Face and Neck Lift Procedures
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As we age, the skin on the face and neck may begin to sag or loosen. This can cause deep creases to form (typically between the nose and the mouth); it can create a loosing of the skin around the jaw line, and the development of jowls; and it can cause folds and fat deposits to appear around the neck. Face and neck lifts (otherwise known as rhytidectomy and platysmaplasty, respectively) can reverse the effects of aging, gravity, exposure to the sun, and other environmental stressors that can cause these changes in our skin.
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Is a Face Lift or Neck Lift Right for Me?
Ideal candidates for a face lift and neck lift have loose drooping face and neck skin, moderate or harsh facial lines and wrinkles, sagging platysma muscles, a double chin, a “turkey wattle neck,” harsh vertical neck bands, or excess stubborn neck fat.
It is important to be in good overall health for these procedures, since preexisting issues can increase the chance of surgical complications. Additionally, patients must have realistic expectations for their results and a positive attitude towards the procedures.
The best candidates for face lifts and neck lifts are non-smokers or are willing to quit at least two weeks before surgery and for the duration of recovery. Smoking damages skin health, reduces elasticity, leads to complications, and prolongs the healing process.
The Surgical Procedure
The procedure for face lifts and neck lifts are very similar. To begin, your surgeon will make incisions along the natural line of the ear. These incisions will curve behind the ear, and into the scalp. The incision line should be concealed within the hairline or within the natural lines of the face and ear. The skin is lifted as the surgeon removes excess skin and fat (sometimes using liposuction), and tightens the underlying muscle and tissue. Next, the surgeon closes the incisions using sutures, and applies medical dressings to protect the incision area.
The patient may be put under a combination of local anesthesia, general anesthesia, and/or mild sedatives to help relieve any discomfort during the procedure. The entire procedure can take between 1-3 hours, and is done on an outpatient basis.
The Recovery Process
Bruising following surgery may persist 2-3 weeks. Swelling can last a few weeks or potentially a few months, but will subside enough to go out in public within 7-14 days. It will be necessary to keep your head and neck elevated above your heart during the healing process to help control swelling and bruising. Pillows make this easier while sleeping.
Plan on waiting 2-3 months before begin ready for photographs (e.g. wedding pictures, family pictures, etc.). The final results of a face lift or neck lift can take up to one year.
The Cost of a Face Lift and Neck Lift
The face lift and neck lift both vary in price depending on the details of each individual case. The exact techniques utilized will affect the cost, as will the amount of tissue removed, the total procedure time, and whether or not both procedures are being performed during the surgical session.
Neck and Face Lift Photo Gallery
The following image gallery depicts pictures of our patients who have received neck and/or face lifts at the American Institute for Plastic Surgery. To see the pictures in better detail, please click on any individual image. If you are interested in undergoing a face lift or neck lift surgery, contact us today. Our facility is located in Plano, but we serve patients throughout Dallas, Texas.
Individual results may vary.
The surgeons and staff at the American Institute of Plastic Surgery in Plano offer the highest level of professional excellence along with a down-to-earth, caring approach. Call (972) 543-2477 to schedule an appointment.