Face and neck lift surgery

More and more women and men are worried about the appearance of their face. Skin loosening is considered as a sign of ageing. Lift surgery allows rejuvenating the entire or part of the face. The result must be perfectly natural. The "healthy glow" effect and the rested face appearance after this procedure increase the self-esteem.

The face oval (lower part of the cheeks) is the first region that loses its elasticity and sags with time. A face and neck lift corrects this by tightening the skin and by eliminating the excess fat (jowls, double chin). It also restores to the face some lost fullness that gives a more youthful and rested appearance. Modern face lift surgery gives a perfectly natural aspect, without any appearance of tight or pulled face.

Moreover, the simultaneous use of biostimulation with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) improves the skin quality and slows down the appearance of new wrinkles in a particularly efficient manner.

Several techniques – sometimes in association – can be proposed on the basis of the identified problem and of the patient’s needs. Your plastic surgeon will carry out a complete exam to determine the best option for you.

Practically, a good result must be natural, without any evident sign of surgery. Lower face and neck lift are very common procedures that can improve the appearance of a women or a man and can contribute to developing his/her self-esteem. Most patients say that the intervention had a very positive effect on their life.
 
 

[Nota bene: the photographs presented above are only for information purposes. They are the results of a previous intervention. They do not predict in any case a future result.]

FREQUENT QUESTIONS (FACE LIFT)

Please, remember that only a consultation with a plastic surgeon can give you personalized information.

WHICH KIND OF EXAMS ARE REQUIRED BEFORE THE INTERVENTION?

A blood test will be performed to assess your blood coagulation. A standard heart exam is recommended.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE INTERVENTION?

Your surgeon will not cut or shave any hair for this intervention.

The first step consists in injecting under the face and neck skin a solution that limits bleeding, reduces the risk of haematoma and pushes deep down the small nerve terminations to protect them.

The scar is always very discreet (in the ear and then it extends for few centimetres in the scalp). A recent technique does not give any visible scar behind the ear, thus allowing women to have any hairstyle type without risk of seeing the scar (technique described by Daniel Marchac in 2002). In conclusion, scars are always very inconspicuous and difficult to detect, including by your hairdresser.

The loosened neck muscles are tightened. The skin is pulled back and the excess is removed. Frequently, the cheek volume is slightly increased in the case of hollowness, as well as the chin volume, if it is recessed (normally by injection of the patient’s own fat harvested under the chin or in the body).

A head bandage is applied around the face and neck for the first night (eyes, nose and mouth are not covered). It is removed the morning after and the head is washed by a nurse helped by a specialized hairdresser.

The patient can leave the clinic the morning after the intervention, without any bandage.

WHAT KIND OF ANAESTHESIA WILL BE USED?

Most of the time local anaesthetic infusion is used; however, it can be general anaesthesia.

HOW LONG WILL THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, depending on the type of lift surgery.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO STAY AT THE CLINIC?

Ambulatory intervention or overnight.

WHEN CAN I GO BACK TO WORK?

One to two weeks after the intervention.

However, your recovery time depends on the natural healing capacity of your body. Normally, family and friends will not detect any sign of a recent operation, but will notice that the face has a «healthy glow» or a «rested appearance».

WILL I FEEL PAIN AFTER THE INTERVENTION?

Pain is usually moderate and can be controlled by painkillers. During the intervention, your surgeon will inject a local anaesthetic in the areas directly affected by the surgical procedure to desensitize them for several hours after surgery.

WHEN CAN I FIRST WASH MY HAIR AFTER FACE AND NECK LIFT SURGERY?

A bandage will cover your head and face during the first night and will be removed the morning after. Hair will be washed the morning after the intervention.

MUST I STOP DOING SPORTS?

Physical activities should be avoided for four weeks.

DO I HAVE TO MASSAGE THE TREATED AREAS OR PUT CREAMS AFTER THE INTERVENTION?

A healing cream is prescribed for the scars.

DO I HAVE TO STOP SMOKING BEFORE AND AFTER FACE AND NECK LIFT SURGERY?

Smoking can increase the risk of infection of the respiratory tract and can slow down the healing process.  Smoking can also increase the risk of infection and necrosis of the areas directly affected by the surgical procedure. If you smoke, we will ask you to reduce or stop smoking for one month before and one month after the intervention.