Facelift and neck lift surgery deliver the most impressive rejuvenation of the face, jawline and neck. When performed well, the scars are nearly invisible, and the results are very natural. Facelifts and neck lifts target the lower two thirds of the face, the cheeks, nasolabial folds, jowls, jaw line, and loose skin of the neck.
The best candidates are healthy people with reasonable expectations of surgery. With facelifts and neck lifts in particular, smoking can impede wound healing and make patients more prone to complications of surgery. The best candidates are non-smokers, or former smokers who have quit smoking for at least one month prior to surgery.
Dr. Liotta performs both facelift and neck lift surgery in the operating room using general anesthesia. Patients can expect to be completely asleep for the entire procedure. The term “facelift” is used as a broad term to describe a number of different surgical techniques or approaches. Dr. Liotta tailors each surgical plan to the specific needs of her patients, but in general, she prefers to perform what is called a “deep plane facelift”. After surgery, you should expect to wear a compressive face and neck dressing for one week.
Generally speaking, the downtime associated with a facelift/neck lift is about three weeks. During that time, you will feel some tightness and your activities will be restricted. Bruising and swelling will be greatest in the first couple of weeks, but should subside in about four weeks. In general, facelift is not a very painful operation.