Am I a candidate for a facelift and neck lift?
A facelift and neck lift address the midface down to the neck, correcting sagging jowls and cheeks, mouth lines, and loose skin and bands on the neck. For those with signs of aging on the upper portion of the face, a face and neck lift can sometimes be performed simultaneously with a brow lift or eyelid lift. This combination usually requires an overnight stay in the hospital. During your initial consultation in Park Cities, Dr Beale will determine which procedure is best for you. Once the two of you have established total agreement, you may move forward with treatment.
Dr Beale – a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation
Dr Beale will spend time with you in his Park Cities office to evaluate the skin and muscles of your face and determine the best techniques for restoring your face to a more youthful look. Sometimes, Dr Beale will recommend adjunct skin treatments such as chemical peels or laser therapy to treat discolorations or roughness of the facial skin. He may also use fat grafting to correct the appearance of deflation in the face, which can usually be performed simultaneously with a facelift. During his concoction of each surgical plan, Dr Beale functions like a designer, leveraging his knowledge of facial anatomy and surgical techniques. In this way, no two facelifts or neck lifts are the same.
What occurs during the facelift / neck lift procedure?
This surgery is performed using general anesthesia in one of several hospitals in the Dallas & Park Cities area. It may be done as an outpatient procedure or may require an overnight stay in the hospital, depending on your case.
For most patients, the incisions for a facelift / neck lift start at the bottom edge of the sideburns and curve down in front of the ear, then back up behind the ear and into the hairline. Skin and fatty tissue are removed, and the muscles are tightened as well. Dr Beale uses precise closure techniques, so the resultant scar is virtually invisible.
Most patients undergoing a facelift require a neck lift as well, and this can necessitate a small incision underneath the chin to tighten the stretched-out muscles in the neck. The overall result will reduce sagging jowls, loose skin on the neck, and a sunken appearance in the cheeks.
What should I expect during recovery from a facelift / neck lift?
You will wear a soft cotton head wrap to support the neck for one to two days. Drains under the skin of the neck are placed for one to two days to capture post-operative fluids. Sutures are usually removed after about a week.
Some pain, tightness, numbness, swelling, and bruising will occur, but you will be given pain medication to help you through the recovery process. Facial swelling will continue for several weeks, and a trace amount of swelling below the eyes might persist a while longer. You can reduce swelling further by sitting up during sleep for the first few days.
Most patients can return to work and other normal activities, including driving, after seven to ten days. Avoid strenuous exercise and sports for at least four weeks. You should be able to shower a couple of days after surgery and wear makeup within a week. Please avoid dyeing your hair for about three weeks. You will see Dr Beale for follow-up examinations to make sure you are healing well and that you are happy with your results. While the aging process will carry on, the results of your facelift / neck lift should last for many years.
Dr Beale employs total attention to detail and will translate your cosmetic goals into a workable and effective surgical plan. For this reason, he is among the most trusted plastic surgeons in Dallas. To learn more about your options for facial rejuvenation, please call our office to schedule your initial consultation.