As we age, collagen breakdown, sun damage and more cause our skin to sag. Regardless of your use of anti-aging creams or expensive skin regimens, it sometimes just isn’t enough to prevent or slow down the droopy skin. A Facelift and Necklift can be performed together to surgically tighten and smooth this sagging skin. We commonly find that patients may require simply a necklift, a mini lift, full facelift or a combination of the three. This combination includes removal of the skin, sometimes liposuction and smoothing of the skin for a more youthful appearance.
Sagging of the facial skin can begin in individuals as early as their 30s! As such, a necklift and/or facelift can be performed on a wide age range of patients. Dr. Basile will evaluate your medical history to ensure that this procedure is, in fact, the best option to help you achieve your aesthetic goals. Candidates must be in good health and a non-smoker.
To lift sagging facial or neck skin, your procedure will vary based on your needs. For example, some patients can be concerned about marionette lines as well as sagging jowls and a loose neck. This would require a different lifting procedure than if one area was being targeted. Below are quick examples of the standard procedural requirements:
This procedure will focus on the jowls, underneath the chin and on the upper neck area. Dr. Basile will make a small incision in front of the ear to target these areas.
For a full Facelift, Dr. Basile will need to make an incision behind your ear into your hairline. The procedure will improve the same areas of the mini facelift including the jowls and underneath the chin, but also heavily focus on smoothing the entire neck.
An incision for a necklift is similar to a facelift and is placed behind the ear into the hairline. The procedure will focus on the neck but do little for the look of your jowls.
Since incisions are placed in inconspicuous places near the hairline and ear, they are typically unseen especially after fading over time. Recovery time varies based on your procedure, but you can expect four to seven days of downtime for a mini facelift and seven to ten days for a full facelift or necklift. For the first week following, you will have some slight pain for about a week and should not perform strenuous activities during this time.