A facelift is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures available, designed to treat wrinkles, sagging and skin laxity for a younger, more refreshed appearance. This procedure targets the mid- to lower face, including the cheeks, mouth, chin and neck.
During the facelift procedure, an incision is made around the ear, sometimes extending into the scalp. There are several different techniques that may be used depending on each patient’s facial structure and goals, but most include sculpting, lifting and repositioning the underlying fat, muscle and tissues, while also trimming and redraping the skin for dramatic yet natural-looking results.
In most cases, a facelift is performed under general anesthesia, but may be performed under a local anesthetic and sedation. The entire procedure usually takes two to four hours to perform on an outpatient basis.
The neck may sag as a result of aging or weight loss, and is often affected before the face. Loose neck muscles can lead to an appearance of bands on the neck or drastic drooping of the skin. A neck lift is a surgical procedure that can smooth and tighten the skin on the neck and provide a more toned and youthful appearance.
A neck lift procedure removes excess skin and alters muscles in the neck. Liposuction can also be used to remove excess fat during a neck lift. This takes two to three hours and may be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. Most procedures are performed within an outpatient basis.