A facelift/neck lift “rhytidectomy” addresses the negative effects of aging. As we mature with the soft tissue of our cheeks and neck descend due to gravity. The aging process affects different people at different times, so there is no “right time” per se to start thinking about a facelift.
Dependent upon the degree of change you would like to see, facelift procedures are often combined with neck contouring, chin implants, or eyelid rejuvenation to restore a more youthful, rested appearance. The procedure is aimed at restoration without changing the natural definition and features of the person’s face.
During a traditional facelift the doctor will begin with incisions in the hairline at the temples, continue around the ear and end in the lower scalp. Fat may be redistributed from the face, jowls, and neck and then the underlying tissue is repositioned. Often times the deeper layers of the face and muscles are also lifted. Skin is then re-draped over the uplifted contours and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin is sometimes necessary to add the additional benefit of a more youthful neck. Once healed, the incision lines from a facelift should be nicely concealed within the hairline and in the natural contours of the face and ear.
The ideal candidate is a healthy, non-smoking adult. It is important for the candidate to have a positive outlook and specific but realistic goals in mind for the outcome of the procedure.
Recovery/Post – Operative
- Minimal pain and discomfort
- Stitches are removed within one week
- Swelling and discoloration subside within two weeks
- Resume normal activities in 10 to 14 days
- Resume exercise and strenuous activities in 2 to 3 weeks