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Face & Neck Lift

Information on facelift surgery in Louisville, Kentucky. Procedure description, before and after photos, recovery period, short scar or mini-facelift info and healing information provided.

A facelift (Rhytidectomy), one of the procedures more commonly performed by Dr. Weeter for facial rejuvenation. It is used to improve a sagging jaw line, falling cheeks and a blunted neckline and to remove wrinkles and smooth the skin. New and improved techniques relocate the deeper facial tissues to restore a more youthful foundation, and then re-drape the skin with little tension after removing any excesses of skin or underlying fatty tissue.

A facelift (Rhytidectomy) is the surgical procedure that lifts, re-drapes, and re-contours, smoothes, and decreases wrinkles in the face, predominantly in the cheeks and in the neck. When the neck tissues are lifted, they are brought back into the facial areas for a more youthful look. While the majority of patients benefit from correction of the entire facelift, some patients may be good candidates for a regional correction. Operations for regional correction include the short scar facelift, mid-face lift, and submental (area beneath the chin and jaw plus the upper neck) liposuction with a muscle sling support and limited skin tightening, which some call a neck lift.

Face & Neck Lift Before and After Gallery

Face and neck lift


  • A facelift is designed to reduce major folds or wrinkles on the face and neck, which naturally occur with time and aging.
  • Areas that are targeted for improvements by a facelift are the nasolabial folds (the folds between the nose and mouth), cheekbones, the jowls, the mid-face and the neck.
  • It is recommended that smoking be stopped for the 2 weeks before the procedure and until 2 weeks after the procedure, as this is a major operation.


When a facelift is performed on a suitable candidate, it should rejuvenate the facial appearance and eliminate the major folds and wrinkles that are of the patient's concern. The cheeks, neck and jaw-line will appear to have a more youthful definition and appearance.


Dr. Weeter will do your facelift procedure in the safety of an accredited surgery facility or hospital, under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. There are several variations of the facelift procedure, and each requires different incisions, and different amounts of surgical, and recovery time.

Facelift: There are different types of the facelift procedure. Some patients do not need deep level correction, and some patients need the foundation level repositioned, which can be extensive. Complete facelifts start with the incisions hidden around the temple and then they follow the natural lines in front of the ear and are partially hidden in the contours of the ear. The incision then continues behind the ear and into the hairline behind the ear.

A facelift addresses the midfacial areas and the lower face and neck. Often, another incision is made under the chin in the natural skin fold. This allows fat removal and tightening of the platysma muscle in the neck (the muscle that causes banding).

Mini-facelift or Short Scar Facelift: This type facelift is designed for the younger patient that sees a general loosening of the facial contours, but has no major folds or wrinkles. This procedure may not address neck problems or jowls as well as a more complete facelift. It is intended to re-contour and tighten the cheeks, and bring them to a more youthful appearance between the mid-facial area and the lower face and neckline. The incisions are similar to or lesser than that of a complete facelift. They can be hidden around the temple and follow the natural lines in front of the ear and be partially hidden in the contours of the ear. For a mid-face lift some patient's incisions are limited to the temporal scalp and beneath the lower eyelashes.

The types of rhytidectomy that will best address your concerns will be determined at your consultation.


  • You may shower and gently wash your hair the day after surgery.

  • Swelling and bruising will occur. The more extensive the patient's facelift, the more extensive the swelling.

  • The mini-facelift or the short scar facelift and similar less invasive procedures will have minimal swelling or bruising.

  • A facelift with substantial deep layer re-contouring will most likely be free of bruising within 2 weeks, but may take up to 3 months for the swelling to subside. Some patients may return to the workplace 2 weeks after surgery. Around 2 to 6 weeks post-operatively, you may feel more comfortable with social and business contacts.

  • Post-operative pain is usually minimal and can be easily controlled with oral pain medications.

  • Stitches are removed around the 5th day after surgery. Stitches behind the ear, and other stitches or surgical staples in the hairline can be removed within 1 to 2 weeks.

  • Some makeup can be used on intact skin reasonably soon to hide bruising, and can be used over the incisions after the stitches are removed and fully healed.

  • Light exercises can be done about 2 weeks after your procedure and increased to most activities by 6 weeks.


  • A facelift can be combined with several other procedures including BOTOX®, in order to achieve an aesthically pleasing result.

  • A facelift is commonly paired with blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) since the aging process is usually apparent in this region as well. It can also be done along with a forehead lift to elevate the eyebrows and remove deep creases.

  • Fine wrinkles, particularly those around the mouth, may require additional treatment, such as laser skin resurfacing. You can discuss this with Dr. Weeter during your consultation.

NOTE: The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for you may be determined only at the time of consultation. All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. All of this web site content, and any email responses to your inquiries are strictly for general informational and educational purposes. It is not medical advice and should not be taken as medical advice. It should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical care.

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Information on facelift surgery in Louisville, Kentucky. Procedure description, before and after photos, recovery period, minifacelift info and healing information provided.

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