About Face and Neck Lift Surgery

illustration of face and neck lift planning

A face and neck lift is performed with an incision along the ear. Here the classic incision is drawn. Dr. Connall often places the scar along the front of the side burn hair above the ear. The deep tissues of the lower face and neck are repositioned and the skin is re-draped and removed.

Preparing For Face And Neck Lift Surgery

Your preparation for a face and neck lift begins with your initial consultation with Dr. Connall and proceeds through another preoperative appointment.  Our team provides a comprehensive and professional preoperative assessment so that you are fully prepared and informed to undergo your surgery.  Your medical history will be thoroughly reviewed to ensure you are fit for surgery.  Some medications, especially, those that can affect bleeding and anesthesia will be discontinued.

Cigarette smoking has as adverse effect on healing.  Therefore, Dr. Connall will not perform a facelift on a patient that smokes.  If you do smoke, we will ask that you quit smoking in the weeks prior to your surgery and after surgery.  In some cases, we will ask that you visit your primary doctor to undergo a comprehensive medical assessment to optimize your fitness for the face and neck lift procedure.

Face And Neck Lift Surgery Details

Your surgery will be performed at our affiliated surgery center, the Meridian Center for Surgical Excellence.  The Meridian Center has an outstanding team of professionals to care for you throughout your operative day.  Face and neck lift surgery takes several hours to perform and Dr. Connall recommends general anesthesia for the procedure.  Your anesthesia will be given by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

illustration of results of face and neck lift

A face and neck lift contours the neck, jaw line and lower face creating a youthful, natural appearance.

Face And Neck Lift Surgery Technical Points

After you are safely asleep under general anesthesia, the face and neck are sterilely prepared for surgery.  An infiltrating solution of numbing medicine and adrenaline is then injected into the tissues under the skin.  Typically, liposuction of the neck is then performed.

The incisions are usually made in front of the hairline at the sideburn, along the front of the ear, and around the back of the ear to the hairline.  In some cases, the incision will be extended into the hairline or along the hairline behind the ear.  The skin and a thin layer of fatty tissue are then lifted up off the deeper parts of the face.  The deeper facial fatty and muscle tissues are then lifted and secured with sutures.  After the deep tissues are tightened, the excess skin is lifted and draped over the ear.  The extra skin is then trimmed.  Great care is taken to lift and re-drape the tissues into a natural upward position.  The goal is to achieve a rejuvenated, youthful appearance, not an artificial or “wind-blown” appearance.

In some patients, there is marked skin excess and muscle laxity at the midline of the neck.  To treat such patients, a small incision is often made behind the chin.  Through this incision, the skin can be fully lifted to provide optimal re-draping and skin removal.  If necessary, the loose neck muscles are sutured together in the midline to provide a tighter, more defined appearance of the neck.  The incisions are closed with some deep dissolving sutures and very fine external sutures are placed for a precise final skin closure.  Your hair is then rinsed and cleaned with shampoo and Gauze pads and a soft dressing are placed over the incisions.

Recovery From Face And Neck Lift Surgery

You will recover for about one hour in our recovery area at the Meridian Center for Surgical Excellence.  You will be awake immediately after surgery.  Soon after you will be able to drink water and have a light snack.  If desired you may recover at the Rest and Recovery center at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital.  At the Rest and Recovery center you will receive the full attention and care of an excellent team of nurses during your first night after surgery.  Dr. Connall feels that an overnight stay in the recovery center is nice to ensure your comfort and to ease the minds of your family members that may be participating in your postoperative care.

Some patients will have a small drainage tube placed during surgery.  This drain is removed the day after surgery.  After two days, you can wash and dry your hair normally.  After five to seven days, most of your external sutures will be removed.  After a face and neck lift, you will have some swelling and bruising.  Expect to focus on healing and your wellness for the first five to seven days after surgery.  After that, you will feel well and be able to get back to many home and work type activities.  It is important to note that the swelling and changes will be present for about two to three weeks after surgery.  Therefore, if you are concerned with your appearance after surgery and/or in social situations, then you will need two to three weeks to fully recover out of the public eye.

See The Results Of My Facelift Surgery

After your face and neck lift is healed, your scars will fade.  You will have a new younger appearance, with improved contours and definition of the outer and lower face areas and the neck.

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