Facelift & Neck Lift

As a surgeon who focuses exclusively on the face, Dr. Keith Ladner has established a reputation as one of the top facelift surgeons in Denver, CO. Dr. Ladner is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon whose advanced techniques and surgical skills create natural-looking facelift and neck lift results for women and men from Parker, Castle Rock, Lone Tree, Greenwood Village, and surrounding cities.

Facelift / Neck Lift Before & After Photos

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Facelift / Neck Lift Case 93 Before & After Left Side | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
Before & After
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Case #93

This 58 year old patient was bothered by her heavy eyelids, aging neck and skin laxity. Dr. Ladner performed a bilateral browlift, bilateral upper blepharoplasty, bilateral lower blepharoplasty, deep plane facelift and submental liposuction with platysmaplasty. Read More
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Before: Facelift, Submental liposuction
After: Facelift, Submental liposuction
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Case #109

This lovely patient was concerned with facial aging, prominent nasolabial folds, jowls and neck aging. Dr. Ladner performed a Facelift with liposuction and platysmaplasty and bilateral lower blepharoplasty.
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Facelift / Neck Lift Case 26 Before & After Left Oblique | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Case #26

Before and six months following a facelift, perioral Co2 laser resurfacing, and upper and lower blepharoplasty. This patient was concerned about neck bands and looking tired. Our patient wanted a more youthful look. She could not be happier with her results and Dr. Ladner! Read More
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Facelift / Neck Lift Case 34 Before & After Front | Denver, CO | Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery
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Case #34

Before and four months after facelift. Patient came to us wanting an overall younger look.
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Before - Necklift with Liposuction & Platysmaplasty
After- Necklift with Liposuction & Platysmaplasty
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Case #96

This gentleman consulted with Dr. Ladner for aging neck and jowls. Photos reveal before and four months after a Neck Lift with liposuction and platysmaplasty.
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Before: Lower Face Lift with Liposuction & Platysmaplasty
After: Lower Face Lift with Liposuction & Platysmaplasty
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Lower Face Lift with Liposuction and Platysmaplasty

This pretty woman consulted with Dr. Ladner with concerns of an aging face and neck. Photos reveal before and one month following a Lower Face Lift with submental liposucction and platysmaplasty.
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Before: Mini Neck Lift
After: Mini Neck Lift
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Case #108

This patient consulted with Dr Ladner regarding excess skin of upper and lower lids and skin laxity in lower face and neck areas. Photos reveal before and after a mini face lift,  upper and lower blepharoplasty and CO2 laser skin resurfacing.  Read More
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Neck Lift
Before and After Neck Lift with liposuction and platysmaplasty
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Case #85

This beautiful 48 year old woman came to Ladner Facial Plastic Surgery wanting a more defined jawline and neck. Photos reveal before and three months after a Neck lift with liposuction and platysmaplasty. 
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What Is a Facelift?

A facelift addresses signs of aging in the mid and lower face and is often combined with a neck lift. Its ability to restore a more youthful appearance is unmatched when performed by an experienced and qualified facial plastic surgeon. Women and men who believe their confidence or professional or social lives are affected by looking older get facelift surgery to:

  • Minimize heavy facial folds 
  • Remove excess, sagging skin 
  • Reposition sagging tissues throughout the face 
  • Smooth away creases and lines 
  • Define a jawline or neck hidden by sagging jowls 
  • Tighten sagging neck skin 

How Much Does a Facelift Cost in Metro Denver?

The cost of a facelift will depend on several factors, including the technique used, the extent of the procedure, and whether other procedures are included during the same operation. The training and experience of the plastic surgeon also influence the cost. It’s important not to base your choice of surgeon primarily on the cost. Choosing a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon means you’re choosing a surgeon who focuses exclusively on facial procedures.

Neck Lift vs. Facelift

Patients are sometimes surprised that a facelift includes rejuvenation of the neck. If your concerns focus specifically on jowls, lax skin, and vertical neck bands—often called a “turkey neck”—a neck lift may be all you need.

“Dr. Ladner listened patiently to all my concerns, and conveyed a realistic/natural approach in his practice. Needless to say, I was thrilled with the results! I healed just as he said I would! He also met me at his office on a Saturday, post-surgery, to check my sutures. I was out and about after only a week…”

5-star RealSelf review, S. Warlow

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for a Facelift?

Most people considering facelift surgery tend to be older than 45, but age is not the primary consideration for determining if you’re a good candidate for a facelift. A woman or man who can benefit from facelift surgery typically wants to improve certain signs of aging, such as:

  • Sagging skin in the midface and along the jawline 
  • Nasolabial folds (creases extending from the nose to the corners of the mouth) 
  • Marionette lines (lines extending from the corners of the mouth and down the chin) 
  • Lost volume 
  • Double chin 
  • Creased and sagging skin in the neck

Ideal facelift candidates are non-smokers who share other common characteristics, including good overall health, realistic expectations, and a positive attitude about the procedure.

Benefits of a facelift
Benefits of a facelift

How Is a Facelift Performed?

Modern techniques used for facelift surgery emphasize repositioning the tissue and muscle in the lower half of the face rather than simply pulling the skin as tight as possible. This layer of tissue is called the SMAS (superficial muscular aponeurotic system). Dr. Ladner manipulates the SMAS using different techniques, depending on the needs of each patient.

When performing a facelift, Dr. Ladner makes incisions in the natural creases in front of and behind the ear so they are imperceptible. He also makes a small, horizontal incision beneath the chin and then lifts the skin to access the tissue that provides shape to the face. After elevating and re-draping tissue and removing excess skin, Dr. Ladner closes the incisions. The result is well-defined bone structure and excellent skin quality.

