Facelift surgery continues to be among the top procedures patients turn to when they want to turn back the clock and erase visible signs of aging since it’s a tried-and-true way of getting rid of deep sagging, excess skin, deep creases, and wrinkles.
Neck lift surgery is used to refresh the neck, lower chin, and jawline areas by correcting:
- Fat deposits on neck and chin
- Loose or drooping neck and lower facial muscles
- Muscle banding
Neck lift surgery is similar enough to a facelift that some patients may think there’s no need to undergo one when you are getting the other.
But combining a neck lift with a facelift is commonplace for surgeons all over the country. Patients who have trouble with skin laxity on the face tend to also experience issues along the neck, so it is sensible to treat both areas at the same time.
In fact, getting a neck lift without facelift is becoming increasingly rare, since one without the other may leave results that look unbalanced (e.g., having a “turkey neck” on an otherwise youthful face). Getting a neck lift and a facelift together helps to ensure patients get the youthful contours they truly desire.
How Are Neck Lifts Performed?
Neck lift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. Incisions usually start in the hairline near the ears. From there, there are a few different types of incisions Dr. Guy uses to perform neck lift surgery:
Traditional Neck Lift
Incisions begin along the hairline near the sideburns and continue down and around the ear and into the back of the hairline. Skin and muscles are shifted and tightened, and Dr. Guy removes any excess skin before the incisions are closed up.
Limited Incision Neck Lift
This method uses a small incision right by the ear, an ideal technique for patients who need minimal correction or want to avoid visible scars.
Anterior Neck Lift
Dr. Guy uses incisions on the front of the neck, below the chin. This method—which leaves the most visible scars—is typically recommended to correct the aging neck when the patient is not a candidate for general anesthesia and is willing to accept the more visible scars.
A facelift and neck lift surgery combined typically takes several hours for Dr. Guy to perform. Following the surgery, patients will have their face and chin wrapped in bandages to help with swelling and pain.
There may be surgical tubes for the first few days after the procedure. Patients will have to keep their head elevated during recovery to help speed up the process and ease swelling. Final results should be apparent after about two to three weeks, depending on the patient.
What Are the Benefits of Neck Lift and Facelift Surgery?
There is simply no way to ignore the restorative effects of a neck lift and a facelift combined—it’s obvious as patients come out of recovery looking more refreshed than they have in years.
Neck lifts are also highly customizable procedures that play well with others. They are commonly performed alongside brow lifts, eyelid lifts, and of course, facelifts to drastically revitalize patients. With good sun protection and skin care, results last for many years.
Would you like to learn more about neck lift and facelift surgery? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Guy soon by calling our office at 321-727-1600.
Family functions, work events, and parties with friends during the holidays can be fun, but these festivities can take their toll on us both physically and mentally. We all want to look our best for the events we attend, and many people consider cosmetic procedures to give them that rested, youthful glow. Two popular solutions that can rejuvenate your face before the holidays are facelift surgery and injectable fillers. However, how do you know which is best for you? And when should you have your procedure or treatment done? There are many factors to consider when making your decision, and Dr. Guy is here to guide you throughout the process and answer any questions you may have.
When planning a facial rejuvenation procedure, some factors you should consider are:
- The specific concerns you’d like to address (e.g., wrinkles, sagging, etc.)
- The invasiveness of the procedure (which often affects how long the recovery period is)
- Any limitations you may have during recovery
- How long your results will last
A personal consultation with Dr. Guy can help you find the treatment that will best fit your schedule and your specific concerns.
Injectable fillers (such as Restylane®, JUVÉDERM®, RADIESSE®, and Sculptra® Aesthetic) are temporary solutions to fine lines, wrinkles, and hollows in the face. These treatments are minimally invasive, and results can last anywhere from 2 to 18 months depending on what kind of filler is used. Your recovery time will be fairly short; you can return to your regular activities immediately but should avoid strenuous exercise for 24 to 48 hours. Due to mild swelling and bruising that may develop, you might want to schedule your treatment 7 to 10 days before an event to give yourself time to be completely healed and ready for your close-up!
If you are short on time and are looking for a quick fix, this type of treatment might be the right choice for you. However, fillers can only provide so much rejuvenation; at some point, a facelift will be the better choice to address more severe signs of aging.
If you have facial aging that requires a more in-depth approach, such as deep wrinkles around the mouth and sagging cheeks or jowls, Dr. Guy may recommend facelift surgery. There are several techniques available (such as a traditional facelift, mini facelift, or short-scar facelift), but recovery from any of these surgical procedures will be significantly longer than recovery from a non-surgical treatment. Results will become visible over several weeks, but complete recovery from facelift surgery can take up to 6 months. Because of this, it’s best to plan this surgery at least 6 months before an event to give yourself plenty of time to heal so you can show off your full results with confidence. Luckily, facelift results can last up to 10 years (depending on the type of lift done), so you shouldn’t have to worry about having anything redone for next year.
