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As we age, the body naturally begins to form wrinkles, deep creases, and folds; as the facial muscles weaken and we lose collagen, skin can start to sag resulting in lax skin of the midface, jowls and neck. Our face is the first thing we present to the world, and it is central to how we view ourselves and establish our identity.

Dr. Judge understands how transformative and empowering it can be to show the world the face you envision for yourself. A genuine artist, she collaborates with her patients to restore their aesthetic and create a look that reflects and recreates their youth in an authentic way. Surgical facial rejuvenation has the ability to help patients live confidently and feel like the face they are showing to the world is true to who they are. A face and neck lift plastic surgery redistributes fat, smoothes and trims excess skin, tightens the underlying muscles, lifts the soft tissues and reduces the most visible signs of aging to give your face a fresh and more youthful look.*

Visit our clinic in San Francisco or seek an appointment at (415) 409-9760 with our plastic surgeon to determine the best line of treatment. You can fill out the online contact us form to hear back from us.


Prior to the operation you will meet with Dr. Judge to discuss what your aesthetic goal is and what your primary concern areas are. During this consultation for face and neck lift surgery in San Francisco, Dr. Judge will educate you about the process, the procedure in detail, and what to expect from the plastic surgery. Her compassionate and individualized approach to surgery will leave you feeling confident about the procedure and ready to renew your youth. A surgeon’s hand, and an artistic eye, every procedure is tailored for the best results that suit you.

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Performed under general anesthesia with a licensed anesthetist overseeing the procedure, this outpatient surgery can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. All of Dr. Judge’s face and neck lift surgeries are performed at a local outpatient surgery center in San Francisco except for those patients who wish to be admitted to a hospital overnight.

During the operation Dr. Judge will lift your tissues, redistribute fat to the right places, trim excess skin, and then tighten and smooth the remaining skin over the underlying tissues. Typically the incisions are hidden near the hairline for reduced visibility post-operation. This reduces the common signs of aging such as creases beside the nose and mouth, a slacking jaw line, sagging jowls, and fat deposits around the neck.*

A face and neck lift can be performed in tandem with other procedures such as a brow lift or eyelid surgery. Dr. Judge will discuss the best way to achieve your desired aesthetic during your consultation.


There will be postoperative discomfort, but this is typically managed with oral pain killers and will subside after a few days. Dr. Judge will review your procedure plan and post care instructions during your consultation, however, patients can typically return to work within 10 to 14 days, and swelling will typically subside within a week.* Strenuous activity should be avoided for at least 4-6 weeks.

It is advised that a capable adult stay with the patient for a 24-hour period following the surgery to monitor recovery. Scars from the procedure will naturally fade beginning a few months after the procedure and cosmetic concealers can be used to camouflage any visible scarring as healing continues.*

*Individual results may vary. Not a guarantee.


If you are interested in a face or neck lift, book a consultation today. Click the BOOK button below to get started. You can also call (415) 409-9760 to schedule an appointment.


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