Facelift surgery can take 2 to 5 hours, depending on the technique used and whether additional procedures are performed during the operation. Conscious sedation or a general anesthetic may be used depending on the specific surgical plan.

What Distinguishes Our Facelift Technique and Results?

Dr. Ladner’s four-pillar approach to facial rejuvenation procedures sets him apart. When discussing the goals of a facelift procedure with you during the consult, he explains the four outcomes that must be achieved:

Natural Rejuvenation: Dr. Ladner strongly believes that a facelift procedure should naturally rejuvenate a patient. It should turn back the hands of time at least a decade or two for that particular facial area. However, each patient should continue to look like themselves. They should not see a different person in the mirror, only a younger, more refreshed version of themselves.

Compliments: Friends and family who don’t know you had the procedure should give you compliments but not suspect that you had a surgical procedure done to achieve this refreshed look. Peers should not be able to pinpoint what was done; rather, they should just note an improved version of YOU.

Longevity: Patients considering a surgical rejuvenation procedure are not looking for a temporary “fix.” With Dr. Ladner’s expertise, perfection, and customization of the deep plane facelift, patients should expect to get 10 to 20 years of results with these procedures. Meaning that it will take at least this long to return to their pre-surgical appearance.

Customization: Every patient is different and patients’ concerns are different. Furthermore, the relevant anatomy for each patient may vary. Therefore, it is imperative for your surgeon to listen carefully to your concerns, perform an in-depth exam of those areas, and create a customized approach. With our in-office software programs, Dr. Ladner is able to articulate through photos and drawings the recommended and customized approach for you.

What Is a Neck Lift?

When performed on its own, a neck lift involves a small horizontal incision below the chin and a shorter incision around the ears. During the surgery, Dr. Ladner tightens the neck and lower facial skin, platysma muscles, and lower SMAS. As with facelift surgery, the goal is to avoid the appearance of having had “work done.”

Dr. Keith Ladner

Dr. Keith Ladner

Women and men trust their faces to double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Ladner, whose world-class training includes a prestigious facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship. As a specialist focusing exclusively on the face, Dr. Ladner uses the most advanced techniques to produce remarkable, natural-looking results.

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How Fat Transfer Enhances Facelift Results

The loss of volume is one of the primary causes of facial aging. Using a patient’s own fat to restore volume in specific areas—especially in the upper cheek and the bony orbital rim area below the eyes—enhances facelift results. Fat is a natural, long-lasting filler that Dr. Ladner often uses during facelift surgery.

Fat transfer—also called fat grafting—involves a 3-step process. The first step is to harvest fat from an area of the patient’s body, such as the abdomen, thighs, or neck using liposuction. Dr. Ladner then uses an advanced nano-fat purifying system to prepare the fat. The final step is carefully re-injecting the fat to complement the facelift results.

What Is Recovery Like After a Facelift or Neck Lift?

Most patients can return to work about 10 to 14 days after a facelift or neck lift. At the end of the procedure, Dr. Ladner wraps incisions in an air- and water-tight dressing to minimize swelling and promote healing. Patients return the following day to have the dressing removed, and we’ll provide instructions on how to clean and care for the incisions. The sutures themselves are absorbed by the body. Dr. Ladner recommends sleeping with your head elevated to minimize swelling and shorten the recovery time.

“Dr. Ladner is an outstanding doctor! Before I chose Dr. K, I went to visit a few others, and he was the only one that took the time to understand my needs and concerns. He was very thorough in explaining the procedure; the how’s, the what’s, the why’s. Lastly the results are outstanding!!”

5-Star review, Healthgrades, Erica B.

What Procedures Can Be Combined With a Facelift?

Dr. Ladner’s extensive training and experience enable him to tailor each procedure based on the patient’s needs. He takes a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation often recommends combining facelift and neck lift surgery with other procedures, such as:

During your consultation, Dr. Ladner may discuss combining these or other procedures and explain how they can enhance the overall results of your facelift.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does neck liposuction do?

Excess neck fat is a common complaint that can be addressed with liposuction. While Dr. Ladner often combines neck liposuction with facelift and neck lift surgery, he does perform the procedure on its own. For patients whose skin retains most of its elasticity, liposuction alone can create a more defined chin and jawline. The procedure involves making very small incisions under the chin and then inserting a thin tube, called a cannula, to suction fat from the neck.


Can I do anything about “chubby” cheeks?

Buccal fat removal is a popular procedure for patients whose cheeks look chubby because of excessive buccal fat. This is a pad of fat that everyone has in the cheek area. Combining a facelift with buccal fat removal is an excellent option for some patients.


What’s the best age for a facelift?

Women and men considering a facelift often ask if they need to be a certain age to undergo facial plastic surgery. Age isn’t as important in determining who can benefit from a facelift or neck lift as the degree of skin laxity, skin type, and the patient’s cosmetic goals. Patients in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s can be good candidates for a facelift if they are in good overall health.


How long do the results of a facelift last?

Facelift or neck lift surgery produces changes that often result in patients looking 10 to 20 years younger. The aging process continues, of course, but patients will continue to appear younger than they would have looked without surgery. Scheduling periodic nonsurgical treatments, such as injectable fillers, can help maintain the results. It’s also important to follow a daily skincare regimen using medical-grade products.

Meet With Dr. Ladner

Women and men looking for the best facelift specialist in Denver often choose Dr. Ladner. You can request a consultation to meet with him or call our office at  (303) 253-7686 to schedule an appointment.

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