Face and neck lift options for men and women experiencing moderate or severe skin laxity in their lower face and neck areas at Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists
There is a golden rule when it comes to aesthetic treatment: balance. It doesn’t matter if you are having an extensive surgery or a quick injectable treatment; the priority of every surgeon or medical professional should be to achieve improvements that are harmonious with the rest of your appearance. Improving the face without addressing the neck can create an unusual contrast between these neighboring areas, so it is better to tackle them simultaneously. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Marotta to learn more about what a face and neck lift can do for you, give our office a call at (631) 982-2022.
Facelifts and neck lifts are so effective that in 2019, more than 123,000 people had facelifts, and nearly 55,000 people had neck lifts, according to a report from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The aging process brings a lot of changes with it.
One of the most impactful to our appearance is the decrease in vital protein production like collagen and elastin. These two substances are directly responsible for the tautness of our skin. After the age of 20, our bodies lose approximately 1 percent of their collagen production every year. By the time you hit 30, that decline has become visible for most people. As a result, our once tight skin now sags beneath our jawline or chin; folds start to develop on our neck, the lines between our nose and the corners of our mouth deepen, and, in some cases, even a sunken appearance in the cheeks show.
And these issues only get worse as you get older. Eventually, you might even find that your outer appearance is not a good representation of how young and energetic you feel on the inside. A face and neck lift was developed to help bring your appearance back to a place of feeling comfortable and confident. In addition, your drooping facial muscles and fat pads can be lifted and the excess removed shaving years off your appearance.
Ideal candidates for a facelift are patients with moderate to severe signs of aging in the face and neck interested in achieving the most substantially rejuvenated results possible. During your consultation for a facelift on Long Island with Dr. Marotta, you will discuss your candidacy for treatment. Some factors that may influence your candidacy include:
If you are a smoker, you are automatically considered at a higher risk of developing surgical complications. Additionally, your skin suffers additional damage from regular smoking, so your results may not be ideal. Speak to your physician about your smoking habit to figure out if it will affect your eligibility.
If you have any conditions or diagnoses that put you at a higher risk of developing surgical complications, you may not be a candidate for a face and neck lift. Dr. Marotta will review your conditions during your consultation and inform you if this surgery is still an option. In many cases, steps can be taken to avoid certain risks, so you shouldn’t count yourself out until you meet with Dr. Marotta.
It is essential that you fully understand the capabilities and limitations of face and neck lifts so that you are not disappointed in the results of an otherwise successful procedure. This surgery can create substantial improvement to your appearance, but it cannot stop time or address areas outside of the lower face and neck. Therefore, we highly recommend looking at facelift and neck lift before and after photos to get a clear idea of what kind of results you can expect.
Before your procedure day, Dr. Marotta will provide you with a list of pre-operative instructions to follow in the time leading up to your face and neck lift.
Your list will include directions on medication use and other precautions that may be necessary for your safety. In addition, you must have a friend or family member with you on the day of your procedure who can drive you to and from the surgery while recovering from anesthesia. We also recommend setting up a recovery station for yourself to come home to that has all the necessities like entertainment, medication, and tech you will need during your recovery time. This will prevent you from having to get up too often and allow you to focus on resting.
When you are brought back into the surgical room, the first step is providing you with anesthesia to make you comfortable during the procedure.
Most patients are put under general anesthesia, but IV sedation is also available. The determination on which to use will be made early in your consultation, so you are well prepared for the surgery day. To address the lower face and neck, Dr. Marotta will make an incision on each side of your face. The incision will begin along the lower part of your hairline near the neck and go up above the ear and back into the upper hairline. This method allows the scars to be hidden within the hairline and in the natural folds near your ears. Your surgeon will lift the underlying muscle and fat pads, and then excise any extra skin, creating a much more youthful appearance. The incisions will then be closed with sutures, and you will be sent back to a room to begin your recovery process.
It will take up to four weeks to fully recover from face and neck lift surgery, but that time will be broken down into different stages.
You can expect mild to moderate pain and discomfort directly after your procedure since the incisions are just beginning to heal. Dr. Marotta can provide you with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication to help alleviate this pain if necessary. Over the next few days, you should expect to develop a fair amount of swelling and bruising. This side effect is completely normal and should subside within the first week. Most pain, discomfort, swelling, and bruising should subside around the two-week mark, and at four weeks, you can generally resume rigorous activity once cleared by your physician.
You can expect to see a significant improvement in skin sagging and nasolabial folds after having a face and neck lift. Your new, taut skin will create a more youthful appearance that blends well with the rest of your features. While the results are permanent, is it possible for new skin ptosis to develop as you age, so we recommend doing what you can to keep your skin healthy.
Our practice serves patients on Long Island.
If you are ready to schedule a consultation with Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists, give our office a call at (631) 982-2022 or fill out our online contact form. We are looking forward to being your partner through this process and giving you back the appearance you deserve.
The age at which you will achieve the most substantial facelift results depends on the extent of your concerns and your skin’s elasticity. Ideally, facelift patients should show moderate to severe signs of aging with enough skin elasticity to produce a rejuvenated look. Generally speaking, patients in their 40s, 50s, and 60s achieve the most significant transformation.
You should expect to stay home from work for approximately two weeks after your surgery.
When you schedule your consultation with Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists, you can feel secure that the decision you are making is the right one for you. Dr. Marotta’s expertise and skill make him a top Long Island plastic surgeon who enjoys answering your questions. Schedule your consultation today to begin your journey to looking good and feeling good.
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