How to Tighten Skin and Revitalize Your Look with a Face and Neck Lift Santa Monica
Patients who come to our clinic complaining of sagging and loose skin on their face and neck have the option of having a face lift and neck lift performed at the same time. It’s not unusual for both procedures to be done concurrently. Why would a patient want a more youthful and vibrant face when their neck is still plagued with wattles and bands?
First Thing: The Consultation
Our patient has a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons weeks or even months before their facial plastic surgery Los Angeles. During their meeting, they’ll tell the surgeon what they want to achieve from their combined face lift and neck lift. The surgeon will let them know if they’re a good candidate for the surgeries and tell them what their options are. For example, some patients prefer a traditional face lift while others opt for what’s called a mini-face lift. When it comes to the neck lift, they can have cervicoplasty, which just removes excess skin, or platysmaplasty, which treats both the skin and the muscles in the neck.
A good candidate for a face lift and neck lift is in good overall mental and physical health and has realistic expectations when it comes to both surgeries. Their skin has retained much of its elasticity, so the best candidates are people in early middle age to young old age.
The surgeon asks the patient about any previous surgeries they’ve had and if they have any underlying conditions such as diabetes or problems with blood clotting. They’ll need to tell the doctor if they’re taking any medications or supplements, as some types of drugs and supplements can delay healing. The patient may be asked to discontinue these medications starting at least two weeks before their surgery. They’ll also be asked to stop smoking if they do.
The surgeon will then examine the patient’s skin for its suppleness and texture, as well as its wrinkles and lines and will check their hairline to determine the best place for sutures.
Preparing for Face Lift and Neck Lift Surgery
Once the patient is discharged, they will need to have someone drive them home and stay with them for a night or two. They’ll also need to prepare their home for their recuperation. This means any household duties and preparing their resting area with anything they may need, such as their medication.
The Face Lift Surgery
During traditional face lift Los Angeles, the patient is under general anesthesia. There are many ways to perform a face lift surgery in Los Angeles, but the basic procedure has the surgeon make incisions around the natural curve of the ear, around the earlobe and into the hairline. Some surgeons also place an incision under the chin. The surgeon then frees the patient’s skin from the tissue beneath it and pulls it up and back. They then trim excess skin, reposition deeper tissues and may also remove unwanted fat from the chin. The operation takes between two and three hours.
The same incision under the chin can be used to perform the neck lift, though another incision is made just underneath the jaw line. The skin is then sutured together behind the ear.
The surgeon closes up the incisions with non-absorbable sutures or skin glue, and they may use surgical staples around the hairline. After this, they’ll bandage the patient’s head and face to keep swelling down.
How long it takes a patient to recover from a face and neck lift Los Angeles depends on the type of surgery they had done. The surgeon prescribes pain medication and antibiotics, and one tip is for the patient to fill these prescriptions before the surgery so they’ll be immediately available when needed. Before the patient is discharged, the nurse will instruct them in how to care for their surgical wounds and give them dates for follow up appointments.
The nurse or doctor also tells the patient to sleep with their head elevated for at least two or three nights after their surgery. This can be done by piling pillows against the head of the bed. Swelling and bruising can be eased by ice packs, and the patient should rest as much as they can for at least the first week after their surgery.
The surgeon removes the sutures within 5 to 10 days after the operation. After about two weeks, the patient really starts to see the results of their face and neck lift and they’ll feel strong enough to do some light housework and gentle exercise. They should not go to the gym for at least a month and a half after their surgery and wear sunblock if they need to go out in the sun. It’ll probably take a few months for the swelling to go away completely and about half a year for the incision lines to calm down. The final results of a tighter and more youthful face and neck will be visible in about nine months.