Facelift & Neck Lift

Sometimes the face we see in the mirror just doesn't align with the image we have of ourselves. Women and men who come to Dr. Johnson for a facelift and neck lift at our Memphis practice typically want to restore a smoother, lifted neck and face so that their look matches their attitude and their lifestyle.

If you live in the Memphis area and are looking for a facelift specialist, request a consultation online to meet with Dr. Johnson or call (901) 737-1050 and one of our friendly staff members will help schedule an appointment.

Ronald J. Johnson   MD, FACS

Few plastic surgeons in the Memphis area can match Dr. Johnson's experience and skill. A nationally recognized leader and educator, Dr. Johnson's attention to detail shows in his results.

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Facelift or Neck Lift?

It's very common for patients to ask whether they need a facelift or a neck lift. The answer in most cases is both. Although the neck may show signs of aging earlier than other areas of the face, it usually makes sense to combine the neck lift with facelift procedure tailored to the specific needs of the patient. Although facelifts go by many different names, Dr. Johnson considers the procedure one which improves the appearance of the cheeks, jowls, and neck.

Your Options

Patients may opt for facelift or a neck lift or both. There are specific procedures designed to remove excess skin from the neck, to tighten the plastysmal bands, and sculpt the area to improve the "turkey wattle" appearance.

Neck Lift

Dr. Johnson makes small incisions behind the ears and under the chin. Using these incisions, Dr. Johnson can:

  • Remove excess fat and skin that results in jowls
  • Sculpt the fat beneath the chin for improved definition
  • Tighten loose, sagging neck skin
  • Adjust the vertical platysmal bands that become more prominent due to aging


A facelift is more complicated than a neck lift and improves the appearance of the lower face and neck. A surgical facelift is the appropriate procedure if you are bothered by:

  • Sagging skin
  • Deep creases along the nose that extend to the corners of the mouth
  • Loss of volume in the cheeks
  • Lax muscle tone that creates a drawn appearance and jowls

It's common to combine a facelift and neck lift with other procedures to complete your facial rejuvenation. For example, you may elect to have eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) to give your eyes a more rested, alert appearance, or a brow lift if you are bothered by a sagging brow and forehead wrinkles. Non-surgical treatments, such as injections of BOTOX® Cosmetic, are also excellent ways to complement a surgical facelift.

Dr. Johnson evaluates your skin tone and laxity during the consultation and recommends the best surgical plan to meet your cosmetic goals. For some patients, that may be a modified facelift, often called a mini facelift, that is often ideal for younger men or women who are just starting to see signs of facial aging.

Your Procedure

Facial rejuvenation surgery is performed at the surgical center only a couple of blocks from our practice. A local anesthetic with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is used, based on your preference and Dr. Johnson's recommendation.

Incision locations depend on the extent of the procedure. Advanced techniques limit the size and number of incisions, which are made so that they are hidden behind the ears and in the hairline.

Dr. Johnson re-positions and tightens the superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue just below the skin, giving your face a more youthful appearance without looking like you've had "work" done. This is often called a "short scar" or SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) facelift. In some cases Dr. Johnson removes excess skin and fat.

Once he's completed elevating and tightening the underlying facial structures, the skin is re-draped. The result is a lifted, more youthful face shape with smoother skin, as opposed to the "pulled" appearance associated with older facelift techniques. Depending on whether you are combining other procedures with a facelift, the operation typically takes between 3 and 4 hours.

Real Patient Results

Patients recommend Dr. Johnson to their family and friends all the time. See for yourself why.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What's the right age for a facelift?

This is a question Dr. Johnson hears often. There is no specific age when a facelift is warranted. Patients in their late 30s and 40s who are just beginning to notice signs of facial aging can benefit by having less invasive procedures done. Patients in their 60s and 70s may choose to undergo a facelift as long as they are in good overall health.

What is a liquid facelift?

At his Germantown practice Dr. Johnson combines non-surgical injectable treatments, including dermal fillers, to achieve a complete facial rejuvenation. This is a good alternative to facial plastic surgery for patients who aren't ready for more invasive procedures. The results are temporary, but can last a year or more with periodic touchups.

I have a social engagement coming up. When should I get a facelift?

It's important to give yourself plenty of time to heal completely. Although the majority of swelling and bruising is gone after 2 weeks, residual swelling may conceal the full results of the facelift for another few weeks. To be on the safe side, schedule your facelift at least a month before any major social appearance, such as a wedding or school reunion.

How much does a facelift cost?

As you might expect, the cost of a facelift depends on several factors, including whether it's combined with a neck lift or another procedure, and the type of facelift performed. Comparing the costs of any cosmetic surgery between practices may be confusing because prices can vary based on their geographical location, the experience and training of the plastic surgeon, and the operating room and anesthesiologist's fees. Dr. Johnson is committed to maintaining competitive prices for facelifts in the Memphis area, but encourages patients to base their selection of a surgeon on board certification, experience, and results.

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Ronald J. Johnson, MD, FACS:
Wolf River Plastic Surgery
7910 Wolf River Boulevard
Germantown, TN 38138
Phone: (901) 737-1050

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