Facelift & Neck Lift

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A facelift, also known as rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that can help to reduce the visible signs of facial aging. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Barbra Howard performs facelift surgery for patients in Jefferson City.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Facelift?

You may be a candidate for facelift (rhytidectomy) if you have experienced a loss of skin elasticity and muscle tone of the face and neck. A facelift may also be desirable if you have the appearance of jowls, loose skin, and/or neck wrinkles. 

A facelift may also be helpful if you believe you lack youthful chin and neck contours and/or feel you have a tired facial appearance. A facelift is intended to give the patient a more rested and youthful contour to the face and neck.

The Different Types of Facelifts 

Facelifts range in size from “mini” to “standard” depending on location and extent of skin laxity. The operation is done on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with sedation, or under general anesthesia. 

Incisions are made within the hairline (or along the hair margin) above the ear, extending down around the lobe and ending in or below the hairline behind the ear. The subcutaneous layers and neck muscles are tightened, the facial skin is redraped and lifted, and the excess skin is removed.

Before & After
Before & After
* Individual results may vary.

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The patient goes home with head and neck wrapped in dressings, which are usually removed the next day. Dr. Howard may recommend that you wear a compression wrap for a week or two following surgery. Minimal initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. Sutures are removed within 14 days. Bruising and swelling decrease to “socially acceptable” levels in 10-20 days. The final result of a facelift procedure is evident in 4-6 weeks or sooner, with continued improvement for several months. Additional procedures that would enhance the result of a facelift are: Eyelid Lift, Brow Lift, and Fat Suction.


Dr. Howard was more understanding and sincere, than other doctors. I didn’t feel like ‘just another person’. Very comforting. A.B.

What You Should Know Before Your Facelift

The facelift procedure is considered cosmetic and therefore is not covered by insurance. The patient is responsible for payment. 

The specific risks and the suitability of facelift (rhytidectomy) procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation. A recent physical exam and control of all medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension) is required prior to surgery. 

All surgical procedures have some degree of risk. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are unusual.

Schedule a Consultation for Your Facelift

If you are unhappy with the aging appearance of your face Call Barbara Howard, M.D. in Jefferson City, at (573) 635-9668 or click here to schedule your personal consultation. Dr. Howard can address any question you may have about the procedure and can provide you with the care you need.

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