Face Lift/Neck Lift

Face Lift

With aging, the degeneration of skin cells results in loose skin on the face and neck. Facelift, also known as meloplasty or rhytidectomy, involves surgical procedures that tighten and remove drooping skin. This surgical tightening of the facial muscles improves the tone of the skin. These procedures also involve the removal and repositioning of the excessive fat present beneath the skin.

Face lift is more commonly performed in the age group of 40-65 years, but people in the higher or lower age group can also go for it. The results of a facelift usually last for 5-12 years.

Purposes of face lift surgery

The objective of face lift surgery is as follows:

  • Reduces the signs of ageing
  • Improves the contours of the face and neck
  • Makes the skin younger and smoother
  • May be combined with other cosmetic surgical procedures such as brow lift, eyelid surgery or skin reconstruction
  • May be undertaken along with non-surgical treatments such as chemical skin peel, dermabrasion or skin resurfacing

Face lift surgery does not involve the alteration of the bone structure of the face.

Procedure

Face lift surgery is performed under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia. The type of facelift surgery depends upon the age, type of skin (dry, thick etc.), condition and requirement of the individual person.

Depending upon the general health and the extent of the procedure, facelift surgery can be performed with a short stay in the hospital. In some cases, a small, thin tube may be temporarily placed under the skin for the drainage of excessive fluid.

Post-operative care

The basic post-operative instructions for a patient undergoing facelift are as follows:

  • One can have a light meal and can drink fluids 2-3 hours after the surgery
  • Elevate your head while sleeping to reduce swelling
  • Take the prescribed medications for pain and swelling
  • Take rest for few weeks as recommended
  • Avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, swimming and strenuous sports

Risks and complications

Face lift surgery is generally a safe procedure. Smokers may have increased risk of complications. The associated risks and complications with face lift surgery are as follows:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Allergic reactions
  • Formation of large blood clot or haematoma
  • Pain and numbness
  • Bruising and swelling
  • Scar formation
  • Hair loss around the scar
  • Loss of skin
  • Deformity of the earlobe
  • Damage to the facial nerve

Revision surgery may be recommended for correcting the complications.

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Neck Lift

Neck lift is a surgical procedure performed to improve the appearance of the neck and under the jaw line by reducing the loose sagging skin. Neck lift, also called cervicoplasty or neck lift with platysmaplasty procedure is used to enhance the appearance of your neck. The procedure usually takes two to three hours, but the time may differ accordingly if other surgeries such as liposuction, facelift, brow lift are performed along with neck lift.

The procedure is performed under general or local anaesthesia and a small incision is made under your chin in front and behind the ear to access the platysma (neck muscle) and tighten them as required. You doctor may also perform liposuction on the neck to remove excess fat deposits. Some excess skin is also removed through the incisions near the ears. After the muscles are tightened the skin is draped over the ear. The extra skin is then trimmed and the incisions are closed using sutures. A drain is placed on the neck to drain extra fluids and decrease swelling and discomfort following the surgery.

Following the surgery, you will have a compression bandage to help decrease the swelling. Most patients are able to restore to normal activities after 10 to 14 days. Avoid participating in sports for at least 3 weeks.

Complications associated with neck lift include infection, swelling and bruising, tightness or tingling, burning or pulling sensation and numbness on the skin.

Services

Locations

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