Face & Neck Lift
The Facelift procedure, or rhytidectomy, rejuvenates the face and neck by correcting sagging skin and tightening loose muscles. This results in a more youthful appearance with reduction of jowling, correction of neck sagging, and a firmer jaw line.
A facelift is one of the most popular and impactful procedures performed in plastic surgery. This procedure is designed to address the unwanted changes that occur with aging. This includes the tightening of loose and sagging skin resulting in a rested, refreshed, more youthful look.
There are many factors that contribute to the aging process. Genetics, age, sun damage, and weight changes are just a few. Diet and exercise do very little to alter the effects of the aging process on the human face. As the face ages, jowls become prominent, and wrinkles and creases develop and deepen along the cheeks and neck. The jaw line loses definition, and the neck sags. Patients say they look tired and older while still feeling quite youthful and vibrant. The facelift procedure is best suited for these patients.
Our goal with facelift surgery is to tighten and firm sagging skin and the soft tissue of the face and neck. This tightening and repositioning of the lax facial skin creates a smoother, more youthful, refreshed appearance. Excessive fat deposits in the neck that contribute to the aged appearance are minimized during a facelift. The scars are placed around the ear and in the hair-bearing scalp to be as inconspicuous as possible. Other rejuvenation procedures may be performed with a facelift, especially eyelid surgery and fat injections to the face. Although a facelift may be performed after the signs of aging appear, it is usually performed in patients older than 40.
The Mini-Facelift: Similar to a full facelift, a mini-facelift achieves a similar refreshed, rested and youthful appearance, but a mini-lift is performed with fewer incisions and less dissection. Postoperative bruising, swelling, and recovery time may be reduced. Not every patient is a candidate for a mini-facelift. Patients with significant facial aging will achieve better long term results with a full facelift.
A full facelift is performed as an outpatient surgery, and Dr. Kerner prefers a general anesthetic for her patients. The most common sequelae of the operation are bruising, swelling, and a feeling of tightness. Most patients will have a nurse stay with them the first night, either at home or the ambulatory surgery center. This ensures our patients are properly monitored the first 12 hours, which is crucial to avoid any complications such as bleeding from high blood pressure or nausea. Most activities are restricted the first week, but by the second week you can be out in public without looking scary. By the third week, you will still be a little swollen, but will have no problems being back to normal activities.
The youthful, pleasing appearance of a nicely defined neck and contoured jaw line can be restored with the Neck Lift procedure, or cervicoplasty.
As we age, the skin on the neck and below the jaw line loosens and begins to sag. In addition to the aging process, factors such as genetics, sun damage and weight loss all contribute to producing an aged, tired, sagging appearance.
A neck lift, or cervicoplasty, is a set of carefully tailored procedures to correct and improve the appearance and firmness of the neck, chin, and jaw line. This is achieved by removing excess drooping skin and tightening the underlying muscle, significantly improving a saggy, aged appearance.
The procedures involved in Neck Lift / Cervicoplasty surgery may include removing excess skin, correcting the neck musculature, and removing excess fat. Jowling is not corrected with a neck lift, as the jowls result from a loosening and drooping of the mid-cheek tissues and fat. This results in a downward drift that creates the jowling. Neck lift only targets loose tissue below the jaw line.
The Neck Lift surgical procedure usually lasts two to four hours. Patients are usually sent home the same day. Following the surgery, the patient wears a bandage overnight. This helps with swelling and ensures the best outcome. Postoperative pain is typically well managed with pain medications. A patient should plan for a restful, relaxing week after surgery with minimal activity. Sutures are removed between seven and ten days postop, and most patients can easily be out in public after a week. Heavy exercising is restricted for six weeks.
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