Improvement in cheek and neck sagging, neck “wottle”, prominent jowls, cheek hollowing.
How It Works
The most effective way to address sagging of the lower face, this facelift procedure is performed through incisions hidden around the ear. Extra skin is removed and the lower face is lifting into its natural position. I avoid “pulled” or “stretched” results by replacing tissues in their natural position. This can be demonstrated by pulling the tissues “up” rather than “back”. Additionally the muscles in the front of the neck, over time, separate to form vertical bands. These can be addressed by sewing the edges together or by excising a portion of the muscle so that it is less active and less prominent.
Most common side effect is swelling and bruising of the cheeks, forehead, and neck.
What to Expect
There will be swelling of the face that typically increases over the first 3 days and then gradually goes away. Typically 80% of the swelling is gone at the end of 2 weeks, 90% of swelling is gone at 2 months, and the rest goes away gradually over the course of the next year. Incisions heal well in concealed areas, these can be slightly pink while they are healing but will fade over the next couple of months. Makeup can be used to conceal incisions while they are pink. There will be some numbness of the top of the head and the cheeks which is temporary and will improve over the course of 3-8 months.