As we age, the skin on the face and neck starts to lose elasticity. We can develop jowls, crow’s feet may appear at the corner of our eyes, and the skin beneath the chin may start to sag. These are the inevitable signs of ageing and if you’re unhappy that your face has aged, a facelift (rhytidectomy) and/or neck lift may be the facial plastic surgical procedure(s) you’ll want to consider.
Dr Vlad Milovic, a top specialist plastic surgeon in Melbourne, specialises in achieving a “natural look” for facelift and neck lift procedures, using a number of advanced cosmetic surgical techniques—such as the deep plane, MACS lift, S-Lift (composite facelift), and hybrid facelift (which includes 24k nanofat facial fat grafting)—to achieve a more youthful appearance, for both men and women.
What Is Facelift & Neck Lift Surgery?
Facelift and neck lift are two plastic surgery procedures that are commonly performed together to restore a more youthful appearance to the face, jawline, chin, and neck. These highly customised procedures can address several key signs of facial ageing, including jowls, sagging skin, deep wrinkles, and folds around the mouth and nose, as well as loose skin and fat deposits below the shin and along the neck. When facelift and neck lift surgery are performed together, the goal is to create comprehensive rejuvenation that delivers optimal results throughout the contiguous neck and facial regions.
Dr Milovic’s goal for facelift and neck lift surgery is to ensure that patients achieve a natural, rejuvenated appearance. He avoids using conventional methods which can create a mask-like look or pulled-tight appearance. Dr Milovic is skilled and experienced in performing a variety of advanced facelift techniques and offers specific expertise in the deep plane facelift procedure, which offers the most significant and longest-lasting improvements. A deep plane facelift is designed to tighten the deep musculature of the face for a more dramatic degree of rejuvenation, and this procedure should only be performed by a highly experienced surgeon to limit potential risks. Dr Milovic’s knowledge of facial anatomy helps him to avoid complications and create the most personalised results for each patient. He also performs less invasive facelift procedures, such as the MACS lift and S-Lift, which can achieve outstanding results with minimal scarring. Additionally, he may also include 24k nano fat facial fat grafting along with a facelift to restore natural-looking facial volume that is both long-lasting and creates a healthy, rejuvenated glow to the skin.
What Are the Benefits of Facelift and Neck Lift?
Facelift and neck lift surgery provide the most significant degree of rejuvenation for the face and neck. These procedures are typically recommended for patients with moderate to severe facial and neck aging, and the specific advantages of each can include:
- Reduction in the appearance of loose, sagging skin
- Smoother, more lifted facial contours and volume enhancement with 24k fat grafting
- A more defined jawline
- Elimination of excess skin and fat deposits below the chin
- Smoother, tighter, and more defined neck contours
- Reduction in deep facial wrinkles and creases
- A more youthful, refreshed appearance that can defy one’s age
- Enhanced facial symmetry
- Improvement of one’s facial side profile
- More graceful face and neck ageing over time
If you are interested in learning about the benefits that a facelift and neck lift can provide, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr Milovic.
Who Is a Candidate for Facelift and Neck Lift?
Most facelifts and neck lifts are performed for women and men aged between 50 to 70. Candidates should be in good health, have realistic expectations about the results they can achieve, and be willing to abstain from smoking for a period of six weeks before and after surgery to promote healing
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your face and are considering surgery, Dr Milovic will examine your face and neck during your initial consultation and discuss how a personalised surgical plan can meet your goals and expectations. He may recommend a variety of techniques to address your specific concerns and achieve optimal aesthetic enhancement.
Patients who are unrealistic about the outcome and longevity of a face/neck lift procedure, or who are impatient about the initial swelling and bruising going down, or are concerned about minor imperfections compared to the overall result, are not good candidates for this or any surgery.
What Happens During a Facelift and Neck Lift?
Traditional or conventional face lifting techniques don’t necessarily take into account the fact that the face ages as a single, dynamic unit, rather than as a series of static, independent parts. Over time, traditional facelifts can lead to a tight, “windswept”, and unnatural-looking appearance. For this reason, Dr Milovic performs facelifts and neck lifts using only the most advanced surgical techniques—such as the hybrid facelift, MACS lift, and S-Lift (composite facelift)—which are designed to deliver natural-looking results with minimal scarring. Dr Milovic performs the surgery at the deep tissue layers (deep plane) with skin closure at appropriate tension. This approach should only be performed by a highly experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr Milovic, with an excellent understanding of facial nerve and anatomical structures. The result which he aims for is a more youthful, natural and rejuvenated appearance. The surgery will be performed in a safe, accredited operating facility, under either general anaesthesia or sedation, and usually requires an overnight hospital stay. You can be assured that Dr Milovic will engage the services of a qualified anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation or general anaesthesia. Dr Milovic and/or your anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.
