Face and neck lift
A face lift is an operation to tighten the skin on the face and neck, in order to minimize lines and wrinkles. As time goes by, the muscle and skin texture of the face undergo a degenerative process. Hereditary factors, eating habits, stress situations, lengthy exposure to the sun, etc can also impact substantially on facial ageing signs.
This procedure generally treats the skin on the neck and cheeks, but occasionally forehead lines and eyebrow droop can also be treated. Eyelid surgery is often performed together with the face lift.
The surgery can be carried out under general anaesthesia or with sedation and local anaesthesia, depending on each particular case (extended surgery, personal wishes of the patient, etc.). In this operation, incisions are performed on the scalp in the frontal and temporal regions and continue down just in front of the ears as far as the nape of the neck. By means of these incisions, the surgeon tenses the skin and can, if necessary, tighten up muscles and reduce any fatty deposits, leaving a firmer looking face.
After the surgery, which can last for two to four hours depending on its complication or whether any additional procedures are made, a drainage tube is inserted to lessen possible haematomas and to reduce swelling. A certain amount of bruising, inflammation, numbness and a feeling of tightness are experienced following the operation. These symptoms are temporary and disappear on their own or with the help of minor analgesics. Most of the scars remain hidden by hair. Some scarring may be visible in the area by the ear during the first weeks after the operation, but this can also be easily concealed. Some stitches are taken out five to six days later, and all stitching is completely removed in eight to ten days. Normal activity can be generally resumed three weeks after the procedure.
Thanks to this surgery, a long lasting youthful appearance can be achieved.