As part of the natural aging process, the production of collagen – the substance that gives structural support to the skin – declines. In combination with gravity and gradual weakening of supportive tissues, this causes the skin and underlying muscles and healthy fatty fullness to slowly shift downward in placement while losing firmness and elasticity.
There are a few options that can help minimize the toll that aging can take on your lower face and neck:
- Facelift: Tightens the underlying SMAS (muscle) layer to improve skin laxity from cheekbones to jaw line.
- Mini Face Lift: Uses shorter incisions and requires less skin removal for a less invasive surgery and a more subtle level of correction.
- Neck Lift: Helps eliminate “turkey neck” for a slimmer, smoother appearance through the upper neck by removing excess skin and tightening neck muscles. This is distinguished from the “double chin” which is usually treated with liposuction.
- Adjunctive Procedures: In the strict sense, a facelift does not specifically address the chin, lips, mid-face, upper and lower eyelids, nose, cheeks, forehead/brow, skin or hairline. The supplementary procedures for treating these areas include skin resurfacing, fat transfer, injectable fillers and many other options that can be reviewed during your consultation.
During your consultation, Dr. Placik will discuss your options with you, as well as offer advice on the procedure or combination of procedures that he feels will best help you meet your cosmetic goals.
The actual surgical technique Dr. Placik uses will vary depending on your specific needs. Typically, any of the above options will include some degree of muscle repair and skin tightening, followed by the excision of any excess tissue.
Surgery usually takes between 2 to 4 hours. Dr. Placik will apply compressive dressings and ask you to wear them for a few days, as well as sleep with your head elevated for about a week. Any initial bruising and swelling should fade within 2 to 3 weeks, with results continuing to improve over the next few months.