Frequently asked questions about a Facelift?

  1. What exactly does a facelift do?

As we age, or lose a large amount of weight, gravity and loss of skin elasticity result in skin sagging.  On the face, this is most apparent in the neck (the “turkey gobbler”) and the jowls.

A facelift evaluates the jowls (in the mirror pull the cheek skin up towards the top of the ear) and the neck skin. (pull the neck skin toward the earlobe)

In addition, many folks have vertical bands in the front of the neck; this is where the platysma muscle have separated, and is sutured back together in the midline.

  1. Where are the scars?

The scar starts in the hair above the ear, extends in front of the ear going behind the earlobe and then into the hairline again.  In addition, there is a small scar underneath the chin.

  1. What about all those bad celebrity facelifts?

Most of these are due to bad choices by either the surgeon or at the request of the celebrity, in that the skin is simply pulled back too tight.  Needless perhaps to say, I really don’t want to do that!

  1. What is the recovery like?

I’ve never had anyone tell me it was terribly painful.  Yes, you will likely be taking pain medication for a few days, but most people are off narcotic pain medication in 2-3 days.

A return to work is considerable within 3 to 4 weeks for the bruising and likely you will not be wanting to go out in public.  It takes about 2-3 weeks for the bruising to go away entirely.

You can shower and wash your hair the day after surgery, but you will wear a chin strap binder night and day for a week.

Sutures are taken out around 7-10 days.

  1. What if I only want to improve my neck?

There are procedures that address only the neck sagging (cervicoplasty), and there are a couple of variations depending on gender, and the extent of the skin excess.


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