It is usually done under Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. It is usually performed as an outpatient at a hospital surgical facility.
The excess skin from the upper eyelid as well as the excess fat that causes the puffiness and fullness and lead to a "tired" look is helped with this procedure. You are left with usually a good scar in the upper eyelid crease which is not seen with your eyes open. In the lower eyelid, the cut is made as close to the lid margin which allows one to remove or reposition the bulging fat and then remove some excess skin if present. Or, the excess fat causing the puffiness can be removed from the inside portion of the lid without an external scar. The procedure takes about one hour and the only bandages are steri-strips over the incisions.
You can resume light activity after a few days and any activity after two weeks. You are bruised for about 10 to 14 days.
Complications may include bleeding which is one of the rarest complications and can lead to blindness. More prolonged bruising or even bruising within the white part of the eye may occur. It usually does not change the shape of the eyes. Dry eye with excess tearing can occur which is probably due to the eyes staying partially open during the night.
A necklift is when only the excess skin of the neck area is removed. The incision usually starts at the lowest part of the ear and then goes behind the ear into the hairline, or along the hairline in back of the ear. After elevating the skin of the neck, the tissues deep to the skin, like the muscle and its covering can be tightened. Then, the loose skin is pulled back and removed. The scars end up behind the ear and either along the hair or into the hair.
A neck dressing can be placed and drains may be used. The amount of bruising can vary and usually goes away within two weeks. Tightness can still be present for several months. The scars may not heal well and could even be raised off the surface, red and spread. The amount of neck smoothening is not as much as with the traditional facelift which actually is a face and necklift combined.
Another variation of a necklift is where the excess skin, which is usually at the front of the neck or "turkey gobbler" can just be cut there. This is very effective for it is the most direct approach. The main disadvantage is that a scar is present from the chin down usually to the "adam's" apple area. This type of modified necklift is done more frequently in males.
In both types of operations, normal activities can be resumed in several days, and any activity within a couple of weeks.Type your paragraph here.
It is usually done under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia administered by an MD anesthesiologist. It is usually performed as an outpatient at a hospital surgical facility.
The traditional facelift is done with an incision around the ears and mostly hidden in the hair. The skin is then all separated from the underlying muscles. Then, the layer over the muscle (Fascia) is then pulled back and tightened.
Most of the tension is placed on this layer so less is placed on the outside stitches, which should decrease the scarring and prolong the results of a facelift. Also, if there is fat, liposuction under direct vision is performed at this stage.
Then, the excess skin is pulled back and redraped and tailored into the scars. Drains may be placed as well as a bulky dressing which is replaced the next day with a smaller one which the patient may remove at the third or fourth day after surgery. At that time, you may be able to wash your hair normally. All of the sutures and staples, except for the deeper layers are removed within 14 days.
The bruising depends on the patient but usually is gone by the tenth to twelfth day. The patient should be presentable by then also, though with swelling, which slowly subsides. You should look normal and not weird or unnatural after a facelift, like you have had a nice vacation or changed your hairstyle/make-up. A facelift is a bit of a misnomer for it does definitely improve the neck.
The aging process does not stop but is pushed back.
You can resume light activity after a few days and usually any activity after two weeks.