Facelift and Neck LiftTurn Back the Clock
As an experienced plastic surgeon, it is my privilege to work with men and women from all walks of life who want to look as young as they feel. It happened to me: I looked in the mirror, at 43, and the person in the mirror looked worn and tired. So I had a facelift and fixed that! At the Sacramento office, I offer a full suite of facial rejuvenation procedures that help do just that for you. Among the two most popular procedures I perform are facelift and neck lift.
Facelift is considered the gold standard of facial rejuvenation because it comprehensively corrects several signs of aging on the face. While it cannot permanently stop the aging process, facelift can turn back the clock by about 10 years. When appropriate, the procedure can be combined with neck lift to further rejuvenate the lower facial region and create well-defined facial contours.
What Facelift and Neck Lift Address
Facelift focuses on aging signs on the middle and lower facial regions. This includes the area below the lower eyelids, cheeks and jaw line. It can address loose skin, displaced fat or sagging tissue on the cheeks, creases beneath the lower eyelids, excess skin and fat along the jawline and creases between the nose and corners of the mouth.
A neck lift addresses excess skin and fat underneath the chin, as well as noticeable neck bands that come along when the muscles of the neck start to separate.
Ideal Candidates for Facelift
To qualify for facelift and neck lift, you should be in good general health and not smoke. Did I mention not smoke? You should definitely not smoke if you want a facelift — the blood supply to your skin can be badly damaged if you are a smoker! You should also be free of uncontrolled medical conditions that could increase the risk of a complication during or after surgery (like uncontrolled diabetes or untreated high blood pressure). You must also understand the implications of surgery, as well as what results can be reasonably achieved. The results we can achieve depend on your current anatomy and on your goals. You and I can discuss all of this, examine your face and neck together, and evaluate your medical history during an in-office consultation so we can come up with the best plan for you.
Facelift and neck lift are performed on an outpatient basis, under sedation and local anesthesia. If you are super anxious, we also have the option of general anesthesia. The incision technique used for facelift varies, depending on the degree of correction needed and the patient’s personal preferences. Traditionally, facelift is performed through incisions made at the temples that extend down and around the front of the ears. The incisions are hidden in the hairline and natural skin creases so the resulting scarring is well concealed. Through the incisions, the deep layers of tissue in the middle and lower facial regions are lifted and tightened. Sagging or displaced fat is repositioned and loose skin is removed before the remaining skin is re-draped more smoothly over the newly sculpted facial contours. The incisions are then closed with small sutures.
For neck lift, the incisions are made underneath the chin, through which sagging skin is excised and tightened, and excess fat is removed with liposuction.
Recovering from Facelift and Neck Lift
The initial recovery period for facelift and neck lift takes approximately one to two weeks, depending on your personal healing process. Some bruising, swelling and minor discomfort are normal during this time.
It is important that you attend all of your post-operative follow-up appointments so my team and I can monitor your healing progress and answer your questions. We can also provide a timeline for resuming work, exercise, socializing and other activities.
I am happy to discuss any questions you may have regarding facelift and neck lift. Please feel free to contact my Sacramento practice by calling or emailing my office.
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