Surgeon should be able to answer these questions for you in order to add clarification.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Underwhelmed by Facelift Results?

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At 2-3 months, there should be a discernible improvement in your neck and jawline although some minor swelling will still be present.  The lack of pictures makes it impossible to be more specific. I would advise that you return to your Surgeon and discuss your concerns.

Stephen Prendiville, MD
Fort Myers Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 103 reviews

2 months post face lift

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By two to three weeks postop, you should begin to see improvement in all the areas you are concerned about. If you still have these issues at two months, you most likely will not improve.  It is possible that the procedure performed was less than you required ("mini" vs. full facelift) or was not executed to affect your problem areas.  You should speak with your surgeon regarding your concerns and possible revision.

Ricardo Izquierdo, MD
Oak Brook Plastic Surgeon

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