Face Lift & Neck Lift – San Diego
Facial wrinkles are part of everyone’s life and inevitable in the aging process. Stress, smoking, sun exposure, and genetics compound the aging process. These conditions lead to drooping of the eyebrows, and excess skin on the upper and lower lids. In addition, the cheeks become more flattened, the lips thin, and jowls form on the lower jaw. The neck is also affected as vertical bands form and excess skin develops.
A facelift can help “set back the clock,” improving these signs of aging. Underlying muscles are tightened and placed back where they belong, and the skin is redraped on the face and neck. Because facial aging normally involves the entire face, complementary procedures such as a forehead lift or browlift, eyelid surgery, nose reshaping, and cheek and/or chin implants may be added to yield a balanced, rejuvenated appearance.
As we age, we also lose volume in our faces. In order to achieve the best improvements, facial rejuvenation often includes BOTOX ® and fillers or fat injections to add a youthful fullness to the cheeks and lips, and to help fill out skin folds on the sides of the mouth.
What to Expect
A facelift can take three to six hours depending on which components of the face require correction. The exact placement of incisions and the sequence of events will be outlined by your surgeon. Incisions usually begin inside your sideburns, extend inside your ear (just inside the cartilage at the front of your ear), and continue behind the earlobe in the crease behind the ear.
Your surgeon will then separate the skin from the underlying fat and muscle. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. The underlying muscles are then tightened (see corset platysmaplasty) and the skin is pulled back, with the excess skin removed. Stitches secure the layers of tissue and close the incisions.
Face Lift Recovery
You should be up and about in a day or two, but plan on taking it easy for the first week after surgery. Be especially gentle with your face and hair, since your skin will be both tender and numb.
You will be given more specific guidelines for gradually resuming your normal activities. You will need to avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks (walking and mild stretching are fine). Avoid alcohol, steam baths, and saunas for several weeks, and limit your exposure to the sun for several months. Above all, get plenty of rest and allow your body to heal.
Actual 3D Computer Imaging Prior to Surgery