Facelift and Neck Lift (Rhytidectomy)

The Problem: Sagging in the face and neck causing an aged appearance.
The Goal: A younger, renewed appearance.
The Procedure: To reposition fat and underlying muscles, then re-drape the skin. Sometimes only a neck lift is necessary if skin laxity and sagging occur only in the neck area and under the chin.

Surgical Overview

Length: Usually 2-6 hours (depending on the extent of the facelift).
Anesthesia: General (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Outpatient or inpatient for a short stay.
Side Effects: Temporary bruising, swelling, numbness and tenderness of skin. Tight feeling, dry skin.
Risks: Hematoma is the most common risk, occurring in approximately four percent of patients nationally. Also, seroma, scarring, nerve injury (sensory and motor), alopecia, pigment changes, infection, bleeding, poor healing and asymmetry or change in hairline.

Recovery: Drains usually left in for 1 to 2 days. Back to work usually in 10 to 14 days. More strenuous activity can take place in two weeks or more after the surgery. Bruising can last a minimum of two to three weeks. It is recommended that patients limit exposure to sun for several months.
Duration of Results: Usually 5 to 10 years.

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