Face & Neck Lifts
Face & Neck Lifts
A facelift 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 facelift can be done on its own, or in conjunction with a forehead lift, nose reshaping or an eyelid lift. The best candidates for a facelift are men or women with strong, well-defined bone structure whose face and neck have nevertheless begun to sag. Ideally, a patient’s skin will still have some elasticity as well. Facelifts can be done successfully on patients in their seventies or eighties, though most facelift patients are in their forties to sixties.
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
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.