Face And Neck Lift
It is very common that during facial rejuvenation procedure, a face and neck lift will be performed simultaneously. When the conditions of the skin and facial aging are in their usual presentation involving the face and the neck, performing a face lift without a neck lift, or visa versa, will make the patient look unbalanced. As a result patient’s faces do not match their neck, and they tend to look like they have had surgery. The upper face may be smooth and wrinkle-free, but they will still have a “turkey neck”; or their neck will be smooth but their face will not.
For these reasons, a face and neck lift combination is the standard for facial cosmetic lifts. A face and neck lift in combination will remove fat and skin, and tighten muscles from beneath the jaw, chin, and the neck. It also addresses facial fat that has dropped, especially in the cheeks, and associated wrinkles and loose skin. The result is reduced or erased wrinkles, lifted cheeks, a crisp jawline, and a contoured neck—all in one procedure.
Face and Neck Lift Procedure
Incisions for a face and neck lift are commonly placed along the sideburns or within the temporal scalp, then travel inside the ear cartilages, and end up behind the ears and into the hairline behind the ears. There is generally a small inconspicuous incision beneath the chin where the neck muscles are tightened, creating a muscle hammock that supports the neck and helps the jawline to appear crisper and more youthful.
Face and Neck Lift Recovery
The face neck lift is generally a painless procedure performed in the operating room under IV sedation or general anesthesia. Patients generally stay overnight at Dr. Shapiro’s Scottsdale area Surgical Recovery Center to maximize initial patient comfort and safety. Bruising, pain, and swelling after the surgery are usually minimal, and rapid recovery is aided by small drains placed during surgery that are removed the first morning after surgery. A patient’s hair is then washed and the patient is discharged home. Sutures are removed at a week and 10 days after surgery, and patients are commonly socializing after 10 days to 2 weeks post-operatively.