Face and Neck Lift
What is a Face and Neck Lift?
A face and neck lift are surgical procedures that reposition facial fat, tightens the facial muscles, skin, and underlying sort tissue. It also removes excess drooping skin. A face and neck lift are often performed in conjunction with facial fat grafting to perform optimal facial rejuvenation. This procedure consists of difficult dissections and should be performed only by the most skilled plastic surgeons. It is a very delicate and intricate procedure, and in the right hands, produce very natural appearing dramatic rejuvenation.
The incisions are usually hidden within the hairline and along the edge immediately in front of the ear, which extends under the ear and loops up immediately behind it. Typically, the scar is cosmetically acceptable and hard to detect.
Am I a good candidate for a Face and Neck Lift?
- The facial changes that occur with aging can be described as volume loss, downward migration of the once tightly suspended structures such as the fat pads under your eyes and cheeks, and thinning of your skin and bones. Wrinkles develop across your neck, your nasolabial folds (smile lines) deepen, the fat pads in your cheeks descend and shrink creating eye bags, your lips lose volume, your eye brows droop, and you develop wrinkles perpendicular to the direction your facial muscles contract. Typically, the beginning of this aging journey becomes visibly apparent in your mid to late twenties. If you are experiencing the aging process and would like desire effective intervention, a face and neck lift may be right for you.
- Minimal to moderate pain is expected. This is well controlled with over the counter and prescription medications.
- Some facial swelling is expected. You will be provided with specific instructions regarding the facial compression bandages.
- Swelling is expected and worst 72 hours after the surgery. Cold compress for the first 72 hours followed by warm compresses for the next 1.5 weeks. Degree of swelling becomes socially acceptable 1 week later.
- Sutures and staples removed 5-10 days later in clinic.
- You may return to work (desk job) after 1.5-2 weeks. This depends on your comfort level.
- You may drive 1-2 weeks after surgery.
- You may gradually resume physical activity 2-4 weeks after surgery.
Possible Risks with a Face and Neck Lift
- Possible complications associated with facelifts may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Nerves that control the facial muscles could be damaged. This is usually a temporary post-operative condition, but in rare instances, it may be permanent.
- As with any type of surgery, there is a risk of infection and a reaction to the anesthesia.
- A hematoma, blood that collects under the skin, could occur. They are generally removed by the physician.
- Smokers, in particular, may find that the healing process following a facelift is slower than normal.