Facelift And Neck Lift
Sculpt Your Face For More Youthful Contours In The Los Angeles And Palm Desert Area
When you feel youthful and vibrant, you want that radiance to be reflected in your appearance. Women and men seeking that radiance visit Cosmetic Surgery Institute for facelift and neck lift surgery in the Los Angeles area, coming to Palm Desert from Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs, and the surrounding areas to reverse signs of aging and restore their natural beauty.
Our facial plastic surgeons implement a variety of strategic approaches during facelift and neck lift surgery, giving their patients complete rejuvenation benefits now and for years to come.
How Do The Face And Neck Change Over Time?
From childhood and our teenage years up until early adulthood, our skin retains a smooth, elastic quality. As we get older, however, we lose that rosy-cheeked and baby-faced look. Our quality of the skin changes drastically with age, typically becoming increasingly frail, thin, and lax with each passing decade after our 20s. Cell turnover slows, the skin dries out, and we produce smaller quantities of the proteins that maintain skin strength and pliability, like elastin and collagen.
While the temples and cheeks flatten, the lower jawline becomes heavier with drooping fat and skin, giving the entire face more of a wide-based triangle shape. The face can also develop an increasingly deflated look as it loses its youthful contours and structure.
It's at this point that some people begin to consider a facelift and neck lift.
In addition to aging, dramatic weight loss and genetics can also play a role in the creation of hollow cheeks, jowls that cause the jawline to lose definition, and the appearance of lines and creases. On the neck, sagging skin can create the look of turkey wattles, while a stubborn pocket of fat can produce a double chin.
Facelift and neck lift surgeries are usually combined into a single operation, since the lower jawline and neck are so closely connected. Making changes to one but not the other can actually put more attention on the untouched, aged-looking areas, since there are more youthful contours nearby to create an unwanted contrast.
Note that facelift and neck lift procedures are devoted solely to addressing concerns on the lower portion of the face and the neck. Areas higher on the face require different techniques and strategies.
Our Approach To Facelift And Neck Lift Surgery
Our surgeons take a multidisciplinary approach to facelift and neck lift surgery that addresses these three common age-related conditions: skin laxity, facial hollowing, and poor skin texture and coloring. Using a combination of procedures and treatments that are tailored to your individual needs and physical characteristics, our surgeons can rejuvenate the skin and stimulate the production of collagen for a youthful appearance that will last.
During your facelift and neck lift, our surgeons first address the issue of skin laxity or facial sagging by removing excess skin and tightening the underlying muscles through carefully made incisions.
Although some facial surgeons stop here, we take your facelift surgery a step further with fat grafting. Using your existing fat tissue, the Cosmetic Surgery Institute team can add volume to areas of the face that appear hollow, such as under the eyes or cheeks.
This step results in more youthful contours and a more natural appearance. In addition, collagen stimulation treatments are offered six weeks after surgery to help stimulate collagen production and refine the skin texture and tone. ALMI™ treatments can also rejuvenate aging and damaged tissue.
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Preparing For A Facelift And Neck Lift Procedure
Anyone who is healthy, is free of any serious illnesses, has realistic expectations, and doesn't smoke is a great candidate for a facelift and neck lift. During your initial consultation, be sure to discuss any aspects of your face or neck that you are dissatisfied with, as well as your overall cosmetic goals. Your complete medical history will be reviewed, and you may have to undergo physical and facial exams.
Your surgeon will inform you about all of the options available for achieving your desired look.
After deciding on a facelift and neck lift, you may have to stop taking certain medications, or at least adjust how you take them. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs, for example, are to be avoided as they increase the likelihood of bruising from a facelift and neck lift. You'll also need to make arrangements for someone to pick you up and stay with you for the first night after your surgery.
Facelift and neck lift patients may want to ask questions about washing their face, wearing makeup, hair dyeing, and haircuts after their procedure.
What To Expect From A Facelift And Neck Lift Procedure
Facelift and neck lift surgery are always performed in our accredited medical facility under the supervision of our surgeons and staff. General anesthesia is most often provided for optimal comfort during your procedure.
Your surgeon will first make small incisions in the appropriate locations based on the degree of improvement you would like to see. Facelift incisions are typically hidden in the hairline and the areas where the ears meet the head. These incisions allow for the removal of excess skin and tissue, as well as the tightening of underlying facial muscles for a firm, but natural, appearance.
Liposuction may also be used to remove any excess fat tissue in the neck area. Your facelift and neck lift procedures are completed with a fat transfer to fill in any hollow areas of the face.
Facelift And Neck Lift Recovery Details
Your surgeon will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions, but you should expect to take seven to 10 days off from work or other activities, depending on the extent of your facelift and neck lift. Patients may experience some mild to moderate discomfort, swelling, bruising, and drainage.
You'll also be advised on how soon you'll need to follow up after the facelift and neck lift. A bandage may be placed around your face for a few days to minimize swelling and bruising. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for four to six weeks.
Your Facelift And Neck Lift Choices
What Types Of Facelifts Are Available?
Cosmetic Surgery Institute provides a variety of facelift procedures, including traditional, mid-face lifts, and mini face lifts. Cost is determined by the scope of the procedure and is discussed at the initial consultation. Traditional facelifts are beneficial for people who want to tighten skin in the lower face and neck.
A mini face lift provides subtle improvements and is typically suggested for individuals who have a small amount of skin sagging. Mid-face lifts correct sagging in the cheeks and improve the look of laugh lines. These procedures may be combined or customized, depending on the case. Your surgeon will discuss the appropriate procedure with you before moving forward with any surgeries.
Should I Include A Fat Transfer In My Facelift And Neck Lift Procedure?
Our surgeons almost always include fat transfers during a facelift and neck lift. They have found that combining fat grafting with laser skin rejuvenation stimulates the formation of collagen and improves blood supply in the skin. This results in fewer lines and wrinkles, a more youthful-looking complexion, and longer-lasting results.
How Can I Improve The Look Of My Eyes?
Since the facelift is so focused on the lower portion of the face, approximately 90 percent of our patients who choose a facelift and neck lift also opt for eyelid surgery to "open up" the eye area. A modified brow lift is another option for individuals who want to reduce wrinkles on the forehead or between the brows. Our surgeons can perform these procedures simultaneously for more dramatic improvements.
How Can I Maintain The Results Of My Facelift And Neck Lift?
The results from a standard facelift surgery can be expected to last around a decade, after which new effects of aging can start to become visible. After surgery, regular laser or Ultherapy® treatments are recommended to improve the quality of the skin and promote collagen production. A skincare routine consisting of clinical products can also keep your skin healthy and in good condition.
Additional treatments can be used to lessen the look of deep facial creases, such as forehead lines. Some patients schedule regular light, laser, and Fraxel® sessions.
It's important to protect the skin from sun damage in the future by applying broad-spectrum sunscreen and engaging in other good lifestyle habits.
Enhancing Your Look With More Than A Facelift And Neck Lift
Almost all of our facelift and neck lift patients also choose eyelid surgery to improve their eye contours and reduce the look of "crow's feet" or fine lines. Nonsurgical skin rejuvenation treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic or injectable fillers can be used before or after facelift and neck lift surgery for added benefits.