Aging is a natural process. With aging, there will be depreciating changes around the face and neck area, mainly due to factors such as genetic inheritance, gravitational forces, smoking and alcohol consumption. There may be drooping on the eyebrows, bagging of eyelids, skeletal appearance under the eyes, sagging of the cheeks and the skin and fat tissues around the chin, and fat accumulation and prolapses on the neck. Face and neck lift operations address these issues.
Face and Neck Lift procedures are recommended for the patients around 55 to 60 years old. They may be performed at earlier ages if need arises.
Intaking blood diluting medication and substances like aspirin, omega3 (fish oil), Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, should be ceased, starting from 10 days prior to the operation until 1 week after the procedure is completed. Smoking also should be avoided. Alcohol consumption must be stopped 2 days prior to the operation as alcohol may interact with anesthetics.
The procedure is performed in operating theatre under general anesthesia and takes around 4 to 6 hours. The incision follows a line starting from the hairy are on the top of the ear, flowing a path thorough in front of the ear, and extending to the hairy area behind the ear. After the operation, small surgical drains to collect any accumulating blood on the face and neck. The drains are removed a couple of days after the operation. The paint stays in the hospital for 1 or 2 days. The swelling and bruises last around 2 to 3 weeks. The patient may go back to regular routine after the 3rd week.
Like most of the surgical operations, this procedure also has the risk of bleeding and infection after the operation. Surgical drains and medical dressing are used against bleeding. Antibiotics are administered to prevent the development of infections prior to operation, during the stay in the hospital as well as 7 days after the patient is discharged. Some incision traces may remain on the patients who are smokers or diabetic. Partial loss of sense on the face may happen and diminishes starting the 3rd week after the operation. Direct sun exposure should be avoided for 3 months.