Face Lift & Neck Lift
Face and neck lifts are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures available to patients interested in removing 10 or 15 years from their profile. These highly-effective lifts are one of the best ways to tighten skin and remove fat deposits that can be difficult to remove, even with other procedures. A face or neck lift can create a younger, more contoured version of you.
What is a Face or Neck Lift?
Face and neck lifts follow the same procedure – an incision is used to give access to the underlying facial muscle and fat in order to tighten, remove, or rearrange tissues so that the skin can be re-draped. A loss of skin elasticity and the general aging process can cause the face to sag and lose its contour over time, and face or neck lifts can be highly effective, especially if used in conjunction with a brow lift or eyelid surgery.
A selection of incisions exist, and can be customized to fit your needs:
- A traditional incision follows the hairline near the temples and goes around the ears to the lower scalp.
- A short scar or limited incision uses a smaller incision that begins at the temples and continues just below the ears. This is also sometimes called a “mini-facelift”.
- A neck lift incision begins in front of the earlobe and follows the nape of the hair behind the ear. An additional incision under the chin might also be used for liposuction.
Who should consider a Face or Neck Lift?
Any healthy individual who feels they are uncomfortable with sagging, loose skin in many areas of their face might consider a profile-correcting face or neck lift. These procedures can restore tight, youthful skin to the facial contours, and remove excess skin or fat from underneath the chin.
What are these procedures like?
During a traditional facelift, an incision is made, and the skin of the face is lifted so that underlying tissues can be removed or rearranged. Once a new contour is made, any excess skin is trimmed away and the skin is re-draped over the newly sculpted tissues.
A short scar or ‘mini’ facelift is reserved for patients who don’t require such an extensive procedure as a traditional one. Similar to a traditional facelift, it still restructures the tissues, but is reserved for patients with tighter skin than traditional facelift candidates. While still beneficial, patients with fewer signs of aging might consider this option.
A neck lift removes or re-sculpts the fat present underneath the chin using incisions and liposuction. This creates a new contour of the jaw, and can define a chin that might be subject to aging or stubborn fat that causes a ‘double chin’.
Results and Recovery
Since a face or neck lift is invasive, some recovery time and pain management should be expected. Some swelling and bruising may be present immediately following the procedure, and bandages might be placed to help minimize these symptoms. You may be expected to manage drains to help with any fluid buildup during recovery. Medications may be prescribed and should be taken according to specific instructions by your surgeon. A full recovery period can be 2-3 months but will have permanent results. A face or neck lift cannot stop the process of aging, but it can rewind your facial profile to a younger, more radiant version of you.
If you are considering a face or neck lift and have questions, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richardson and discuss the best options for you.