What Is a Facelift and Neck Lift?
Depending on your needs and cosmetic goals, a facelift and neck lift procedure can address common signs of aging in the lower face, jawline, and neck areas. Facelift and neck lift surgery is designed to remove excess fat and sagging skin of the neck while tightening the deeper facial muscles to reveal a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance. Our double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Emily Hrisomalos, can help patients look more refreshed and youthful with facelift and neck lift procedures.
How Is the Facelift Procedure Performed?
When deciding the best technique to employ, Dr. Hrisomalos takes into consideration the patient’s unique bone structure, skin texture, and underlying muscle tone. Dr. Hrisomalos generally makes an incision in the temporal hairline that continues along or just inside the ear and ends behind the ear. Most often, an incision is also made in the natural crease under the chin. The exact incision length and location will depend on the patient’s unique anatomy and individualized treatment plan. Dr. Hrisomalos implements specialized techniques to ensure incisions are as inconspicuous as possible. Of course, final healing is dependent on post-operative care and many patient-specific factors.
During the procedure, Dr. Hrisomalos tightens and repositions deep facial tissue, along with debulking unwanted tissue (via liposuction or direct excision), to help restore firmness in the treatment areas and restore contour to the jawline and neck. The skin is then gently re-draped into a natural, tightened position with care taken to avoid anything “overdone” or unnatural appearing.
It is normal for patients to experience discomfort after surgery; however, symptoms are often managed with over-the-counter pain medication. The physical recovery period generally takes one week. Social recovery, of course, is dependent on each patient’s comfort level with being seen during the evolving stages of recovery. Some patients feel comfortable being in public after 7-10 days, others are more comfortable after two to three weeks. Final healing and settling takes several months. Regarding physical activity, patients are okay to start walking and performing normal daily activities immediately after surgery; however, cardio and heavy lifting should be avoided for two weeks and then may be gradually and slowly reintroduced. After the procedure, Dr. Hrisomalos will provide more detailed post-operative instructions to help guide patients during the healing process.