When some people think of facelift surgery, they might picture the over-stretched look that poorly done facelift procedures can present. While facelifts in the past may have not produced the most natural aesthetic, we now have a much better understanding of the underlying structures of the face and how the aging process works, which allows us to correct it with natural, beautiful results.
As your face starts to show more signs of aging, you may start thinking about ways to slow down the process and keep yourself looking as young as you feel on the inside.
The rate at which your face ages depends on several factors, including:
- Your genetics
- Your lifestyle choices (such as your diet and whether or not you smoke)
- The amount of sun exposure you have had over your lifetime
So, what is the best age to get a facelift? When should you start considering one? While this is a very personal decision, there are a few guidelines you can follow.
Things to Consider
Most people who are interested in a facelift may think that they are too young, but the truth is that it is much more effective to turn the clock back 10 years when you are in your 40s or 50s than to wait until you are in your 60s.
Having a facelift done when you are in your 40s has several advantages:
- Your skin is in a better condition in your 40s than when you are older, and so your recovery from a facelift will be easier.
- You will also experience less bruising, and the incisions used are usually smaller.
- Your results may not last as long if you wait until you are in your 60s due to the loss of skin elasticity.
- Some doctors may recommend another facelift around 10 years after your initial procedure, but you may not feel you need one; it’s up to you.
- You will always look younger than if you had never had a facelift done in the first place.
In reality, the main thing you should take into account when deciding to get a facelift is what you see in the mirror and not necessarily what your age is. Dr. Guy can help you determine whether or not you might be ready for a facelift based on your unique anatomy and needs, but if you are interested in having cosmetic surgery to help you look your best, it’s always best to start planning sooner rather than later.
Choosing the Procedure for You
The decision between fillers and facelift surgery (as well as the type of facelift surgery) depends on multiple factors, including the extent of correction needed. Dr. Guy offers several options for both facelift procedures and fillers, and she can help guide you to the decision that will help you look your best. With her attention to detail, she tailors each procedure to the individual to refresh and rejuvenate your appearance.
If you are interested in finding out about your options for facial rejuvenation, contact our office at (321) 727-1600 to schedule a consultation today!
My Favorite Surgeries:
Patients often ask me what my favorite surgeries are. Well, I’m pretty happy doing just about any surgery, but there are some which are more gratifying in their results, to both the patients and to me, as the surgeon. The best procedures make a positive change (of course), don’t make the patient look “strange” or “different” and allow any scars to be hidden or very hard to detect. Facelifts, tummy tucks, breast augmentations and the so-called “mommy make-overs” satisfy all of these criteria. Let’s talk about these!
Facelifts are awesome!! If done well, they turn back the hands of time a good 10 years, have a lasting effect and provide for a natural look. Of course, the ageing process continues, but the patient will pretty-much always look a good 10 years younger than their real age, through time. I’m not talking about the one hour “rent-a-facelift” that promises all sorts results but might only just get you through the holidays. I’m talking about a pretty comprehensive, two-layer facelift with meticulously sutured wounds.
Tummy tucks (also known as abdominoplasties) are wonderful because they solve a problem (loose, hanging skin – maybe with stretch marks) that won’t go away significantly any other way than through excision and tightening of this loose skin. Often the tuck is accompanied by liposuction of the surrounding areas, sometimes even the entire circumference of the torso, so that the body is essentially re-contoured. Stretched out muscles might be tightened, too. The scars are placed to fit under the panties or a swimsuit. Viola! The appropriate curves are back!
Breast augmentation can be SO attractive and long lasting. This is especially true if the size the patient is going for is not too outlandishly big. Sure, I have some patients who specifically WANT to look big, round and fake. But most people just want to fill out a nice bra. If the tissue is not stretched all out of proportion or dissected beyond the natural anatomical lines, the look should be sexy, natural and soft, and cause people to wonder………did she or didn’t she?
Mommy make-overs combine the tummy surgery and the breast surgery. Patients many times seek this surgery after they have had their children. Often the skin of the abdomen is loose and the breast tissue is deflated, so a combination of the surgeries rejuvenate these areas. “Mommies” are likely to say that they are having these done because now it is “their turn”. Yea!!
So come see us at Brevard Plastic Surgery and Skin Treatment Center. We are located at 111 East Hibiscus Boulevard, Melbourne, Florida. Call 321-727-1600 or visit our website at www.drguyplasticsurgery.com. We would love to discuss options with you! And keep an eye out for our specials: we generally have good savings on fillers, Botox, laser hair removal and skin care treatments! We love our work…..and it shows!!