The medical term for a facelift is Rhytidectomy which when translated from Greek literally means removal of wrinkles. While a facelift does improve wrinkles, it is really better thought of as an operation to removes sags and bulges. The facelift is the most effective way to eliminate the dreaded jowls and loose neck skin and produces a very pleasing lift to fallen cheeks. Altogether, the facelift restores the smooth and youthful contour that starts at the chin and flows naturally along the jaw-line up to the cheekbone.
The necklift is a procedure best suited for two types of patients. The first is someone who only needs loose tissue in the neck tightened and the second is a person who wants much of what a facelift provides, but with a shorter healing time. The necklift is done through three very small incisions located under the chin and behind each earlobe. Each incision is about a half inch in length. Through these incisions any excess fat is removed and then the muscles deep to the skin are tightened. The skin is then laid back down over the deeper neck tissues where it heals in the new tighter position. The first night after surgery a dressing is worn to hold pressure under the chin. This is removed the day after surgery and bruising is expected on the neck. Most of this bruising is gone by one week and a collared shirt will cover most of the bruising even before that. You need to take a week off of aerobic activities and two weeks off of weight lifting activities. Deskwork can be resumed usually a day or two after surgery.