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A face and neck lift maybe just what you need if you are bothered by what time and gravity have done to your appearance. Apart from obvious wrinkles, you may notice that your skin is looser than it used to be and you appear to have a “double chin” from the effects of extra folds forming on the front part of the neck.

Other signs of aging which can be corrected by a facelift include:

  • Mid-face sagging
  • Deep creases under the eyes
  • Deep creases along the nose extending to the corners of your mouth
  • Loose jowls
  • Loose skin
  • Excess fatty deposits under the chin or jaw

The reason the face looks different as we age is because it is attached to underlying muscle by a sheet of fibrous tissue. Over time, the sheet becomes weaker, making the skin begin to sag with it. Also, fat under the skin becomes loosely attached, creating more sagginess. By undergoing a face and neck lift, this sheet is gently re-draped and the excess skin is removed, naturally creating a more youthful appearance by the redistribution of loose skin. No tightening or pulling occurs, and you can expect to look natural instead of “done.”

You may opt to combine a facelift with other procedures to enhance your appearance, such as a brow lift, eyelid surgery, or other facial procedures. Remember that a facelift is the only way to achieve a dramatic, longer-lasting result versus nonsurgical procedures such as wrinkle fillers. However, keep in mind that a facelift will not change your fundamental appearance and will not halt what the aging process does to your face. Be sure to discuss your goals and expectations with your surgeon, and you will be given feedback about what your facelift can do for you.

The surgery

Facelifts generally take several hours to complete, or longer if the surgery includes multiple procedures. Once you are put under general anesthesia, incisions will be made. Depending on what you have previously chosen, your incision pattern will vary. A traditional facelift begins with incisions which are hidden in the hairlines at the temples and continue around the ear, ending at the lower scalp. Fat is sculpted and redistributed as the underlying tissue is repositioned, and the deeper layers of the face and muscles are lifted.

Skin will be re-draped and excess skin is trimmed away. A second incision under the chin may be needed to improve signs of aging on the neck. Sutures, staples or skin adhesive will then be performed to close incisions.

Risks

You will learn all of the potential risks and complications associated with facelifts during your consultations, where you will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure you fully understand what can potentially happen as a result of your facelift.

Risks include but are not limited to the following:

  • Anesthesia risks
  • Unattractive scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Hair loss at incision sites
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Skin discoloration
  • Unfavorable results
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Skin loss
  • Numbness
  • Fluid buildup
  • Persisting pain

Recovery

Once your procedure is completed, your head will be wrapped in light bandages and you may have drains placed. Stitches or staples may be removed after about a week to 10 days. You can expect significant swelling to persist for several weeks, but most of it will resolve with the first two weeks.

You must protect your face from the sun to maintain your rejuvenated appearance.

If you’ve been thinking about getting a facelift, you probably have a lot of questions about what it can and cannot do for you. Some of the information you’ve been given may lead you to ask whether you should go through with it because of the pros and cons associated with the procedure.

Here are some of the pros and cons of facelifts to consider before committing to going through with the surgery.

Pros and Cons

PROS

  • A facelift is the gold standard for complete facial rejuvenation. No other cosmetic procedure can improve visible signs of aging in the face and neck as effectively as a facelift. If you are bothered by the signs of aging which have taken a toll on the appearance of your face or neck, a facelift may be a viable option for you. Signs of aging which can be corrected with a facelift include mid-face sagging, deep creases below the lower eyelids, creases along the nose which extends to the corners of the mouth, jowls, loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the chin and jaw.
  • Unlike other procedures designed to improve facial appearance, the results of a facelift are longer lasting and a facelift does not require routine maintenance, such as having multiple Botox® injections to treat wrinkles. In the end, routine Botox® injections may cost more than a facelift and the results are not as dramatic.
  • Facelifts today result in a very natural, but dramatically improved appearance. Gone are the days of the “windblown look,” or appearance of a pulled face.
  • A facelift can be performed in conjunction with other plastic surgeries in the same procedure.
  • Incisions are usually very well hidden and hard to detect. For example, scars are usually concealed in the hairline, inside the mouth, behind the ears or in the natural creases of the skin.

CONS

You will learn all of the potential risks and complications associated with facelifts during your consultations. You will be required sign consent forms to ensure you fully understand what can potentially happen as a result of your facelift. Risks include but are not limited to the following:

  • Unattractive scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Hair loss at incision sites
  • Facial nerve injury
  • Skin discoloration
  • Unfavorable results
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Skin loss
  • Numbness
  • Fluid buildup
  • Persisting pain
  • The total cost for a facelift, including the fees for the plastic surgeon, anesthesiologist, and facility fee, ranges from $14,000 to $25,000. Health insurance does not pay for the cost of a facelift, because it is an elective procedure. Financing options are available for patients who wish to make monthly payments. Facelifts are quite expensive, and there are other options to correct visible signs of aging which are more economical and less invasive. These options include wrinkle fillers or relaxers, such as Botox®.
  • Recovery from a facelift may take several weeks, and during that time you may have significant pain and swelling. Your face will be wrapped in bandages and you may have drains to prevent fluid buildup.
  • You must protect your face from the sun to maintain your rejuvenated appearance. Sun damage can negatively impact your aesthetic results.

Your New Look

If you felt you looked tired, sad or simply older than your years before a face/or neck lift, be prepared for a transformation once your surgical staples, incisions and tapes are removed. Your face, neck, jaws, cheeks, jaws and forehead can all be rejuvenated with facial procedures to reverse the effects of gravity, aging, loss of facial fullness or volume. You will have a firmer neck and cheeks, a much more defined jawline, and smoother skin.

If you are considering a face lift and want a natural, younger-looking face that isn’t overdone, consider our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons at West Medical, and call (855) 690-0565 for a consultation today!

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