Face and Neck Lift

Rhytidectomy and Platysmaplasty Surgery


face beauty-skincare face lift womanA face lift or rhytidectomy counteracts the signs of aging by removing excess skin, tightening the skin, and repositioning deeper structures to their proper position. Sagging cheeks, deep creases or “smile lines”, loose skin on the face and neck, and even a double chin can all be corrected with a variety of Face Lift techniques. The result is a more youthful appearance of the face and neck and a fresh appearance to the skin.

Face Lift Surgery Consultation

During your consultation, Dr. Liszka will discuss your desires and provide an individualized treatment plan that is right for you. Despite the technique used, most facelifts leave barely noticeable scars that are hidden in natural fold lines or at the hairline. These scars become almost invisible over time. This procedure requires a 7 to 10 day healing time with no exercise for two weeks.

Face Lift Procedure and More

Other procedures frequently done in conjunction with a face lift include Eyelid Surgery, browlift, laser resurfacing, rhinoplasty, and cheek or chin implants. Some patients also desire only contouring of the neck area. Those patients may be candidates for a Neck Lift, which is essentially the lower half of a face lift.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is often performed to rejuvenate the neck and balance out a patient’s overall look. Sometimes a face lift is not needed as noticeable aging is only seen in the neck area. A neck lift is the ideal procedure to address that concern. A neck lift will aid in reducing the signs of aging and also eliminate any loose, saggy skin in the neck area.

Neck Liposuction

The use of liposuction can be used in a face lift or neck lift to help remove excess fat. Liposuction alone can also be done if excess fat exists without skin excess. A face lift and neck lift is performed with the following steps.

  • Surgeon makes incisions that are hidden in the natural contours of the face and neck
  • Address the platysma muscle by tightening it with sutures
  • Excessive skin and fat is actually removed by trimming
  • Repositioning of the skin which is then sutured securely
  • Closing of incisions
  • Placement of a postoperative dressing

Neck & Face Lift Procedural Candidates

Most face lift and neck lift patients are in their forties or older, although there is no age requirement to undergo a face lift or neck lift procedure. The ideal candidates generally meet the following criteria:

  • Good bone structure in face
  • No pre-existing medical conditions
  • Bill of good health
  • Presence of loose skin in face/neck area

Doctor Thomas G. Liszka, MD is a board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon in Charlotte NC who has specialized in cosmetic plastic surgery since 1993.

Contact Ballantyne Plastic Surgery For Your Face Lift Consultation Today!

View Plastic Surgery Before and After Photos of Face and Neck Lift Procedures performed by Dr. Liszka. in Charlotte, NC.

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Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
14135 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150
Charlotte, North Carolina 28277

March 18,2020

To Our Patients,

The Surgeon General, the CDC, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery have all recommended delaying or postponing elective surgery and medically non essential patient visits during the Covid 19 pandemic as we anticipate an unprecedented strain on our Healthcare System. The Novant Healthcare System has cancelled/rescheduled all elective operations beginning 3/18/2020. They have not given a date when they anticipate opening their operating rooms for elective surgery and we will be monitoring that closely. Also, the CDC and Federal Government have recommended limiting social interactions to try to slow the spread of disease. For that reason Ballantyne Plastic Surgery will be operating on an extremely limited basis for the next two weeks or longer and only be seeing patients for medically necessary reasons. This is defined as patients whose health would be negatively affected if they are not seen. This will apply mainly to patients in the early post operative period. As of March 18, 2020 the following applies to Ballantyne Plastic Surgery:

  1.  All elective surgery is being cancelled and will later be rescheduled when the  operating rooms are open for elective procedures. Every effort will be made to accommodate your scheduling desires.
  2.  All medically non-essential patient visits will be rescheduled for a minimum of 2 weeks or however long the CDC and other governing agencies deem essential to limit the spread of Covid 19. This includes:
          a. All new patient consults
          b. All dermal filler and neuromodulator (botox) patients
          c. All aesthetic services (laser, skin pen, peels, etc.)
          d. All long term post surgical follow up patients unless there is a problem requiring immediate intervention
  3. Dr Liszka will determine who will be seen during this time period and you will be notified as to your appointment date. You also may call the office to discuss whether you need to be seen during this time

All of us at Ballantyne Plastic Surgery are very sorry to have to implement the above protocol for our practice and the impact it makes on our patient’s schedule and lives. This is an unprecedented medical problem and requires extreme measures. We believe this is necessary and in the best interest of our patients, staff, community, and country.


Thomas G. Liszka, M.D.
Ballantyne Plastic Surgery
(704) 295-0777

Practice Policy Regarding Covid 19

Ballantyne Plastic Surgery is open for consultations, follow up appointments , and selected services. Our commitment to our patients is to provide excellent care in the safest possible environment. We have implemented protocols recommended by the CDC, North Carolina Medical Board, The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons regarding Covid 19 precautions. We are requiring all patients to wear a mask for admittance to our office, answer screening questions, and have their temperature checked. We are also timing appointments to allow for social distancing. We appreciate your trust and consider it a privilege to provide care for all your aesthetic needs. Please call for an appointment or if you have questions regarding our practice during these difficult times.