The cervical facial facelift treats slack and sagging skin and the muscles of the face and neck to give the face the appearance it had years earlier.
The most common reasons for surgery
This procedure is recommended to repair the loosening of the facial contour when signs of ageing begin to appear, usually starting at 45 to 50.
Note: a cervical facial facelift will not change the appearance of eyelids. Cosmetic surgery on the eyelids can be scheduled at the same time. It won’t change the appearance of the skin either (wrinkles, lines, etc.)
Before the procedure
A pre-surgery assessment is done in line with prescriptions. There is also a meeting with the anaesthesiologist at least 48 hours before the procedure.
D DAY – 30: It is highly recommended that patients quit smoking.
D DAY – 10: No medicines containing aspirin can be taken.
Some types of anaesthesia require fasting six hours prior to surgery.
Average duration: from 2 hours to 3 hours
The cervical facial facelift follows the steps below :
- The incisions are mostly hidden by hair and around the ears.
- After making incisions, the surgeon will lift the skin and tighten the underlying muscles to correct the sagging while maintaining facial expressions.
- To finish, the skin is pulled backward and upward (excess skin is removed) and the area is sutured without stretching. The head is then wrapped in a bandage.
After the procedure
There will be a painful pulling sensation, especially behind the ears and around the neck. There will also be swelling and bruising in the neck and chin area. The bandages and drains are removed the day after the surgery. A chin strap which replaces the bandages must be worn continuously for three days then for a week in the evening and overnight.
Patients who don’t expect absolute perfection and undergo the surgery with realistic expectations say that they are very happy with their more rested and relaxed appearance which makes them look significantly younger while retaining a natural look.
Patients receive a complete information sheet about the procedure during their first consultation. It must be read carefully to enable a decision with all relevant information in hand.