Facelift and Neck Lift - Facial Plastic Surgery
Signs of aging can often be seen in the lower face and neck, resulting in relaxed, wrinkled, or sagging skin. A facelift and neck lift tightens loose skin and removes excess fat from the neck area, giving the lower face, neck, and jawline a smooth, fresh appearance. A facelift and neck lift can be done in combination with other facial plastic surgery rejuvenation procedures to create a healthy, youthful look.
During the facial plastic surgery procedure, the facial plastic surgeon makes a small incision under the chin and around the ears to access the face and neck muscles. The skin is lifted toward the ears, muscles and tissue in the face and neck are tightened, and excess skin and fat are removed. Small stitches are used to close the incisions.
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Facelift and neck facial plastic surgery patients typically have a head wrap placed after surgery to minimize swelling, although bruising and swelling are both common for up to 2-3 weeks after surgery. Neck tightness and brief limited range of motion is common, but pain is mild to moderate. Some patients will describe a tight sensation when swallowing. Most patients need narcotic pain medications for a few days after surgery. It is best to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for two weeks after surgery, and most patients take off two weeks from work or activity postoperatively.