The loss of youthful contours in the face and neck can be due to a variety of factors, including heredity, gravity, environmental conditions and stress.
Facelift and necklift or rhytidectomy, is a surgical procedure that improves visible signs of aging in the face and neck.
What Face and neck lift can treat?
Relaxation of the skin of the face causing sagging
Excess fat and skin relaxation in the lower face that creates jowls
Deepening of the fold lines between the nose and corner of the mouth
Excess fatty deposits under the chin
Muscle banding in the neck, which created abnormal contours
Loose skin and excess fat of the neck that can appear as a double chin or “turkey neck”
Are There Age Restrictions for Facelift Surgery?
Age is not the most important factor in determining candidacy for facelift surgery; skin elasticity and overall health have far more bearing on a patient’s ability to undergo this procedure. Most patients who undergo rhytidectomy are between the ages of 40 and 70 years old.
Typically, patients will return 5 to 7 days after their surgery to have their stitches removed. There are several other steps that individuals can take to minimize discomfort and promote healing. In addition to following specific instruction from their surgeons, patients should:
Wear bandages and change them regularly
Clean and care for drainage tubes, as instructed
Return for a post-surgery follow-up and to have the drainage tubes removed
Avoid getting their faces wet
Use cool compresses on their eyes
Avoid lifting and other strenuous activity until recovery is far enough along
Keep away from saunas, hot tubs, and pools
Avoid alcohol, aspirin, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories until otherwise instructed by a doctor
Swelling and bruising may persist for several weeks after a face lift, but as recovery progresses, patients will begin to see the results of their face lifts.