Facelift/Neck Lift at a Glance

Type of anesthesia:
General
Recovery time:
1-2 weeks off work (non-strenuous jobs); 6-8 weeks for social events
Time in surgery:
2-4 hours
When you go home:
Day of operation
Complementary procedures:

*Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your experience may vary.

Facelift & Neck Lift

Is a Facelift Right for You?

Even though women and men now have a range of options to minimize the signs of aging, nothing can match a facelift in its ability to return the face to its more youthful configuration. Dr. Michael Ablavsky performs facelift and neck lift surgery in San Antonio using safe, effective techniques that produce reliable and natural-looking results.

You may be a good candidate for a facelift if you’re concerned about:

  • Loss of skin elasticity and soft tissue ptosis (drooping) in the middle and lower third of the face
  • Deepend creases extending from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth and an overall loss of volume in the face
  • People asking if you’re tired even when you feel refreshed
  • Jowls and loss of jawline definition
  • Vertical bands (line) and increased skin laxity in the neck

Women and men often consider getting a facelift in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, but age is not really a primary factor when determining if someone is a good candidate for the procedure. The best candidate for a facelift is in good general health, a non-smoker, with overall good quality face and neck skin.

Facelift & Neck Lift
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Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 4 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #4

This patient had some sagging and loosening of skin on her face and neck, making her look older than her years. Dr. Ablavsky performed a facelift and neck lift to lift and tighten her skin on her face, neck, and jaw to help her look as good as she feels. Read More
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 5 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #5

This woman came to Dr. Ablavsky seeking a facelift and neck lift to improve the signs of aging on her face and neck. To help address the hollowing she had experienced as part of the aging process, Dr. Ablavsky combined facelift, neck lift, and facial fat grafting to give her a more youthful, refreshed appearance.  Read More
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 3 Front View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #3

This patient came to Dr. Ablavsky to address the signs of aging on her face and neck. Dr. Ablavsky performed a facelift with neck lift to lift and tighten the skin on her upper face, and on her jawline and neck. Her results are natural looking, giving her a refreshed appearance.  Read More
Before & After Facelift & Neck Lift Case 26 Left Side View in San Antonio, Texas
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Case #26

This is a 37 year old male was concerned with the appearance of his neck despite a healthy diet, lifestyle, and exercise. He did not like the lack of definition of his jawline.  The patient is shown 3 months after his neck lift with incisions behind the ear and under the chin.  Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

How Is a Facelift Performed?

The idea of simply pulling the skin tighter to erase wrinkles is a thing of the past. Modern facelift techniques focus on shifting lower facial fat superiorly, restoring midface volume, while lifting ptotic (or drooping skin). This is done by manipulating the tissue underlying the skin—called the SMAS layer. This leads to longer-lasting results that look natural, not the “windswept” appearance of skin that’s too tight.

Dr. Ablavsky begins facelift surgery by making incisions in the natural creases in front of and behind the ear. These locations help camouflage the small resulting scars. Another incision made beneath the chin provides him with access to the tissues that help create a youthful neck. Dr. Ablavsky elevates the tissue, removes excess skin, and then carefully re-drapes the skin before closing the incisions.

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Dr. Ablavsky is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon whose patients trust him for beautiful, natural-looking results from face, breast, and body procedures. He listens closely to his patients' concerns and takes the time to answer their questions with honesty and compassion.

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Combining a Neck Lift With a Facelift

Combining a facelift and neck lift—which can each be performed as standalone procedures—enables Dr. Ablavsky to address skin laxity on the lower half of the face and jowls, loose skin, and vertical neck bands. This produces comprehensive facial rejuvenation that isn’t possible with a facelift or neck lift alone.

How Long Is Recovery After a Facelift?

You should allow plenty of time if you are planning to attend a significant social event, such as a wedding or class reunion. Healing after a facelift—meaning the majority of swelling or bruising is gone—can take 6 to 8 weeks.

During the initial few days after the procedure, it’s important to move around and take short walks to keep your blood circulating. Keeping your head elevated will help improve swelling.

How Much Does a Facelift Cost?

The cost of a facelift at our San Antonio practice depends on the extent of the procedure. At our practice, a facelift procedure starts between $7,675 and $9,235 and a neck lift procedure starts between $4,305 and $5,865. You may also want to combine a facelift with other procedures, such as injections of dermal fillers, facial fat grafting or eyelid surgery.

Request Your Free Consultation

If you’re looking in San Antonio for a facelift or neck lift surgeon, request a free consultation with Dr. Ablavsky using the online form or call our practice at (210) 942-6672 to schedule an appointment.

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