FACE AND NECK LIFT
Lifting is a technique aimed to improve the most visible signs of aging, tensing the muscles of the face, deleting the excess of fat, and redistributing the skin of the face and neck. The loss of young contours may be associated to the thinning of the skin, loss of the facial fat, sun damage, smoking, genetic inheritance, and stress. It is performed mostly in patients aged 40-60 years old.
Stretching is always performed in an operating room, from a clinic or a hospital. The surgery can be performed with general anesthesia, the most usual procedures, or local anesthesia and sedation, depending on each particular case (more or less extensive surgery, personal wishes of the patient, etc.).
The exact placement of the incisions varies according to the structures of the face and the technique used. Incisions are initially done at the level of the temples; thus, they can be hidden with the hair. Incisions are then extended following the natural line, just in front of the ears and behind the earlobe towards the back of the scalp.
If it is necessary to working on the neck, a small incision can be made behind the chin. The skin is usually separated from the fat and underlying muscles. The fat can be removed or liposuctioned around the neck and chin to improve the shape of the face. Then the underlying muscles are tensed and, finally, the skin is removed, eliminating its excess.
Once the surgery is performed, a small tube behind the ears can be placed for a few days to drain any liquid that may accumulate. A light bandage is also usually placed.
The procedure lasts several hours, and the hospitalization depends on the type of anesthesia used. Most cases are performed with general anesthesia, so the patient must remain hospitalized until the following day. Although the results are long-lasting, many patients can repeat the treatment after 5 or 10 years. It is recommended to keep your head high for a few days in order to reduce the inflammation. After 10 days or 2 weeks you will be able to return to work.
Some complications may occur such as hematomas, motor or sensitive nerve injury, infection, unsightly scars, and anesthesia reactions. Risks can be reduced by carefully following the instructions of your plastic surgeon, both before and after the surgery.