Why a Facelift Consultation also Considers the Neck
- Posted on: Dec 15 2018
The signs of aging become increasingly challenging to manage as we grow older. In one way we could say that it’s unfortunate the most of the signs of aging affect the face and neck area, but we quickly remember that numerous strategies can be implemented to correct the problems that trouble us the most. In our NYC plastic surgery practice, facelift and neck lift surgery is often combined to handle more extensive sagging and thinning of superficial tissue.
Face and Neck Lift Procedures are a One-Two Punch Against Aging
Historically, it has been the facelift that gets most of the attention when it comes to rejuvenating strategies. However, restoring a tighter, more lifted appearance in the face without also looking at the neck could disrupt the harmony between side-by-side body-parts. At least when both the neck and face are marked by the signs of aging, they still have balance. Likewise, the precise manipulation of tissue in both areas can enhance the overall result of rejuvenating treatment.
Together, the facelift and neck lift can:
- Tighten the appearance of the skin on the face and neck
- Restore the sharp contouring along the jawline and chin
- Reduce the appearance of jowls
- Eliminate a sagging “fallen” appearance in the mid-face
- Smooth lines and creases around the nose and mouth
Not only can the combination surgery achieve beautiful results, but it can also do so without incurring additional recovery time.
Facelift and Neck Lift Surgery and Recovery
The combination of procedures involves precision techniques that correct the sagging of underlying muscles and fat. These tissues are manipulated to sit higher on underlying anatomy. In some cases, fat may be redistributed to correct hollows and plump the mid face. To lift superficial tissue beneath the chin, an incision is made just below the point, and excess skin is removed to eliminate lines and sagging.
Surgery is conducted under general anesthesia. Swelling and bruising are common side effects and, though noticeable, do not impede the patient’s ability to observe the initial results of their procedure. Prescription pain medication should be taken as directed to prevent pain and maintain a comfortable, stress-free recovery. After a few days, some patients can transition to over-the-counter pain management. By the two-week mark after surgery, most patients are ready to return to work and social obligations with newfound confidence and satisfaction with their appearance.
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