Face/Neck Lift


Following dramatic weight loss, you may wish to improve the appearance of your face and neck. A face lift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:

  • Sagging in the middle of your face
  • Deep creases below the lower eyelids
  • Deep creases along the nose and edge of the mouth
  • Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
  • Jowls or loss of skin tone in the lower face
  • A double chin, or loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw

The loss of youthful contours in the face can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental factors, dramatic weight loss and stress. Some people feel they are not ready for a full facelift because the upper face is still pleasing. However, many patients will note excess wrinkling of the neck skin, a “turkey wattle” or double chin, and jowl lines.

When the neck area doesn't match the upper facial appearance, a neck lift may be a good solution. A neck lift, or lower rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the jawline and neck, such as:

  • Excess fat and relaxed skin in the lower face
  • Excess fat under the chin
  • Loose neck skin
  • Muscle banding or abnormal contours in the neck

At Mercy, we understand that you’ve already come a long way on your weight loss journey. We work closely with the Bariatric Surgery team to address the unique challenges you’re facing. 

During your face or neck surgical consultation, we’ll answer your questions and ease any concerns you have. The consultation will include:

  • Discussion of your surgical goals, medical conditions, medications and previous surgeries
  • Health evaluation, including risk factors and any pre-existing conditions
  • Discussion of your options and recommended course of treatment
  • Review likely outcomes of the surgery and potential complications

At Mercy, you can be assured that your physician has special training in Plastic Surgery and is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition, you have the peace of mind knowing your surgery will be performed at a facility nationally recognized for delivering outstanding quality in a safe, healing environment.

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