It is a very common occurrence for our skin and muscles to slacken with age. It is generally the face and the neck that start to show the first signs of ageing. As the skin begins losing its elasticity and a loss of volume because of ageing, it begins to sag. This sagging leads to the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Weight loss is also something that may leave you with excess skin around the neck and under the chin. A face and neck lift is a procedure that can be performed to deal with the sagging skin. These procedures can either be performed either separately for the desired results or together. The important thing to remember, as is true with any cosmetic procedure, is to have a realistic expectation of what can be achieved. The results of these procedures will depend a lot on your skin elasticity and the degree to which it has been affected by sun and age.
Mini Facelift surgery
A mini face lift is a procedure that can be performed to produce a subtle tightening around the jaw line. This procedure cannot mimic the results of a full face lift however, there is minute improvement around the mouth, upper neck, and in the mid face.
A mini face lift is a minor version of a Minimal Access Cranial Suspension (MACS) lift. The procedure takes about 1 hour to complete and can be performed with local anesthetics, and oral sedation where required. The incision is made along the side burns hairline as well as along the front of the ear. The skin is lifted and then tightened with the help of skin stitches. Any excess skin can also be removed. Afterwards, dressings and a compression garment is applied over the wound.
The facelift procedure is used to lift up the facial skin and muscles to lend your face a tighter and smoother appearance. The face lift procedure does not affect the area around the mouth, eyes, or the upper third of your face.
A face lift is performed either under local anesthesia with sedatives, or under general anesthesia. The surgical cut for this surgery is made around the hair line, in front of the ears. The procedure may also require cuts to be made under the chin, if the lift also includes fixing a sagging jaw line. The rest of the procedure is as follows:
- The skin is separated from the muscles
- Excess fat is removed
- Muscles are tightened
- Skin is lifted off, pulled back, and the excess trimmed
- The skin is stitched back to the original cut line
The Ideal Candidate for a Neck and Facelift
Any individual who has begun to notice sagging of the skin, has a strong and well defined bone structure, and still has some skin elasticity, is a good candidate for a neck and face lift surgery.
For recovery, you might need 2 to 3 weeks off work, and 1 week for a mini facelift. Recovery process:
- For at least 1 week, keep your head elevated (2 days if you had a mini facelift)
- Scars can set in about 48 hours but avoid rubbing your wounds
- Bruising mostly disappears in about 2 weeks but swelling may last for a few months
- Your appearance becomes presentable in about 2 – 4 weeks (1 week for mini facelift), but healing will continue for up to a year
- Avoid a lot head or neck movement for the first month
- Some of the sutures will be removed for checking the wound in about 7 days, and the rest will be removed 10 days – 2 weeks later
- A follow-up surgeon appointment will be scheduled after 6 weeks of the surgery; other follow ups will be scheduled as per requirement
- Make sure you attend all post-operative appointments
What is a brow lift surgery all about?
A brow lift surgery, also known as a forehead lift, is a surgical procedure undertaken for the
correction of sagging eyebrows, upper eyelids and removal of forehead wrinkles.
Why is it done?
The brow-lift surgery is performed to eliminate the signs of ageing from an individual’s face, and make him look younger. This surgery also helps enhance the look on the individual’s face by making the brows more expressive and raised.
What does the procedure include?
The procedure begins with the application of anesthesia to the patient. Next, incisions are made at the back of the ear and are extended all the way to the forehead. The length and the region of the incision may differ with the need from patient to patient. Then the extra fat or skin is removed and the stitches are sutured.
Who is an ideal candidate for such a surgery?
Generally, people above the age of 40 opt for a brow-lift surgery. However, people with inherited furrows could also opt for this surgery.
How to prepare for such a surgery?
A prior talk with the surgeon will provide the patient with preparatory steps regarding the surgery like avoiding smoking or drinking alcohol. The patient may be advised to stop taking anti-inflammatory drugs, if he takes any on a routine basis.
Is the procedure painful?
Since the surgery is carried out under the effect of anesthesia, the patient will not feel any stabbing pain. However, some discomfort as a result of swelling post-operation may be felt which will be treated by the doctor from a patient to patient basis.
Are there any risks involved in a brow lift surgery?
Other than general surgical side-effects like reactions, infections, bleeding, and discomfort, risks could include damage to the nerve cells, numbness and asymmetric results etc.
Does this surgery have long-lasting effects?
The effects of the procedure are seen to last in between 10-15 years, so they are pretty long-lasting albeit not permanent.
How long does the healing take?
It may take somewhere in between 2 to 3 months for the surgical traits to fade away while in about 6 months’ time any tingling or itching sensation should completely disappear.
How is an endoscopic brow lift surgery different from a classical/open brow lift?
An endoscopic surgery involves the use of an endoscope on a thin probe. Smaller cuts are made in this surgery, which is why it leads to less scaring. In comparison, an open brow lift surgery is more invasive and is a much older technique which involves bigger sized incisions and hence more scarring.
What does the post-operation care involve?
The post-operative care may involve taking pain-killers as per the doctor’s advice, and use of ice-bags to prevent swelling. The patient may be suggested to keep the head in an elevated position for the first couple of days to prevent swelling. Ointments may be advised for scar removal. The patient must avoid heavy physical exercises for the first few weeks.
Do insurances cover this surgery?
Since certain insurance providers do not provide coverage for cosmetic surgeries, the matter should be discussed with the concerned insurance agent or company.