Neck and Facelift: Who Should Consider?

As you get old, your face and neck start showing signs in the form of wrinkles and loose skin, but you don’t necessarily have to leave your youthful and good looks behind.  With advancements in technologies and procedures related to cosmetic surgeries, it’s now quite simple and easy to restore your naturally attractive appearance and leave the effects of aging behind. You can also address the early signs of aging and take action ahead of time. Or you can opt for a facial procedure if you’re not happy with what you got.  

What Are a Facelift and Neck Lift? 

A facelift is usually performed to tighten the wrinkles, loose and sagging facial skin to improve visible signs of aging.

A neck lift or platysmaplasty is a cosmetic plastic surgery performed by a surgeon on your neck to removes excess skin and fat from the neck to counter age-related issues like wrinkling and creasing and achieve a smoother, slimmer younger-looking neck.

Why Opt for a Neck and Facelift Procedure? 

Your skin starts losing elasticity with age, and facial tissues lose volume and shape. It results in jowl, wrinkles, and loose skin on the face and neck. Even though this is a natural part of aging, people bothered by these signs may find face and neck lift to be a perfect solution. 

If any of the following describe you, a face and neck lift  is a solution for you to consider:

  • You are conscious about the way your face and neck look due to loose, saggy skin
  • You try to hide your aging skin with clothes and scarves. 
  • You feel that your skin makes you look older than you think to see
  • You feel that your appearance harms your career or personal life

Neck and Facelift procedure has proved to boost self-confidence and self-esteem in patients by improving their appearance.

What Happens During a Neck and Facelift Procedure?

Steps included in a facelift procedure includes:

Preparation

Fist of all, when you will consult your surgeon, he will guide you about precautions you need to take before you undergo surgery. You might be instructed about the type and amount of food intake. Or any other medical use or allergies. If you smoke, you will be notified to quit for some time before and after the surgery. 

Anesthesia

Like other surgeries, this face and neck lift surgeries are performed with anesthesia so that you can be pain-free and comfortable during the process.  You will have the option of intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. Your surgeon will recommend the best choice suited for you.

Following other procedures can be combined to enhance the outcome of a facelift procedure further: 

  • Facial implants, botox or fat transfer for  improved contouring
  • Resurfacing techniques to improve the skin
  • Wrinkle removal by injections of fat or fillers

The Incision Process

Depending on your desire and extent of work, you have two procedures to choose from; a traditional or a limited incision facelift, or a neck lift. In a conventional facelift, the surgeon will make incision starting from your hairline at the temples, continue around the ear and end it in the lower scalp. He will remove or redistribute fat tissues from the face and neck. He will then reposition the underlying tissues. Usually, the deeper layers and the muscles are also lifted. He will readjust the skin over the uplifted contours and remove excess skin. He might even make a second incision under your chin to achieve optimal results from the procedure. If you have fewer signs of aging and are considering a face and neck lift, then go for a mini-lift, which uses shorter incisions but may not be as rewarding as a traditional facelift. 

A neck lift procedure addresses issues like the sagging jowls, loose neck skin, and fat deposits under the chin. In a neck lift, the surgeon will make incision starting from the front of the ear lobe, wrapping it around the ear and ending it behind the ear.

Finishing Up

Finally, the surgeon will close the incisions with dissolvable stitches or regular stitches, which may need to be removed after some time. Skin glues are used as an alternative to stitches by some surgeons to seal the incisions. The incision lines from a facelift procedure once healed will be concealed in the hairline.

Final Results

The final results of a neck and facelift will appear once the bruising and swelling ends. The final result will not only restore a youthful and vibrant appearance but also help you boost your confidence. Unlike breast job, face and neck job cannot be concealed with clothing, but after about 10 to 14 days, all signs of the procedure will fade.