A face-lift is surgery to firm and tighten the skin of the face and
neck. It can make you look younger. It may remove many wrinkles, but it
does not change the texture of your skin.
You will get medicine
before surgery to make you sleep or feel relaxed. The doctor will make a cut
along your jawline or in the temple area, near your ear. This cut is called an incision. The
doctor will then tighten the skin and the tissue under it. Any excess skin will
be removed. The doctor may make another incision under your chin to reposition
the skin on your neck.
Sometimes more or fewer incisions are needed. How many you need will depend on your age, the number of wrinkles you have, and other factors. The incisions will be closed and will leave thin scars that will fade with time.
surgery takes about 3 to 5 hours. After surgery, you may have a drain near the
incisions to remove excess fluid. The drain will be taken out in 1 or 2 days.
You will probably be able to go home 1 to 2 hours after surgery. But you may
have to stay overnight in the hospital or surgery centre.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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