Facelift after weight loss surgery

July 5th, 2014 Kirin

Will I need a facelift after weight loss surgery?

Your overall health is closely related to any surgery you may have, including surgeries performed on your face. The results of your facelift procedure, as well as other plastic surgery procedures, where fat plays an integral role, can easily be affected by weight loss both before and after surgery.

yield sign for facelift and weight loss

Individuals who are significantly overweight and considered obese, often have round and full faces.  And in most cases, the underlying fat smoothes out the face so there can be minimal wrinkles or deep facial creases.  If you plan on having weight loss surgery, such as gastric bypass, it is important that you wait to have facelift surgery until after your weight loss surgery and after your weight has stabilized.  The timeframe for this is about 12 months.  It is equally important that you are committed to keeping the weight off, not only for health reasons, but also because weight gain will be seen in your neck and face, virtually undoing the positive effects of the facelift surgery.

It is not unusual for patients who have bariatric weight loss surgery to lose over 100 pounds.  However, when patients lose such a significant amount of weight they will also notice a significant change in their physical features, both in their body, but also their face and neck. The skin becomes loose as fat decreases — heavy lines or creases appear around the cheeks and the neck sags, giving the person the appearance of a “turkey neck”.   This can be very discouraging to patients who have worked so hard to lose the weight.  Fortunately, Dr. Russell Kridel’s signature facelift, known as an MVP Lift (Multi-Vector Positioning Lift) will lift and remove the excess skin, which will give you the cheek, jaw and neckline that you desire.  Your face and neck will be far more youthful and vibrant, yet natural.  And, you will feel even more confident when your new face matches your new and healthier body. Other procedures may be performed at the same time if indicated. For example, some patients may also have injectable fillers for deep creases, blepharoplasty for sagging upper and lower eyelids or a browlift.

At your consultation with Dr. Kridel, you will discuss the areas that are most troubling for you. You have made the commitment to health and should be very proud of yourself.  Now you can have the fresh, youthful appearance that you deserve to complete your healthy transformation.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston

You can see Dr. Kridel talk about facelift on multiple videos on You Tube.  Check out this one where Dr. Kridel speaks about  natural looking facelifts.

Dr. Kridel is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon and has published over 30 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters about facial rejuvenation procedures such as facelift (MVP Lift).



Question for Dr. Kridel: Can a non-surgical Facelift be a long-term solution for turkey neck in patients with diabetes?

November 9th, 2011 Dr. Russell Kridel


The term “turkey neck” is a common complaint from both male and female patients. A turkey neck is caused by gradual sagging of the platysma muscle underneath the skin in the neck and it usually means you have a waddle of skin and fat below your chin.

Traditionally, the most appropriate long-term solution to “turkey neck” is surgery.  For patients with diabetes, if your diabetes is under good control and your primary care physician clears you for surgery, a Neck Lift can be done.  However, if your diabetes is not well controlled and your primary care doctor doesn’t advise surgery, you could consider non-surgical treatments such as: Thermage (a radio-frequency device) or Ulthera (an ultrasound device).  However, you will need to accept rather minor improvement as these do not replace surgery, but might help some.

More often than not, if a patient has a “turkey neck,” they may have additional loose facial skin and sagging.  In this case, a facelift rather than a more limited necklift, may provide the best results and the most natural appearance.  As a rule of thumb, it is important that all patients – whether you have diabetes or not — with concerns about a “turkey neck” or facial sagging, should seek consultation with an experienced board-certified facial plastic surgeon.  Facial plastic surgeons specialize in cosmetic surgery for the head and neck and will properly evaluate a patient’s specific situation and provide an individualized treatment plan.

For more details about facelift surgery, you can go to this area of the todaysface.com website: Questions and Answers by Dr. Kridel, Houston,


— Dr. Kridel, Houston, TX