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Face Lift and Neck Lift Procedures

A face lift is a procedure for reversing the signs of aging by removing excess skin and elevating underlying facial structures. The face is reshaped and a youthful appearance is restored.

Incisions for a face lift usually are hidden above the hairline at the temples, and extend in a natural line around the ear to the lower scalp. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. An MD anesthesiologist will perform your anesthesia. A registered nurse takes care of your needs while you recover from anesthesia until you are ready to return home. If you desire, especially if you are having additional work performed, arrangements can be made for an overnight stay in the hospital.

Most patients can return to work after a week. In most patients, bruising and swelling subsides in a week, although in some, two weeks may be required. Final results are seen six or more weeks after surgery. A neck lift may be needed by itself or in conjunction with a face lift.

A neck lift removes the excess skin and fat and eliminates neck bands to restore a natural, attractive, and more youthful contour of the neck. The neck incision involves an additional incision under the chin which is short and well hidden. Recovery time is the same as the face lift and is almost always done in combination with a face lift.

Other procedures, such as fat grafting, may be recommended to maximize your appearance goals. For an aging forehead and eyes, a browlift and eyelid surgery may be needed. These can be done in conjunction with the face lift or at another time.

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharophasty)

Eyelid surgery is recommended for those patients who have excess fat deposits or bags above or below the eye. These puffy fatty deposits can make you appear tired or angry. Eyelid surgery removes the excess skin and positions fat in the eyelids to eliminate puffiness and improve wrinkles. The eyes and entire face benefit with a more awake, alert and youthful appearance.

Incisions are typically made in the creases of your upper eyelids and just below the lashes in your lower eyelids, making scars well hidden. The surgery can be performed under local anesthesia, local with sedation, or general anesthesia if other work is being performed. All sedation and general anesthesia is done by a physician anesthesiologist. Surgery is done on an outpatient basis.

The return-to-work time for eyelid surgery is three days, but can be more or less depending on the patient's own healing capacity and the type of work you do. In most patients, most of the bruising and swelling is resolved at the end of the first week.

Eyelid surgery is frequently done with fat grafting. Fat transfer to the upper lids restores a youthful appearance by eliminating a hollowed appearance in the upper lid and the tear troughs in the lower lid. Eyelid surgery can be done in conjunction with other procedures such as a brow lift or face lift. You can discuss all options with Dr. Godat at the time of consultation.

Brow Lift

A forehead lift or brow lift is a procedure that restores a more youthful, refreshed look to the area above the eyes. The procedure corrects drooping brows and improves the horizontal lines and furrows that can make a person appear angry, sad or tired.

Dr. Godat will evaluate your brow in conjunction with your eyelids. The incisions are well hidden behind the temporal hairline. The return-to-work time is usually one week depending on the patient's own healing capacity. Almost all of the bruising and swelling is resolved in most patients in the first week, however six weeks or more are required in most patients for the final result. The incisions take a full three weeks to heal.

Dr. Godat may recommend eyelid surgery in conjunction with the brow lift. These procedures may also be done with a face lift and neck lift.


A rhinoplasty, nasal reshaping, or nose job, is a common procedure. The removal of a large hump or the refining of a boxy tip can improve the look and shape of your nose and entire face. Problems with nasal airway obstruction can also be addressed.  These are often covered by insurance.  Dr. Godat will perform a thorough evaluation and take the time to discuss your options.

Surgery is performed as an outpatient under sedation or general anesthesia depending on the wishes of the patient. Many patients can return to daily activities and work within 3-4 days following surgery. In most patients, most bruising and swelling subsides by the end of the first week. Exercise and other strenuous activities may be resumed in two weeks. Depending upon the procedures performed, a splint may be applied to the nose to help maintain its shape. You can expect to wear a splint for two weeks after surgery.

After the evaluation, Dr. Godat may recommend facial contouring surgery in conjunction with your rhinoplasty. Fat transfer may be desired to augment the cheek bones and improve the profile and balance of your face with your new nose.

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