Ageing for some people is a real issue. When we are young, our skin is fresh, youthful, supple. But as we get older, that elasticity fades and we are left with wrinkles and sagging faces. Facial ageing is shown by a change in the position of the deep anatomical structures, which are the neck muscles, cheek fat and the muscles around the eyes. Confidence can be an issue at any age, and getting that little lift can make all the difference.
In time, the effects of gravity, sun exposure, heredity and the basic stresses of living are revealed in the face. Generally ages 35 and older men and women, have been seeking facelift procedure for over seventy years. Modern surgery techniques can now reduce this aged appearance by removing excess fat and skin, and tightening the facial muscles, thus eliminating most wrinkling and sagging. If you have been considering a Face and Neck Lift, the latest surgical techniques permit you to have safe, natural looking, dramatic and longer lasting results, with less down time.
How is a Face and Neck Lift performed?
The Face and Neck Lift procedure is technically known as Rhytidectomy. The procedure consists of separating the facial skin from the underlying fat and muscles, eliminating excess fat to contour, tightening facial and neck muscles, pulling the skin back and removing the excess. The result is a lifted facial structure and smoother, tighter skin. In general the incisions are placed within the hairline starting at the temples, running along the natural skin fold in front of the ear, continuing around the bottom of the lobe, behind the ear and into the hairline. All incisions are strategically placed to be invisible or nearly invisible upon healing. A facelift will not remove forehead lines, bags under your eyes, or crow’s feet.
During your personal consultation, Dr. Lockwood will evaluate your face and clarify the details of the surgical techniques chosen for you. This procedure is perfomed in out state-of-the-art surgical centre located at The First Glance Aesthetic and Surgery Centre.
What will I look and feel like afterward?
If bruising or swelling appears, it will usually occur within the first few weeks. Resting with the head elevated and applying cold compressions will help to minimize these conditions. Dr. Lockwood will prescribe medication to control any discomfort.
For the first week after surgery, your activity should be restricted to avoid bending over or getting your heart rate above its resting rate. You may be asked to wear a facial garment or wrap. Certain sutures may be removed within a couple of weeks, you may resume non-strenuous activities, more sutures are removed, and puffiness will continue to subside.
After 4-6 weeks you may resume normal activity if permitted by Dr. Lockwood. Your results will continue to improve for 6 to 12 months.
What’s the recovery like after a Face and Neck Lift?
As with most cosmetic surgeries, you will need to take time to recover. The recovery period will be different for each patient depending on the extent of the surgery, the area of the body, and the patient’s health.
It is recommended to have someone help you for the first 1-2 days after surgery, that can assist you when walking to the bathroom and help you with the cold compressions and your additional needs. You will need to return to Dr. Lockwood’s office for periodical post-operative visits to monitor your progress. The post-operative time is crucial for the long-term effectiveness of your procedure. It is very important to attend these visits to be certain you are caring for your delicate facial skin properly. A few more return visits will be scheduled within the next year to insure all of your concerns and/or questions can be discussed.
What kind of risks are involved with a Face and Neck Lift?
Facelifts, necklifts, and browlifts are safe procedures that are performed on thousands of men and women each year with no major complications. As with any surgical procedure, there are some specific risks.
During your consultation, Dr. Lockwood and his expert medical team will clearly outline all of the necessary precautions you need to take, as well as any postoperative limitations you should follow. Dr. Lockwood and his staff take every necessary precaution to minimize any risk involved with all surgeries or cosmetic procedures.
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