The procedure can take between four to six hours to complete, depending on which technique is used. The incisions used to accomplish your facelift and or neck lift will depend on the specific details of your surgical plan. Typically, any incisions will be well-hidden or camouflaged within the hairline, behind the ear, in front of the ear, and/or beneath the chin. Through the incisions, Dr Milovic can remove excess skin, lift and tighten the deep connective tissue, adjust the underlying musculature, remove/add fat deposits, and redrape the skin for a smooth, elegant result. Neck and chin liposuction are also frequently performed along with neck lift procedures to reduce the appearance of a double chin and/or neck fullness. If you are having the hybrid facelift, 24k nanofat transfer will also be performed during your surgery. During the 24k fat transfer, fat harvested from another area of your body using liposuction is purified to a healthy, golden yellow (often combined with your own stem cells) and reinjected into areas of the face and/or lips to create soft, long-lasting, youthful volume while also providing a radiant glow to your skin.
What Is Recovery Like After a Facelift and Neck Lift?
Recovery time will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on the extent of the surgery. It typically takes at least two to four weeks before all swelling and bruising disappears (depending on the extensiveness of the lift). Numbness can also occur around the ears, but this will usually resolve within a few weeks. You may find it difficult to smile due to the tension and swelling. Dr Milovic will recommend mild pain medication to alleviate any discomfort. You will be given post-surgery instructions to follow and if you have any questions, please speak to Dr Milovic.
What Do Facelift and Neck Lift Results Look Like?
Dr Milovic’s facelift and neck lift patients are generally thrilled with the results of their procedure. To explore before and after photos of facelift and neck lift patients, we invite you to take a look at our gallery. Each set of photos includes a detailed explanation of the facelift technique used, as well as a list of any additional surgical procedures and/or non-surgical treatments performed to enhance the quality of the overall outcome. During your consultation, you’ll have the opportunity to view even more photos, specifically images that show patients who started off with similar cosmetic concerns to your own so you can visualise the type of results that may be possible for you.
Why Choose Dr Milovic for Facelift & Neck Lift Surgery?
Currently, Dr Milovic is among the most experienced and skilled facelift and neck lift surgeons in the Melbourne area. Dr Milovic is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian Society of Plastic Surgeons (FRACS) in the specialty of plastic surgery and has more than 20 years of experience in practice, not to mention his memberships with Australian and International plastic surgery professional associations. Dr Milovic is also a reconstructive microsurgeon, which requires a detailed understanding of facial anatomy and structures. In addition to the state-of-the-art techniques he uses to accomplish each procedure, Dr Milovic provides the highest-quality care at every stage of the process, from consultation to aftercare. Patients gravitate toward Dr Milovic for his world-class training, outstanding reputation, natural-looking results, and pleasant, compassionate demeanor. If you are considering a facelift and neck lift, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr Milovic to experience his refreshing approach to plastic surgery and cosmetic enhancement first-hand.
Will I Have Scars After My Facelift and Neck Lift?
As with all surgery there will be scarring after a facelift and neck lift and there can be no guarantee for a perfect outcome. Dr Milovic will use his surgical expertise to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible by locating the incisions in easily hidden sites. That way, scars will be along natural skin lines and creases. Scars generally fade with time and may become barely noticeable.
If scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Milovic will provide you with a scar treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars. There are several treatment options including silicone gel and laser.
Are There Non-Surgical Alternatives for a Facelift and Neck Lift?
There are no non-surgical treatments that can deliver the same degree of cosmetic improvement that can be achieved with a surgical facelift or neck lift. Non-surgical facial rejuvenation treatments may be recommended if you are not yet ready for a surgical procedure, or as a complement to your facelift and neck lift surgical plan. For patients with facial laxity caused by a mild to moderate loss of facial volume, dermal fillers or 24k fat grafting may provide an excellent solution. Generally, Dr Milovic prefers to use the 24k nano fat grafting technique to enhance facial volume due to the outstanding results he is able to achieve. Whereas dermal fillers are temporary and can create a waxy appearance to the skin, 24k fat grafting uses the patient’s own fat to deliver longer-lasting results that are generally smooth and natural-looking and maintain the skin’s healthy glow. Injectable products can also be used to temporarily relax and/or fill facial wrinkles. Dr Milovic does not perform the non-surgical “thread” facelift technique, which he considers to be problematic in terms of its overall success rate.
How Much Does a Facelift and Neck Lift Cost?
You have the right to be informed about the costs you can expect before you have your surgery – this is called ‘informed financial consent’. Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. A higher cost can indicate a surgeon’s advanced level of skill and experience as well as a more robust surgical aftercare program. We generally don’t provide a surgical fee estimate without consultation with Dr Milovic, to ensure that you are provided with the right information in your case. Also, depending on the technique, the costs can change after your consultation and assessment by Dr Milovic.
Costs associated with the procedure may include:
- Dr Milovic’s surgical fee
- Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
- Anaesthesia fees
- Prescriptions for medication
- Medical tests
After your initial consultation with Dr Milovic, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment. The second appointment is free of charge. Once you book your surgery, you will also see our practice nurse who will take your pre-operative photos.
In some cases, the final costs may vary from the original estimate because of complications, longer operative time or changes requested by the patient. Supplemental procedures may also be necessary at an additional cost.