The process of aging is one that occurs gradually over time. The effects of gravity, sun exposure and normal physiologic changes in the quality of the skin can cause changes that may be seen in people’s faces. Folds and wrinkles may develop between the mouth and nose, excess skin and fat may be seen in the jawline (jowls) and the skin and fat of the neck may become loose and sag. These outward signs of aging may appear while one still feels young and can interfere with a healthy productive life. These candidates may experience relief from a face & necklift procedure.
What is a Face & Neck Lift?
Rhytidectomy (facelift or face lift) is a procedure designed to remove the major folds or wrinkles of the skin of the face and neck and create a fresher, younger more rested appearance. Contrary to articles in popular magazines and newspapers, this is not a simple procedure to be taken lightly. A facelift should be considered major surgery and is designed to safely produce the maximum improvement in the appearance of the face by repositioning fat and tightening sagging skin.
The object of a facelift procedure is a natural rejuvenation of your features rather than a tight distortion. It is impossible to remove all underlying folds or reduce all underlying wrinkles regardless of the type of treatments.
Candidates for Face & Neck Lift Surgery
The best patients for face & neck lift procedures are those individuals who have experienced a loss of skin laxity and have sagging skin around the neck, jawline, and midfacial region. All candidates should be healthy nonsmokers with realistic expectations for this procedure.
How Does It Work?
This procedure is performed in our accredited in-office surgical facility. An overnight stay is recommended for your comfort, safety, and convalescence. This operation is usually performed under general anesthesia. The operation is designed to produce a major improvement and thus requires extensive incisions but these are placed inconspicuously. The tissues are then pulled upward and back and the excess skin removed. The smooth tightened remaining skin is then sutured and trimmed to fit the pattern of the incisions.
You may notice some changes immediately after your surgery; however, you should start to see how your new results look within the first month or two after the majority of swelling and bruising has subsided. Keep in mind that final results usually aren’t visible until about a year after the surgery.
A bulky dressing may be used after facelift surgery, which is removed by Dr. Greenberg the next morning. An elastic support garment is then provided which is to be worn for the next several days. A certain amount of swelling, discoloration, and tightness of the facial skin is normal for about 10 to 14 days after facelift surgery, but major discomfort is unusual. Specific instructions on sleeping, bathing, and wound care will be given pre-operatively. Generally, you should be able to return to full employment and resume social activity after 2 weeks.
Take the Next Step
If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Scott A. Greenberg at Winter Park Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Winter Park, FL (serving the Central Florida area). 407-644-3137