FACELIFT AND NECKLIFT
Aging brings about radical changes in a person’s skin which is manifested as deep creases or wrinkles, heaviness of the jowls, sagging cheeks, drooping of the eyebrows, and loose skin in the neck. There are instances when these problems become severe enough that non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures may not bring good results. Cases like these may warrant a surgical treatment such as facelift to turn back the hands of time and make one look more youthful. An accompanying necklift is commonly done as well.
A Facelift is a surgical procedure that entails the tightening of underlying facial and neck muscles with concomitant removal of excess fat and subsequent nip and tuck of the overlying skin. Patients who have sagging skin with enough elasticity to play with are good candidates for the procedure. Patients who have facelifts are usually in their 40’s to 60’s but it is not uncommon to do it on older people.
Minimal pain and discomfort are experienced and should be treated with intake of mild pain medications. Incisions are done above the hairline in the temporal area extending downward in front of the ear all the way behind the earlobe to the lower part of the scalp. A feeling of tightness and numbness is common, with some restrictions on facial expressions post-surgery.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes around 4 – 5 hours and is usually done under sedation with local infiltration of Lidocaine. The patient is usually asked to stay overnight after the procedure for close monitoring.
Are there any restrictions after the procedure?
The patient is requested to stay away from strenuous activities for at least 2 weeks. To ensure proper healing, alcohol intake and the usage of saunas should be avoided for a couple of months.
Is it safe to undergo a Facelift? Are there any side effects?
A facelift is a simple and safe surgical procedure performed by a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. Complications are infrequent and usually minor. These may include infection, hematoma and some nerve damage which are usually temporary.