What is a facelift?
A facelift, or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck, such as:
- Relaxation of the skin of the face causing sagging
- Deepening of the fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth
- Fat that has fallen or has disappeared
- Jowls developing in the cheeks and jaw
Candidates for Facelift Surgery
Anyone who is unhappy with their aging face is a good candidate for this procedure. After we turn 20, our body produces one percentage point less collagen every year. And since collagen provides the underlying structural support for our skin, if we’re producing 25 percent less collagen at 45 than we were at 20, it’s easy to see why our faces are sagging.
How is a facelift performed?
During a face-lift, facial soft tissues are lifted, excess skin is removed and skin is draped back over the newly repositioned contours.
As a restorative surgery, a facelift does not change your fundamental appearance and cannot stop the aging process.
A facelift can only be performed surgically; minimally invasive rejuvenation treatments cannot achieve the same results but may help delay the time at which a facelift becomes appropriate and complement the results of surgery.
What concerns can a facelift correct?
These are the visible signs of aging that respond well to Facelift surgery:
- Deep nasolabial folds
- Mid-face sagging
- Fatty, loose areas below your cheekbones
- Deep creases under your eyes
- Banding, fatty tissue, and loose skin on your upper neck
The Facelift Procedure
Traditional Facelift — This style of facelift delivers the largest degree of lifting and repositioning of underlying muscle and other tissue. The traditional facelift rejuvenates the lower third of the face, the jowls, and the upper neck. This method also features the longest incisions. They begin at the temples on each side of the face, run down in front of the ears, wrap behind the ears, and end in the hairline, a second incision may be made under the chin to access the skin and muscle of the upper neck.
Recovery from Facelift Surgery
The first few days of your recovery will be the most difficult. However, after those initial days you’ll improve relatively quickly. As you recover, you will notice numbness in some areas. This is normal and is a result of your facial nerves adjusting to the re-draped skin. You’ll notice that your incisions itch at times in your recovery, but this is also normal and will pass with time.
Facelift patients can become frustrated by residual swelling that comes on even weeks after their surgery, usually at night. This also is normal, and it will eventually resolve.
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How is a neck lift performed?
Neck lift surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that is performed in an accredited surgical facility. patients may undergo this procedure with local anesthesia and a sedative or under general anesthesia, depending on their needs.
The surgery is conducted through small incisions that start just in front of the ears and pass up and over, ending behind each ear. In some cases, only one small incision is made below the chin. The incision pattern is determined by Dr. Olack's consultation and examination of the tissue on the upper neck. Patients can expect to receive the details of their surgery during their visit.
Neck lift surgery involves the repositioning of deep muscle and connective tissue. If neckbands are present, platysma muscles on the mid-neck are tightened, as well. If fatty tissue has accumulated on the neck or under the chin, this may be eliminated with liposuction before tissue lifting begins. After the muscle has been secured with sutures, excess skin is trimmed and incisions are closed. Patients are released to a loved one to be driven directly home once the effects of anesthesia begin to wear off.
Candidates for Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery is appropriate for many adults who are interested in redefining their facial profile and general facial aesthetic. Patients in good general and emotional health find that a neck lift can help them successfully achieve cosmetic goals such as:
- Tightening loose, sagging skin under the chin
- Smooth a double-chin or “turkey waddle” on the upper neck
- Restore the angular nature of the jawline and chin
- Smooth horizontal lines on the neck
Benefits of Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery reshapes the frame of the face, restoring a more youthful appearance. This procedure is often combined with a facelift to achieve enhanced results with facial rejuvenation. Patients appreciate that they can begin to see the outcome of their neck life right away. As swelling subsides, the neck continues to look better. The cosmetic effects of the lift may peak several months after surgery. These results are expected to last 10 years or longer.
Is neck lift surgery safe?
Neck lift surgery is among the leading cosmetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons today. Dr. Olack is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and has extensive experience in both cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. His board certification indicates expertise in the technical aspects of plastic surgery procedures and commitment to safety and optimal patient outcomes.
How long does a neck lift procedure take?
Each case differs slightly from others. Patients undergoing a neck lift are treated for their unique concerns. The amount of skin that is trimmed and muscle-tightening that is needed can vary significantly depending on the severity of tissue laxity. Generally, we expect a neck lift to take 2 to 4 hours to complete. The duration of surgery can change if adjunct procedures, such as a facelift, are combined with the neck lift.
Recovery from Neck Lift Surgery
Neck lift surgery with or without liposuction is likely to cause swelling and bruising. These side effects typically last about 10 days. During this time, both side effects can be managed by applying cold compresses to the neck and jawline. Patients also need to sleep in a slightly elevated position to prevent the buildup of fluid in the neck tissues. After a few days, sleeping position may return to normal.
Discomfort is initially handled with prescription pain medication. Some patients are able to wean themselves off of this medication to manage comfort with a suitable over-the-counter pain reliever within a few days of their procedure.
For at least a few days, patients are encouraged to rest as much as they feel they need to. Surgery is physically depleting and can cause fatigue. When rest is prioritized, energy returns much more easily. While incisions are healing, it is helpful to avoid turning the head from side to side or up and down. After incisions have healed and tissue begins to noticeably recover, patients are ready to resume many of their normal activities. A follow-up visit takes place approximately one week after surgery, and patients are often back to work in 2 weeks. Exercise and strenuous activities may be resumed 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
What is the average cost of a neck lift?
Several factors can influence the cost of neck lift surgery. One is the training and experience of the surgeon, which are reflected in the surgeon’s fees. Additional cost factors include fees for the surgical center, anesthesiologist and anesthesiology medications, and post-surgical medications and special garments, if needed.