The face-lift and neck-lift procedures are performed to tighten the skin of the lower half of the face and neck, giving the patient a more youthful, refreshed appearance. Depending on the condition and age of the skin of the person undergoing the surgery, the results will range from subtle to dramatic.

 

Rhytidectomy surgery, while commonly done, is a more invasive procedure that usually lasts several hours. Dr. Boss’s experience in microsurgery and endoscopic techniques allows him to use smaller incisions leading to less scarring, bleeding and hair loss. Incisions usually begin above the hairline at the temples, extend in a natural line in front of the ear (or just inside the cartilage at the front of the ear) and continue behind the ear lobe to the lower scalp. If the neck needs to be done, a small incision will also be made under the chin. Dr. Boss separates the skin from the fat and the muscle below. Fat may be trimmed or suctioned from around the neck and chin to improve the contour. He then tightens the under lying muscle, pulls the skin back, and removes the excess. He then stitches the layers of the tissues and closes the incisions. Dr. Boss may also wrap your head loosely in bandages to minimize bruising and swelling.

 

Are you good candidate?

 

  • The best candidate for facelift is a person whose face and neck has begun to sag but whose skin still has some elasticity and whose bone structure is strong and well defined. Patients for the above procedures are in their 40′s and 50′s, but face and        brow lifts can be done successfully on people in their 70′s or 80′s. Both procedures can make you look younger, which in turn may enhance your self-esteem. However, it is important to remember that a face-lift will not give you a totally different look, but rather a fresher version of yourself.

About the consultation

 

  • During your initial consultation, Dr, Boss will evaluate your face, including the skin and underlying bone and discuss your goals for surgery. Dr. Boss will also review your medical history to determine if there are any reasons for you not to proceed. He will explain the various techniques possible, and make a recommendation based on the your goals and needs.

 

Risk Factor

 

  • When a face lift is performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, complications, if they occur at all, are usually minor. However, as with any kind of surgery, there are risks. Dr. Boss will discuss the possibility of complications with you at the time of the consultation.

 

After the surgery

 

  • There is not usually significant discomfort after surgery, but any relieved with pain medication. Some numbness of the area is normal and will disappear in a few weeks or months. Patients should keep their head elevated for a few days after surgery to diminish swelling. If a drainage tube has been placed, it will be removed one or two days after surgery. Bandages are removed after 1 to 5 days. Stitches are removed for the face-lift in 5 – 10 days and for the endoscopic brow-lift in 10 days to 2 weeks and facelift patients can return in 2 weeks. By the third week, most of the swelling is down and chances and you will be happy with your younger appearance.