Face & Neck Lifts
Face Lifts & Neck Lifts
Improve the signs of visible aging with face lifts and neck lifts. A face lift is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures. They provide a remarkable improvement in your appearance. Face lifting is the ideal treatment for correcting a sagging jaw line, falling cheeks and a blunted neckline.
A face lift removes excess fat, tightens underlying muscles and reshapes face and neck skin in order to reduce visible signs of aging. Technically known as Rhytidectomy, a face lift can be done on its own, or in conjunction with a forehead lift, nose reshaping or an eyelid lift.
The best candidates for a face lift are men or women with strong, well-defined bone structure whose face and neck have begun to sag. Ideally, a patient’s skin will still have some elasticity. Face lifts can be done successfully on patients in their seventies or eighties, although most face lift patients are in their forties to sixties.
What to Expect from Your Facelift Procedure
Patients undergoing a facelift procedure want to know how long the results will last and what to expect afterward. The answers depend on your underlying anatomy, your individual desires, and how much aging is evident on your face. Regardless, you can expect a facelift to provide a younger appearance, with a well rested, healthy look. The younger you are, the longer you can expect the facelift results to last. If you are older, you will experience dramatic improvement; however, there is also a greater possibility of tissue rebounding.
The Facelift Procedure
A facelift usually takes several hours or longer, especially if more than one procedure is performed. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear), and continue behind earlobe to the lower scalp.
The skin is separated from the fat and muscle below. Fat may be removed from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. Dr. Marouk then tightens the underlying muscle and membrane, pulls the skin back and removes the excess. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions, and metal clips may be used on the scalp.
Following surgery, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin behind the ear to drain any blood that might collect. The surgeon may also wrap the patient’s head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.
Face Lift Recovery
Recovering From Your Face Lift
Sleeping propped up will provide the most comfort for the first week to ten days. This also helps to keep swelling in-check, along with anti-inflammatory and pain medications. Patients return the day after surgery to remove all bandages.
Sutures and/or staples will be removed between five and ten days after the surgery. Expect bruising which varies by patient and typically dissipates in seven to ten days. Patients are usually surprised that their discomfort is minimal. Returning to work will depend on how much is expected, physically speaking. A chin-strap will be worn for approximately ten days.