Face and Neck Lift
Towards the end of surgery, and only if necessary, a drainage tube is placed into each side of the area operated on. This is to collect any possible fluid accumulation. The drains are usually removed the following day. The suture lines are coated with an antibiotic cream, and the head is subsequently bandaged. Removal of the bandages is carried out after several days. In most cases, an overnight admission is necessary for observation.
The initial recovery period is approximately 2 weeks. During this time, one may experience local bruising, swelling and edema, reduction in sensation in the areas operated on, slight tenderness, and weakness along the sides of the mouth (rare). These signs disappear after the first few weeks after surgery, in most cases without any treatment at all.
Shampooing the head should be avoided for at least 3 days after surgery. Shaving can be resumed after approximately 1 week. Any haircutting should be postponed until about 3 weeks after surgery.
The final results of surgery become apparent only after several months, once all swelling and edema has subsided. Complete healing of the scars may take even longer but, as stated above, the scars are camouflaged regardless. The efficacy of neck and/or facelift surgery usually lasts between 5 and 10 years, but may in fact be shorter in certain people. The length of efficacy is dependent on several factors such as age, quality and type of skin, smoking status, sunshine damage, existing skin conditions, medications, etc. These causes are hard to modify before surgery.
The complications of surgery are rare, and may include:
Bleeding that my necessitate drainage in the operating room
Skin compromise that may lead necrosis along the suture lines
Reduction in sensation of facial skin and ears
Damage to nerves of facial muscles
Hypertrophic or keloid scarring
Disruption of hairline location, or balding in areas of scarring
Deterioration in any preexisting facial asymmetry
Necessity for an additional operation to repair or improve results
Further information regarding this surgery will be made available from the physician during the pre-surgical consultation.