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Face and Neck Lift

Overview

Facelift

Women know the signs of facial aging can include sagging or hollowing of the cheeks, deepening creases at the corners of the mouth, looseness of skin tone, drooping jowls. While new methods have been developed over recent years to improve techniques, facelifts remain a standard, effective way to contour the cheeks, soften creases around the mouth, remove lax skin, and lift the lower cheeks. A fresh, more youthful facial appearance results.

What Can I Expect During Facelift Surgery?

A facelift involves the surgical removal or excess skin and fat, and direct tightening of the skin and muscles of the face with sutures. Facelift incisions are typically placed at the crease directly in front of the ear and the groove behind the ear to help disguise the scars.

A facelift can be done with other facial rejuvenation surgeries such as necklift and eyelid surgery and typically, Dr. Birchenough will combine it with liposuction or SmartLipo of the cheeks. Facelift surgery is usually done under general anesthesia in the operating room, however, mini-face lifts can be done with local anesthesia and oral sedation. It usually takes from two to four hours to complete, and swelling in the forehead, face, neck and eyelids is expected afterwards, depending on the extent and location of the surgery. After care at home is typical, but an overnight stay in the hospital (as part of a package deal) can be arranged. You may have a drain in that comes out the day after surgery.

How Long Will It Take For Me to Recover?

The swelling can last from five to ten days depending on the extent of the surgery and the post-operative care. Bruising may be present for five to fourteen days.

You will be allowed to walk and do some daily activities immediately after the surgery, but strenuous activity will be delayed until Dr. Birchenough approves return to more aggressive workouts, usually three to four weeks depending on how you are healing.

What Questions Should I Ask Dr. Birchenough?

  • “What’s the difference between a facelift and a necklift? I thought they were the same?”
  • “Do you do that ‘weekend facelift’ or the ‘life lifts’ I see so much about on television? What are those anyway?”
  • “Can I get good results from a mini facelift instead of a full facelift?”

Neck Lift

A sagging or loose neck can result from weight loss, sun damage or more typically, aging. The neck muscles can contract and cause bands between the chin and lower neck, as well. The lower cheek can sag (creating jowls) and contribute to the apparent aging of the lower face.

Neck lift surgery can improve the shape of the lower face and neck by smoothing the skin, removing any excess fat, and releasing the muscle bands. A younger, more defined facial appearance results.

What Can I Expect During A Neck Lift?

Neck lift surgery is typically done in the operating room, but some patients can undergo more local procedure in the office with oral sedation. The procedure begins by making small, inconspicuous incisions directly below the chin, and behind the crease of the ears as well. The neck lift includes both a removal of excess skin and fat (cervicoplasty) as well as a smoothing out and repairing the neck muscles (platysmaplasty)

SmartLiposuction can also be used to remove excess fat in the cheeks or neck at the same time, and the laser will help tighten the cheek skin as well

Suturing will be done to close the incisions, and occasionally drains need to be placed. These are typically removed the next day. The entire neck lift procedure takes two to three hours and may be performed under general or local anesthesia with sedation. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis.

How Long Will It Take For Me to Recover?

The swelling can last from five to seven days depending on the extent of the surgery and the post-operative care. Bruising may be present for five to ten days. Returning to an office job is possible within five to seven days.

You will be allowed to walk and do some daily activities immediately after the surgery, but return to strenuous activity, cardio workouts and heavy lifting will be under close supervision by Dr. Birchenough, approximately three weeks depending on how you are healing.

What Questions Should I Ask Dr. Birchenough?

  • “What can you do about these bands or lines of muscle I have running in my neck, just like my mother had?”